Friday Favourites 30-8-13

August has flown by quicker than  I care to think about.  This leaves me with mixed feelings: on the one hand I am pleased that the school holidays are nearly over and the familiar routine of the school day is almost upon us, but…and I cannot believe I’m about to say this….we’ve probably had one of the most successful summer holidays yet and I am actually going to miss my kiddies *gasp*.
The end of a month also signifies something pretty special on the blog – Friday Favourites – a chance to highlight my favourite reads from the previous 4 weeks and share them with you all.  What with the kids being at home and our annual 2-week holiday also taking place, I’ve not done an awful lot of reading this month, so I’ve been asking you  to share some of your best posts on Twitter and I’ve been inundated!  I have however managed to choose my favourite 5, so here goes….

The 40 year old Domestic Goddess is one of my favourite bloggers on the planet.  Having met her in real life at Britmums, I can confirm that she is just as funny, bubbly and lovely in person.  She is the mother of two teenagers and her eldest daughter has just finished her GCSEs.  As I’m sure you know, the results were due out last week and Sam wrote a very moving post about her feelings and those of her daughter.  You must read it, their relationship is something I aspire to.

Next up is a post by Sarah Miles over at Hello Wall.  Now this is one I came across myself and loved so much, I just had to include it.  Sarah’s take on camping (oh she is soooo not a natural camper!) had me in stitches, she’s even worse than me at roughing it!  ‘For all in tents and purposes‘ is a hilarious tale of night-time spooks, broken glasses and a snoring labrador….shhh I reckon she secretly enjoyed it!
I think this might be a first for me, including a post from a Dad blogger….Tim Liew of Slouching Towards Thatcham is someone I can relate to, not only because he lives in Berkshire but because he also has 3 children.  This month he wrote two excellent posts summing up his family holiday in Tuscany, a place I have always wanted to visit and now want to even more! He set himself the challenge of centering both posts around photos taken using his iphone 5 and I couldn’t choose between them so go see for yourself….’The iPhone Holiday Challenge‘ and ‘Montopoli Memories‘.
This next post brought a tear to my eye and reminds me once again that a new school term and thus a new chapter in the lives of my children, is about to commence.  Mama MacFennell, as her title would suggest, lives in Scotland and her children have therefore already begun their new school year – they are one step ahead of us Sassenachs (Gaelic term for English, in case you didn’t know!).  It’s a simple post entitled ‘And So it Begins…‘ but I love the way it is written and the slight nostalgia at seeing an ‘abrupt end to the long, languid days of summer’, marked by a final ice cream sundae. Go have a read.
You might accuse me of being a little ‘sick’ here (pardon the pun) but Claire’s post ‘Rough Seas and Toilet Trips‘ had me riveted from start to finish….it really is my worst nightmare, and possibly yours?

So that’s it for this month folks.  If you’ve written (or read) any great posts this month, please feel free to share in the comments section.  It’s always good to find new reads :)

9 Comments on Friday Favourites 30-8-13

  1. Karis
    August 30, 2013 at 7:29 am (3 years ago)

    Thanks for this Suzanne. After being out of the blogging world for a bit it’s good to know where to look and you’ve reminded me of bloggers I always read too. Good luck for the return to school next week :). Karis.

  2. Amanda
    August 30, 2013 at 7:40 am (3 years ago)

    I was thinking the same thing, this has been an amazing summer, really don’t want it to end.

  3. SJ Thurley
    August 30, 2013 at 8:57 am (3 years ago)

    Thankyou so much for featuring me and your lovely words. xxxxxxx

  4. Sarah Miles
    August 30, 2013 at 10:34 am (3 years ago)

    Yes, I agree it has been a lovely summer! The weather has helped but it’s been very…harmonious.

    Thanks for including me, I have just about recovered now…..;)

  5. Jaime Oliver
    August 30, 2013 at 3:37 pm (3 years ago)

    i love this round up honey its such a lovely idea :-)

  6. SarahMummy
    August 30, 2013 at 5:44 pm (3 years ago)

    I’ve read two of these before – that seasick post, yuk! So will go and read a couple more. Thanks very much for sharing them :)

  7. Pinkoddy
    August 30, 2013 at 8:16 pm (3 years ago)

    Some great reads there – thank you for sharing.

  8. Mama Macfennell
    August 31, 2013 at 9:02 am (3 years ago)

    Thank you for including me, Suzanne, and your kind words. I’m building myself up to read Claire’s post! Have a great last day of August and don’t forget the ice cream! Helen x

  9. Lou's lake Views
    September 1, 2013 at 1:36 pm (3 years ago)

    I like the routine of the school year but I’m going to miss my boys on Tuesday. At least it will give me some more time to catch up on my blog reading, I’ll be sure to check out these #PoCoLo


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