Back To School

by | 31 Aug 2014

So, go on admit it, have you bought any new stationary yet? There’s nothing like a trip to Ryman to put you in the mood for autumn. Tomorrow it’s back to school for many and for those of us who don’t have kids it’s back to the months that end in ‘ber’. Or should I swap that vowel for a consonant and say it’s back to brr?

Having said that, here in the UK the weather’s been turning autumnal for at least two weeks now. It seems churlish to complain when we’ve had such a lovely summer but that’s the sort of thing we British like to do. Summer in May still feels weird and autumn in August just shouldn’t be allowed. Frustratingly, it has also meant that my Channel Challenge (the one I mentioned in my a blog a couple of weeks ago) has suffered a set back. Last week I set off for France as part of a relay swim (in training for doing the whole crossing solo next year) but half way there we were fished out of the water due to treacherous conditions. I won’t say too much more because, who knows, there could be a book in it (?!). But suffice to say, I wasn’t eaten by a jellyfish but I was nearly swallowed by a wave.

But, never fear, I don’t give up that easily. This girl’s not for turning. She’s the one who has had eleven rounds of IVF in her pursuit of motherhood remember. So next week it’s back to (swimming) school for me in preparation for the main event next year!


  1. jnorland

    Arghh! how frustrating. I had a (short) swim today, and wondered how you were doing — I have no doubt that this girl is not for turning until she makes it across the English Channel, turns around and catches the first wave back. xx

    • thepursuitofmotherhood

      Short swims are very sensible! I’m definitely going to try but that sea is unpredictable. I now know why less people have swum the Channel than climbed Everest! Jessica x

  2. kiftsgate

    Glad you were not swallowed by a wave and that you are not giving up! x

    • thepursuitofmotherhood

      Thank you! Hope you’re well. I’ve signed up for your blog but for some reason new posts aren’t reaching me. Can you check I’m on your blog list and if not I’ll try again. Jessica x

      • kiftsgate

        You are indeed in my list of followers (thanks!). Not sure what the problem is. I have the same issue with New to IVF and haven’t managed to solve it.. x