We've just had half-term week and that means that the two grandchildren come for the week and life is not exactly on hold but they have different priorities to us. Inevitably the seaside and the beach are a big draw no matter what the weather or temperature are, as luck would have it the weather gods smiled and we've had sunny and fine weather for all the expeditions.
Half term and the coast wasn't that busy at all, maybe the chilly wind drove people away but beach combing for treasure called. What is it about pebbles and shells, all of us got sucked into the hunt while the boys hoped to find some amber, anyway the hunt completely absorbed them for two days, gave them a raving appetite and they both slept like logs.
We popped over to watch the F15's from the 48th Fighter Wing coming, going and making a wonderful noise at Lakenheath. On the way back home it seemed that at every other farm gate pumpkins were for sale and inevitably two were purchased and a pair of 'Halloween Horrors' were carved to take back home Berkshire for fright night.
Carving them out was surprisingly hard work and small boys with knives need constant supervision but they did a good job for their first attempt. Now it's Friday and the week is over so it's time to go and meet mum, have a pub lunch and give them back.
That's the beauty of grandchildren, you can give them back.
And then peace descends.