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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!



Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Garden joy

With the easing of restrictions I decided to move back home yesterday to spend the evenings and nights there but returning to my daughter's house during the day to continue with the home schooling etc
I have been back a couple of times to do some gardening but it was only ever for a short time. I was delighted to see the poppy in full flower. A lot of weeding to be done but I will have to tackle that when my energy levels are sufficiently high enough.

Friday, 8 May 2020

A day in my world during lockdown.

Our day starts with lessons. As you can see I have a large class. My granddaughter takes the register for me because she can remember all  18 names.
We also had to put up the bunting we had made earlier this week to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE  (Victory in Europe) day.












After lessons I took both grandchildren for a walk to see the four little ducklings.
Piece of art using leaves and petals gathered on the walk.
Playtime in their favourite box. The most played with toy during lockdown.
After lunch I went for a walk on my own. I have now done 43 miles on the virtual walk I'm doing (see previous post).










Once the children are in bed tonight, I will be taking part in the weekly family quiz, courtesy of the zoom app. Other than the Friday quiz the days don't change very much in this strange world we find ourselves in at the moment. I try to find time for daily phone calls to friends and then if I have any energy left I try and read, comment or write a post!

Monday, 4 May 2020

The Virtual walk


This week I should have been in Norfolk on the annual long distance walk with five other walkers. This is our annual get together and is planned months in advance.  Paul had once again done an excellent job sourcing transport, accommodation and places to eat. Who could possibly have guessed that it would have to be cancelled because of a pandemic. It wasn't going to be a difficult walk as Norfolk is mainly flat.  It was a 90 mile walk taking us through the countryside and then along the coast. Of course, once lockdown was in sight we knew we wouldn't be able to do the walk this year. However, Jim suggested covering the mileage during our daily walks. He volunteered to collate the distance we covered each day and then he would let us know where we would be on the walk. We started last Thursday doing however many miles we could. A couple of the group are remaining within the home, either using a treadmill or counting steps. The rest of us are doing our usual daily walk of 2 or 3 miles.  But we are all a little competitive and the mileage seems to be creeping up.
Living at my daughter's I am fortunate to have easy access to woodland making extended walks away from others much easier. So on Sunday I walked 8 miles bringing my total to 19.5 miles











I haven't walked that far for a couple of months so I was tired by the time I got home. Not quite the same as walking with the group but I count myself fortunate that I can escape the lockdown with country walks.
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Friday, 1 May 2020

Thanking the keyworkers.



Each day I go out for an hour's walk.   I try to vary my route and often go down roads I have never visited before. Today I walked down this road with its brightly decorated trees and messages from children thanking our key workers.


Each Thursday evening at 8pm you will find the majority of people outside their front doors clapping and cheering to show their appreciation of our National Health Service.