Ah the mellow tones of late summer – with September rolling in to replace the high energy of August and school or family holidays. Now that all the children have dispersed to their various schools, colleges and soon, some to university, it has gone desperately quiet around here in the day time. The only serious activity is between 7.30 and 8.30 with a flotilla of cars ferrying the kids to all these. It does seem as though families have to be really organised these days. In my youth, our family was unusual in that both parents went out to work. I don’t think it did my siblings or me any harm at all, in fact it gave us all a greater respect for how much has to be done to run a family. If only mum had had access to a computer, and online shopping – my goodness we would have been in clover then!