It’s been another fairly challenging fortnight – with my son away on his travels, my daughter still having trouble at school (although things have improved slightly), living in the shadow of coronavirus and having to sort out my new bedroom, although that is of course a nice problem to have.
Here’s our fortnight in pictures…
Day 68 – Sunday 8th March – we started the day with an 18 mile run, which took just under three hours. I’ll be honest, it wasn’t the nicest run I’ve ever done, but needs must! My son played his first football match for a while. Between his injury and the endless cancellations due to waterlogged pitches, it’s been a long time since they last played.
Day 69 – Monday 9th March – my daughter had an inset day, which was good timing, as she needs a break from school with all the hassle she’s been getting. My work has calmed down a bit, so I thought I would treat us both to a bit of time off and we went to see Military Wives at the cinema. It’s not the best film you will ever see, but it’s an enjoyable way to pass a couple of hours.
Day 70 – Tuesday 10th March – every afternoon or evening (he’s eight hours ahead), my son sends me his photos from the day. It’s nice for me to see them and I really look forward to receiving them. He’s currently in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.
Day 71 – Wednesday 11th March – our new bedroom furniture arrived! Although it didn’t need much putting together, just getting it out of the packaging and into the right position was a mammoth task. It looks very nice now, I feel like I’m in a hotel. I got very little work done today.
Day 72 – Thursday 12th March – I started the day with a 10 mile run, which is the longest midweek run on my training plan. It felt easy enough, but isn’t ideal for a work day. I also had to drive to Tesco for my first ever click and collect order, as I couldn’t get a delivery slot, despite getting a delivery every single week. Thanks, panic buyers! My son sent me his daily batch of photos. I think this was taken in Melaka in Malaysia.
Day 73 – Friday 13th March – we heard in the evening that our marathon has been postponed until September, which is of course the right decision to take. I’ve already run 20 miles this week and am nearly 10 weeks through a 15 week training plan. The thought of doing it all over again is slightly daunting, but there’s no question that we will do it. As we were going to bed, my son was getting on a plane from Singapore to Sydney. This is one of his last photos from Singapore.
Day 74 – Saturday 14th March – happy birthday to my beautiful girl, 14 today! (If you are a regular reader and would like to read her birthday post, please message me for the password.) She had a lovely day, starting with parkrun, which she hasn’t done for a few weeks. Her brother was playing football in Bristol, so we caught the second half of the game and then went to Ikea and for a wander around Bristol. Yes, my daughter had genuinely requested that we go to Ikea for her birthday! My mum and dad went with us to Pizza Express in the evening.
Day 75 – Sunday 15th March – my husband and I ‘just’ went for a 10 mile run as we don’t have a marathon to train for right now. He then spent a couple of hours at the football pitch in torrential rain, trying to make it playable, only for it to get called off by the ref, under pressure from the opposition coach. There was also one dad making a fuss about coronavirus. This isn’t the premier league. These kids aren’t playing in a packed stadium of spectators. Most parents can’t even be bothered to go and watch. They are at far less risk than they’re at in school. Playing football is good for them. We now know they won’t get another game this season.
Day 76 – Monday 16th March – I got a call from my son as soon as I got up to say that one of his return flights have been cancelled, due to coronavirus. He has now booked a completely different flight and will be home a few days earlier than originally planned. I am relieved. I just want him home safe and sound now. This is one of his photos from Sydney.
Day 77 – Tuesday 17th March – my son started his very long journey home – it would be about 36 hours from Sydney to Heathrow.
Day 78 – Wednesday 18th March – with more and more things being cancelled, we knew it was only a matter of time before schools would close. But we were left reeling when it was announced today that there would be no GCSEs or A Levels this year. My poor son just sat in stunned silence. I don’t think many teenagers are actually celebrating. Most of them wanted the chance to prove themselves.
Day 79 – Thursday 19th March – my husband got up just after 4 to pick my son up from Heathrow. The original plan had been for him to get a coach back, but after a very long journey and a stressful few days for him, we wanted to get him home as quickly as possible. It’s very good to have him home again – even if he is very untidy!
Day 80 – Friday 20th March – the last day of school for the foreseeable future, and definitely the last day of year 11 for my son. I nearly bought him some new school shoes last weekend, and was definitely going to get some this weekend. It’s a good job I didn’t waste my money! In the end, it was my daughter who was more upset about the uncertainty than my son.
Day 81 – Saturday 21st March – parkrun is off, of course, so we did our own non-parkrun parkrun around the village. All five of us did it, plus my mum and dad (my mum walking and my dad running), my sister and brother-in-law, as well as my niece and nephew on their bikes. This is all three of my menfolk.