Wow, what a month. Or rather, what a couple of months! My feet don't feel like they've touched the ground and it seems like I've barely had time to breathe. Work has been busy with our move to the new studios in Chiswick, West London, and life at home has been hectic too.
Olley has had a few trips away (including a visit to the Maldives with Lulu to photograph her for Hello magazine – she looks amazing in the photos) and he managed to be away for most of Billy's GCSE period.
We have certainly suffered exam fever in this house but I think I had the worst case of it. Billy seemed to have coped really well, maybe that's why I didn't. He and I had slightly different opinions about what revision means!
Many of you will have been treading on eggshells around touchy teenagers over the last few weeks- I hope things have settled for you now. All we have to worry about now are the results!! I think Billy was laid back about the exams because whatever the verdict on 23rd August, he knows what he'll be doing next year.
He has decided to leave school, so I have already attended my last parents' evening, read my last report card and ironed my last school shirt. (Not that I did much of that – M&S non-iron are exactly that!). Unlike his brother and sister, he has no ambition to head to university or even spend two years studying for A levels.His passion is snowboarding and his talents lie more in his lovely way with people than with any interest in books and the world of academia.
So we have supported his decision to head to Canada next winter, to become a snowboard teacher. He will only be 17 but he is independent and determined and he is already very excited. He gets so much pleasure when he helps someone achieve and improve when he's at the indoor snow slope he goes to in Hemel Hempstead – I think he'll be a very good teacher.
I don't expect him to make a living from coaching snowboarding for ever but it will give him a start in a world he loves, It will be up to him to make his way. We can never really plan too far ahead, but at Billy's age, if you have a passion about something, following it has to give you a good chance of finding some happiness. After all, that's all we really want for our children, isn't it?
Bex is happy at the moment. She is fulfilling her passion for travel in her last long summer before starting the clinical years of her medical degree. She is backpacking around Cambodia and Vietnam with a couple of friends and managing to send updates to us occasionally. When she returns it will doubtless be with hundreds of photos, so I will choose a couple to share with you then.
So in the interests of fairness, I should mention Charlie! He has just finished his first year at Bath University and it's been lovely to have him at home again. Although, he eats so much that my grocery bill has rocketed.
I have to say, though, it isn't always me who has to cook the food. A few months away from home has resulted in Charlie putting his creative skills to good use in the kitchen and he's discovered that he really is a very good cook. A couple of Fridays ago I received a text when I came off air from one of my shows. It said 'Hi Mum'. 'Have you plans for tonight, or can I cook dinner?'
Wow! Music to my ears! Charlie cooked a lamb Rogan Josh curry with an aubergine and tomato side dish with mushroom and chick peas. Delicious!! And what's more, he even washed up the dishes.
Isn't it lovely when children grow up?!