Thursday, July 22, 2021

 Well Monday was lovely and sunny so Daughter S and I decided to drive up to Exeter to our nearest Waitrose. We used to have a branch in Teignmouth and Torquay but they were both closed a couple of years ago due to them not being viable. Too many basket shoppers as opposed to people doing their full shop. I love having a look around Waitrose as it is always so nicely laid out and there is always an interesting entrance display. For someone who does their weekly shop in Aldi, however, the price of some of their products are eye watering. I only usually buy a few things that are on offer but I like their free magazine and weekly newspaper. We also had a coffee in the cafe. Afterwards we had a quick wander around Next and TK Max but nothing took our fancy.

Tuesday I worked, which is still enjoyable.

Wednesday morning I called for a friend who I used to work with. We walked down to our village park and got coffees from the mobile van, and sat on a seat under a tree as it was so so hot already. In fact we had so much to talk about we had two coffees! K finished school so she got the train over to Teignmouth from school, rather than catching the school bus, with some friends, and went to the beach for a couple of hours. D's actual last day landed up being Monday as they have an outbreak of Covid classes in year 10 and the 6th form so I didn't want to take any risk of her catching it. She only had photography lessons this week so has been able to do the work at home. She has also spent most of this week at the beach either with friends or her boyfriend.

Today, was L's last day at school so we picked her up at 3.15 and then went over to Teignmouth to the beach. Unfortunately, there was a lot of seaweed floating about which initially put L in a bit of a mood but once we persuaded her to go in she was fine. We managed just over an hour but we were getting close to high tide and the stretch of sand was getting smaller by the minute. We rounded off with ice creams from one of the kiosks on the seafront.. 

I am looking forward to a bit of a lie in tomorrow and then I need to be in Torquay for 10.00 when the uniform shop opens to get K a full set of uniform and PE kit. She has been wearing the current set for two years and its all too small and worn out  now. I shall need to brace myself to part with a couple of hundred pounds - ouch! Afterwards we shall go to Meadfoot beach for the rest of the day with the paddleboard and a picnic.

As for the weekend, it will be weather dependant, as I think we are due some rain. 

Saturday, July 17, 2021

 Well it's been a bit of a long old week with L having to isolate. I escaped to go to work but other than that I have had to stay at home with L.

S got home from Snowdon Monday lunchtime and said she wants to climb it again she enjoyed it so much. She said 2 nights wasn't long enough to fully appreciate the area and that the campsite they all stayed on was lovely. She got on well with everyone and some of them are meeting in Liverpool for a weekend during the summer for a get together. L and I started on the home learning which I have to say I thought I'd finished with for ever back in March!

Tuesday, I escaped for the day working. Even our Music with Mummy group was cancelled because the woman who runs it had her Daughter at home isolating. More and more cases cropping up around here which won't be helped by the massive influx of holiday makers next weekend when schools break up.

Wednesday was our wedding anniversary. In the morning I had my haircut so a nice bit of pampering and then in the evening the two of us went down to our village Hotel for a meal. The food was great and afterwards, as it was still lovely and sunny, we sat out in the Hotel garden having a drink.

Thursday morning I worked and like Tuesday the baton of home learning was passed to Hubby!

Friday, we had elevenses and lunch sat outside and some of our home learning was done whilst enjoying the sunshine. S went to the beach with a friend, lucky thing, and after school K went with some friends to the Lido in the next small town, swimming, so lucky her as well!

Depending on what shift S is working Monday we are hoping to have a trip out somewhere and a coffee to make up for my quiet week, and I am meeting a friend next Wednesday for coffee. K finishes school Wednesday, L on Thursday and D on Friday lunchtime and that will be another academic year over.

Have a good weekend everyone and enjoy this sunshine. I shall be reading, doing a bit of gardening, drinking wine and having a bbq.

Sunday, July 11, 2021

I can't believe it was Tuesday I last posted, the days are just flying by now we are busier.

I met a friend for coffee on Wednesday morning at our village garden centre where we had a good catch up. I've known K since I moved to the village 17 years ago and two of our Daughters have been good friends since pre-school. She also worked at the village pre-school with me but has handed in her notice and leaves at the end of this term.  They have converted a barn in their garden and she is going to do holiday lets as a new venture. After school L had a friend back for tea, the first time since February last year! 

