...mostly of skies, but they were so varied last week that no two looked the same.
Monday, the 1st of February, was off to a good start for me, as I woke up to the beautiful song of a blackbird - still one of the sounds that make me happiest.
After work, I went for a walk with my sister.
My sister and I met again on Tuesday, this time not for walking, but for an early evening meal together. Usually, neither of us eat our tea/dinner before 8:00 pm, but the curfew means we have to be at our own homes by 8:00, and so my sister came to my place just before 6:00 pm to give us enough time for our cheese and wine tasting.
Tuesday morning at 7:00
When I spend the weekend at O.K.'s, we often start Friday evening off with a selection of wonderful cheeses, bought by O.K. at a local organic market. Bread and red wine are great company with cheese, and it is our preferred combination. Now that I am not travelling to his place and we are spending our weekends at mine, O.K. has brought our favourite cheeses and a bottle of wine along, enabling us to still have our favourite weekend starter.
We never finish it all over one weekend, and so there was plenty of cheese left, and enough wine as well. O.K. suggested I share it with my sister, and so we did just that.
A nice evening, although of course it had to be cut short; my sister had to leave at 7:45 in order to be home before curfew.
Wednesday was rather mild at 9 Celsius, but I had conference calls almost all afternoon and made it for a short walk just in time to catch the last of the evening light. Later, I rang my mother-in-law in Yorkshire for a chat. She has had her first jab a couple of weeks ago with no ill effects, and told me how well it was all organised and how smoothly the whole process was. What amazes me is how much time seems to be passing in the UK between jabs no. 1 and 2; over here, the official recommendation from our virologists and immunologists is not to allow more than 3, maximum 4, weeks pass before the 2nd jab; Mary says she will have a letter with her next appointment which could be in 2 or 3 months!
|Wednesday, just before 6:00 pm|
|Three minutes later|
Thursday was even warmer at 11 Celsius, and for the first time in a long time, a sunny day with blue sky. It can really lift one's spirits, and I spent all of my lunch break outside, walking and soaking up the sunlight.
|Just after 9:00 on Thursday morning|
Friday was cloudy again but still mild. I did all my shopping and cleaning, and happily welcomed O.K. in the evening, enjoying (you guessed it) another meal of cheese, bread and wine.
|Yellow tulips - a messenger of spring, and a beautiful gift from my sister.|
Unfortunately, both our walks on Saturday and Sunday ended with rain, but at least Saturday morning had been dry and allowed for a run - our first run together since early December.
Now the temperatures have dropped, and we are in for a very cold week with more rain and then snow. Well, I'll stay warm and dry working from home - something I am really grateful for!