Week 27 of 2020 – more than halfway through the year. The last couple of weeks saw another family get older. And still we are in some form of lockdown (week 15!).
Here’s our fortnight in pictures…
Day 173 – Sunday 21st June – Father’s Day, although we’re not particularly big on Father’s Day in our house. The kids did buy my husband small presents, but my husband lost his own dad when he was 13 and my dad always says that Father’s Day ‘isn’t real’. He says it was just made up by card companies because there is a Mother’s Day.
The highlight of our day was probably the walk up the hill.
Day 174 – Monday 22nd June – a busy day of work and the weather is definitely starting to improve. My husband has started going into the office every day now. It’s strange not having him at home after so long. Before work, he did a coronavirus test, after he was randomly selected. It’s pretty brutal – having to touch your tonsils five times, which made him gag twice. Sadly it wasn’t an antibody test. We suspect the whole family has had the virus (thanks to my son’s travels!) and it would be nice to know.
Day 175 – Tuesday 23rd June – a hot day with lots of work. Also, the end of an era – the last televised coronavirus daily briefing. Apparently on 4th July pubs, hairdressers and cinemas will reopen. Social distancing will reduce to one metre and life will start to feel almost normal. I really hope it is the right thing to do.
Isn’t Chris Whitty a legend?
Day 176 – Wednesday 24th June – an even hotter day with temperatures reaching 30 degrees. Another busy day of work. My younger son went to meet a couple of friends briefly and I spotted the first flower in my garden which I grew from seed this year. There’s lots more to come.
Day 177 – Thursday 25th June – a very hot day – about 31 or 32 degrees. My eldest had a birthday barbecue for six of his friends. They were very noisy and it felt a bit uncomfortable being in the house with them all in the garden, but they were well behaved. At 10.30pm, they suddenly cleared up all the mess and then went home.
Apologies, it’s another flower picture. We have three of these plants (phloxes), which were planted by the previous homeowner. Every year, they bring so much colour to the garden.
Day 178 – Friday 26th June – first thing in the morning, this was the only evidence we’d had teenagers in the garden last night (it doesn’t belong to us). But then all but one of them came back at 9am! And then all but one of them left at 11am. A hot and busy day.
Day 179 – Saturday 27th June – my son turned 19 today. He didn’t want to do a lot, but we had a takeaway curry for tea. He also went to town and bought himself a bargain jumper with his birthday money.
Day 180 – Sunday 28th June – I went for a 10 mile run on my own this morning, as my husband is injured. It was a much colder day. We went for a walk in the evening. You will notice that my daughter’s hair is much shorter! I didn’t want her to have to have it cut, as she’s always had it very long.
Day 181 – Monday 29th June – after three months on furlough, my son finally went back to work today. He’s still working at home, but it’s nice for him to have the structure and routine in his life again.
It was an unbelievably cold, grey and windy day. These are the flowers I grew from seed (two 29p packets from Lidl!), which are just starting to bloom.
Day 182 – Tuesday 30th June – I went for a walk with my oldest friend, which was really nice. I genuinely don’t think I’ve seen her in 2020. Hopefully we will be able to see each other more regularly now.
These are tiny baby lupins on the front garden, which I grew from seed. They won’t flower until next year, so I have to keep them alive until then!
Day 183 – Wednesday 1st July – another day, another walk with a friend. We went to our favourite hill, which my friend hasn’t really been to before. She absolutely loved it there and it was lovely to see her again.
Day 184 – Thursday 2nd July – today was one of those days when lockdown limbo got on top of me. My son says he is always ‘waiting’. With no school work to do, he literally spends his whole life waiting until he can sprint and jump. And he’s finding it really hard that he can’t jump at the moment. Why couldn’t the stadium have got flooded this time last year when he’d just fractured his pelvis?!
The only photo I took was of this wonderful book which I finished reading today. Look out for the review next week!
Day 185 – Friday 3rd July – I’m getting a bit fed-up of the grey weather. Luckily I at least managed to clean the guinea pigs before the heavens opened.
Day 186 – Saturday 4th July – today we have the freedom to go to pubs and restaurants and get our hair cut. Our neighbour had his hair done at 9am, but we’re not in any rush to go anywhere.
This was the third official week of (not)parkrun – this is my times logged for the last three weeks. Today I got my (not)parkrun PB.
Blogposts this fortnight:
- Silent Sunday 21.6.20
- Lockdown: ‘I’ll never be bored in the school holidays again’
- Happy birthday, 19 year old boy!
- I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell
- Silent Sunday 28.6.20
- Lockdown: Missing the isolation
- Lockdown: Life in the village
- Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng