Stowe Landscape Gardens

Project 366 2020 Week 25

Project 366 2020 Week 25 Day 166 – 172 Another week of getting used to the new normal, and a week that saw me going back into the office for the first time since before lockdown began.

Sunday 14th June – Day 166

Cats eyes

My new 600mm lens arrived so I spent time playing around with it.  Paddington was unaware that he was one of my subjects.

Monday 15th June – Day 167

Project 366 2020 Week 25

Schoolwork is really not going well and other than maths is now pretty non-existent. But my son did spend ages making a Lego machine with cogs that turned so it could fire our Lego ammo, it was rather impressive and I figured that was actually a productive use of his time.

Tuesday 16th June – Day 168


I popped over for a socially distanced cuppa with my second boss in her garden to go over some work and catch up.  We communicate all week via email and Whatsapp but to actually chat in person was lovely.  I will miss her and the job when my contract ends next month.

More playing around with my camera when I got home.  I’m rather fond of pigeons, they always visit our garden in pairs.  One was keeping guard whilst their partner had their dinner.

We learned today that the son of lifelong family friends had gone missing on Sunday.  Although I’ve only seen him once in adulthood, S and his sister were the closest things to cousins that my brother and I had as children.  His parents have always been thought of as an honorary auntie and uncle.  Joined in with sharing missing posters and kept fingers crossed for positive news.

Wednesday 17th June – Day 169

Project 366 2020 Week 25

I had to go into work for job number one for the first time in over three months today, with my son in tow.  Daunting with all the COVID stuff going on.

After work, I was meant to be going for a walk with a friend but we decided that thunderstorms and torrential rain probably weren’t the best conditions for it.

Just before I headed to bed I learned that sadly S’s body had been found this evening.  There are no words that can sum up what his family must be going through. It’s hard to believe that someone that was part of my childhood and I knew was so loved by his parents and sister, was no longer here.

Thursday 18th June – Day 170

Walking through the woods

Not much sleep was had last night and I rang mum and dad first thing to break the news about S.  They’ve been friends with his parents for well over 50 years.

I finished work a bit early and my son and I decided to brave the rain and go for a walk in the local woods.  We talked a lot about what’s happened this week, I think it’s important, to be honest with children.  We found a different area of the woods that we’ve not explored before and sussed out a couple of routes for future adventures.  In the end, even our waterproofs weren’t saving us from the elements so we headed home, but it was a much-needed bit of fresh air.

Friday 19th June – Day 171


A busy day with work but I managed to capture a visiting blackbird in the afternoon.

I also received an expected piece of mail from a relative in Canada who knows how much I love map postcards.  Thank you, H.

Saturday 20th June – Day 172

Stowe Landscape Gardens

As we can’t go to any of the places that Daddy P would really like to spend Father’s Day at, I had managed to get tickets to visit Stowe for today.  We’ve all missed just being able to pop in the car and head to our favourite NT site, so it was the best of a bad job scenario. Thankfully the weather held out for us and for most of our visit it felt as if we had the grounds to ourselves.  It was lovely to be back again.

What have you been up to this week?

6 thoughts on “Project 366 2020 Week 25

  1. It’s good to see you having fun with your new lens.
    I wouldn’t worry about the school work it sounds like your son is doing a lot of learning still, just in other ways.
    I am so sorry about your family friend.
    It’s good that you had a talk with your son about what’s gone on. Sending love and hugs.
    It sounds like you had a lovely day out today x

  2. Sorry to hear about your family friend.

    Have school discussed options for getting your son to do work? One of my friends sent her eldest back to school although he’s not in one of the age groups (before 1st June), and now our school is looking for ways to get kids who are struggling working at home to gk back in as well.

  3. I am sorry to hear about your friend my heart goes out to you and your family. Glad you managed to get out to Stowe, tickets are like gold dust aren’t they?

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