August favourites

August was nearly over – the month of apples and falling stars, the last care-free month for the school children. The days were not hot, but sunny and limpidly clear – the first sign of advancing autumn.” Victor Nekrasov

August started very hot and we struggled to stay cool and to sleep at night. We created this very refreshing aromatherapy blend for the aroma diffuser and it soon became a cooling summer favourite. I think I might pop it in the diffuser again when I want to be transported back to those lazy, hot summer days.

We visited Caistor beach this month. It was beautiful, sandy with bands off pebbles and breathtaking views of an offshore wind farm.

There is a little life boat museum at the entrance to the beach and on the outskirts of Caistor town the footings of an old Roman sea fort which we enjoyed exploring and having all to ourselves. We always tend to go to the same tried and tested beaches over and over again. It was nice to explore somewhere new and the children certainly did A LOT of exploring.

This month we also enjoyed outings to Felbrigg Hall which we want to return to and explore further and our favourite Houghton Mill where we have swam and punted and picniced to our hearts content.

I harvested elderberries and made a batch of elderberry syrup using this recipe by lavender and leeks. Elderberry syrup is an amazing tonic for preventing and treating coughs and colds. It’s packed full of vitamin C and antioxidants. I can’t wait to try it.

Those are just some of our highlights from August. It hardly seems possible august is over and yet I can feel the bustle and chaos of September beginning already. It’s going to be a big month for us with my youngest starting at school and my eldest entering her final year of primary school.