Project 365 2021 Week 22 Day 150-156 My son’s last half term holiday week at Primary School and the week I got to hug family members for the first time in well over a year.
Sunday 30th May – Day 150
The road trip day as we completed a round trip of 380 miles. It’s my Uncle’s birthday today and we haven’t seen him since before lockdown began last year so my OH offered to drive us down to see him and then take him to see my Auntie in her care home, again not seen her since lockdown started. Thankfully the traffic and weather gods were on our side for a change. I’d promised my son we’d go to the beach before picking my Uncle up so he could have a runaround. We weren’t there long, but it was so good to see the sea and breathe in the sea air.
I got to hug my Uncle, I’ve stuck to the rules from the start and haven’t hugged anyone from outside our home unit since March 2020. Today’s hug was just lovely. We drove from his house for a further hour to see my Auntie in her care home. She’s been in hospital twice since early April so we weren’t sure how well she was going to be. Had my first Lateral Flow test, didn’t gag too much. It’s hard to see how much her health has deteriorated since last March, she’s so thin and she was a little overwhelmed to start with. She’s not seen anyone other than staff/medics for months in the flesh, but she coped with it all better than I’d feared, and it was lovely to hold her hand.
We took my Uncle out for dinner to celebrate his birthday before heading home. It was so strange to not see a single plane in the air as we drove back around the M25. What weird times we are still living through.
Monday 31st May – Day 151
Bank Holiday Monday and we all felt a little like Brewster after yesterday. My son and the OH went down to his unit to have fun with their coal-fired steam loco or not as the case turned out to be. Not so easy to get going apparently. I spent the time doing some family history research, now I’ve had my old records converted to work with the new software package. Ancestry also had an offer on so I’ve got 6 months to download as many certificates as I can!
Tuesday 1st June – Day 152
Sunshine and my sandals have made their first appearance of the year. Only two months later than last year.
My son went to work with his Dad whilst I was at work, then I picked him up for the rest of the day. We spent time out in the garden just chilling out.
Wednesday 2nd June – Day 153
It’s mad to think that we’ve not been on a train (of the non-steam variety) since December 2019. My niece had booked the day off so we headed up to Birmingham to spend the day with her. My son got to play on her partner’s F1 game for the first time and he loved it. We had a lush lunch at Lost and Found which I can thoroughly recommend. We visited the Lego store and the shop by the Discovery Centre and chilled out on the grass eating our ice creams. It was a lovely day. Sadly the same can’t be said for the return journey. So many people not wearing masks at Moor Street Station, no social distancing even possible. One cancelled train, the second train delayed and then cancelled when we got to Leamington Spa, the third train got us home two hours later than planned. We were both knackered by then.
Thursday 3rd June – Day 154
Neither my son nor I slept very well last night and we both woke up full of cold – the joys!
We’d planned to go to Banbury after work to complete a treasure trail we’d been sent ages ago by Treasure Map Trails and try to get my son some more shoes. The boy won’t stop growing! But we both felt rather rubbish and decided to stay at home instead and curl up on the sofa.
Friday 4th June – Day 155
Could have done with being a bit more like Brewster today, but headed off to work instead.
My youngest niece got her New Zealand residency confirmed today, she’s been on a real journey over these last few years. I’m not sure how many 18-year-olds could travel to the other side of the world with only a job secured and make a successful life for themselves.
Saturday 5th June – Day 156
I should have been meeting up with my oldest friend today but I was so full of cold, I just felt awful and knew I wouldn’t be great company, so we postponed. Had a chill-out day at home instead.
‘Our’ grey squirrel visitor Cupid appears to have had a couple of babies as we’ve seen two young squirrels running along the fence and helping themselves to the bird food. They look much browner than adult squirrels.