After being fairly busy throughout lockdown, work fell off a cliff this week. I was only doing between half an hour and an hour a day. To be fair, this does often happen over the summer, although not usually until August.
Here’s our week in pictures…
Day 201 – Sunday 19th July – we went for a drive to Kemble airfield, which is where the British Airways 747s and a lot of other planes are being stored after being decommissioned. My eldest is a plane enthusiast, so was keen to see them. The other kids were much less keen to see them. We sold them a walk, but it turns out there wasn’t anywhere to walk or park and we couldn’t get very close to the planes! This is as close as we got. My daughter refused to even get out of the car.
Day 202 – Monday 20th July – the sun came back at last, although there was a chill in the air, so it felt more like September than July. Last week I shared a photo of my lovely new vase in my windowsill. It looked so nice that I would like flowers in it all the time. So I cut some of my flowers from the garden. There are so many flowers that you can’t even see that they are missing. Will just have to remember to keep the stems a bit longer next time!
Day 203 – Tuesday 21st July – I wrote a few weeks ago about how I had lost pace when running. I blamed getting older. But over the last couple of weeks I seem to have got my pace back! Until a few months, I would run between 8:30 and 8:45 pace on a morning run, but it had slipped to 9 minute miles.
Day 204 – Wednesday 22nd July – I went a walk in the afternoon with my younger kids and my parents. This is probably my favourite local walk, which we have done quite a lot since lockdown started (and only twice in all the years before that!).
Day 205 – Thursday 23rd July – we’ve been randomly selected to get regular coronavirus testing. We got a phone call this morning to tell us the lady was on her way. Luckily four of us were at home and the fifth was only a phone call away. I had to answer a few questions too, so that was our excitement for the day. I was dreading the test and, while it wasn’t pleasant, it wasn’t as bad as I’d built it up in my head.
Day 206 – Friday 24th July – another quiet day of work. Masks are now mandatory in shops in England. We didn’t go to any shops, but we finally got masks. I must admit I found it a bit claustrophobic, which isn’t surprising as I am claustrophobic. I know I’m going to have to get used to it though as I’m the main shopper in the house!
My daughter and I went to visit my sister, who moved house a few days ago. In the evening we went for a different walk. We were only a couple of miles from home, but the kids don’t recall ever walking that way before. My son said it felt like we were on holiday!
Day 207 – Saturday 25th July – we decided to go to the park to do our (not)parkrun today. It’s the first time we’ve done that as it isn’t recommended because of the possibility of crowds, but obviously lockdown restrictions have eased a lot in recent weeks. In addition, we didn’t run until nearly 10am rather than 9am, as the kids take quite a while to get out of bed! Doing our (not)parkrun is a real highlight of our week anyway, but it was so nice to actually run round the park again.
Blogposts this week:
- Silent Sunday 19.7.20
- Why I’m not running Brighton marathon 2021
- Why a girls’ grammar school might be the best choice for a boy
- Win a pair of Treads school shoes #ad
- My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante