Project 365 2022 Week 26-28 Day 177 – 197 Another three weeker and one which includes the British Grand Prix and my son and I finally catching Covid.
Sunday 26th June – Day 177
I got back from Derbyshire in the afternoon to enjoy one of my freesias now in full bloom.
Monday 27th June – Day 178
The rebellion has begun! How have I produced a Red Bull fan?
Tuesday 28th June – Day 179
Progress? I was amazed when I went shopping after work – all but a couple of the checkouts have disappeared and been replaced by trolley self-service desks. Now don’t get me wrong, if I’ve got a basket, I’ll quite often use the self-service desks. But the idea of doing that for a trolley shop?! No thanks. I also feel sorry for the older generation, going out once a week for their shopping and now expected to have no human interaction along the way. I just don’t see this as progress at all, just another way of eroding what little ‘customer service’ exists in this country these days.
Wednesday 29th June – Day 180
Where has summer gone?
Haircut day and I decided to have it all cut off and now have a short back and sides. My hairdresser is moving away and it might have been my last cut with her, gutted for me but thrilled for her as it’s a move she’s wanted to make for years.
My son and his best friend were featured on the school Facebook page looking, very grown up.
Thursday 30th June – Day 181
The British Grand Prix at Silverstone started a day early for us this year as we headed over to the circuit on Thursday, the first time I’ve done that. We got to have a good exploration and managed to be in just the right spot to watch the Sky Sports F1 Show being programmed with Lewis and Charles coming up right in front of us on the other side of the catch fencing at one point. My nephew caught a cap that Lewis through over the fence and if you knew what we were wearing you can see us on the televised show.
Friday 1st July – Day 182
The sun shone and we managed to secure a good spot at the paddock entrance waiting for the drivers. The only problem being that we’d bought early access passes for today but Silverstone decided not to sell programmes until half hour after this time so we weren’t able to buy them before going into the centre of the track – annoying. Anyway, we were amazed by just how many people actually got to the entrance, and on a Friday. It was mad, security wasn’t brilliant so fans and media were mobbing the drivers so most just ran straight in. But we did get Charles Leclerc to sign our caps and my niece got loads more signatures on hers.
Saturday 2nd July – Day 183
Qualifying Day. We’d spent the morning in Chapel in an uncovered grandstand. It was freezing even with 4 layers on. We could see the rain clouds gathering and headed into Becketts and the covered grandstand before Qualifying started. What a good decision that was! Cold, but dry. Great qualifying session and a Ferrari on pole.
Sunday 3rd July – Day 184
What a difference a day makes! I’d decided to leave my DSLR camera at home this year and just enjoy the action without taking photographs. A friend of mine was coming today with her family for the first time and they’d set up camp in Vale so I popped down to catch up with them first thing in the morning before the racing began.
A great race, with lots of actual racing and a Ferrari win, Sainz’s first too. Rather than going on track to watch the podium celebrations up close this year, we sat and watched the crowds from the stands before joining the track ourselves and walking part of it up to the old pit straight. We were amazed by the number of people just helping themselves to brake markers, safety car boards and even the advertising hoarding around the track. Animals.
I’ve had my own car park pass this year for the first time and have come home via Dadford every evening. It’s been a great call until this evening when it took two and half hours! Lesson learned for 2023.
Monday 4th July – Day 185
Covid has finally got us.
My son wasn’t feeling great first thing and was coughing, took a test and immediately came up positive. I was shattered but thought it was just the normal post-Silverstone effect, but no, I tested positive straight away too. Joy. By lunchtime, I wasn’t feeling at all well.
Tuesday 5th July – Day 186
No photo today – felt too poorly to even think about it. My son has more of a really heavy cold, I have that and extreme tiredness too.
Wednesday 6th July – Day 187
I managed work for an hour before I had to admit defeat. Even just reading a book was hard, never known exhaustion like this.
Thursday 7th July – Day 188
No photo today either but Boris Johnson finally resigned as Prime Minister although it looks likely we won’t actually be rid of him before October.
Friday 8th July – Day 189
Government guidelines meant that my son was back in school today much to his disgust, but I really needed a bit of time to just concentrate on how I was feeling. I managed to work my full hours before having a siesta for a couple of hours before my son got home.
The passionflower has bloomed in the garden again which always makes me happy.
Saturday 9th July – Day 190
Planted these bulbs months ago, the snails ate one and two are now starting to bloom, can’t remember what they are though.
Sunday 10th July – Day 191
Still positive, still feeling rubbish so we abandoned our plans for the day.
Monday 11th July – Day 192
The slugs and snails have taken full advantage of me having Covid.
Still testing positive so I cancelled my nail appointment for tomorrow, government guidelines seem to think I should have been out and about by the weekend, but I’ll stick with waiting until I test negative.
Tuesday 12th July – Day 193
What a beautiful sunset.
Wednesday 13th July – Day 194
Negative – freedom! Although after I’d been shopping and run a couple of errands I was shattered and good for nothing.
Had a phone call in the afternoon from an old boss from before motherhood. It was lovely to have a catch-up with him and scary how long it’s been since we last spoke. His kids are all grown up and I think my son was a toddler. He was always great fun to work for and we just clicked, hopefully, we’re going to catch up properly over the summer with our OHs etc.
In the evening I could hear a strange noise coming from the patio and discovered this little visitor helping himself to a drink.
Thursday 14th July – Day 195
My ‘Covid’ cough seems to be getting worse weirdly but the exhaustion seems to be getting better at last, although I do still feel a little like Brewster right now!
Friday 15th July – Day 196
School announced that they’ll be closing school at 12.15 on Monday and Tuesday next week because of the extreme heat that is forecasted. Work will be set for the children to complete at home. So today signalled my last afternoon after work of peace and quiet until September! I dashed to the local shop to stock up on ice cream and lollies in the hope that bribery might get some school work done next week.
I might also have bought a bottle of wine for the evening too.
Saturday 16th July – Day 197
It’s going to be a scorcher today. My cats have already worked out where the coolest shady spots are and are fast asleep. I’ve set up camp under the shade of the trees with a good book and my son is hiding indoors with his Lego. This afternoon he’s heading to a model railway exhibition with his Dad and I’m off out with friends for dinner and drinks.
Have a good weekend one and all and keep cool and hydrated next week!