View from the top of the hill above Warwickshire looking down the valley to the village

Project 52 2021 week 8 – vista and vaccine

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.

View from the top of the hill above Warwickshire looking down the valley to the village

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  1. I’m really not sure about the June dates and about clubs opening. No thanks, not for me. But to be honest, the last time I went into a club I must have been 25 lol. It sounds like you had a really lovely week. Well done on N getting star learner of the week. Yay for your covid vaccine too. I felt really tired the next day, my mum nothing! #365

  2. Glad you have had your jab, hope you felt okay the next day. It seems to hit some people really hard, others don’t have any side effects at all. Well done N for being star learner of the week. Mine seem to be losing enthusiasm now, I think its because we haven’t been given an official go back date for years 7, 8 and 9 in Wales and the boys are feeling fed up with it all, not that I blame them. I agree about June though it sounds like madness to go back to crowded clubs!

    1. Must be hard for them to have to watch their equivalent years in England go back. Thankfully N quite enjoyed remote learning, but I can imagine it’s harder with secondaries.

  3. Glad the vaccine went okay, hopefully, you have not had any of the flu symptoms. I was surprised by how the boys took to getting their work done quite happily after half term. That view is beautiful, well done on stopping I often find that when I notice something I want to get a picture of there’s nowhere to stop or by the time I have thought about it we are too far away!

    1. That’s usually me too, or there’s someone too close behind me or I overshoot. So I was pleased. That’s good your boys got on with things. Hopefully now they’re enjoying being back

  4. I had the Oxford Astra-Zeneca vaccine and had no side effects at all, so hopefully you are ok with it. I am looking forward to things relaxing, but not, if that makes sense. I am hopeful for 21st June as it’s my birthday, but we will see

  5. That’s a beautiful vista! On rare occasions when I am in the car, I love the views, and wish we could just stop to take photos. I don’t think everyone will be (or should be) vaccinated. Also they are offering vaccinations to people who have had covid, but do not offer to have a test first to check for antibodies.
    I’m looking forward to the opening of book shops and cafes, but otherwise I don’t plan to attend anything crowded. I haven’t done dancing since my early 20s. 🙂
    The Winter’s Tale is a complicated book to study, but then again, my son’s class studied Macbeth last year, and at the age of 9 and 10 I don’t think they appreciate the complexity or style.
    What a shame about the walkers through the fields. People have no respect whatsoever.
    Hope you are feeling all right after the vaccination.

    1. The good thing about them doing Shakespeare now is it’s more accessible versions, which means they’ll not be so scared of it later on.

  6. Glad you got your vaccine! My parents and hubby have had their first dose and none of them had any reaction apart from a sore arm.

    Agree that everything opening in June does seem quite early. Will just have to wait and see.

  7. Glad you got your jab, seems that everyone I know has either had no reaction or been pretty unwell afterwards. I’m just waiting to see if I get mine before my parents. Well done on the learner of the week, certainly wouldn’t get that here!

  8. Glad to hear you’ve had your first vaccine and were well looked after, I think a lot of people feel the need to have side effects like a badge of honour lol. Shame about the walkers not respecting other people’s land. Unless a route is clearly signposted I tend to double back

  9. I bet you can’t wait to get back to the tennis but everything being open in June does seem rushed. I hope the government is sensible and cautious about things.
    It’s been nice to get outside more with the warmer weather.
    What a beautiful view x

  10. I don’t think the government will not apply the breaks if the cases are going to continue to rise, but I doubt they will, as, even with a few spikes, the trend is very obvious indeed and there is still a long way to go until many more places are going to open.
    I am very happy with the tennis courts opening again next month. It was not warm enough to play these days anyway, but I’m looking forward to playing tennis in April. Well done for having the vaccine, that’s great!

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