Project 366 2020 Week 34

Project 366 2020 Week 34

Project 366 2020 Week 34 Day 229 – 235   Another week of getting used to the new normal – it rained a lot!

Sunday 16th August – Day 229

Project 366 2020 Week 34

I had an assistant to help me with the painting, just not the one I was expecting!

I painted all the window and door returns upstairs and downstairs and rehung all the blinds.  I really want to crack on with painting all the rooms that I didn’t get to do a couple of years ago and maybe if I don’t manage to get another job next month that’s what I’ll be doing in my ‘free time’.

We also ordered a new bed frame as our’s is ancient and is so incredibly heavy that even the OH can’t move it.  He bought it before I was even on the scene and I’ve spent years banging my ankles on drawer handles.  I’ll be glad to see the back of it in a few weeks.

Monday 17th August – Day 230

Project 366 2020 Week 34

After work, we went through my son’s school uniform to see exactly what we needed to buy him when we go shopping tomorrow.  Gutted to discover that there are brands new trousers that are now a good couple of inches too short!!

My son is having a bit of a Minecraft phase, he’s currently designing a house for us all with all sorts of features.

Tuesday 18th August – Day 231

Project 366 2020 Week 34

We headed to Banbury in the morning and it was our first visit since lockdown started.  So many shops shut!

We got there for 9 am and headed straight to Clarks to get my son’s feet measured.  They were brilliant.  We were quite anxious as it was our first ‘retail’ experience really in the new normal.  Very efficient, helpful and really calmed my son down.  He’s gone about one and a half sizes and now has bigger feet than me.  I was a bit in shock.  We got his shoe shoes organised and I realised we’d now need to look at school trainers, walking boots and casual shoes too – everything is way too small!

We went into Sports Direct to look at trainers, the service was appalling so we ended up just walking out.  Then on to the Banbury Museum for a visiting Lego exhibition, we’d booked tickets for.  It was smaller than we thought but there were a couple of really good builds.

It’s been months since we’ve seen my ex-MIL in person.  She is still shielding but we’d arranged a doorstep catch up and it was so lovely to see and chat to her for an hour. We all left with smiles on our faces.

A stop at Banbury Gateway sorted out the uniform items that we were missing although still no joy with trainers etc.  Will have to look closer to home.

In the evening my son and I went out for a walk.  We were going to do a loop walk around Caversfield but decided to explore the Eco estate on the edge of town instead.  We’ve never been there before and it felt like being in a totally different town, very different housing designs, not my cup of tea at all.

Wednesday 19th August – Day 232

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Rain rain and more rain and even the cats didn’t fancy going out in it.

We did brave the elements in the end and headed into town to try our local branch of Sports Direct – what a different experience that was!  The guy there listened to what we needed and came back with a couple of options for us and generally couldn’t have been more helpful.  School trainers purchased.

Thursday 20th August – Day 233

Project 366 2020 Week 34

What a difference a day makes.  Sunshine all day and the first day in ages where we didn’t need to be anywhere or do anything.  A chilled out breakfast and then we got out in the garden.  I had some tidying up to do and it wasn’t long before my son was messing around with sticks and the paving slab he dug up from the garden some months ago.  He was bug hunting and found worms, slugs and woodlice had all made a home under the slab.  Easily pleased.

Friday 21st August – Day 234

Project 366 2020 Week 34

Last day of work until 4th September! I’m really looking forward to switching off for a decent amount of time.

I’m experiencing the joy of peri-menopause periods again. Let’s just say I had to get changed 4 times today.

I spent the afternoon watching pigeons in the garden and just feeling rather drained.

Saturday 22nd August – Day 235

Project 366 2020 Week 34

Up to Derbyshire to stay with my best friend as our family bubble. She has a walled cottage garden that I love looking out on whenever I visit.

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34 thoughts on “Project 366 2020 Week 34

  1. We have done most of our school shopping now..just the trainers left but I will be putting that off till the girls go back to school and its quieter…. as theres still fit just about.

    The garden looks lovely

  2. glad you had a better experience the second time around with the trainers.
    what did you not like about the eco village?
    yeuch to the bug hunting

  3. hehehe! I hope your painting assistant didn’t get too close to the paint.
    That is rubbish about the trousers being too short. I gave away some school trousers my youngest had only wore a couple of times on a local FB group.
    How lovely to see your ex-MIL. It sounds like a lovely catch up.
    Have fun with your friend x

  4. What a lovely garden your friend has. Sports Direct male workers in Banbury aren’t great in my experience. We had issues in there with rudeness and not being helpful with astro trainers. The girls tend to be so much more helpful. The best was in the Leamington store where she even fitted them to his feet! Not really a SD thing to do, but it was brilliant. Glad you got them sorted in the end.

  5. You have spurred me on! I have the paint and brushes ready to go over the doors and woodwork, I just need the motivation to do it!
    We had a shock when Liv had her shoe fitting earlier in the week, she is now eyeing up my shoes! :/ I do like the Sports Direct prices, but hate having to actually venture into their stores and don’t even get me started on their customer service! Glad you got it sorted on your next attempt though! Hope you are having a lovely week! Sim x

  6. Sorry to hear about the peri menopause rearing its ugly head again. Come do my painting I have the doors to do again after Peter fitted them properly. Will these children please stop growing. Are you up for a doorstep visit when I get back from Dubai? I can call in for a pit stop on the way home

  7. We were in the same boat with shoes – Sophie has also grown one and a half sizes in lockdown. Clarks were really good though. Sorry that your Sports Direct experience was appalling, glad the local branch was much better. Love the look of the Lego exhibition. Lovely to have a doorstep catch-up with your ex-MIL. Your son looks like he was having fun out in the garden. Hope you have a lovely stay with your friend. #project366

  8. Your painting assistant looks very cute, hope he didn’t get in the paint. Kids grow in big spurts over summer, we need new shoes as well for Eddie. As always, leaving until the last moment here.

  9. Still got shoe shopping to do, although I do have school shoes and trainers that he could use for PE at a push. Hoping to go after the main rush. It must be lovely to escape to Derbyshire for a break.

  10. It rained a lot here too. I’d like to see the assistant paint 😉 Oo Minecraft! True, men have bigger feet. The Lego Museum looks cool. It’s lovely that you keep in touch with your ex-MIL. My dogs hate the rain. Great discovery of life by your son. The garden is lovely

  11. We tried all the uniform on before we left for France and then came home from France and checked the shoes and the feet had grown… new school shoes, trainers and football boots for the eldest. Still hoping we have a pair of trainers for the youngest in the loft somewhere. Nice to see your ex-MIL and I hope you have a lovely weekend with your friends and enjoy your break from work

  12. We’ve been trying on uniform. Matt had only just got new trousers at the start of lockdown and they will hopefully last for the first term back! Glad you have been out and about with visits and trips, enjoy your break! #project366

  13. I would love a walled garden, your friend is very lucky to have one 🙂 We braved Sports Direct this week it was very busy but the staff were friendly. Glad your second experience was much better! The rain has been awful I have been so grateful for the sunshine this week.

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