It’s time to say goodbye to November. And quite frankly, I’m glad. 

If we were still in South Africa, the girls would be breaking up school today, having completed a full year of Grade 1 and Grade RR. We would be looking forward to a 6 week holiday. A 6-week break from routine, school work, homework, and uniforms. We’d be looking forward to spending the December holidays playing outside in the sun, swimming every day, pool parties, braais, cold beer and ice-cream.

Back To Reality …  

Instead, we still have 3 weeks of school left. It’s non-stop with homework and festive season activities. We’re tired. It’s been a long emotional year for us. I honestly feel like we’re on the home stretch now to just get to the end of the year. But then I also know that we will only get a 2-week break before the new school term starts

I think the difference is that in Africa the school year mirrors the actual year. It starts in January and it ends in December. It’s different in the UK. The school year starts in September and ends in July with August off. I get why they do it that way, to take advantage of the glorious UK summer. But I haven’t quite rewired my brain and body into this mindset. So whilst I’m looking forward to the end of the year, it’s just a short break for me. The year isn’t over for the girls. We’re barely even halfway through. 

With A Bump … 

And it’s cold now. I won’t lie. There was ice on my windscreen this week when we went to school in the morning, with temperatures of 2 degrees! It’s been raining a lot. And it gets dark really early, like, really really early. On the days when I pick the girls up from after-school sports at 16.00, we’re driving home in the dark. 

It’s Not All Bad! 

Before I depress myself further, and quite possibly you too, it isn’t all doom and gloom. On the plus side, we had a good month as we get ready for December. I had a few invites for blogging things that meant the girls had a few pre-Christmas experiences. I am trying to make this Christmas the most magical one ever! Sadly, I think it could be the last one that they truly ‘believe’ in Santa and his reindeer etc. We even received letters from Santa himself in the mail

Santa’s Grotto

The Christmas Experience at Lotherton Hall

November Is Beautiful

November is also technically Autumn in the UK, and it has been absolutely stunning this year! We’ve had some lovely days out, and walks in the forests, the autumn leaves are glorious in the orange, red and gold. You’ll see the theme has carried through in my Instagram too. I can’t help myself.

Anyway, December is here tomorrow! Finally. We will be putting the tree up and doing some subtle decorating. I even bought an elf on the shelf, which I will be attempting to do throughout December. If I remember. But for now, it’s goodbye November. Thankfully there will be no more of this … (See below!)

What’s in store for December?

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