Whitby Whale Arch

Project 365 2022 Week 14-16

Project 365 2022 Week 14-16 Day 93 – 113 The Easter holiday adventures when I wasn’t working and a trip to York for a few days too and a 54th birthday.

Sunday 3rd April – Day 93

Project 365 2022 Week 14

A day of doing jobs at home.

My nephew turned 20 today, strange to think that the year that he leaves his teens is the same year my son will start his!

Monday 4th April – Day 94

Project 365 2022 Week 14

After work, I headed over to Banbury for my Endocrine consultant’s appointment.  Although my last scan showed that the lump isn’t cancerous she’s still not convinced that it isn’t doing something to my thyroid so she’s ordering a different scan to be done.  Once I’ve had that we will need to decide on surgical options.  So let’s see what happens next.

More sewing, another pair of pj’s ruined by my son.

Tuesday 5th April – Day 95


The OH bought a new Orchid to replace one of ours which looks like it’s beyond saving.

Wednesday 6th April – Day 96

Project 365 2022 Week 14

Love these two, they have very different characters but they really are a bit of a double act.

My son got his second school report for Year Seven and I was really pleased with it.  Progress in all subjects and History is clearly his thing.  He’s trying hard in school, even if homework is an ongoing battle.

Thursday 7th April – Day 97

Project 365 2022 Week 14

Fudge decided on his cat basket and set up camp there early on.  His sister wasn’t so accomodating when it was time to take the three furry members to the cattery this morning.  It’s a good 20-25 minute drive to the cattery which isn’t ideal and neither Pippi nor Fudge enjoyed the journey at all, and even Brewster had joined in with the crying by the time we arrived.  The youngsters had also let me know of their displeasure in another way, thankfully the cattery team cleared that up for me!

Once work was done I finalised our packing as we’re up really early tomorrow morning.

Friday 8th April – Day 98

Mallard Steam Locomotive

Inset day for my son and we were up at silly o’clock to beat the rush hour traffic on the M1.  We were parked up at our hotel in York before 9 am and ready to start our mini-break adventures.  We’ve not stayed in York for seven years and had a full list of places we wanted to visit, old and new.  We started on a walk along the city walls which took us to York Railway station so my son could do a bit of train spotting.  It’s such a busy station, with lots to see.  From there, it’s a quick walk over to the National Railway Museum which we were all looking forward to revisiting.  Not only did we get to see some old favourites like Mallard, we also got to see Stephenson’s Rocket which has moved from the Science Museum in London.

After a good few hours of enjoying the museum, we walked into the centre of York, found the church where Anne Lister (Gentleman Jack) and Ann Walker had sealed their union in 1834 and then headed into York Minster.  My son won’t do church towers unfortunately which was a real shame as it was a nice day (but bitterly cold) so we stayed on terra firma.

After walking around the city we headed towards our hotel with a little detour to find the grave of Dick Turpin, the highwayman.

We ate at the hotel and went for a walk along the river Ouse to watch the sun setting before heading back to our room for an early night.

Saturday 9th April – Day 99

Whitby Whale Arch

We were up bright and early again and drove over to Pickering to visit the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, our all-time favourite steam railway line. We caught the seaside special to Whitby which gave us nearly three hours in the town before our return journey.  It was a beautiful sunny, but cold day.  After we’d had a fish lunch we decided to walk up to the whalebone archway above the town and walked on to explore the clifftops.  We even ventured down onto the beach to watch the waves crashing in for a while before heading back to the station with some Whitby Gin purchased along the way.

The railway journey is such a beautiful one, as the loco steams through the moors and woodland.  We saw deer a number of times and so many pheasants that we lost count.

When we got back to Pickering we decided to make the most of the good weather and headed to Robin Hood’s Bay for a bit of rock pooling.  It’s somewhere we’d not been before and is somewhere we’ll definitely go back to again one day.  We had a quick stop in Scarborough before grabbing some sandwiches and heading back to the hotel for a well-earned rest.

Sunday 10th April – Day 100

Castle Howard

We checked out of our hotel and headed over to Castle Howard for the day with a quick detour to find Holgate Windmill which we’d spotted from the city walls earlier in the weekend.  I’ve wanted to visit for years and wow it was worth the wait.  It was even warm! With stunning grounds and a beautiful house, we spent the day wandering around and just enjoying the views.  It was he perfect way to end our time away.

Monday 11th April – Day 101

Project 365 2022 Week 15 Mon

I’m off work until Thursday and my son and I headed over to the cattery as soon as they opened to pick the cats up.  The three of them had got on ok in a pen together which was a great relief.  They all cried all the way home and Fudge had another accident in his cat basket.  But that was easily sorted and it was good to just have them home again.  Brewster claimed my lap for his own and we just vegged out for the rest of the day.

