The weather has turned, we’ve completed six weeks of lockdown and we’re into May – which means we’re into our third calendar month of ‘the new normal’.
Here’s our week in pictures…
Day 117 – Sunday 26th April – I forgot to take a photo today, so thought I would share this one from a few days ago. We’ve been embracing long walks on the days we don’t run. We’ve always walked a lot as a family, but tended to go out for two or three half hour walks a day. Now we’re revisiting footpaths I used as a child, which my family claim they’ve never walked before, as well as walks the kids have done with Scouts. There are three tiny dots in the middle of this picture, which are my menfolk – they are always faster than my daughter and me!
Day 118 – Monday 27th April – credit to my younger son, he has been an absolute delight all through lockdown. When he was younger, he could be quite stubborn. Now he is helpful, caring and very good to his sister. Every day he voluntarily helps with the cooking, something he has never done before. He is also working hard on his fitness to ensure he is ready for when and if the athletics season starts. I really couldn’t ask for a better son to have around. Apart from this mess, which is hidden away at the back of his bedroom…
Day 119 – Tuesday 28th April – the rain came back! I got absolutely drenched when I went running. It’s a few weeks since I last wore my coat. Lockdown is definitely less pleasant with rain. It was harder to find somewhere quiet to read without the garden.
Day 120 – Wednesday 29th April – we gave our bedroom a complete overhaul in February and March (I need to blog about that soon!) and my daughter decided she wanted a lot of our old stuff, including our bed. Since lockdown started, she has been sorting her bedroom out every day – decluttering her stuff and upcycling the old furniture. Tonight was her last night in her old bed.
Day 121 – Thursday 30th April – another rainy day. The days definitely seem longer when it’s raining. I took a photo of raindrops on a plant in the garden because I was bored.
In the evening we had utter chaos removing my daughter’s old bed and rebuilding our old bed in her room. We now have bits of the old bed on the landing, in the spare room and in the bathroom! There is talk of putting it up in the spare room and giving my son the old spare bed. I’m not sure I can take any more moving things around. While the charity shops and tip are closed we can’t get rid of stuff, so we have bags and bags of it everywhere.
Day 122 – Friday 1st May – my daughter spent the night on her old mattress on the new bed, then the new mattress arrived today. We discovered that the paintwork behind her old bed was pretty shoddy – we’d even painted half of the radiator! So she spent yet more time painting before getting her bed made up properly.
Day 123 – Saturday 2nd May – this is the sky when I hung the washing out this morning. We’ve done our family non-parkrun parkrun (with just four of us) and now we have an exciting day of weeding and tidying to look forward to. I don’t know which of those things I dislike the most.