This week was a bit different from previous weeks – I guess we are coming out of lockdown now. H went to school one day for a couple of hours – the first time since March. They didn’t have any lessons and they did outdoor activities with the PE staff. His form tutor was there too. He got to see his friends and hopefully it will help dispel any anxiety about going back in September after a long break. He’s still got a few days left of online learning (term doesn’t finish till Wednesday) and he finds out what form he will be in next year and what language he will be doing for GCSE on Monday (he won’t choose his options till next year except for this language one). I drove him to school and took the opportunity to go for a walk whilst he was busy. It was interesting to do a walk I’ve never done before and there were some lovely views.
I took Dad to the next town over for a little shopping trip: he had some vouchers to spend and wanted to have some passport pictures taken. It’s the first time he’s been to the shops since March as my brother and I have been doing that. I think he saw it as a day out even though we were there for less than an hour. He’s going out a bit more now that the church is open again. The worry is that they have just announced a local spike of cases and are now warning of the possibility of a local lockdown.
Another first was going out for a meal post lockdown. I enjoyed going out for the first time and had a nice meal. I wasn’t convinced about that particular pub/restaurant though as I didn’t feel they cleaned between customers very well (no more than a quick wipe of the table). The other thing was that we waited ages for our drinks order to be taken and you can’t get served at the bar as it’s all table service. I’m not sure I’ll be returning to that one in a hurry, but if we have a local lockdown it might be all immaterial anyway.
The big project of the week has been sorting out my garden parasol. It wasn’t difficult to assemble, but it did require sourcing some paving slabs. Luckily there were some in the garden on the vegetable patch that were the right size and a good match for the patio. The only thing I need to do now is find some slabs to replace the path I’ve removed to make the base. I’m really happy with my parasol: I love the colour and it’s really effective. It will make such a difference on sunny days as the spot I like to sit in is a real sun trap and can get very hot. I’m looking forward to relaxing out there either on my own with a book or with a drink when I have friends round.