Back to better weather and my first week off for the summer holidays. We should have been camping but decided not to go for various reasons. Hopefully we’ll make it to that campsite next year as we’ve got a credit for our payment. Social distancing is still in place, but most things have been easing – shops, gyms, cinemas etc. Although it has meant cases have been rising, so local lockdowns have been happening – my best friend’s in Manchester so she’ll now be locked down again (although bizarrely everyone can still go to the pub. A bit of a half hearted lockdown!).
Here’s our week 31 for Project 52.
Sunday was a good day. N had his first club tennis session for juniors. On Sundays they do a free for all (with limited numbers) with club members. As there was a mix of ages on N’s court – from age 8 to 12, they just played with a normal yellow ball (usually 11 years+ when you’re playing mini tennis). He enjoyed it and the club rep helping their group was very complimentary about N’s tennis.
I spend much of the rest of the day getting out my mum’s old sewing machine and learning how to use it, so I could make some face masks and reusable make up remove pads. N wanted to have a go, and made a few of the pads himself. I was impressed how he got on with it, although he did call the pedal the accelerator! I think he reckons it’s like driving a car.
Monday was my first day off work. We didn’t have any plans but the OH was moaning about all the junk in the house, so N and I blitzed the downstairs. The living room, kitchen and backroom have all the stuff tidied, recycled, burnt or thrown out, and the place was properly cleaned. I hate cleaning, but a big blitz is satisfying. It never lasts long though. Now I need to sell my done jigsaws, so I can clear everything upstairs too. I found out N likes dusting though, and it seems when his aunt is doing cleaning over at the farm, he goes and helps her by doing the dusting!
I made some mask pouches, and a mask for my brother as he’s been using disposable ones. And some more reusable pads. I also tried making a beeswax wrap. I’ve had the beeswax beads for ages to make them, but didn’t have any material. It worked quite well although I think I use too much wax.
On Tuesday, N and I went to the park in town. He didn’t want to go further afield, but the park was just what we needed. We both took our scooters (I don’t have room in the boot for his bike with all the junk in the boot) and it was great fun. It was N’s first time off the farm other than to help work or for tennis, since March.
We also had the ENT virtual consultation for N’s tonsilitis. The consultant said that currently the risk vs the benefits is probably a little close due to Covid, but we’ll review in 6 months and see how N’s gone. Basically it’ll come down to how much he misses of school. And hopefully by the time they’re back, other germs will circulate and help fight off the tonsillitis so it’ll be milder like it usually is. It’s only got worse since lockdown, so fingers crossed. I’m hoping the alternative antibiotics he had last week, will kill it off for a bit longer this time.
He also had club tennis in the afternoon. Tuesdays are only for junior members, and they have a coach for half the group while the other go with one of the coaching assistants. N loves it because it’s his usual coaching team involved so they know him really well. They’re quite young, so N looks up to them, and he can see himself doing coaching like them when he’s a teenager.
Wednesday was our first proper day out. I’d booked tickets to West Midlands Safari Park. There were lots of roadworks no the approach so we were 20 minutes later arriving than I’d planned and the queues to get in were insane. It concerned me how many given they are meant to have reduced numbers. I think it was just that everyone turned up first thing. I really think they should block slots, but it’s just ‘buy a day ticket’. The safari was queues all the way round and took 2 hours to go round. I think they should have stopped selling feed because it just meant everything clogged up while people blocked the road to feed the animals.
Thankfully once we got on foot, it wasn’t as busy. We used the portaloos and they were immaculate. Most people were good at social distancing (apart from the couple we followed who twice decided to stop and stand in the middle of the one way path!) We were still able to spend some good time at the penguins and meerkats. We didn’t do any rides, but they were very limited on numbers going on them. It was lovely to be out with some normality, although not great that it was in one of the areas that has quite high cases of Covid at the moment.
Thursday was mostly a day at home. N had his private coaching session first thing. It was with a new coach. He’s a really good coach new to teaching them – he was brought in to work at the school N usually trains at but is covering the summer private lessons. He decided N should just play with normal balls (usually he plays orange ball, but still has to work through green ball before getting o formally play yellow ball when he’s 11). He changed N’s grip to western to help as he’s obviously short at his age, changed his footwork for groundstrokes, and advised he move up a racket size. N thought the coach was brilliant. It’s just a shame I can’t get N to those courts when I’m working, so he’ll only get 3 sessions in.
The rest of the day was a bit of sewing, board game play, reading and jigsaw puzzling.
Friday was boiling hot. My car said it was 34C by the late afternoon when we went to tennis. I booked my car in for service as it’s got an engine service light come on and is due one (and MOT) in September. Their backlog is such that I can’t book it in til early September. At least they can come and collect it. I wasn’t impressed when (after a phone call), my confirmation email was addressed to Mr.
N had his group tennis training. It was with one of the junior coaches his week, but he’s good with the boys, and they did a lot of needed serving practice as it was too hot to be running around loads.
On Saturday we were meant to be going to Whipsnade Zoo. I’d booked it at the start of the week, but after Friday’s government announcement of further local ‘lockdowns’, rising cases, and potentially shutting some opened sectors to ensure schools can still open in September, the OH got stroppy. He didn’t want us going and potentially bringing Covid back (Whipsnade is right near Luton, one of the increasing cases areas). Being farmers, if they have to self isolate the farm is a bit screwed. The garage had told me I shouldn’t be driving the car long distances (he didn’t sound impressed when I asked how far is long, and that we were due to travel around 60 miles each way at the weekend). So we decided not to go – I’ve contacted them to see if I can postpone our visit, but I expect I’ll lose that money. Grrr.
Instead N went and helped with sheep dipping. I got out the sewing machine again, made chocolate brownies for pudding and read a lot.
This week’s photo was taken at West Midlands Safari Park of swimming penguins taken both above and below water..
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