It’s the second week of the Easter holidays and my husband had a few days off work! This literally never happens. He only takes time off for actual holidays, any birthdays that fall on weekdays in the school holidays and one day for our wedding anniversary.
Here’s our week in pictures…
Day 104 – Sunday 14th April – I started the day with a 22 mile run, the longest run on my training plan. I won’t say it was easy, but it wasn’t too hard either. I didn’t do much else after that, as I was pretty tired. The training gets easier from now on. My son played both rugby and football, but I didn’t get to see him.
Day 105 – Monday 15th April – we went for a trip out to Bicester Village (not my choice!) and Oxford. It was lovely to be out of the house and not either working or worrying about not working. My uncle and auntie live in Oxford and I always assumed I’d been to the city centre as a child. It turns out I hadn’t! I didn’t recognise it at all and I thought it was wonderful. This is my husband, daughter and younger son walking in Oxford. You can just about see my eldest in front of them. There are more photos of Oxford on my Instagram.
Day 106 – Tuesday 16th April – I had a bit of my new freelance job to finish off, so had to work today. Then, when I thought I was finished, some more of it came in. I don’t function well after 1pm because of my insomnia, but I had to get it finished. It was proofreading too, which is pretty intense and requires total concentration. I don’t drink anything containing caffeine, so I tried eating some chocolate to make me more alert. I’m not sure if it worked, but I got the work finished!
Day 107 – Wednesday 17th April – my husband, the two younger kids and I travelled down to Cornwall. It was a last minute decision based on the lovely weather that was forecast. My eldest couldn’t come as it’s not long until his A Levels. We are staying in a lovely hotel in Rock. We have never stayed in Rock before, but it is just a short ferry ride from Padstow, my favourite place in the world. It felt just like coming home. I was amazed at how busy it was in April. We spent a lot of the day walking and had tea at Rick Stein’s fish and chip shop. This photo was taken from Rock, looking over to Padstow. I love how far the tide goes out in the Camel Estuary, it means the landscape is constantly changing. You can see more photos of Padstow on my Instagram over the next few days, on my Silent Sunday post and especially this post.
Day 108 – Thursday 18th April – I started the day with a five mile run before breakfast, then we all had a walk on the beach at Rock before heading over to Padstow. We went a walk on the South West Coast Path in the afternoon and it was very warm, sunny and windy! We stopped at Rest A While tea garden on the coast path and I had a cream tea. You can see how windy it was from this photo. We set off for home just after 6 and got back very quickly. My eldest was very pleased to see us, as he’d been lonely.
Day 109 – Friday 19th April – a very hot and sunny day! I went for a seven mile run and then did a bit of gardening. I’m not keen on gardening, but needs must. I’ve tried planting some mixed ‘summer flowers’ to encourage the bees to come to the garden. This is one of my favourite tulips. We don’t seem to have many this year.
Day 110 – Saturday 20th April – I ran five miles this morning, including parkrun. This is people walking down to the start line. There were probably at least 600 runners there today. It was nice to see my son running again after the long football and rugby season.