My word of the week is Heat.
Since the family arrived in France last week, the weather has ben fairly hot. Not quite as hot as the previous week, when I was here doing some last minute work on the house and garden. I took this photo of the thermometer outside the house – albeit with the sun shining directly on it. But believe me, that was hot!
We’ve had a fair amount of heat this week nonetheless, and it’s had a good and bad effect on us all.
It is great when the weather is warm and the children can play outside. They can go on bike rides and bug hunts, and swim and play in the pool even. We can enjoy dining alfresco with barbeques and salads….and flies. Lots of pesky black flies who also seem to enjoy the heat in unnatural quantities, despite the fly traps and fly swats we have an abundance of!
The heat becomes difficult on a night, though. Everyone struggles to sleep despite having fans on. When you combine that with excited children in holiday mode, staying up late and eating way too much ice cream, you have a potential recipe for disaster. Tired and cranky kids, hot and bothered parents.
Oh yes, there has been more than one meltdown in the past week! The children’s behaviour has been displayed in all its glory. Tantrums, a tweenager style face-off, ranting, crying, and a major incident over not being allowed to buy a tacky bracelet at the market. Even Mum and Dad have locked horns in battle in the frazzled aftermath of all this.
Throwing families together in close proximity is always tricky. Throw in some heat and you have a potential boiling pot! Add for us the need to please our guests and ensure they all have an amazing time at Chataigne House, and the pressure rises even higher.
We hope now that things are settling down a little and we’re getting used to our new situation, that we are going to actually start making the most of the lovely warm weather to have some fun together. After all, we have an entire Bucket and Spade list to get through!
How about you? Please tell us we’re not the only family who have meltdowns when the temperature rises?