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:
Day out with my dog - A visit to Croome Park, National Trust