I can not believe how quickly the summer has flown by. In recent days there has been a definite autumn chill to the mornings and the lights are on by 8pm. But the days are still warm and sunny. Bringing back memories of my childhood we went to Sandwich Bay. An endless sandy beach when the tide is out. Surprisingly the sea was remarkably warm for this time of the year and the girls had great fun digging in the sand and running about.
Along the Kent Coast this summer we have been spoilt for things to do. We had a morning digging for Gold in Folkestone as part of the Folkestone Triennial. We dug a big hole but didn’t find any gold so we had coffee in RockSalt.
We took a trip to Margate to the Turner Gallery and a trip along to seafront to look at the plans for Dreamland. Dreamland is due to re-open next spring and is thought to be one of the oldest surviving theme parks. I am so excited about it’s re-opening, A vintage theme park. Margate is full of little treasures like this cute cupcake cafe and cook wear shop.
Then last weekend we had a fab child free weekend. Michael’s brother is 50 and to celebrate a big party of about 40 of us hopped across the channel to Le Touquet for the weekend. We could not have asked for a better weekend. Amazing weather, great company and free flowing alcohol and fine dinning. Unfortunately Monday saw the return to normality – but it was fun whilst it lasted.
It is that time of year again. It’s coming to the end of the school holidays and it is making me feel nostalgic. This time a year ago everyone was excited about Amelie’s first day at school.
This year I have truly enjoyed her company over the holidays and I am sad that our summer is drawing to a close. Amelie however can’t wait to graduate to year one.
The start of the new term heralds a new school wardrobe and this year we have been asked by George of Asda to review a selection of the school uniform. I have come to the conclusion that school uniform is a tricky one.
I want Amelie to look smart
It needs to last a reasonable amount of time
I don’t want to scrimp on the quality. (I can not stand the cheap scratchy polyester materials.)
I don’t want to spend a fortune – because lets face it children are grubby little monsters and I don’t want to worry too much if she comes home covered in mud and paint.
It needs to wash well, keeping it’s shape and colour.
Basically its a tall order. It needs to be functional, smart and well made.
Amelie has been on my case since about June about getting her a grey school pinafore with a zip and a heart on the front. Like most parents countrywide I have been stalling her ready for the new term. So when our parcel arrived from George Amelie was beside herself with excitement at her new school uniform. I literally had to fight her off the parcel. I am not sure I was excited as this when I was her age. But long may it last!!
We had a whole fashion show of different outfits. It is a serious business choosing what to wear on that all important first day as a wise old Owl.
I am a big fan of George at Asda especially for little ones. I have always found their clothes to be good value for money.
I was impressed at the selection of school uniform on their website and the ease at which we could navigate our way around the site. We ordered our parcel Wednesday evening and it was with us by 9.30am Thursday. Now that is impressive!
The uniform we ordered was everything I would expect from George. The cardigan is lovely and soft. The shirts we ordered had the detailing on the front that I wanted. The gingham summer dress has a lovely shape and fitted beautifully. The plimsolls fit perfectly and for £3 are a bargain. The pair I took out of her PE kit at the end of last term looked like they had been hardly worn and cost three times the price. We can not forget the dress that Amelie has been lusting after for months – it was perfect. Just the right amount of detail without being too ostentatious.
I have to say overall I am impressed. I thought the service and delivery was outstanding, the quality of the clothes is what I would expect all at a price which is affordable. Most importantly George at Asda have a NO QUIBBLE 100 Day Satisfaction Guarantee. So if we decide something isn’t washing very well or has lost its shape we can return it. I will definitely be recommending George at Asda to my friends. I have struggled to get Amelie out of her new uniform since it arrived. I almost think given a chance she would be wearing it to bed.
After been trapped inside pretty much since Sunday evening today the sun decided to pop his head out from behind those gloomy clouds. So taking full advantage of it we headed out wellies in hand to our local PYO (pick your own) farm with Amelie and Harriets little friends.
It was great. We pretty much had the place to ourselves. The girls who hadn’t seen each other for a week went completely crazy running up and down the Apple orchards and in and out of the sweetcorn field. I am not too sure how many strawberries were actually eaten before we got to paying. There was a lot of very excited squealing.