On Thursday I worked in the morning and then after lunch Hubby and I went over to Morrisons and I bought 16 plants for the garden and got another couple that were free as they were past their best! They had a really lovely selection especially of cottage garden plants. After dinner S set off up to her house in Bath for an overnight stop as Friday she was driving to Snowdon. She was meeting up with a facebook walking group to camp there and climb Snowdon on Saturday. It was a group of thirty, none of whom she had met before, but things like that don't bother her.

Friday was D's late start at school so we went into town to visit the library and get a few things in Asda. She didn't fancy breakfast this week so we just had coffee out. Once I'd dropped her at school I had a good tidy up at home and rang my Dad to check everything was okay with him. My day went downhill at 2.45 when sat in the car over in Teignmouth, waiting to pick up D and her boyfriend I had a text from the Primary School to say they had had a positive Covid case in the year5/6 bubble and could I come straight away to collect L. There are two year 5/6 classes and although they are not currently mixing they share toilets and the communal areas. The girl concerned is in the other class but everyone has been sent home to isolate. She is off school all this coming week so I shall have the joys of home learning again and apart from work will not be able to venture out much as she is too young to be left alone. 

Obviously, as a consequence of L having to isolate our weekend has been quiet. On Saturday Hubby and I spent a lot of time in the garden tidying and finding homes for our new plants. Heard from S that it had taken them just over 3 hours to reach the top of Snowdon and they were lucky that it stayed dry as we've had yet more rain here most of the weekend.

Today, before the rain got really heavy, I got the last of the plants in. The garden will have to wait till later in the week now as both our green bins are well and truly full and will be emptied Wednesday.

Well I am off to make a fish pie for dinner and then it will be the serious business of football. Fingers crossed for a good result.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

 Well it was another dismal Sunday here. It really rained in the morning which was a shame as there was a garage sale around our village raising money for the School. Mid afternoon it looked a bit brighter so K, L and I went for a walk around the village on what we call our lockdown route. This is the minimum walk we did every day in all the different lockdowns and takes us around the village via the park. We had only been back 5 minutes when S got in from her shift at the Hotel and said she needed some fresh air and would I like a walk along Teignmouth seafront, so off we went. It was cloudy and breezy but not cold so a pleasant walk.

Monday S and I went to Torquay to go to our nearest Primark. S needed another pair of black trousers for work, but didn't want to spend a fortune, and I hadn't been there for a couple of months so off we went. There was nothing I liked but I picked up a dress each for K and L and some shorts reduced for Hubby and S managed to find some trousers so a successful visit. Afterwards we had a coffee in Costa and then came home. I did some jobs and we had some lunch and then S was restless! So we went for another walk along Teignmouth seafront and I remembered to take some photos this time. What with my walks down to school and back I managed a whopping 23000 steps, the most for a long time.

Today has been an enjoyable day at work and tomorrow I am meeting a friend for coffee and a good catch up.

Saturday, July 3, 2021

 Friday morning it was sunny so Me, Hubby and S went over to Teignmouth first thing and got coffees and bacon rolls to eat up on the seafront.  We were having a lovely peaceful time when suddenly a huge seagull came from behind and tried to take S's roll pecking her finger in the process. That somewhat ruined the moment and S was tearful as it had frightened her. We had a nice stroll along the front and then came home to do some preparation for S's gathering in the evening.

S had her 21st birthday in lockdown and has just completed her midwifery degree so Friday night was a celebration of both with a dozen of her friends, out in the garden. Hubby mowed the lawn and swept the patio whilst we blew up balloons and put fairy lights around my arch. The rose that I planted in memory of my Mum has flowered this week so in a strange kind of way it felt like she was there for the celebration. Once people had started to arrive we decided to leave them in peace for a couple of hours so took K and L over to Teignmouth for a swim. It wasn't the warmest evening but it didn't bother them and when they'd had enough we got some nice hot fish and chips to eat. We then had a  long walk along the beach where I found a lovely heart shaped pebble. It was just there, very prominent, so I took that as a sign and it is now out in the garden at the base of my Mum's rose. 

My Sister and Brother in Law have been down this way for the week, staying in a holiday cottage near Totnes. They had to be out by 9 today so they came on up to us and Andy decided he wanted to treat us to lunch out which was lovely of him. We walked down to our village Hotel and sat in the garden, managing to miss the showers of earlier, and spent a lovely couple of hours eating, drinking and chatting. They have had a lovely week visiting lots of different places.

It is quiet now, Hubby is doing diy in the hallway until the football starts, D is out with friends and S is back down at our village Hotel working the evening shift. She cannot start working as a midwife until she has formally graduated and been given her NHS registration so until then she is working in the Hotel to earn some money.