Tuesday 12th April – Day 102

Stowe Landscape Gardens

54 years old – how on earth!

It was meant to be raining today so we’d already decided to have a home day, but the forecast was wrong so we headed off to Stowe for a wander in one of my favourite places for a few hours.

Wednesday 13th April – Day 103



We headed down to London for the day and walked through Regents Park in the sunshine to reach London Zoo.  As we’ve got annual passes for the year I thought we might as well revisit the zoo during the school holidays.  It wasn’t as busy as we thought it might be, but they did have a number of one-way routes in place.

After we’d seen everything we wanted to see we walked back through the park and caught the tube to Leicester Square so we could visit the Lego store before heading home.

Thursday 14th April – Day 104

Project 365 2022 Week 15

Back to work for me for one day.

Fudge chased a magpie, it got away, less a few feathers!

Friday 15th April – Day 105

Project 365 2022 Week 15

Good Friday and the sunshine was back.  Sat in the garden having breakfast and lunch before we headed over to see my brother and family for the afternoon.  We all went for a walk from their doorstep.

Saturday 16th April – Day 106

Project 365 2022 Week 15

Time to get on with some jobs in the garden and enjoy the flowers on the tree in the front garden.

Sunday 17th April – Day 107

Project 365 2022 Week 15

Easter Sunday and apparently my son isn’t too old for an Easter Egg hunt in the back garden! We got on with some more jobs in the garden and the OH’s sister popped round for a catch up in the afternoon.

Monday 18th April – Day 108

Project 365 2022 Week 16

Easter Monday and we headed over to the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre to use our annual passes and enjoy their steaming event.  It was lovely to see it so well supported and the sun shone down.

Tuesday 19th April – Day 109

Project 365 2022 Week 16

A three-day working week for me this week.

After work, I enjoyed a few minutes to myself and posted some birthday cards.

Wednesday 20th April – Day 110


We’d invited my son’s best friend to spend the day with us.  The weather forecast looked good and our ZSL membership meant we could get G a half-price ticket for Whipsnade Zoo so we decided to go there for the day.  He’d never been before and my son loved being our tour guide for the day, We got to see lots of our favourites as well as two of the wolverines who are normally really camera shy.  A good day out was had by all.

Thursday 21st April – Day 111

Project 365 2022 Week 16

Our Painted Lady caterpillars arrived a week ago and they’ve grown massively in that time.  The whole process never ceases to amaze me.  Thankfully Fudge and Pippi have shown no interest in them, yet!

The Queen turned 96 today and it was also my SIL’s birthday, her first without my BIL.

Friday 22nd April – Day 112

Alexandra Buckle print

I’ve been a fan of local artist, Alexandra Buckle, for a while and would love to own one of her original lino prints one day.  When I spotted recently that she was producing a run of 50 charity prints in aid of the Ukrainian crisis, I knew I had to have one of them, and it arrived today.  Can’t wait to get it framed and hung on the wall, it’s just beautiful.

After work, we drove over to see my ex-MIL for a ‘through the window’ visit. It’s the first time my son has seen her in son time now thanks to covid and her illness.  We can’t risk passing on any germs and it wasn’t warm enough for us to sit in the garden with her, but it was just lovely to see her for a short time.  She’s amazing us all but it’s hard not to think about all the things we can no longer do together, but we made lots of memories together over the years and I’m thankful my son has at least been able to see her.

The tooth fairy was required to visit again this evening after my son’s tooth fell out whilst he was eating a chocolate egg.  Only three more teeth for her to take away now.

Saturday 23rd April – Day 113

Project 365 2022 Week 16

The weather can’t decide what it wants to do today, it feels so much colder too. We’re having a chilled out day at home as the school holidays draw to a close.

What have you been up to recently?

4 thoughts on “Project 365 2022 Week 14-16

  1. It sounds like you have had a great time over the Easter holidays. Fab photos. Your new orchid is so pretty and well done to your son with his school report. It sounds like he is doing so well.
    When I read you had visited York I instantly thought I bet your boy was in his element with all of the trains.
    Aww! How lovely that your son still did an Easter egg hunt. My two are apparently too old for them now. Hmmf. x

  2. Sounds like a good Easter holidays with lots of adventures. We didn’t see much in Whitby while we were there, but it’s a lovely place (if very blowy on the cliff top). Good to hear the school reports have been going well.

    Happy birthday for the other day

I'd love to hear from you and try to reply to all comments