So, it looks like we’re on the road to opening up and easing restrictions. It does look like some areas have increasing cases, so hopefully they’re just a blip and they reduce again. Tennis will be open from end of March, and gradually shops, hospitality and being able to meet up with friends will happen. The earliest full opening up could be June, but it feels a bit soon for me – to let hundreds of people go into nightclubs where it’s hot, sweaty, smelly air with lots of dancing, singing and shouting bodies. Not for me! In theory it means dancing will be back at the same stage, but again, I wouldn’t be keen for partner dancing with hundreds until cases are down a lot more and everyone’s vaccinated. In theory we could be back in the office then too although I hope we’re eased back in, and that it’s not until summer holidays.
I just hope that the government do take note of their criteria for opening up and not just carry on if numbers haven’t reduced further.
It has been almost springlike this week which has been wonderful to see. I’ve even got outside, if briefly. It’s so nice to feel the sun on my face.
Anyway, onto our week 8 of Project 52.
Sunday was time for crafting. I’ve got a whole load of sewing ideas on my Pinterest that I want to work through. I do need to improve my finishing a bit, and understand more about needles, tension and stopping the stitches clumping up sometimes. Maybe once Covid is over I need to finally get signed up for some classes. I did so much but then realised I needed a few bits like velcro, so ordered those. Then I’ll be able to finish the cable wraps I was making.
On Monday it was back to work and remote learning. It was nice to work looking out over blue skies. I had a call in the evening to book in my covid vaccine. I was a bit surprised as I thought I was just in the over 40s,and we thought the OH would be first given he’s over 50. But evidently the GP put me into Group 6 due to being on lifelong blood thinners.
Tuesday wasn’t anything different. N’s remote learning was going well. He was flying through his maths, enjoying his topic on geography and mapping counties of England. He wasn’t so keen on understanding playscript English work. Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale is pretty hard to understand at his age with the language, not hearing people read it. But I think it’s great they’re being introduced to this kind of work early rather than like we were, having to wait til secondary school.
On Wednesday it was more good weather. N has been spending his breaktime and lunchtime’s outside, mostly riding his bike around.
Thursday I got outside for a bit. If only for a quick carry of the rebounder for N to hit some tennis balls, and to walk down to the bins. It was lovely to see the primroses, crocuses and start of the daffodils blooming.
I had an early Tesco delivery on Friday. It was nice to see a different delivery person, and someone who loved the dog. N decided it was warm enough for shorts. He was star learner of the week, which he was very pleased with. It was quite a relaxing school day – they watched a Romeo & Juliet reading performance. which N was glued to. Then had 30 minutes watching a lambing shed and hearing about what they do when lambing. The snow moon looked particularly amazing and seemed to rise really early and was still huge on Saturday morning.
Saturday was another beautiful day. N went out with his dad all day on the farm, mostly doing fertliising. Evidently there was a bit of a grumpy situation with a family out walking, way off the footpath. Generally they’ve not been too bad across our land, but I know a lot of farmers have been struggling with people walking where they shouldn’t – even into farmyards and up the private drives. It’s frustrating when people don’t do their research, don’t stick to the paths, and then don’t think they’re doing anything wrong. It’s got worse over the lockdowns because it’s different people out walking, not used to the countryside.
I had my first vaccine. It was all very organised, it didn’t hurt and was over in seconds. The admin part taking details and checking the medical background took the most time. Because I’m on blood thinners, the doctor had to come and check my INR level and check after that my arm wasn’t bleeding. But it was ok as really it’s just like a prick test – bleeds less because it’s in muscle and not in my finger which bleeds a lot more after my usual prick tests. Because I was driving I had to sit for 15 minutes afterwards – I had the Oxford Astra-Zeneca vaccine. So I’m hoping I don’t get the side effects I know friends who had the same vaccine got. Bizarrely it seems the 40-50 year olds are getting the flu-y feeling rough symptoms after where the elderly we know who’ve had it, have been fine. My arm felt a bit heavy through the day, but so far so good.
My brother popped over to talk through the window before he went for a walk up the fields, and I then spend the afternoon finishing off my sewing from last week. My makes are so much better when my stitching is hidden after turning items the right way out!
I can tell the weather’s getting better – I had tea on my own as they were still out working.
This week’s photo was taken on the way back from my vaccine, near home. I always mean to stop in the layby and take photos across the valley, but usually miss the stop. Today I managed it.
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