Just like that, we are at the point where we share the first photos for the Scavenger Hunt. Where did that first month go? How are you doing? It feels like I've made a slow start and some of these I share now may not make the final cut but here we go1 A breakfast of champions
Wednesday, 30 June 2021
Monday, 28 June 2021
Yes, we had a day out to the coast on Friday. Friends have moved three miles from Frinton and we decided to sneak in a walk along the front before we went to their new home for lunch. It was so nice to be out and about. Then to finish off a sociable day, we came home and went out to friends for drinks in the evening. 😊
So here we are - Monday has come round again. Rachel has her vasculitis biopsy this afternoon, I think she's going to be very sore. I have my little partner in crime (Rosie) coming back again this afternoon.
Now, in theory this should be a busy blog week. It's the end of the month roundup and the first check in for the Photo Scavenger Hunt. I probably ought to be putting a little work into those now or it will be a last minute 'don't miss the deadline' post! Are you joining in with either of these? Either way, I hope to see you back here in a couple of days time - enjoy your week!
Monday, 21 June 2021
What a difference a week makes - goodness we've had a mixed bag of weather! We had friends over for dinner on Saturday but there was no eating outside on the patio this week, it was definitely an indoor get together. We had a very busy day on Saturday tidying up the house as three under fives in and out of our house over the past week meant that toys had been left in every imaginable place. The friends who came over have the most immaculate house, I don't know how they do it, there is not a thing out of place. So the bad thing was that I spent hours tidying, polishing and hoovering so that the house looked neat and clean, but the good thing is that this morning when we came downstairs, the house was neat and clean and not a speck of housework needs to be done! Which is handy as Sunday was Father's Day so Paul had permission to do nothing but rest and relax while I cooked him a meal of his choice.
So. Monday. It's now under a month to our holiday, I need to start making a list or two. Fine weather lists and bad weather lists. I shall be packing for all eventualities which means that we will not be travelling light, thank goodness we won't be having to worry about suitcase weight restrictions! (Got to find a slim silver lining to make up for the fact we won't be jetting off to the sun!)
More childminding in store this week, that's going to undo all that good work tidying that I did on Saturday isn't it? Also I want to see how I'm doing with the Photo Scavenger Hunt as we have our first check in at the end of the month. Are you joining in? The list is here, I think I've got five so far (although you do have to use your imagination
quite a bit a lot for one of them!)
While tidying up on Saturday, I came across a book that I had received as a Secret Santa present many years ago and as I looked at it I suddenly thought 'Number 5 - The art of the fold'! I don't remember doing many of the projects in the books but in the interests of scavenger hunting I got my paper, opened the book, did some folds, screwed up the first attempt, started again, almost managed to make sense of the diagrams, ended up with way too many folds, headed to the computer, checked Youtube and after careful research - I would like to confirm that not all 'easy' tutorials are created equal!
After watching three different Youtube videos - ta dah! Practice will hopefully make perfect, I'll have a few more goes ... Now you may need to use a bit of imagination to work out what it is so I had better tell you what it is supposed to be - it's a crane! Apparently to legend if you make 1000, your wishes will come true. One down and 999 to go 😆
Thursday, 17 June 2021
A little while ago I mentioned that my new found enthusiasm for crochet was impacting on my health. 'Trigger Thumb' was causing a lot of pain and there was one morning when I honestly thought the top of my thumb had locked forever in a bent position (dramatic? moi?) So with a bit of help from my resident consultant (Google) I found some exercises to do, popped over to eBay and found a reasonably priced thumb splint to wear overnight and I am happy to report that normal service has been resumed!
I'm taking it slower now and restricting how many rows I do a day - there is a possibility I may have been doing too much in one go as I was enjoying it so much. OK, let's be honest, I was doing way too much in one sitting! I'm now on row 90 of 157 so I'm over half way now. My friend is doing the same blanket and realised that she had lost several stitches on the way and had to undo 40 rows this weekend - how disappointing! Memo to self - count stitches more often than you think you need to! Fortunately at the last count I still had 180 per row - phew! One thing helping me to restrict the time working on it has been the heat that we've had this last week, because the last thing you want on a humid evening is a wooly blanket over your knees!
Another thing I almost stopped was my Duolingo. I thought I'd reached my optimum point. The endings of the verbs was driving me to distraction and I was quickly running out of hearts (you get 5 hearts per session and then you lose your unbroken daily streak). However, Paul suggested that I go back to an earlier lesson to do some revision so that I have a finished lesson for that day, and then try the
impossible more challenging one so if I lost all my hearts on that more advanced one I hadn't lost the daily streak.
Ta dah! I'm still Duolingo-ing! AND I finally managed to crack those pesky verb endings. Turns out that when I didn't feel under so much pressure I didn't make the same silly mistakes.
I must say that there has been quite a sense of relief and accomplishment on both things and I'm really pleased I persevered.
Monday, 14 June 2021
Welcome to my little corner of blogland this sunny Monday. Did you have a good weekend? Funny how, even though we are retired, we still feel like the weekend days are different to the others!
It's been a social time over the last couple of days. The weather had been glorious and we've taken advantage of that. We invited some friends over for afternoon tea in the garden on Thursday which was lovely. We hadn't seen them face to face for quite some time so we had lots to catch up on.
Saturday we had invited friends over for drinks but with good weather forecast we decided to extend the invitation to cooking a meal for them to eat outside on the patio. One thing that the last 18 months has taught us is that we should grasp opportunities to socialise as much as we can because who knows when it may all be locked down again! But of course having sent the 'let's do a meal rather than just drinks' message I then had to think of something to cook. I fell back on a tried and tested dinner of salmon and cherry tomato skewers wrapped in parma ham, with new potatoes, tender stem broccoli and fine green beans. Easy to prepare in advance and light to eat with a nice glass of chilled white wine.
