Now we are free, we are enjoying the beautiful weather with picnics in the park, afternoons at the beach and paddling pools in the garden.
Suncream is applied, suncastles are built and shells are washed. A mini milk lolly stops being a treat and fast becomes a necessity to keep cool. Hot feet paddle in the cold sea and Mummy braves swimming in the waves.
Bags of scotch eggs and strawberries, and a big stripy blanket. Swings, slides and stickers for those of us who can't run around at the moment. More suncream, more ice creams and more fresh air.
Days with friends, days with family and days spent playing in the back garden. Water beads, paddling pools, painting and playdough. Homemade ice lollies whenever the mood takes us, with washing drying on the line as we play.
Laughing, splashing, butterfly spotting and of course dining al fresco. Sandy toes, hooded towels and yet more ice cream. Wearing just a nappy (the children, not me), strolls along the seafront and fish and chips on the beach just because we can.
This is how summer should be, this is our August.