With summer officially over, and most kids back at school, you are probably left breathless at the speed with which it passed. A lucky few will have loved every moment of precious quality time with their families; some will have enjoyed certain high points and many of you will be breathing a huge sigh of relief that the constant weather watching is done and that the enduring (yet rarely fulfilled) expectation of a long stretch of perfect summer days is no longer a feature of our daily lives.
Team GB have come a long way in the twenty years since the Atlanta 1996 games, at which we limped into 36th place on the medals table with just one gold. The amazing team of sports men and women at Rio 2016 have so far thrilled us all, rewriting their Olympic history and currently sitting in second place with an astonishing 19 gold and silver medals and a juicy haul of 12 bronze.
Whilst the Brexit strategy enters its formative weeks, it is clear that nothing much is going to happen over the summer months, which means that us Brits are probably stuck with a weak currency for the foreseeable future. It is estimated that the sudden and significant rise in the cost of holidaying abroad will lead up to 2.5 million more of us deciding to holiday at home this year. Which is not all doom and gloom, as our little island has so much to offer, much of it right on our doorsteps or just a short car ride away.
Following hot on the heels of the wettest ever April, we have now endured a June that delivered double the average rainfall and has now been officially declared the soggiest since records began in 1910.
One of the most common reasons why people move house is the need for more space. It could be that the family is growing in number, whether from the bottom up with a blossoming brood, or from the top down with elderly parents in need of a little of hands on TLC. Or perhaps the kids are just getting too big, both for their boots and the cosy confines of the current family home.