But ever so best of all ... on Sunday we were able to have our family together for a meal in the sunshine!
You can almost see us all in the photo (I need more selfie stick practice!). What a lovely day. We haven't all been together for a meal since November last year due to lockdown restrictions so it felt so good to all be round the same table. Not to mention getting the three cousins together playing in the garden. I was a very happy nanny! The sun shone all day, hottest day of the year maybe? Then England won their first Euro 2020 football match. It was a good day.
So ... today we learn about whether or not we will be released from all restrictions in two weeks time ... it's not sounding optimistic. I think all lifting isn't likely, but it would be nice if a few areas could ease, especially for the cap on 30 people at a wedding, wouldn't it be nice if all those postponed weddings could take place?
Time to get back to the garden and enjoy the sunshine, apparently we only have 3 days until it breaks with a storm so we need to make the most of it!
Monday, 7 June 2021
Wednesday, 2 June 2021
On Saturday we actually went for a day out. Oh it felt good!
While we were in lockdown we would talk about places we would go when we were released back out into the world, and one of those places on the list was under an hour away, safely outdoors, and somewhere to give us inspiration for our own garden. We checked the weather reports and booked tickets to go to Hyde Hall, which is owned by the Royal Horticultural Society.
Fortunately the weather forecasters did not let us down, and on a bright and sunny Saturday morning we packed up our picnic and headed off. We were not disappointed!
Luckily the weather was still nice the next day, when we had been invited to a friend's house for a barbecue. This visit also included my first mojito of the summer.
Tuesday, 1 June 2021
May started with sunny skies and the promise of more relaxation of rules mid month. Let's see how things gradually unfold
Day 1 Started the day with an online class of Zumba, nothing like a bit of belly dancing to wake you up!
Day 2 What a gloriously sunny day, even if it is a little breezy, Rachel and family came for an al fresco lunch
Day 3 Bank Holiday Monday was a chilly and blustery day, caught up on housework and a bit of crochet
Day 4 Childminding day - the weather was crazy today, sun, high winds, rain and then hailstones, I thought we were supposed to be in spring?
Day 5 Max came for the day which kept us on our toes, Rachel popped by to pick up something she'd left behind yesterday and we got to see all three grandchildren together for about 10 minutes, was lovely to see them play together and made me realise I can't wait for restrictions to lift so we can get everyone together for a decent amount of time.
Day 6 Polling day for local county council elections, voted in the morning then went to our local farm shop to stock up on our favourite ice cream as our supplies had run out!
Day 7 Actually left our locality and had a trip to Cambridge - oh it felt good to be out and about in one of our favourite places!
Day 8 Babysitting for Leo and Rosie while Rachel and James went out for a meal with friends - those children were absolutely determined not to fall asleep, but fortunately both were in bed and sleeping by the time their mum and dad came home.
Day 9 A productive day for Paul in the garden, making the natural pond that he wanted in the garden, now all we need is some wildlife to come visiting!Day 10 Jon's house purchase has fallen through, a week before they were supposed to move, the seller has decided to put it on the rental market instead - we are all very, very cross.
Day 11 Spent the day with Rosie which took my mind off feeling very annoyed about house owners who leave it until the last minute to change their mind
Day 12 Looked after Max today, had a long chat with Jon, it's a rubbish situation but totally out of anyone's control and it's time to be philosophical and start the property search again.
Day 13 Zumba on line - for the last time hopefully!
Day 14 Max had his first proper haircut, all those baby blonde curls have gone
Day 15 Queued up at the walk in centre and got the second dose of our vaccination two weeks early!
Day 16 Sore arm from my injection yesterday, had an hour long nap in the afternoon, hopefully they will be the only side effects
Day 17 Coco went to the groomers and came home looking fluffy and fresh
Day 18 Rosie was here for the day, she spent quite a while trying to teach me how to do the splits (oh to be as flexible as a 2 year old) until we realised what the problem was, my socks apparently weren't right. After we picked Leo up from school we went to a neighbour's garden so that he could catch some newts from their pond to put into ours - oh the excitement!
Day 19 Max came with our son for the day, Rachel popped over for a little while with Leo and Rosie - it was lovely to see all the grandchildren together in the garden. Can't wait to be able to invite them over for a meal INSIDE!
Day 20 Zumba in the hall - oh boy did it feel good - I work so much harder when I'm in the same room as the instructor ;-)
Day 21 Our first night out since December! Went to a friend's house for dinner, weather was atrocious so it was lucky we can now go inside other people's homes!
Day 22 Quiet day at home, made a banana loaf, did some crochet started watching Mare of Easttown on tv
Day 23 Rachel & family here for lunch - so nice to be able to invite people for dinner and not have to rely on eating outdoors!
Day 24 Went to lay flowers on my parent's grave, my sister and I take it in turns to go once a month, the churchyard is right by my old primary school, isn't it a lovely building?
Day 25 Rosie was here for the day and we also had our son working from home in our home.
Day 26 Max came for the day, we took him to Pets at Home where he was very interested in the hamsters. No we didn't buy it for him!Day 27 Zumba in the hall again :-)
Day 28 Rachel had her vaccination
Day 29 Went out for our first 'proper' day out since December to Hyde Hall, it was a gloriously sunny day, lovely walks through the many different types of garden and a picnic overlooking the lake.
Day 30 Out again! (I could get used to this!) this time for a late afternoon/evening barbecue with friends
Day 31 Went over to Rachel's to help them in their garden, the previous owners of their house were keen gardeners and R&J have not had time to spend in the garden so it was in need of a good tidy up.
Now it's time for the one second every day roundup
And the link in case you want to join in!