This week brought our second week at school and Harry’s first full day. Our days have very much centred around trying to get into a routine. With two kids at different schools, with different pick and up and drop off times I would be lying if I said it has been easy. But I think we are just about there. Although I can not help but think as soon as we have managed that it will all be thrown up in the air again. I am waiting for a positive COVID test in one of the boy’s year bubbles as there are 120 children in each. Although by the sounds of things it is so difficult to get a test it could be that we will never know….
Monday – 14th September
The boys seemed happy to go to school this morning. Although Harry was only in for a two and a half hours. It was really hot which did not help with the concentration levels, one of the downsides of working in an orangery. Harry was desperate to get the sprinkler out once his brother returned from school. Although Charlie wasn’t interested in actually playing in it. Not that it stopped Harry having fun. I think it will be the last time it comes out this year.
Tuesday – 15th September
Not overly impressed when he was told it was school again today. For another two and a half hours… although he perked up when I promised to go via the conker tree. Not sure what we are going to do when it has given up all its conkers by next week! He has been happily going to stand in line and doesn’t need any encouragement. And is normally at the front of the line when it comes to picking up. Decided to book myself a flu jab this week, as the boys will get them at school and the husband via work. I don’t normally bother but I would rather avoid getting anything that could be mistaken for the dreaded virus. I booked it via the Tesco website which was super easy. Charlie went back to cubs today. I wanted to get a photo in his uniform but didn’t quite manage it as he raced out the door. Just a little excited about seeing his friends.
Wednesday – 16th September
Busy day at work, it seems to be picking up. Which is usual this time of year. Harry was in for the morning again. Being in a meeting the husband was meant to pick him up but he was engrossed in a work task and completely forgot. Opps. Thankfully the school was understanding and Harry were no worse for wear for it. It was his last half morning. In the evening I went to get my hair done since I had cancelled the appointment due to being in quarantine when we got back from France. It was a complete mess and I looked more grey than I did when we were in lockdown. I think it was because the sun had bleached the colour. So she had to put a colour wash over all of my hair and not just do the roots.
Today’s picture was from the driveway that the husband finished last weekend. I thought I had better get a picture in case the bad weather washes some of it away.
Thursday – 17th September
Today Harry was in school for lunch. The realisation that he will be going every day is starting to dawn on him. I didn’t take him or pick him up today as I had my first team meeting in six months. It was nice to see everyone but with the constant threats in the press about national lockdown it makes you wonder if we will be able to do it again. Plus we have two weekends away coming up which it sounds like they may not happen if we have to go into lockdown. And then there is half term…. I know I should only worry about the things we can control but I can’t help it.
Friday – 18th September
My first day in eight and a half years without a child at home on a Friday. I wasn’t as emotional as I thought I would be. I am guessing with everything going on it and the fact they have been at home for so long has had an impact on my sanity. Once both boys were dropped at school, I headed to Tesco to get my flu jab. I went out for lunch with a friend which I think is the first time I have done that for over six months! Despite lockdown being lifted, we don’t eat out much at all. And I think have only been to a pub once or twice. The meal was very nice! Since we had to get the kids from school we both opted to try Seedlip which is a non-alcholic spirit similar to gin. I have been threatening to get a bottle for a while so it was good to try it out first. Since it is actually the same price as gin!
There are various different versions and this was the Grove 42 which is meant to be like a mandarin flavoured gin. I am not sure if it really is as I have never tried gin with that flavour. It was quite refreshing and I could see me having it at home. Although I think I am going to try out the spiced one next time we are out since that is meant to be the best before buying a bottle.
Saturday – 19th September
Today was spent in the garden… honestly, I never knew gardening was so much work. Charlie and I went to the garden centre to get a bulb planter. I struggled last week putting the daffodils in so after watching gardeners world figured I would treat myself to one. Of course, we also came home with some swede plugs and an apple tree. Both reduced and looking sorry themselves. Plus I brought some green manure seeds on the chance that at least a couple of the veg beds maybe empty over winter. The bulb planter did help a little bit and I managed to finish putting in the daffs and crocus in much quicker than the other weekend. I need to think about my alliums and tulips as the beds where they are going to go are currently either being dug out or overgrown!
We were also busy in the veggie garden. The pesky cat had dug out most of the onions so they needed to be put back in and then covered with wire. To stop him doing the same thing. Our snowglobe onions had turned up in the week so they went in. The potatoes were not doing anything so I took them out. I think we need to read up on how to generate seed potatoes of your own from a crop. The swede plugs went in, as did some more cauliflowers, cabbages and brussel sprouts. All of which needed to be covered with white netting since we still have cabbage whites in the garden. I also weeded the strawberries that I had rescued. Many are sending out runners now and so I helped them along a bit. Plus added some pineberries, which are white strawberries that are meant to taste like pineapple. The boys helped on and off. With intermittent screen time. We are all shattered from the week at school so we let them pretty much do what they wanted.
Our winter crops are – spring onions (winter sowing variety), leeks (winter sowing variety), red cabbage, white cauliflowers, calabrese, red, yellow and white onions. Plus we are expecting some garlic and savoy cabbages soon.
We also harvested our first globe artichoke. There are a couple more which will be ready soon. Time to find out the best way to cook them…
Sunday – 20th September
With all the talk of lockdown coming we decided to head out to Scotney Castle which is a National Trust property today. We had thought about starting my much longed for flower garden. But it could be that we will have plenty of time to be getting on with that in the coming weeks. I only booked tickets on Saturday so was pleased to see there were plenty available.
We had a lovely couple of hours walking around. I tried black coconut ice cream for the first time and the boys were happy to pose for some photos. Unfortunately, the walled garden was closed so we didn’t see the dahlias and large pumpkins of previous years. But the castle and house looked beautiful in the sun and the boys found plenty to explore.
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