Project 365 2018 Week 9 Day 56 – 62
Sunday 25th February – Day 56
The sun was shining but it was bitterly cold again. We’d picked up details of a number of local walks when we’d visited Calke Abbey yesterday and we decided to pop along to Dimminsdale Nature Reserve. We’d driven past the car park alongside Staunton Harold Reservoir countless times over the year and had no idea there was a nature reserve close by, as the reservoir itself isn’t walkable. It was a little hidden gem and we’ll explore in more detail when we next stay with my friend.
After a cuppa it was time to head back home to get ready for the week ahead.
Monday 26th February – Day 57
Brewster had the right idea. Monkey and I were tired after our busy weekend, and it was so cold on the walk to school. I got home and dug out my big black hat, with the weather forecast for this week, it’s time to wrap up warm. I got the shopping done and posted something for Mum by airmail for Mother’s Day in case the snow really does hit us as hard as they’re saying.
I was in school for the afternoon listening to the kids reading. It was their teacher’s birthday and at the end of the day they all sang her Happy Birthday. Clearly the rest of the class like her as much as my son does (he’s actually written her a birthday note – yes WRITTEN!!). I tried not to wince when she said she was 25.
Cubs went well and apparently I’ve got a surprise coming for Mother’s Day. Nice.
Tuesday 27th February – Day 58
Monkey is back to sneaking in bed with me pretty much every night again. We woke up this morning and I wasn’t sure I wanted to open the curtains but we’d had no snow overnight. It was very cold on the walk to school and it’s been trying to snow on and off all day, but not really achieving anything.
Parent’s Evening went well. My son and his teacher have really clicked which is such a relief with a child who struggles to open up to others. He’s worked really hard on his maths, and is getting additional support in all areas. He’s very lucky. Apparently he’s now joining in in class and answering questions when asked. Big step forward for him. I think school will often be a challenge for him, but he tries hard and I can’t really ask for more.
Wednesday 28th February – Day 59
Another day when it tried to snow and failed, except for the walk home from school, which was blizzard like but again, didn’t settle. With the weather warnings coming in thick and fast I headed out long enough to get Brewster a bag of food and then got on with housework at home. It’s bitterly cold out there.
I was ushered into class at school pick up as my son had face palmed the playground when the kids had been out running. They were still cleaning him up, but he’d been really brave and not cried at all. He’s got a nasty graze on his arm and others on his knee, nose, chin and around his mouth. Apparently he also ended up with mud in his mouth – only my son. Anyway, he could still walk and I promised him ice cream for pudding at dinner time to cheer him up. It was also the book fair ahead of tomorrow’s World Book Day and he decided to put his £1 voucher towards this. A book we’re both looking forward to reading.
My college class for tomorrow has been cancelled, will we wake up to snow?
Thursday 1st March – Day 60
Well it’s snowing but it’s very fine so taking ages to settle, it has also minus 4 but with a biting wind. Freezing! It snows all day but really was nowhere near the issue that others have been having. But that wasn’t going to stop my son having fun after school. But he didn’t stay out long because even he thought it was too cold!
World Book Day and my son went to school as Peter from Peter’s Railway.
I got a message after Monkey had gone to bed to say that school would be closed in the morning. No need to set the alarm!
Friday 2nd March – Day 61
I’d had to let Brewster out for a toilet stop at 3am and it was snowing well and he ran out and back in again. I fully expected to see a foot of snow when we woke up, but there was barely any more than we’d gone to bed with.
My son was overjoyed to be off school but was happy to stay indoors. Not ideal with a father who didn’t get in from work until 4am. My son doesn’t do quiet.
We’ve played with Lego, watched a film and finally the snow started to come down heavily this afternoon. We’ll be staying put for the foreseeable, but snowman building may well be on the cards tomorrow.
We’ve also done a bit of bird spotting from my son’s bedroom window and saw this cheeky squirrel. Luckily he stayed put long enough for me to change lens on my camera.
Saturday 3rd March – Day 62
No more snow today although the sky is pure white. It’s actually plus 1 for the first time in a week and the snow in the garden has started to melt. We live in a really flat area, but that wasn’t going to stop Monkey enjoying time on his sledge this morning, even if it meant I had to pull him up and down our road and round the garden. He’s easily pleased.
When we needed to warm up we came inside for lunch, and then had fun making electrical circuits with a Light Up set I’d got him ages ago and never tried. Then it was on to a Science set we’ve been sent for review and some Gross Science fun, think farts and poop!
The afternoon is being spent watching Steam Train programmes we’ve recorded in the week. My son’s idea of heaven.