This week’s been a quiet one – when is lockdown 2.0 not! Covid cases are flattening or slightly going down thankfully, and we’ve now heard what tiers we’ll be in after lockdown ends. We’re going up to tier 2 but 2 minutes away, Warwickshire is tier 3 – so not sure how that works given our nearest post office and village shop is there. As well as N’s tennis. The latter will be opening up and there are exemptions for travelling into tier 3 for under 18s for grassroot sports, so he’ll be able to play and do matches – the postponed ones from lockdown are now end of January and early February, so hopefully cases will continue to go down and not shoot up after Christmas.
Although they’ve now said 3 households can meet for Christmas indoors, and pretty much it’s a free for all on rules for 5 days, we’ve not discussed what we’ll be doing. I had presumed we’d have my brother over, but he’s in tier 3 (although just over the border from us and his part of the county is similar levels to us) and it just feels weird to be inviting people into home for hours at a time. If cases continue to go down by Christmas I think I’ll feel surer about it. I’m not sure what the inlaws are doing. Maybe we should be putting the marquee up on the farm and having an outdoor’s lunch with more of us!
On Sunday it was usual weekend things. A bit of cooking, jigsaw, reading, and trying to watch a Christmas movie while N wanted to play Farming Simulator.
Monday back to school and work. A quieter week again, although a few planning meetings to prep for next year.
Tuesday was more of the same, but it was a really gloomy day. I had to move an uplighter into the kitchen until nearly lunchtime when it brightened up a bit. I didn’t want to put on all the kitchen lights. N had a great time at school as it was a hockey day. He’s been doing dividing fractions the last couple of weeks in maths – something I don’t remember ever being taught at school. But he seems happy enough doing them.
On Wednesday it was another dreary dull day.. N’s still not enjoying drama although they’re practising for their Grinch Christmas play. I had a headache all day, and even a little nap at lunchtime didn’t help.
Thursday was another foggy and frosty day. It does mean I get some lovely photos if I go out in the morning. I did a fun bloggers quiz in the evening. I’d not twigged it was Christmas themed and our band of random bloggers put together in a team were a bit pants at the questions. Me in particular. Now we need a non Christmas quiz so I can redeem myself. It was a lot of fun though.
Friday was frosty again. School have announced that they’re moving the remaining inset days we usually have at the end of the summer term, to the end of the Christmas holidays. Hopefully it’ll give people a bit more time after mixing with households before coming back to school. It’s a great idea, although N will just have to fend for himself given I’ll be back working for those days.
We had a takeaway fish and chips again. Bizarrely they’ve had a refit but removed the plastic dividers from the counter, and none of them are wearing masks although customers obviously are. I do like how friendly the girl is in there – I’ve been going to our previous chippy for years but they’ve never chatted to me (it’s bigger, and busier though). This place we’ve been 3 times, and she’s already chatting like she knows me!
On Saturday I’d intended to write some Christmas cards, but in the end just wrote the one I needed to write, to post with my best friend’s and her children’s Christmas gifts. They’re all wrapped and packed up, along with some more jigsaw puzzles I’ve sold. About 12 puzzles down, another 30 to go. I think my friend might go a little loopy as for her daughter, I’ve added quite a few of the really girlie toys and collectables that came in the Blog On goody bag, as well as the main present I’d bought. But hey, her daughter will probably love the little girlie items. Maybe I should have added the knights and pirates colouring books I found under the bed with old party bag gifts that were unused to balance them out.
This week’s Project 52 photo is of a goldfinch I was watched eat from the weeds in our garden. We’ve had a lot of starlings recently so I don’t want to encourage them, but need to start putting bird seed out in the feeders again for the finches and blue tits that are around.
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