What I learnt over the summer holidays

If you can’t beat them, join them

When the midwife handed me my second son, I knew I was destined to live in a male dominated household. It would mean an absence of long, leisurely trips round the shops, a paucity of rom coms (I’m allowed to watch two a year – my birthday and mother’s day) and a life-time of picking up crumpled towels and replacing them, neatly folded, onto the towel rail. This summer I realised it also meant watching a lot – and I mean a lot – of sport.

Not that I don’t enjoy sport. My father loved cricket, my brother was (and still is) a big rugby fan. I had a crush on the footballer Emlyn Hughes – and later Michael Owen. Watching Seve Ballesteros storm the fairways (and car parks) in full Spanish flow sparked an interest in golf. I play and love to watch tennis. But there’s enjoying sport and there’s … well, having it dominate your life. It seems my family want to see every football match, watch every grand prix, play cricket every weekend …

So here is my summer, in pictures.

Lewis Hamilton takes the chequered flag at Silverstone

Lewis Hamilton takes the chequered flag at Silverstone

Jenson Button at Silverstone. He was shunted off at the first corner but still stayed around to sign autographs (and make my day)

Jenson Button at Silverstone. He was shunted off at the first corner but still stayed around to sign autographs (and make my day)

Watching the Freemans play at our local cricket club. This happened every weekend, but I'll spare you more pictures.

Watching the Freemans play at our local cricket club. This happened every weekend, but I’ll spare you more pictures.

Southampton vs Everton before kick off. No, we don't support either side but apparently that doesn't matter - it's a premiership match.

Southampton vs Everton before kick off. No, we don’t support either side but apparently that doesn’t matter – it’s a premiership match.

Hampshire vs Lancashire at the Aegus Bowl

Hampshire vs Lancashire one day match at the Aegus Bowl. Because we were on holiday so weren’t playing cricket.

T20 blast finals day at Edgbaston. It started at 11 am with the first semi-final. It ended at 10pm when Lancashire won the final. That's a lot of cricket.

T20 blast finals day at Edgbaston. It started at 11 am with the first semi-final. It ended at 10pm when Lancashire won the final. That’s a lot of cricket.

Whisper it though – I’ve enjoyed every moment. Far easier to embrace their sporting interest than fight it. Far nicer to be with my family than not. Besides, watching the likes of Jenson Button and Jos Buttler this summer hasn’t exactly been a hardship.

Oh, and neither has watching my sons and husband play cricket… (did I just add that in time?!)