Trying to put my finger on my odd mood this morning. Then it struck me - the silence.
The boys were back at school today and the house was far too quiet yet filled with the evidence of their half term. A bad combination - all of the mayhem with none of the pleasure.
And the past fortnight really was a pleasure. As they grow older, I find I relish school holidays more and more and I know I was sadder than them about their return today. Because left to my own devices, I really have no excuse for turning CDs into spacecraft and you can't play Backgammon alone.
Which only leaves me with the mayhem to clear up and that, my friends, is the least fun bit about being a mother.