Project 366 2020 Week 52 Day 355-366
Sunday 20th December – Day 355
Mightly relieved that sense finally prevailed and Boris decided that killing Granny for Christmas wasn’t such a good idea after all. I can see Oxfordshire being put straight into Tier 4 soon as we are so close to Buckinghamshire where we live. We were only ever having the three of us here for Christmas and seeing family for walks outside only anyway. It will be what it will be, I’m concentrating on the long game.
The menfolk have gone into town to buy my Christmas presents. I had to provide the list (sighs!) and told the OH there was absolutely no need for him to drive to Oxford or Banbury, to get anything. Stay local.
I cracked on with making crackers and sorting out the Christmas chocolates that my son made yesterday.
Monday 21st December – Day 356
A workday for me so my son spent time helping his Dad until 1 pm. Another dull, grey day and I think we’re all struggling a little to get into the Christmas spirit. My son just looked at me and sighed 🙂
Tuesday 22nd December – Day 357
We drove over to see my ex MIL for a doorstep visit. She’s recovering from an operation and we’ve missed our regular visits to see her this year so much. It was so lovely to see her, exchange Christmas gifts and just have a natter for a short time.
My son and I stopped off in Aynho on the way home to visit the deer park we discovered recently. Needless to say that the deer had got wind of our visit and were staying far away from our viewpoint. My son was less than impressed so we headed home.
Once home we set to work making gingerbread reindeer.
Then it was announced that we’d be in Tier 4 from Boxing Day, not a great surprise but it meant we wouldn’t be going to Whipsnade next week or meeting up with my brother and family for a walk after Christmas either.
Wednesday 23rd December – Day 358
A workday for me so my son spent time helping his Dad until 1 pm again until I’d finished. That’s it for me now until the new year!
My son and I had watched a documentary on Bruce McLaren earlier in the week and he set to work recreating one of the Can-Am cars that featured. He did rather a good job.
It rained all day.
Thursday 24th December – Day 359
Christmas Eve, a time for reindeer food (of the animal-friendly variety), carrots and mince pies and a little bit of Santa magic. Berry the Elf even bought us matching pjs!
My brother and SIL had a doorstop visit to deliver my son’s Christmas present. They are going to be in Tier 3 from Saturday and as we will be in Tier 4 I have no idea when we will see them again.
Friday 25th December – Day 360
Christmas Day is tinged with a bit of sadness as it’s a month today that we lost Paddington. He was awake really early and had to be persuaded to get a bit more sleep but by 6.30 am it was a pointless exercise and the present opening began in earnest. He was thrilled with everything he received and his day was spent building just some of the Lego he received.
Our Christmas dinner was wonderful but we were all so stuffed we never made it to dessert at all. A chilled out day was had by all.
Saturday 26th December – Day 361
Boxing Day and another Lego build – this one floats and he couldn’t wait to give it it’s a maiden voyage in the bath.
Sunday 27th December – Day 362
We went down to the churchyard to visit the OH’s parents graves and afterwards we spent ages just looking at all the squirrels. There were loads of them jumping around all over the place.
Monday 28th December – Day 363
A bank holiday with nothing to do and nowhere really to go. There has been so much flooding locally after the recent storms we opted for a circular walk from our doorstep that we knew wouldn’t be a mudbath and headed out for some fresh air.
Afterwards, the OH needed to go to work to sort some stock out but his car wouldn’t start. Flat battery. He borrowed mine, drove his van back and got the jump leads out to start his car. Looks like Santa should have bought him a new battery.
Tuesday 29th December – Day 364
The OH is back to work properly, although a number of his customers have now been forced to close (hospitality) or are closed for the school holidays.
Cat cuddles from Brewster are becoming a daily occurrence. He’ll actually sit on my lap for ages these days, I’d love to know what’s going on in his head.
Wednesday 30th December – Day 365
A frosty morning and my son went to work with his Dad which gave me a few hours to myself. I decided to head off for a walk whilst the weather held out. Cold but dry and was so glad I did. Peace and tranquillity if you take out the noise from the M40 of all the ‘essential journeys only’ traffic.
In the evening there was much excitement as the tooth fairy needed to visit, but not for the tooth we were expecting to fall out. I did wonder if she’d be making a double visit tonight, but one tooth is holding out – perhaps for 2021, it seems.
Thursday 31st December – Day 366
New Years Eve. Never a day I particularly like, and I feel more anxious about what lies ahead in 2021, even with the prospect of vaccinations at some point in the year. This photo is almost certainly the closest I’ll come to seeing fireworks this NYE.
I was still awake at 3 am so I’m shattered and can’t see me holding out til midnight, even though I promised my son he could see the new year in this year. He might last longer than me. He’s gone to work with his Dad to give me some quiet time, but I can never sleep during the day unless I’m ill. So a bit of blog work and a good film instead will be the order of the few hours peace I get.
How has the end of the year been for you?