Another week of Project 52, another week of lockdown, well social distancing. We’re into week 25 of project 52, and this weekend is the summer solstice. Lockdown is loosening in week 13 with shops opening, and many outdoor tourist places like zoos. Not much has changed for us. We’re not going out and about, work is still from home, and N is still home schooling. His school are trying to make more space for children who can’t cope at home who aren’t in the 3 year groups to go in. But we’re fine here, and home school has gone well this week.
Here’s our week 25.
Sunday was a lazy day (just like all the others at the moment). We spend a bit of time outside with the dogs, and me trying out new video techniques. I’ve started using TikTok and am loving all the photography tips people on there. There’s so many things I want to try. Let me know if you’re on TikTok and I’ll come and find you there. I also baked a lime traybake. I refuse to do puddings apart from Saturdays and Sundays, so if I bake a cake or something at the weekend, it’ll last until at least midweek for after lunch or dinner.
Monday we were back at the kitchen table working again. This week was more productive than last week. N is back on form, so his school work focus was much improved, and he got through most things he was meant to (except the topic work which covered cooking american dishes). The limousin calves were moved from the hill and back into the field behind. Young calves are always nosy so I went out to see them and encourage them over. Some were getting very brave.
On Tuesday we had to do a sparrow rescue. So far, we’ve had 3 birds flap in and then out again over the last couple of months. How they get in through tiny gaps I don’t know, but they’re driving me nuts. We’ve had 2 down the aga chimney too, so I’m going to have to stop feeding and encouraging more into the garden. I have spotted the green woodpecker loitering on the fence again, but there’s more crows around too, which are a pain on the farm. The sparrow came in early, and N shouted me downstairs to help. It flew into one window, but then flew into the back room when I tried to grab it. We found it by the patio doors, so I caught it in a tea towel, and let it calm down for a bit. It had knocked itself on 2 different windows since flying in. Then we let it go outside and it flew off.
Wednesday was a really foggy early morning with dewy webs on the grass. N had requested chilli con carne for tea, so he defrosted the mince and helped cook it, before I split it into bolognese and chilli (the OH won’t eat the chilli). It was delicious and we had enough for 2 days, even with N’s second helpings.
I spent the afternoon keeping an ear and eye out for the puppy who is a thief. She’s had 2 watering cans from the overgrown ‘jungle’ grasses underneath the slide, the plastic hose wind up holder, a pogo stick, my big plastic flower pot (luckily it was empty), a gas camping stove half empty canister, and has been climbing under the BBQ to try and make off with the 2 camping stoves in their plastic cases. She’s obsessed.
Thursday not much happened. It’s been a pretty wet week on and off, so not much time spent outside. N wanted to take some selfies of him pulling faces behind me!
On Friday I finished my work and spent some time doing a bit of photography and videos. N was due to start his puppy training lessons today but it was rained off. Instead he started building a den in his room. I think he wants to sleep there but I’m worried he’ll get disorientated and bang his head in the night on his desk. I had my INR test again and despite me thinking it would have gone down (timing the test at the wrong time clashes at certain points in a woman’s cycle), it was in the middle of my good range. Yay. So no need to go back for another 4 weeks.
I also got the heads up from Mary at Over 40 and mum to one, that my local National Trust place is opening outdoors next week. I managed to get the last ticket next Saturday. N is pleased because it means he doesn’t have to go, and I’m hoping it’s a nice day and I can spend some time taking photos.
Saturday both N and I had a bit of a lie in. He’s finding he’s much more tied by the end of the week in lockdown compared with normal school weeks. Even though he’s doing a lot more exercise normally, he is doing school work and then going out on the farm sometimes. Maybe he’s going through a bit of a growth spurt, and developmental phase. He’s certainly asking a lot more questions than normal.
I made a cheesecake and southern fried chicken goujons which went down very well for tea. I did some jigsaw, and helped N extend his den. We also checked on the kittens and the calves that N is looking after. He’s also negotiated the ownership of another half a calf. He reckons that works out better than being paid (which he hasn’t been for the work he’s done!). Premier League football is now back on (and on tv), so we’re watching the first football we’ve seen since before lockdown.
This week’s photo is of the limousin calves coming over to meet me over the fence.