Two weeks in one this time. The reason for this was my sister came down from Scotland for a long weekend, so I was too busy to write last week’s post. I didn’t do much anyway except get stuff ready and do shopping. My sister arrived here just before they tightened up restrictions in our area (but not a local lockdown). It was lovely to see her and the family – the last time was Christmas. We had been due to go up to visit at Easter. I had got to the stage where I was thinking about buying train tickets, but held off because I thought there would be a lockdown and I’m glad I did (I didn’t need the hassle of trying to get a refund). Obviously we didn’t go and as they are soon to go back to school in Scotland, there won’t be an opportunity for a while. Maybe later in the year.
The children had changed quite a bit: voices breaking, bigger, stronger, etc. H enjoyed having more company for a change and it got easier to get him out of the house for a walk with his cousins. This picture is of the three boys (to the right) in the local park. The weather was pretty good and we were able to enjoy a few G&Ts in the garden (for the adults). The sad thing was that we weren’t able to get all the family together as that would have been too many households. Maybe next time it will be possible.
More time in the garden this week. The hedges badly need doing and anyone who comes round comments on it. I like to delay cutting it until August because of nesting birds, but I think I’m the only one who does so. It’s August now, so I’m running out of excuses and will have to get to work on them soon. I’ve settled into a lockdown routine now after all these months. I’ve been able to vary it up a bit more lately to go for walks with friends. It’s generally blogging, exercise, house and garden chores, lots of reading, a bit of TV (not much – I go days without turning it on), sleep. It’s a bit dull in some ways, but I have enjoyed the quieter pace of life and I’ve read so many books which is great as I love to do that. I’ve discovered that I can get quite a lot free on my kindle, so that keeps costs down. The downside is a lot of these books are first in a series and I want to read more and those books aren’t usually free (obviously that’s the marketing tool). Libraries are reopening slowly round here, but I might be able to get to one soon. Swimming pools are slow to reopen and the closest ones are getting 10 to swim in one (double) lane – can’t see that working well as 5 was usually more than enough. Can’t wait to swim again, but want to be able to swim properly.