It’s been another busy couple of weeks, with another half marathon, the end of the A Levels and another incredible long jump performance.
Here’s our fortnight in pictures…
Day 160 – Sunday 9th June – started a rare sunny day with a 12 mile run, including a large hill. It was definitely the hilliest run I’ve ever done. My watch told me my ascent was 799 feet.
Day 161 – Monday 10th June – it started raining in the early afternoon and just rained and rained and rained. This is the view outside my front door.
Day 162 – Tuesday 11th June – a busy day of work, with yet more rain. I go for the same walk once or twice a day and always say hello to these ponies. I don’t think they were enjoying the rain.
Day 163 – Wednesday 12th June – my husband’s 46th birthday! It was Pumba’s first time doing birthday duties in the new lounge. I think he likes his new spot.
Day 164 – Thursday 13th June – my son had his last two A Level exams! He is pleased with how they went and I’m pleased with how hard he worked and how he took it all in his stride. He’s now got about 10 weeks of summer to enjoy before he starts his apprenticeship. I had a ridiculously busy day of driving, starting with taking my husband to the railway station at 6am. I then took my eldest to school at 7 and my younger son at normal time. I picked my younger son up and took first my daughter, then my son to athletics club. My last lift of the day was my husband from the railway station at 9pm.
This flower in my garden shows how much it has rained lately. The rain has weighed it down.
Day 165 – Friday 14th June – another very rainy day. This is the level of the water on a full height kerb just down the road from me.
Day 166 – Saturday 15th June – after becoming county champion in long jump last week, my son went to the regional competition today. We just wanted him to have a great experience and maybe get another PB. We weren’t expecting what happened. He got a massive new PB and finished second in the region. And my husband and I tried a new (very hilly) parkrun on the way there.
Day 167 – Sunday 16th June – my husband and I ran the Cheltenham Challenge half marathon. It was tough, but absolutely brilliant. The ascent was 1326ft – much more than last week’s hilliest ever run. I will be back next year!
Day 168 – Monday 17th June – my son’s first week without school, revision or exams. He is taking it easy. In true teenage style, he woke up late and then asked for a lift. I won’t be giving him too many lifts while he’s off as I need to work. The only photos I took were screenshots of my blog to show the problems I was having with it. Luckily it’s all sorted now.
Day 169 – Tuesday 18th June – I had some bad news about my car, which needs a whole blogpost to itself. Safe to say I won’t be seeing it for a while longer yet. My daughter got me to take lots of photos of her en pointe for school.
Day 170 – Wednesday 19th June – with the problems I’ve been having with my blog (all sorted now) and the endless rain, I haven’t really been feeling it with photos lately. The only photo I took today was this one – this is what happens to your change from athletics club when your son is a long jumper.
Day 171 – Thursday 20th June – I’m getting used to having my son at home all the time. If I’m honest, it’s slightly disruptive. I’m spending more time working in the spare room, rather than the kitchen (where it is lighter and the wifi is better) to get away from him and his noise. The only photo I took was my morning window photo for Instagram stories (I post one of these every day and they are surprisingly popular, I even get complaints if I forget!).
Day 172 – Friday 21st June – the sun came out and it warmed up! On the longest day of the year, dare we hope that summer might be about to start? There was much excitement in the evening when we spotted several hot air balloons and decided to chase them. They were getting prepared for Cheltenham Balloon Fiesta tomorrow. As you can see, I got pretty close to one of them.
Day 173 – Saturday 22nd June – sorry, it’s my face again! It was a very hot morning at parkrun today. As my son doesn’t have an athletics competition, he joined my husband, daughter and I. For once, I finished first out of the family.