Another week has gone by, and cases in the UK are on the rise again like in Europe. More places have gone back into local restrictions, and there could be further national restrictions in a few weeks. I think if they’d properly locked down in all the issue areas, rather than just stopping people meeting up at home and in gardens. But we’ll see what happens.
Here’s our week 38 of Project 52.
On Sunday we didn’t do much. N’s tonsillitis was a lot better. So much so that I did then wonder if it was just a cold even though his tonsils did get oversized, red and have white spots. Or maybe being back at school is helping his immunity get back up again so it’s not hitting him as hard.
Monday was back to school. N came home with blue overlays. In their spelling assessment he didn’t get as high as he should really have done (and verbally he could spell a lot more). His teacher thinks he might have a bit of visual stress, struggling with keeping his place and his reading isn’t as fluid all the time. There’s a few boys in his class already using overlays, and N said it really made a difference to his reading, but maths was better without. Hopefully this might be a way for him to be able to read faster and therefore enjoy it more.
On Tuesday, just another day working at home, and school. I did spend a bit of time watching a blue tit balancing on some weeds eating the seeds. It was just that little bit too far to get a clear photo.
Wednesday I had to pop into work to pick up a new mobile. I’d handed my old one back a month before lockdown, but they’re getting rid of landlines, so will need to get a mobile. I don’t get called by many external people, and internally we use zoom and teams so don’t really need one currently but had to have one really, just in case. It was weird being back there, although only went as far as the lobby. Only a few colleagues are working in the office, but I got to say a socially distanced hello and brief chat with a couple.
Thursday wasn’t very exciting. Just work and school. N’s teacher told me again that he’s been great in class. Really focusing and always has the right things out ready for work. I set up my new work set up. So far at home I’ve just worked off my laptop which works fine. But I’d bought a laptop stand to use in the living room on my lap (better than a cushion), and it’s adjustable so used that on the table with the keyboard I’d also got from work. It worked well although lots of cables and a much more flattering angle in video calls.
Friday was a short working day for me. I’d been covering for our project admin team leader while she and my line manager were away, so had a couple of catch up calls with some of the team. I was also jumping up and down trying to catch a decent photo of what I think is a buzzard flying around the garden, paddock and field behind. Initially I thought it was a red kite, but the tail was different. I managed a couple but I needed a tripod set up really and to sit still for ages waiting for it, rather than freestanding at whatever window was the best angle.
N was back at tennis after a week off. He didn’t have the best session hitting wise, and it’s a big group again. 8 were there yesterday (across 2 age groups) with a coach and assistant coach. N was put on the mini green court with his team mate and 2 older girls, one of whom’s returned after a year and has a really nice game now. I think he’ll like being in that group and hopefully it will stretch him as they play on the normal singles court but with slightly slower balls. We’ve sorted out private lessons again although not with either the coach from over the summer he really wanted, or the main coach. The main person taking the individual sessions is new to this coaching team and young. But N likes him and the positive is that he is currently taking the Friday group sessions, so it will be consistent. I just hope he’s got enough experience to coach N to the level he was getting in the summer as he progressed so much.
Saturday was another lazy weekend day. A bit of puzzling, reading and we played the game Splendour that we’d been sent for review. We picked some cooking apples and eating apples from our trees, and collected conkers (I’ll replace last year’s spider deterrents, although the OH laughed at these). It’s crumble season which is such a quick and easy dessert we all like. We also had cottage pie with beef from the farm, so as local a tea as you can get.
This week’s photo was of our autumn harvest. I’ve not really taken many photos this week to choose from.
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