I am going to go and cook a curry for me and Hubby and then I shall have a glass of wine or two and read my book with one ear on the football.  I'm afraid I am still forgetting to take photos.

Flowers that S bought me as a sorry as she was a little worse for wear last night!! We've all been there in our youth!

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

 I'm afraid there aren't the most exciting photos with this post as I keep forgetting to take any! I'll go out somewhere and then afterwards I'll think I should have taken a photo.

Anyway, Monday S and I went into Newton Abbot to get a few bits for her gathering Friday evening, from Poundland. We also had a coffee and a toasted teacake in Coffee 1 which was very nice.

We have had a few days of car repairs - mine was in the garage Monday having a new wheel bearing and Hubby's has been in these last two days having a full service and new brakes pads and shoes so we are now a few hundred pounds lighter. Neither of us has fancy cars, it's not our thing, but hopefully that's it for another year.

Our village has been in chaos the last couple of days as they have been resurfacing several major roads. At times traffic has been gridlocked and the pavements have been mucky with bits of tarmac to dodge! It's at times like these that I am glad that we moved down into the centre of the village and I can walk everywhere. 

Yesterday I worked and in the evening K had Guides on zoom. Unfortunately, her Guide group is one of the few in our area that decided not to resume face to face meetings after Easter. It's a shame with the nice weather and long evenings that they haven't been able to do outside meets. This week they made a bee hotel which is already sat in one of our trees. At the beginning of May they planted wild flower seeds and sunflower seeds and they are coming on nicely.

Today has been a quiet day.  Hubby needed to go into the Office so had to use my car so after steaming all the floors and doing the ironing I sat in the garden with my book and I must confess at one point I had a little snooze! My sleep hasn't been the best the last couple of nights so I needed it, or at least that's my excuse!

Well not the most exciting writing but the weekdays are pretty ordinary now we're back in our usual routine. 

Sunday, June 27, 2021

 Friday morning was Daughter D's late start so out for breakfast we went. We decided to try somewhere different, a Cafe that is independent, and has been in Newton Abbot for about 25 years, called The Country Table. D had a lovely cooked breakfast and milkshake and I had a toasted teacake and a cappuccino.  It's lovely to spend time with each Daughter, on their own, for some time each week just to make sure all is well with them.  Afterwards we had a look in a couple of charity shops and D managed to get a bag for school for £3 so she was happy.

Saturday morning, as it was sunny and I knew the forecast for today was dire, we walked up to our bigger park and got coffee and ice creams from our mobile coffee van. K and L went off and played and I sat in the sunshine and caught up with a friend who was also there. I then came home and spent an hour with Hubby tidying up the garden. This Friday evening Daughter S is having some friends over for bubbles and nibbles as a belated celebration for her 21st back in March so the pressure is on for us to get everything looking ship shape!. Lunchtime my Sister and Brother in Law called in for lunch.  They have rented a holiday cottage near Totnes for this coming week. After lunch, as they couldn't get into the cottage till 5, we took the beach bag over to Teignmouth and me and my Sister sat on the beach while K and L went swimming and Hubby and Brother in Law took their dog for a walk. We had a very pleasant couple of hours catching up and finished off with ice creams. 

Today the weather has been truly awful. It has rained all day, very heavily this afternoon, so the girls have caught up with schoolwork, made some cakes and I have read a bit more of my Cormoran Strike book which I am enjoying and am about a third of the way through. Hubby has been painting our hall stairs and landing which is a big job. He's been really busy with work so the diy has unfortunately had to take a bit of a back seat the last couple of months but with the stamp duty holiday ending  hopefully it will all calm down a bit and he can get some more of the house finished. We will have been here three years in September and although I knew it was a complete top to bottom job I did not envisage it taking this long. Needless to say we will not be buying another doer upper!.

I grew some nasturtiums from seed but when we went to Cornwall on holiday they got a little frazzled. I still planted them out in my border and this week I have been rewarded with one flower! This rose must have come  with the house but I don't remember ever seeing it before. I am sure I would remember such a vibrant colour and it smells amazing. The rose I planted in memory of my Mum, back in March, is doing really well and currently has thirty buds on it so hopefully soon it will be a mass of colour.

Well I'm going to go and put my pj's on and read some more of my book.

 Well Monday was lovely and sunny so Daughter S and I decided to drive up to Exeter to our nearest Waitrose. We used to have a branch in Tei...