School Holidays

Summer holidays are not easy when you run a business with your husband and you have 2 children.

We have worked through them over the years with a mixture of employing a nanny two days a week, when Matthew and Eva were toddlers; taking a month off in the summer a couple of Julys (how did we afford to do that??) and then, very successfully, for several years, employing a teenage neighbour, Hannah, to look after them on weekday mornings….

However, now Matthew is 14, employing a teenage girl to look after him, however much he might quite like that, seems a lot less feasible. Our coping routine currently, is to let them stay up late and then, let them have a long lie, enabling me to get on with work in the morning, before, supposedly, doing something ‘fun’ in the afternoon…

Quite challenging for 6 whole weeks…

Having Gullane beach in our back yard does help, but just in case anyone reading this has been living on a desert island and unable to access the BBC, it has been pissing with rain for the last 2 months…

We should really go on a lovely family holiday to break things up, but we are shelving that this year, in order to focus on building a garden building, scheduled for completion in September. We are planning to use this as our new home office (Her Indoors new HQ!) More about this in future posts…

Building a garden office is easier said than done. Quite apart from finding the money, we need a building warrant, (mildly challenging); we had to establish that we did not need planning permission (this was quite low in the stressful experiences stakes to be honest) and once it is built we need to insure it – crumbs, quite a few major insurers were not keen on helping with this…and this really did get me going…Luckily I found Jenny Osborne…an angel disguised as an insurance sales lady. Jenny came up with a very reasonable quote covering the building and it’s contents, acknowledging the fact that it was both used for business purposes and was part of our family home. Anyone planing a similar set up should definitely get in touch with Jenny at Henshalls

Read more about the ins and outs of insuring a garden office at http://henshalls.wordpress.com/2011/10/31/shed-working/

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