Week 10 of 2020 and week 8 of lockdown saw the lifting of a few restrictions, but it was a week in which I spent a lot of time reflecting on things we were missing.
Here’s our week in pictures…
Day 131 – Sunday 10th May – today should have been Tewkesbury half marathon, but it has been postponed until 4th October. Fingers crossed it can go ahead then! So I put last year’s Tewkesbury top and went for a 10 mile run. The weather took a dramatic turn today and it was so much colder than the last couple of days.
Today Boris Johnson announced that we could go outside as much as we want and exercise more than once a day from Wednesday, which I am very happy about. Some of his other announcements were confusing, but I’m sure it will all become clear as the days and weeks wear on.
Day 132 – Monday 11th May – I took some photos of these beautiful flowers in our garden. My husband calls them ‘wall flowers’, even though they’re clearly not wallflowers. Gardening and names of plants isn’t one of my strong points, but I know a lot more plant names than my husband!
Day 133 – Tuesday 12th May – today should have been my son’s first GCSE exam – biology. It does still feel strange that he’s not doing them.
My daughter took this photo of me for Instagram. My mum actually bought the T-shirt for my daughter, but it was too big for her, so it’s mine now! My little niece and nephew have matching ones. Strangely, even though she is much closer in age to her brothers, my mum often lumps my daughter in with ‘the little ones’, who are 5 and 7, when she buys things for the grandchildren.
Day 134 – Wednesday 13th May – today’s missed GCSEs were English Lit and PE. I’m cheating a bit with this photo as it’s screenshot of a video we took at the start of lockdown, as a fun thing for the GCSE PE class to do. They had to do keepy-uppies with school sports socks, before kicking them out of the frame. The teacher edited the videos together so it looked like the kids were passing the socks to each other.
Day 135 – Thursday 14th May – we are now allowed to go to garden centres, so we went! We bought three plants, but we could probably still do with a couple more.
The kids are making the most of being allowed out as much as they want. I think my younger son spent the whole afternoon walking. He would get back from a walk with one person and immediately go for a walk with another (mainly my daughter and me, nobody from outside). Today’s missed GCSE was chemistry.
Day 136 – Friday 15th May – this is a bit blurred, but it’s my son in his natural habitat. I don’t think it’s a ‘normal’ thing to do, but it’s normal for him, as an elite jumper. He is forever jumping up at trees and trying to hit the leaves.
With golf clubs and tennis courts now allowed to open, he was hopeful athletics stadiums and tracks would follow suit. Today it was announced that they could open for one-to-one training, with the agreement of the owner. But sandpits must remain closed. This is not ideal for someone who is a long jumper and triple jumper. We live in hope that he will get to compete right at the end of the season. Today’s missed GCSE was PE paper 2, so he would have finished his GCSE PE by the end of today.
Day 137 – Saturday 16th May – nine weeks since the last real parkrun, but we’re still putting our parkrun T-shirts on every Saturday morning for 5k. Plans for today include more gardening, cleaning the bathrooms and fish and chips for tea! Our favourite chip shop is now open for click and collect orders.
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