Project 366 2020 Week 35 Day 236 – 242 Another week of getting used to the new normal, we should have been in Spain visiting my parents, we aren’t. We went to Dorset for a few days instead.
Sunday 23rd August – Day 236
We should have been up at silly o’clock this morning to catch a flight to Spain to see my parents. I’d changed the flights to 2021 before the government changed their decision on flights to the country. It doesn’t make it any less gutting that we aren’t going. But here we are, this is the reality for so many of us who have family overseas, it’s really not the same as losing a holiday. But anyway, it was lovely to be with my bestie today.
We went out for a walk in the morning as the forecast for later in the day didn’t look good. Back for a late lunch and as I went to pack the car, the heavens opened.
Monday 24th August – Day 237
A long overdue catch up with good friends as we headed to Evenley Wood Gardens for the day. We all had a lovely, relaxed time. The weather held out for us, the boys had fun building their den and my friend and I got to have a really good, uninterrupted catch up which was so nice.
The post arrived just after we got home and I received a really nice surprise. The cheque for the inheritance I’d been left by my ex’s uncle arrived and it was quite a lot more than I had imagined. I was really shocked, and to have something really nice happen for a change took me aback. It means that I have the means to sort a new car out, something that has been really stressing me out lately. It also means that I no longer need to worry about paying for the mini-break I’ve booked for this week!
Tuesday 25th August – Day 238
Gales and rain, glad we had planned to be at home getting things sorted before our trip. We popped into town to pay the cheque in at the bank and then went to Sports Direct again to look at walking boots for my son. He wore a pair of mine yesterday but he didn’t find them comfy. He saw something that would work for him and we grabbed a real bargain.
I wanted to get a couple more masks for us both so we can wash, wear and have a spare so we got those too.
Then it was home to finish packing and I taught my son how to play Uno. It’s a game I always play with my parents in Spain and we’re going to take it with us tomorrow to play in the hotel.
Wednesday 26th August – Day 239
I made a ‘fu** it’ decision last week and booked a few days away for my son and I. Not only has he missed out on seeing his grandparents for another year, he’s had lockdown with a working mum and really hasn’t had the attention he deserves. So we’re away for a few days having a holiday of sorts. Spending time together.
We drove down to Dorset and headed to Kingston Lacey for the day, before checking into our room in Ringwood. Kingston Lacy did not disappoint, although my son couldn’t be persuaded to look round the house itself. The weather was lovely and we made the most of our day.
I was a little apprehensive about what a hotel stay would entail during the ‘new normal’ but opted for a Premier Inn so we would have a rough idea of how things should be. I’d booked one with a restaurant attached for ease so was a little fed up that their evening meal option was takeaway only. But we were tired after a long day so just made the best of it. We had a massive room and the staff were lovely.
Thursday 27th August – Day 240
After breakfast, we drove down to Lepe Country Park for a walk on the shore. We had the place to ourselves for an hour and it was a really chilled out way to start the day. We then drove on to Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway where we met up with my oldest friend for the day. The weather gods let us down in the afternoon and I think we were pretty much the only people still there in the late afternoon.
The drive back to Ringwood was not fun. Thunder, lightning, torrential rain, flooded roads and fallen branches. It was rather scary and we were both more than a little relieved when we finally pulled into the hotel car park.
Friday 28th August – Day 241
After breakfast, we drove over to the Bovington Tank Museum, they are running pre-booked untimed day tickets, but we decided we’d get there when it opened so we knew we wouldn’t have to wait to get in. My son has wanted to visit for ages, but it’s too far for a day trip from home, so we made the most of being a lot closer. I went when I was a child, but I don’t remember it at all. It’s definitely worth a visit, they have a one-way system in place and my son was in his element.
When we’d finished looking around we were rather surprised that it wasn’t raining. In fact, the sun was out. We decided to drive down to Lulworth Cove and see how busy it was. I think the forecast had kept the crowds away as the car park was nowhere near as busy as I’d thought it would be. So we grabbed some sandwiches and bought some emergency suncream (I’d left mine at the hotel as the forecast was dire) and sat on the grass looking down at the cove. Bliss. We then decided to tackle the cliff walk to Durdle Door, again nowhere near as many people as I’d expected. But when we got to the top of the cliff it was clear that the rain was on its way, and coming in fast. We just made it back to the car as it started to rain. A lot.
We headed back to the hotel on a scenic route and had some chill out time in our room before heading into Ringwood for dinner at Prezzo – our end of holiday treat. All very well organised and lovely food.
Saturday 29th August – Day 242
Time to check out and come home from our staycation. I’d promised my son that we would drive through the New Forest and park up somewhere so we could go for a walk in search of New Forest ponies. We drove all over the place and parked in a few different forest car parks and headed off for our adventures. He was over the moon when we found horses, again and again, and even cows at one point. The perfect end to our trip. We stopped at Brockenhurst for lunch before heading in the general direction of home. The rest of the world appeared to be heading for the coast were in total gridlock for miles.