I got stressed out with the mixed advice about the covid testing, according to the airline a NHS text is now ok, despite the UAE government website still saying it must be through an approved lab.
I've been chasing a car hire complaint up since last December, they finally replied today after I sent a tweet and they said 'they are right, case closed'. Trust me Budget/Avis I'm not letting this drop.
Somedays I feel that Peter and I are the only ones following the governments rules on travel to the UK by isolating for 2 weeks. We have had a couple of visitors, but maintained social distancing and all outdoors and I've walked the dog, locally every other day, but not encountered anyone.
The best part of this isolation is we don't have to charge around seeing people and getting things done for others. We've almost completed the remaining jobs around the house and garden and it's really now feeling like a home again, apart from a lick of paint all we've done over the past 9 years is pay for damage caused by tenants to be repaired. I did the tax return form this week, a loss of £990, although we've had years when we've made a profit as landlords and we have had some really good tenants, we've lost any profit due to other tenants damage.
To do list: for me and Peter
Restore my old dolls house.
Transfer all mums photos to SD card.
Arrange Covid testing for Peter so he can fly home.
Prepare stuff needed for camping weekend.
Fix, sand and repaint shed.
Make dental appointment for Dubai.
Put up curtain poles/adjust curtains.
Mow the lawns.
Build a rockery.
215 Sunday Up early, roast beef in slow cooker and mums SD card full of her photos I just happened to keep a copy of 'just in case', I did some ironing as it was only 8am and too early to start mowing the lawns without upsetting the neighbours, they got done at 10am and I created a new rockery in the front, weeded and tided up the border in the back. Peter put up curtain poles and finished the new door to the dining room. We ate mid afternoon and I hung the curtains in the evening before sitting down to watch TV.
216 Monday The wood arrived for us to re clad the shed. Peter got on with removing the old pieces and cutting the new ones. I intended to garden, but ended up help[ing by emptying the sheds, chasing up the covid test and sorting some issues out for mum online. I spent the time in between on my blog.
217 Tuesday Peter spent the day working on the shed repairs, I supervised, held planks of wood and I spent the rest of the time in the front garden, weeding and digging up over grown shrubs, walked Bob, did dinner and spent the evening in front of the TV after a long soak in the bath.
218 Wednesday Final day of shed repairs, just needs sanding and painting now, if we don't get chance to do it before Peter and I go back to Dubai, I'll do it in September when I get back and am isolating. I pottered around doing washing and some cleaning. Started preparing for our a surprise party on the weekend.
219 Thursday And we're out, freedom. 14 days isolation at an end and off to meet Mary @over40andamumtoone with her son at Charlecotepark. We had a picnic in the car park and I spent most of the time distracting Bob from the sheep. Glad he never spotted the deer the other side of the river.
220 Friday Up early and over the Malvern Hills with Bob, coffee stop and home 3 hours later. Peter finished the shed and Debbie joined us for chips and wine in the garden, the last one for 4 weeks until I get back from Dubai. Had a quick run to Worcester A&E at 10.30pm after something got in my eye, maybe glass from a broken bottle earlier on that evening. Very impressed with treatment time. Door to door in just over an hour (20 min drive each way) came home with a large scratch across my eye and some cream.
221 Saturday Off to visit mum to finish setting up her new TV package, a brief hello to the Things over the garden wall and drop in at a friends, then off to see child 2, 2a and our grandchild, we threw a surprise very merry unbirthday to you party as we will miss our grandchild's 1st birthday soon. All socially distanced, we took our own chairs, food and drink.
On the blog this week:
My garden in July and plans for August
My Sunday Photo - Social Distanced visits
My Sunday Photo - Social Distanced visits
Day out with my dog - A visit to Croome Park, National Trust
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It sounds like you have enjoyed isolating and got plenty done. Well done to Peter with the shed.ReplyDelete
That was great going being able to visit the hospital and be home in just over an hour. I hope your eye isn't too sore now. x
Can't wait to get back into isolation after my trip to Dubai, no pressures on me at all and I've now got a shed to paintDelete
I love the picture of the cafe in the hills - I remember a magical afternoon walking up there and sitting outside drinking in the sun. Well done on finishing the shed. I hope your eye is ok now.ReplyDelete
My eye is much better thank you, still feels like something is stuck in it but thats to be expectedDelete
Wow, so busy again ! Good to have it all almost finished though. It's lovely when you look around you and think, that's it, everything is just the way I want it :) Glad the trip to A&E was so simple - and that you didn't have any lasting damage. COVID travel is still a blooming nightmare. We've decided not to risk a trip to England, as they're threatening confinement again and that won't work if I need to go back to work :-/ReplyDelete
I'm owrrying I might not get back out of DubaiDelete
Looks like the unbirthday party worked brilliantly. Was lovely to see you both and Bob of course. Look forward to more adventures when you get back, without the sheep poo hopefully! #366ReplyDelete
we had a lovely unbirthday party, it went down really well. Looking forward to a few more adventures with Bob when I get back from DubaiDelete
Lovely that you have been out and about as well as being able to see family. Hope your eye is all better now #project366ReplyDelete
Eye fully recovered now, has been lovely getting to see the familyDelete
That's quite a hassle with the Covid test and the car. OoOO roast beef. Great work on the shed. OoOo surprise party. It's quite annoying having to shield the gaze of one's dogs from other animals so they don't go chasing after them. Happy unbirthday to your grandchildReplyDelete
It's been a busy week but been lovely to get so many jobs around the house doneDelete
Sounds like you managed to get lots done while isolating.ReplyDelete
Glad that the 2 weeks are up and you managed to get out and about again.
I remember my parents once tried to rent out their second house...the amount of damage by tenants stressed them out and they ended up just selling it.
I keep saying I'll never rent out again, but I've now got tenants in the flat. It was a good 2 productive weeksDelete
Must be so frusrating to have tenants that don't look after your property. Such a shame the car hire problem hasn't been sorted. Social distancing just doesn't seem to be happening at the momentReplyDelete
Everything just seems to be against me at the momentDelete
Lovely to have a day out with Mary after isolating for 2 weeks and to have a surprise merry unbirthday party for your grandchild. Glad you were seen quickly after getting something in your eye and hope that it is now better. #project366ReplyDelete
it was a lovely 2 weeks getting jobs done and nice to catch up with family and friendsDelete
That's such a shame you didn't make a profit with the tenants damage. It's such a lovely house I don't understand why tenants wouldn't take good care of it. How lovely you got to be part of the surprise very merry unbirthday to you party so you don't miss the occasion when your away again.ReplyDelete
they've been our 2nd lot of bad tenants, we'd only just recovered after the first ones 7 years earlierDelete
It sounds like you have enjoyed isolating and got plenty done. Well done with the shed. I hope your eye isn't too sore now hugs xReplyDelete
I much refer being at home these daysDelete
We are now living the quaratine life after returning from France so I know where you are coming from. I bet at least half of the huge number of other cars coming back at the same time don't either. I am hoping it will be productive. The shed looks great. Sorry to hear that the car hire people are being difficult xReplyDelete