School’s Out For Summer

June 24, 2012

It won’t be long before the summer holidays are upon us.  No school, no homework, long summer days, trips to the beach. Oooh! Can’t wait.

So what will you be doing in the holidays? Here’s one of the Kindle for Kids authors, Katie Stewart, writing about the summer holidays.

When I was a little girl, our summer holidays were nearly always spent at Robin Hood’s Bay in a tiny cottage owned by a little old lady called Miss Hutton. She lived in part of the cottage and rented out the rest to families, cooking their meals for them, but otherwise staying out of the way. I seem to remember she served Yorkshire pudding every night. The house was so small that my two older sisters and I had to share a bed in a room where the ceiling sloped down. I was up against the wall and there wasn’t much room there before the ceiling, so once my sisters got into bed, I couldn’t get out. I couldn’t even sit up!

It was on these holidays that I developed a phobia for bats. They flew around squeaking at night and one got caught in my hair as it flew over. I still don’t like going out in the dark when they’re around, though I’m not as scared of them as I was.

When I was nine, we came to Australia. Here summer is HOT. A lot of time in summer is spent sitting by the pool, or at the beach. Australian beaches aren’t like English beaches. In England, I was used to pebbled shores and tiny little waves that tickle your ankles. In Australia, the beaches are white sand that burns your feet, and my first experience of a wave was when it broke right over my head, sending me into a spin amongst the seaweed and fish. I didn’t like the sea after that. I still don’t, except to look at. That’s one phobia I haven’t got over.

One of my favourite summer holidays we had in Australia when I was young, was the time we rented an old farmhouse. Farms in Australia are very big. So we could walk for miles and never leave the property. Of course, we had to watch out for snakes, because they love the hot weather, too.

Now I’m married to a farmer so we have to leave the farm to have a holiday or otherwise we’d just keep working. My favourite place to holiday is Albany on the south coast of Western Australia. It’s full of interesting places to visit, from museums to strange rock formations and it’s lots cooler than where we live. That’s what I want when I go on holiday these days – to not be too hot!

Thanks to Katie for sharing her holiday memories with us.  You can find Katie’s exciting fantasy story The Dragon Box here. And don’t forget to check out the rest of the site for some great summer reads!

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