We are approaching the long summer break! You might be having a stayvacation, going abroad, juggling work and other family commitments and planning each day with military precision, or perhaps you are just looking forward to being chilled.
This is the time of year when the outdoors beckons – when all sorts of brilliant activities are available and many of them free. Look through the summer edition of Salad Days for help with finding wonderful things to do with your children.
Probably one of the most annoying things about the summer holiday is that it’s only just started and already you will see signs all over the place advertising “back to school!” Then you’re off buying uniforms, bags and boxes! So this is the moment to remember a poem by William Henry Davies which starts with the words:
“What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.”
I’d like to quote the whole poem (which actually isn’t very long) because it reminds me that, whilst I still have masses to get done and deadlines to meet, it is necessary to step outside once in a while and enjoy
“Streams full of stars, like skies at night.”
This summer is unique - the summer weeks you enjoy with your family and friends will be different next year - so I hope you can find the time to “stand and stare!” This edition marks the end of the academic year 2018-19 and is therefore an appropriate time to say thank you to advertisers, contributors, readers, schools, nurseries, health visitors and children’s settings, for the wonderful support I continue to enjoy for Salad Days.
Happy summer 2019!