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Our Summer in Stats


When we unpacked Miss L’s rucksack, a blue dolphin paddlepak which Trunki sent us at the start of the summer, it brought back some lovely memories and helped us to see our summer as a whole. The paddlepak is a great rucksack, it’s waterproof, easy to stuff, due to the wide opening, easy to roll down and close with a clip, and it has a handy pocket for a water bottle and a secret purse in the tail. Did I mention it is waterproof?

paddlepak from Trunki

Mr A last night said it felt like the first really exciting, proper summer holiday we’d had. We couldn’t put our finger on why, perhaps it’s the first when they’ve both been school kids, perhaps they are just at that magic age.  Mr G also loved his Trunki BoostApak and was a very grown up traveller, more on those here. They seemed grown up and ready for endless adventure this summer, perhaps that’s why I see this summer in stats!

trunki Lotus F1 Team BoostApak and dolphin paddlepak

102 the number of times they made me listen to Nickleback‘s Rockstar in the car 

Fortunately no one has asked me to explain the mile high club, popping pills out of pez dispensers or playboy bunnies yet….

3 pilgrimages to our favourite place

1 hangover for me, more on that to come…blame Jen

1 child free weekend with the girls, more on that to come!

6 jars of blackberry jam made

1 bag of sloes picked while dens were made.

1 bottle of sloe gin still to be made.

8 apples scrumped from next door

1 apple pie made

16 years with Mr A and 9 years married

20 new things we learnt how to do at Camp Bestival

4 water slides tried at Aqualand, Corfu. Posts to come!

3 major tourist attractions tested in one day with the London Pass

2 nights spent in luxury at The Cavendish Hotel. 5 reasons to stay.

8 surprisingly simple new things learnt about photography on a blogger’s course in Birmingham

1 theme park

1 happy morning’s scrapbooking

summer holiday snaps

Countless arguments, but thanks to this next stat, they are getting easier to sort:

80,000 the number of people who saw my post on stopping sibling, or in fact any children’s arguments with six words. I now believe in Pinterest, I’ve never had a post do that before.

15 minutes school uniform shopping thanks to buying it too BIG last year.

back to school

So there it is, our summer in stats, back to school for this pair, and the Paddlepak will come into its own for swimming lessons too!

Linking up with Tara over at Sticky Finger’s The Gallery and with…

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How was your summer? Hope it was lovely.



  1. 03/09/2014 / 3:25 pm

    i love that word. Do you want to come and scrump in our garden? We have lots!

    Fab round up of your summer.

    Adopt me.

  2. 03/09/2014 / 4:20 pm

    Such an interesting way to sum up a Summer full of mainly fabulous memories.
    Your children are suddenly looking a lot older.
    All the best to them on the back to school stuff

  3. 03/09/2014 / 4:57 pm

    What a great Summer you’ve all had x

  4. 03/09/2014 / 6:17 pm

    I love this post Penny, I think you never truly appreciate how wonderful the summer holidays are until you have school aged kids and I can assure you it just gets better. How wonderful it is that we can spend precious time with them over this super summer time. I would love if you came and linked with Augusts Small Stuff.

  5. 03/09/2014 / 8:55 pm

    Your Summer sounds amazing. And that pie…man that looks good.

  6. 03/09/2014 / 9:37 pm

    What a brilliant Summer you have had! happy days xx

  7. 04/09/2014 / 9:57 am

    Love your idea for this post. You summer in stats looked like a DOOZY! 😉

  8. 04/09/2014 / 5:26 pm

    What a summer eh? 80,000 hits is totally amazing but so is the Paddlepak which we loved too and like you say will continue through the year with us.
    Pie, jam and so much more but so glad we bumped into you at Camp Bestival.

  9. leslieanne
    09/09/2014 / 12:16 pm

    Sounds like a cracking summer indeed!
    (and that apple pie looks amazing!)

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