Summer holidays (now a distant memory!)
Even though I only started back at Warwick at the start of October, the summer holidays seem like a distant memory. However, I want to use my first blog of the year to reminisce about those three 3 wonderful study-free months and the fantastic weather we had.
My first year at Warwick was a busy one, learning to juggle home-life and study. Thankfully, I had great support from my husband and my parents. By the time that I had submitted my last assignment, I was ready for the summer break. And, I certainly made the most of it. Now, I’m not advocating a study-free summer; however, for me, I felt that it was well needed. I needed a total break from the books and from studying. So, the first thing I did was book a family holiday to Sant Tomas, Menorca. I like Menorca; it’s quiet, the beaches are lovely and it’s ideal for families. We had a fantastic time – enjoying the beautiful beaches, seeing the sights and sampling the delicious tapas.
On our return, it was my daughter’s 2nd birthday celebrations. The celebrations consisted of a pre-birthday family party, a trip to Birdland (on her birthday) and a post-birthday soft play party with her little buddies. She certainly seemed to enjoy all the celebrations!
Mid-August, I finally got around to going to the Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House, in London, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. I booked to see the Saturday night double bill – Total Recall and Nightmare on Elm Street (both the original movies, not the remakes). Both movies were fab. Nightmare on Elm Street is a favourite of mine, and you can’t beat an Arnie action movie – “I’ll be back!”
The summer is also a time for music festivals and Coventry’s free Godiva Festival is fab! There’s a fun fair, a family field, street food, bars and music – what’s not to love? This year I attended on the Saturday night and the Sunday, and got to see Professor Green, Gabrielle and Ronan Keating (to name a few).
Also, for all you Barry Manilow fans out there, I went to my first Manilow concert. I can tell you, that bloke still has the moves, and what an amazing voice. I was officially star struck! I’ve wanted to go and see Barry for ages, and with our glow sticks and 3D glasses at the ready, it was a top night. Copacabana and Could it be Magic were two of my favourites 🙂
We topped off a busy summer break with a trip to Sheffield to visit my brother and his family. It’s always lovely to see my niece and nephew and to spend some quality family time together. We all had a great weekend – soft play, country park, fairground rides and some American diner food (yummy!)
All-in-all, it was a fab summer break and has set me up for this next academic year.
Year 2 – bring it on! I’m ready for you!!