Minx caught the arty bug and spent many happy hours sketching - talking non-stop the entire time, of course.
In fact, that girl of mine talked non-stop for the whole five and a half weeks!
She even managed to squeeze in plenty of bickering, arguing and niggling with her beloved brother.
She went back to school yesterday, and headed straight off on a whole week residential trip.
It's very quiet here this week!
She can do a mean chocolate brownie too, and her ginger biscuits were a resounding success. I've come to realise this girl of mine is at her happiest (but not quietest) when she's busy doing - preferably busy doing with me by her side, lending an ear to the continuous stream of chat that she emits.
We both got rather heavily into making bracelets a couple of weeks ago. This cute daisy bracelet is from a very old beading book that's been gathering dust for rather too long.
It took about an hour, with Minx chit-chatting next to me....
....are you noticing a bit of a theme to my summer?
During my one and only day of silence this summer, I managed to finish off a bag that I'd been crocheting. I was hoping it would be mine but the mother in me ended up giving it to Minx, to make up for her having a poorly day the week before - she must have been ill that day as she was quiet for about three hours!
She loves her new bag.
Hasn't used it once.
If it had been mine I'd have almost worn it out by now!