Project 365 2021 Week 25 Day 171 – 177 A week where we could go out for Father’s Day, I got to hug my brother and got up close and personal to some deer.
Sunday 20th June – Day 171
Father’s Day. There should have been a small steam rally being held on the grounds of Broughton Castle today and as the OH had never been inside the castle I’d bought tickets for that too. But late last night I discovered that the rally had been cancelled due to the weather but as we had timed tickets for 2.30 pm the castle it screwed up the day really. Everything else he wanted to do was fully booked for morning slots, so we just had a lazy morning at home instead.
The castle wasn’t completely open but the grounds were lovely, even though the sun refused to make an appearance.
After we’d been to the castle we decided to have dinner at the nearest Pizza Hut, our first visit since lockdown began last year. We won’t be in a hurry to return. They’d run out of garlic bread by 5 pm (on a day that they surely must have known would be busy), the ordering app they wanted us to use wouldn’t work on either of our phones, and I was less than impressed to be asked to pay before we’d even received our drinks. But we may want desserts, but we won’t know that until we’ve finished our pizzas. Well, you’ll need to pay for them separately. Then as soon as you put the card in the machine, it asks if you want to tip. For ‘service’ you haven’t even received yet. Seriously, I am so over ‘customer service’ in these Covid days. Why on earth do you need to pay in advance, what on earth has that got to do with Coronavirus? We couldn’t even be bothered to look at the desserts and headed home instead.
Monday 21st June – Day 172
I don’t appear to have taken any photos today other than this random one of the garden.
I got back from work to a message from my doctor trying to get hold of me. It did alarm me that she’d got the results of my blood tests from Friday back already. But when she did ring back, it turned out that the ultrasound she’d requested had been declined and I would need to go to a Hospital Clinic to be assessed first.
Tuesday 22nd June – Day 173
I received an NHS text inviting me to book an Endocrine clinic appointment but when I tried to book the ‘available’ dates each one came up as ‘unable to book’. So I emailed the clinic instead asking them what to do. Why show dates and times if you can’t actually book them!?
I popped to the local garden centre to get some bird food. I also needed to replace a feeder that our friendly squirrel family have broken. When I got home and sorted it all out we were inundated with Starlings and their young. Never seen them in our garden before.
Having got everything sorted on my new phone, I’d promised my son we would get his phone sorted. So that was what we did when he got back from his play date with his best friend. It went much more smoothly than I’d imagined and the thrill on his face when he could send text messages to family and special friends was just lovely to see. He’s growing up too fast though!
We also heard that his Secondary School are running school bubble transition sessions for any Primary school that has six or more children moving to their school in September. The children from my son’s school will visit the Secondary School for a few hours next month with their current teacher. Whilst they won’t get the full transition day experience, and won’t meet children from any other schools, they will meet their year head and at least see a bit of the school ahead of them joining Year Seven. I’m grateful for that.
Wednesday 24th June – Day 174
It was my son’s final Sports Day at Primary School and thanks to the current regulations no parents were allowed to visit. Gutting, especially when my son came home full of his achievements, he’d won both of his running races. The school had promised that they’d take lots of photos for us all. Nothing from Year Six at all. Such a shame.
My brother is on holiday this week and his wife had suggested ages ago that the three of us go on a walk she’d heard about close to Woburn Safari Park. The sun came out for the first time all week and we had such a lovely day. We saw a couple of elephants in the distance with some antelope and a brown bear fairly close up but you couldn’t get a decent shot through all the fencing. But the highlight of the visit was all the deer in Woburn Abbey Deer Park, so many of them, not at all spooked by us or their dog (on a lead) at all. They were stunning. We also saw Black Squirrels, who even knew that they were a thing? As well as lots of dragonflies and damselflies.
Thursday 25th June – Day 175
Breaking news as I left work today – the British Grand Prix can go ahead with a full capacity crowd. I’m super excited to be able to go as we had to transfer last year’s tickets to this year. But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit daunted about being somewhere with that many people after all this time. Things like the toilet queues are a nightmare in normal times and being in a grandstand surrounded by strangers – not ideal. But on the other hand, I have complied with the letter of the law/guidelines in every way possible. I only got to hug my brother yesterday for the first time since Christmas 2019. But to be able to go to this event but not been able to see my son in his Sports Day yesterday – mixed emotions.
We’ve got lots of fledgling blue tits in the trees behind the garden and some are coming into the garden to feed now. They are very quick at flitting in and out but occasionally I get the camera out just in the nick of time.
Friday 26th June – Day 176
Busy day at work and then had a catch up with a friend over a cuppa which was lovely.
One grumpy child returned from school, he’s had a busy week apparently!
I often miss sunsets because of the position of our house, but saw this and just had to grab my phone. It looked beautiful.
Saturday 27th June – Day 177
My son has gone to work with his Dad for the morning whilst I catch up on a load of paperwork, and washing!
The sun has made an appearance and this Bumble Bee had caught Brewster’s attention. That cat is fascinated by bees, how he hasn’t got himself stung by now is beyond me.