Project 365 2019 Week 7 Day 41 – 47
Sunday 10th February – Day 41
When somewhere you’ve wanted to visit for a couple of years is only open on one weekend, you have to make the most of it whatever the weather decides to throw at you. It was pouring with rain as we headed up the motorway to Hanwell Castle on the outskirts of Banbury. But we’d got our waterproofs and boots on and we were prepared for anything.
Luckily the rain stopped as we started walking around the grounds to enjoy the snowdrops and visit the observatory, but it was very muddy. The cake, coffee and roaring fire at the end of the trail was much appreciated.
We weren’t far from Upton House and I’d promised my son that we’d pop in to get his passport stamped. We’ve visited countless times over the years but have never had his passport. That’s the second stamp of his second passport sorted.
The sun had come out, we’d stripped off our waterproof trousers and decided to pop along to Adderbury Lakes on the way home. It’s somewhere I had no idea existed until recently, even though I’ve lived in the area for thirsty seven years!
We were shattered by the time we got home, especially after our long day out yesterday. A roast dinner went down well.
Monday 11th February – Day 42
We were both feeling bleary eyed this morning and could have done with a few more hours in bed.
My son had his last school swimming lesson in Year Four. Gutted that I only got to see him swim once and realised that we don’t get any feedback on their progress if we don’t actually get to watch them. Still can’t convince him to go to proper lessons again unfortunately.
I had a really busy morning at work so it was lunchtime before I knew it. Shopping done and then home to sort some things out.
It’s nineteen years ago today that a good friend lost his life in a road accident when a car didn’t see him on his motorbike. Such a tragic loss. I still miss his laughter.
Tuesday 12th February – Day 43
It had been quite mild yesterday but this morning we were back to frost and cold weather. I’ve got yet another cold, serious had a cold or cough now since the start of January.
I got some blog work done and had some good news about a couple of pieces of paid work. We’d had a delivery of some How to Train Your Dragon toys on Sunday, and I’d not had a chance to get batteries for one of them. It was time for play after school.
Wednesday 13th February – Day 44
Between the cat and the reoccurring duvet thief, I’ve not had an uninterrupted nights sleep for a while, and I’m shattered and still full of cold. Grumpy Mum alert.
Busy morning at work for me and my boss has agreed that the hour extra I’ve been working three times a week, I can do from home next week during half term. It’s Facebook work, so great that I can do that in the evenings for her and it will make childcare easier to juggle too.
There was a cake sale after school and these went down well. I was in need of a pick me up.
Thursday 14th February – Day 45
It was a very misty, chilly morning.
I don’t do Valentine’s Day, it’s never really been a big day on my calendar in that respect. For me, it’s the day I remember my Papa and his birthday, it’s been 38 years since I last got to wish him Happy Birthday. I wish I’d got to know him as an adult, but he’ll be forever remembered as the best horse a girl could have. Today is also the day my Uncle finds out about his cancer treatment plan. It’s an uncertain time for all of us, and although I’ve known many people who’ve suffered with this hideous disease over the years, including my ex-FIL, it doesn’t make it any easier. We had a lovely conversation in the afternoon, and now to wait for a date for his operation.
But on a lighter note, listening to two nine-year old boys talking about love and Valentine’s Day this morning on the way to school was hilarious. I shall have to remind them both of this conversation in ten years time.
It was Thrilling Thursday at school this afternoon, a chance to look at my son’s school work and join the class for the afternoon. It was all about the solar system and the kids had fun.
After school it was so Spring like we headed to the park with my son’s new friend and his Mum. The boys ran off playing, giving us a chance to get to know each other too.
Friday 15th February – Day 46
I had wondered if my son would go to school today. Last night he was complaining of a really sore throat and wasn’t himself at all. It’s never a good sign when he starts the night in my bed, but he work up feeling ok so fingers crossed he’s not coming down with anything for half term.
We were late getting into school because of an issue with the gates and then there was much excitement as we discovered a tractor in the playground. Looks as if lots of work is being done on their garden today.
Although I had to de-ice the car this morning, by the time I’d finished work it was lovely and sunny. You can tell when it’s warmer as Brewster is much keener to get outdoors in the daytime and explore.
Saturday 16th February – Day 47
We spent the day at Beale Park with my oldest friend who also happens to by my son’s godmum. The weather wasn’t as nice as we’d hoped but it was good enough for us to enjoy a good wander around. We were quite surprised by how busy it was and lunch in the cafe was a nightmare, we managed to grab a table but the queues to order food were insane.
We’d passed Basildon Park on our way in and decided to pop in quickly in our way home. It’s been years since our last visit and it meant my son could get another stamp for his passport.