This week has been book-ended by gatherings – an upbeat (albeit bittersweet) one last weekend for the Land’s End – John O’Groats Association annual awards and a sadder one yesterday being with my extended family for my Auntie Peggy’s funeral. It’s been an emotional week, reliving quite a lot of memories: our two end-to-end journeys, previous awards weekends (the first of which Jessica was there for), and memories of family occasions and visits with my auntie.
The LEJOG Association weekend is always an interesting one and I love hearing the stories of the various end-to-end journeys that have been done over the past year. This year, the trophy for the youngest person to do the journey (which Sophie won back in 2017) was an 8-year-old girl who had walked it with her dad. There was also a 9-year-old boy who cycled it with his dad last year and is planning to do the same again this year, and a couple who did the journey three times last year (the first by paddleboarding, then walking the return journey, then cycling the journey again!). Amazing. Everyone was really friendly and it was nice to catch up with people that we’ve got to know through having been at previous awards weekends.
There was sadness yesterday when the family came together to say their goodbyes to Auntie Peggy, my mum’s older sister. My mum’s family is a very large one – she is the second-youngest of 11 children, although there are now only four of them still living, three of whom (including my mum) were at the funeral. I have a lot of cousins on that side of the family and it was nice to catch up with some of them although I wish it wasn’t a sad occasion that had brought us together. Sadly, it often seems to be the main reason we do see each other these days though.
What I’ve been grateful for this week:
- Day 34 – I am grateful that the daffodils I brought Jessica today will last a little longer than most of the flowers I bring her as the deer don’t like eating them.
- Day 35 – I am grateful for a lovely evening at the Land’s End – John O’Groats Association annual dinner.
- Day 36 – I am grateful that all the home learning for this half-term is now done.
- Day 37 – I am grateful that Thomas enjoyed getting creative with shapes.
- Day 38 – I am grateful for the excitement of Daddy coming home with fun things from an event.
- Day 39 – I am grateful that I now have all my costumes ready for show week. Only 2 weeks to go until opening night!
- Day 40 – I am grateful for being able to be with my uncle, aunties, cousins, mum and siblings today, remembering Auntie Peggy with much love.
Other things that have made me smile this week:
- Having good traffic both getting to Torquay and coming home which meant that we were there in time for dinner on Friday night (which is a first for us) and were back in plenty of time for Sophie’s first Chitty rehearsal on Sunday afternoon.
- Spending time on the beach at Torquay, building sandcastles, paddling (in wellies!), drawing in the sand and flying a toy glider.
- Playing crazy golf.
- Sorting out some of the clutter in the house.