Monday 14 June 2021

Me on Monday

 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!   


Ruth said...

The sunshine has certainly helped us all feel better, don't you think. And isn't it lovely to be able to invite people round for drinks in the garden.
So happy for you re having all your family together again. :)

Patio Postcards said...

Yeah to sunshine family gatherings, along with having friends for dinner. I cannot remember the last time we had friends over. We are at Stage One of re-opening, Stage Two follows in 21 days if new cases stay low, vaccines rise. I chuckled at your need for improving selfie stick photos.

Jennifer said...

Great photo! Hooray for being all together! Sure hoping your restrictions will be a thing of the past come the 21st!! Enjoy those sunny days!! said...

Great family photo. You are so correct...we need to seize the moments when they come. I am thankful that Paul's baseball game has been moved from 1 pm on Saturday to a more comfortable 10 am. Going to be over 100* that day again. I enjoy watching him play but these temps take the breath out of me.

What was the official word on the restrictions? Hope they have determined to lift them. I am back to going mask-free most everywhere again. Oh, the JOY!!

Barbara Eads said...

OMGosh! I totally agree with your comment about weekends! Since retirement, every day can be a weekend, but the truth is---there is still something so special about a weekend. Maybe it's because for all of our working youngsters, that's when we can be with them! We still look forward to weekends and kick it off with happy hours on Friday night!!