We celebrated 20 years of marriage and, while much of the world appears to have left lockdown, not a lot seems to have changed here.
Here’s our week in pictures…
Day 187 – Sunday 5th July – the first day which has felt more like summer for a while. I went for my 10 mile run on my own as my husband is still injured. I then did too much walking with the family! I went out for three walks totalling another 10 miles, which was definitely overdoing it. Today my son should have been going to South Africa for his rugby tour.
Day 188 – Monday 6th July – a day of work at home for two of us, work in the office for one of us, schoolwork at home for one of us and doing not a lot for one of us. I also had to do the dreaded shopping.
I have managed to get a Tesco order for 22nd July! We had a Tesco order every week from 2006 right until just before lockdown. I sacrificed two orders I had booked to free them up for vulnerable people and we have done the shopping ourselves ever since. I used to quite enjoy doing quick top-up shops before lockdown, but we are trying to stick to two big shops a week and I hate it. I’d grown quite resentful of the people who never had deliveries before and weren’t vulnerable, but were getting deliveries while I got stressed in the supermarket! I need to get into the habit of doing regular orders three or four weeks ahead now.
This is my favourite flower grown from seed so far.
Day 189 – Tuesday 7th July – twice a week I try to go with my son while he practises sprinting. I thought he needed me to go for his safety – to look out for cars, pedestrians and cyclists – but it turns out he just likes me to go with him. I like to go as it is my best chance in the week to talk to him as it’s just the two of us. I’m cheating with this photo as it was taken on Sunday. It was raining today and the photos were very blurry!
Day 190 – Wednesday 8th July – our 20th wedding anniversary! We were supposed to be going to Amsterdam today for a couple of nights, which would have been only our second time away without kids. My daughter was supposed to be going on a school trip to Paris. Normally on our wedding anniversary we have a day trip to London to see a show. Clearly none of that happened today.
It rained all day at home, but the weather was better by going slightly north to Stratford-upon-Avon, so that’s what we did for a few hours. We took our younger son with us. My daughter didn’t want to get behind with her schoolwork, so she stayed at home with my eldest.
If you want to know what I looked like 20 years ago, have a look at my Instagram!
Day 191 – Thursday 9th July – it feels like we’ve had two weeks of bad weather. I think we all got soaked three times today. This is our evening walk.
Day 192 – Friday 10th July – today was my daughter’s last day of year 9 (the school decided to bring the end of term forward by a week). It was also my son’s last day with his current team for his apprenticeship. He has really enjoyed working with that team. He will start with a new team on Monday, while continuing to work at home.
The rain finally stopped and the clouds went away. It looked like summer, but it didn’t feel like it. There was a definite nip in the air. This is another of my beautiful flowers grown from seed.
Day 193 – Saturday 11th July – we started the day with a (not)parkrun. Only my son and I were running. My husband is still injured (yes, there is always someone injured in our house!) and my daughter has lost her running mojo. They both walked instead.
Blogposts this week:
- Silent Sunday 5.7.20
- My daughter, hair and me
- Lockdown: The kids are all right (aren’t they?)
- The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins