Project 365 2019 Week 28-29 Day 188 – 201
Sunday 7th July – Day 188
We got Daddy P out of the house bright and early and headed over to Buckinghamshire Railway Centre for a few hours. They had a standard steam day, and we’re making good use of our annual pass. I think my son enjoys the miniature railway even more than the standard steam loco and he loves videoing his journeys.
Monday 8th July – Day 189
Inset day for my son and a day off for me. One on one time is more precious these days and we were both looking forward to it. We got to Bicester Village as soon as it opened to check whether his feet had grown at the Clarks shop. They confirmed that he’s a full size four now which is fine as I already have shoes and boots in that size for him. He desperately needed sandals but they didn’t have anything over a 2 so that was that. We were out before the crowds descended and headed over to the Green Dragon Eco Farm for opening time there.
My son was in his element, he was the only school-aged child there, so had the go-karts to himself. We did spend time with the animals but he kept going back to the go-karts. He loved it, and I got to sit down, watch him, chill out and just enjoy the moment.
We spent the afternoon in the garden with Paddington on his lead, enjoying the sunshine. Perfect day.
Tuesday 9th July – Day 190
Transition Day for my son as he found out who his Year Five teacher will be and who will be in the mixed year Five/Six class with him. It was so peaceful on my walk home after I’d dropped the boys at school, I just had to stop and savour the moment, little did I know of the drama to come.
Admin catch up for me at home as I start to prepare for a few days away from my normal routine with the arrival of the British Grand Prix.
I met my son from school and knew instantly something wasn’t right. He wouldn’t be with his best friend next year, but not only that, he wouldn’t be with any of the friends he’d picked. He was so upset by the time we got home, and I struggled to know how to explain how that could be. So I sent an email to school telling them what I thought of giving children a voice only to take it away again. I had a reply from the head straight away telling me there must have been an error and that she’d investigate in the morning.
Wednesday 10th July – Day 191
I received an email from the head first thing to tell me there had been a mix up with names and that my son would be with his best friend and as it turned out, also his second friend option and with the teacher he really wanted. I was able to tell the boys before we walked to school, and their faces said it all. Phew!
A dentist appointment for me, then dropped my car and key at the garage to hopefully get the main key sorted, before heading into work for the rest of the day. Collected the car and a key that now remotely locks the car and starts the engine.
Headed home to read that Silverstone has got the Grand Prix for another five years and my son came out of school beaming. Cuddles with Brewster rounded the day off nicely.
Thursday 11th July – Day 192
My son and his class attended a local Film Festival showcasing the short films that had been made by different schools and year groups in the town. I’d offered to go along as a parent helper and it was so lovely to be able to see the work the children had completed. They all did so well and it was nice to see the class before the change groups, this group have been together for a few years now, so it will be strange not to see them all in the same class in September.
Friday 12th July – Day 193
Practice day at the British Grand Prix and an early start for me as I headed over to my brother’s to drive in with him and my nephew. We had Fast Track passes for the day to get us into the track early and we headed over to the paddock to see the drivers. Obviously, people have caught on to this idea as it was much busier there than normally on a Friday. But I got Charles Leclerc (the new Ferrari driver) to sign both my programme and my cap so I was rather happy with that. no sign of Lewis Hamilton, nothing new there.
We had a good day watching the action from different parts of the track. My son had a good day at school and was pleased to see me when I got home.
Saturday 13th July – Day 194
Qualifying day at the British Grand Prix and we headed back to the paddock as soon as the gates opened. We didn’t have fast track tickets today but there were actually fewer people waiting for the drivers when we got there than the day before. Neither of the Ferrari drivers were around, and Lewis was as elusive as ever but we got to see a number of the drivers and team bosses.
Our tickets allowed us to watch the action from any grandstands today so we tried Copse (never again) and Becketts, which we all really enjoyed. The Ferrari’s had looked quite good all weekend but it was Bottas in the Mercedes who ended up in pole position for tomorrow’s race.
I was shattered by the time I got home and ended up in bed before my son.
Sunday 14th July – Day 195
Race day! Any sign of blue sky had disappeared and it was definitely a day for layers. We were the first ones to sit in our grandstand as we prepared for the day ahead. My brother and nephew tried out the race simulator game before the action started.
The Red Arrows were still wonderful to watch even without the blue skies.
It was a cracking race with lots of action and Hamilton was lucky to win out when the safety car came out, I think Bottas was on for the win until that happened. Leclerc showed what a promising driver he is. We were in Farm Curve this year so just too far away from the track access point to make it to the podium celebrations, so instead for once we were out of the circuit early and heading home ahead of the traffic. I was shattered and fell asleep instead of cooking dinner – oops!
Monday 15th July – Day 196
I was dead on my feet at work and when I got home I decided to just crash out on the sofa watching TV for a couple of hours. It was needed. My son enjoyed after school cuddles with Paddington.
Tuesday 16th July – Day 197
My son is currently working on a Lego elevator complete with moving compartment, opening doors and people. He’s rather pleased with the work so far.
My oldest friend came up to see me for the day, we’ve been friends for over 40 years. We put the worlds to right and she took me out for lunch before we went to pick up my son from school. She’s his godmother and it was the first time she’d seen his school. It was a lovely day, we need to do it more often.
Wednesday 17th July – Day 198
A full working day for me before I walked home, had a quick cuppa and went to meet my son from school.
Paddington is into everything, loves chewing Lego and his latest thing is sitting on the living room radiator. Not something that Brewster has ever done!
My OH told me that we’d be losing our current internet supplier tomorrow or Friday at the latest, so I had to sort out a new provider but it won’t go live until 31st July (fingers crossed) so I was less than impressed as I’ve been trying to get him to finalise the change for a couple of months.
Thursday 18th July – Day 199
A busy day, blog work first, before going into work for a few hours, then home and straight into school for a Thrilling Thursday event where we get to spend an hour in class with the kids. Except this time around, we were all outside on the playing field. My son’s class had been given large maps of the town and were meant to write a list of tourist attractions within the town while we got the opportunity to look through their workbooks.
After school, Paddington decided that the fish on the TV programme my son was watching were very interesting. I’ve never had a cat who has paid any attention to the TV before.
Daddy P had a late evening appointment at the doctors which ran very late. He’s now got to go back for blood tests to look at a couple of things including the strawberry jam issue. As soon as he got back I headed over to spend the evening with my NCT group, catching up on each others news.
Friday 19th July – Day 200
A full working day for me and a very chilled out Paddington decided I was a good sleeping spot in the evening.
Saturday 20th July – Day 201
We’re having a very quiet day at home. I’m shattered and my son is loving the chance to just play with his Lego for the day.