The girls and I are currently in Cumbria spending a couple of weeks at my parents house and escaping the Abu Dhabi summer.
Cumbria is in the North West of England and is home to the Lake District National Park. I was lucky enough to grow up here and only left when I went to University. I didn’t appreciate quite how beautiful it was until I had left. It really is one of the most picturesque places in the world, the scenery is quite simply breath taking.
Unfortunately the weather can be a tad unreliable (hello English summertime!) We have been here for 10 days and already experienced rain, wind, cold spells and bright, warm sunshine. I have an endless debate with myself every morning over what clothes to put on the girls – will they be too hot? Will they be too cold? We seem to go through endless outfit changes from when it is cool when they get dressed at 7am to when the sun suddenly appears at 12pm. And what are you supposed to do with children when it rains?! It’s not an issue I have needed to deal with often! I seem to have an endless bag of stuff to carry around containing jackets, waterproofs, sunscreen, sunglasses. It really is a never ending guessing game!!
But it has been fantastic to watch the girls running around my parents garden all day long. It has simply been too hot to spend great amounts of time outside in Abu Dhabi for the last 6 weeks or so. The fresh country air is doing them the world of good, they have been eating really well and are both exhausted when their heads hit the pillow at 7:30pm.
The girls have also been having a great time in the car that I use in the UK, I have a little Ford Ka and they think it’s like a go-kart. They are screaming ‘weeeeee’ every time we go down a hill (quite often in Cumbria). We’ve also been on the look out for cows and sheep, something we don’t see when in the car in Abu Dhabi!
Every year when we come home in the summer I get a shock at how late the sun sets. The light nights are brilliant, you feel you can get so much more from your day. It is dark by 6:30-7:30pm in Abu Dhabi, I didn’t realise how much I miss the light nights. Although the endless questions about why are we going to bed when the sun is still awake are getting slightly trying!!
Also – how awesome are the supermarkets in the UK?! So much choice! So many options! And everything under one roof! I spent the first 5 minutes gazing around in wonder before filling my trolley with glee (maybe not so much glee on the hubby’s part).
So that is how we have spent the last week. We have another couple of weeks left in Cumbria before we are heading to Ireland to visit the in-laws for more fun and family frolics (with a wedding or two thrown in).