This is from the beginning of the third chapter of After Leaving Mr. Mackenzie by Jean Rhys.
THE NAME of the dark young man was George Horsfield. Half an hour afterwards he came out of the Restaurant Albert, thinking that he had spent a disproportionately large part of the last six months in getting away from people who bored him. (The last six months had been his kick of the heels.) The habit of wanting to be alone had grown upon him rather alarmingly.
I searched Google for the precise expression "kick of the heels" and didn't come up with much. I looked at Wiktionary and saw that "kick one's heels" means to wait, while "kick up one's heels" means to dance or relax. But I don't know what kick of the heels means.
The only interpretation I can come up with is that Mr. Horsfield had spend the last six months partying and living it up, and now he finds himself wanting to be alone.
What is a "kick of the heels"?