It’s been nice to have reasons to celebrate this week. We’ve made use of our ‘party tent’ in the garden and enjoyed a couple of little garden parties which has been fun, and helped break up a little of the monotony of life in lockdown.
Last Friday was the 75th anniversary of VE Day. I enjoyed dressing up in a 1940s-style dress, doing my hair and baking scones for our afternoon tea out in the garden. We made blue, white and red bunting out of plastic tablecloths and hung it around the tent. Hubby brought a speaker outside so we could play some 1940s music and we even had a little dance around the garden.
The next day was my birthday so the bunting stayed up and we got to have another tea party out in the garden. It was strange not being able to see my twin sister as we would normally do around our birthday but we did manage to have a video chat on FaceTime instead. It was a quieter birthday than normal but it was nice to sit out in the garden and enjoy family time together. Jessica was very much missed though and while overall I had a nice day, there were also a lot of tears shed too.
I’ve been feeling quite anxious over lockdown starting to be more relaxed, but one good thing about the rules being more relaxed is that I can now visit Jessica’s forever bed once more. I’ve found it so hard not to be able to visit her for the last eight weeks. It was so nice to be able to go there yesterday and bring her some of the roses that are now blooming in our garden. Last time we were there, Sophie and I found frogspawn under one of the bridges. She was hoping that she might see tadpoles this time, but they’ve been and gone now. Maybe next year.
Things that have made me smile this week
- Thomas’s new trick of pretending to be Iggle Piggle from ‘In the Night Garden’ – he stands up, nods his head a couple of times and then falls over backwards. Thankfully he only does it on soft surfaces (so far at least!)
- Sophie and Thomas having fun giggling away and splashing each other in the paddling pool.
- Seeing so many members of the Girls’ and Boys’ Brigade taking part in our virtual church parade service.
- Making a flying saucer out of paper plates with Sophie.
- Getting out for a lovely long walk all by myself (I was a bit frazzled that day and it was just what was needed!)
- Teaching Sophie how to play “kerbsies” in the garden using bits of trellis as pretend pavements.
- Having a bit of a Disney princess moment while singing out in the garden when seven birds congregated on the bird feeder 6ft away from me and started singing too. Sadly they didn’t then start helping clean my house. Maybe I need to try a different song for that…!
- Joining in with the WOS open mic evening on Zoom. Sophie sang ‘Into the Unknown’ and I sang ‘Hurry, It’s Lovely Up Here’