The weeks blur into one don’t they? I do find it difficult sometimes to have some different pictures and stories to share with you as it often feels that I’m not doing anything different to the previous time. This week H has been off school for the first week of a two week half term, but we haven’t done much. As a teenager he isn’t that keen on day trips out any more, but we would normally meet up with friends or see family either at our house or at their’s. The trouble is that’s difficult as we are in a Tier 2 area, so haven’t been able to go to each others houses since the summer holidays. We do have an outdoor meetup planned to next week, and might try to arrange another.
I’m busy working working on Christmas gift guides. I’ve got a table full of stuff that needs sorting, testing, photographing and writing up. It’s quite fun and I’ve discovered quite a few new favourites over the years. It can feel a bit stressful in a normal year as it’s a lot of work, but I think it will be ok this year as we are doing so much less. Next week I’ll start going live with some. It seems a long way to Christmas, but I expect a few of you are already starting to buy.
I did a different countryside walk to normal this week. Instead of starting in the National Trust owned Clent Hills as we often do, I drove a bit further to meet my friend in Hagley. This meant that we were able to do a loop round some pretty Worcestershire villages. A few of the villages have taken up this concept of phone box libraries. I think they are a great way of sharing books and keeping the lovely red telephone boxes. I don’t know where the idea came from originally, but we saw a similar one in Bonn in Germany a few years back too, so it’s clearly spread far and wide.
Swimming has been a bit of a slog since our pool finally got around to reopening – our council were very slow to open back up. It hasn’t been helped by more restrictive opening times and needing to book in advance. I have still doing my normal 50 lengths (that I did pre-lockdown), but felt sluggish in the water and slow. This week was the first time I felt I was breaking out of that and starting to get back to my normal speed. I’m just hoping it doesn’t all stop again soon as our covid cases are still rising and there is talk of Tier 3. H has just done a half term of swimming classes too (although he had to miss two because he was self isolating). We have had to go to a different venue and it’s not quite as nice, but it does the job. This term he’s been forced to learn to dive at last and he’s getting better at that.