Photo Journal – 1-7 June 2020

I decided to enter a swap on Swap-Bot where we took a photo and wrote a couple of sentences to describe it to our partners. I really enjoyed this swap and being observant to see what I wanted to record for that day.

Monday 1 June 2020

Today’s photo is from my early morning walk.  Today I’m starting a new challenge – a walk a day for a year.  I have been walking a lot since the lockdown.  It’s something I’ve always enjoyed walking but haven’t really done it overly consistently.  But I’ve been enjoying it to the point that I’ve missed it if I don’t go out.  So I decided to challenge myself to 365 consecutive days of walking.  Whilst I’m not setting a minimum distance, I’m currently doing being 5km and 10km so, to start with, I’m going to aim for between 5 and 10kms and increase incrementally. 

This photo is the last leg.  By the time I reach this bit, I’m usually ready to be home, but still about 1-1.5km away from my house.  Fortunately, it’s a nice pretty bit to end the walk.  I live in a highly built-up urban area so ‘green areas’ are hard to find within walking distance.  Literally to the left of this photo is a road and to the right is the main road so it’s not much, but allows me to enjoy some nature.  Fortunately now we’re allowed to drive further to go for exercise, I’m making the most of that and driving to other places at the weekend when not working.

Tuesday 2 June 2020

I want to say I love cooking, but it’s more accurate to say that I love eating.  I decided to try out this recipe for my lunches this week.  They are asparagus and goat’s cheese tarts with sun-dried tomato paste.  Absolutely delicious!  I’ll be making them again very, very soon.  And really easy to make and lovely with salad.  Perfect packed lunch I think.

Wednesday 3 June 2020

It’s Spanish class day!!  Please ignore the fact that you can see how untidy my dining table is.  It doesn’t stay that way. 

Spanish is amazing.  I’m really loving it.  Today is the last lesson of the batch of 10 lessons.  I’m wanting to carry on, but the other person in the class said last week that she wasn’t sure if she was able to do the next back of 10.  I’m hoping that she can.  But if she can’t, I’m hoping that the tutor is willing to carry on with me alone. 

At the minute we’re learning the past and future tenses and applying them to things we are planning on doing and things we’ve done.  It’s also increased our speaking by quite a lot, which is good.  Today our class is in about 2 hours and we’re going to be describing what we’re going to do next week so I’ve been making notes and vocab hints.  Exciting times.

I also want to re-start learning Welsh and start learning Russian in the near future.  I lived in Wales for four years between 2006 and 2010 and learnt a bit of Welsh whilst living there, but have forgotten it all now.  I do sometimes watch the Welsh-language TV channel I can get and like a programme they have on there, but I’m very much dependent on watching what’s going on on screen to get a gist of what’s going on. 

Russian I want to learn because I want to go on a holiday there soon.  Well, soon being in 2-3 years.  My next big holiday hopefully is going to be California next summer.  If I get to Russia, it’ll probably be either summer 2022 or summer 2023.  But it’s a difficult language and as I know I want to go, I might as well start now.

Thursday 4 June 2020

More food!  Sorry.  One of my goals for the lockdown period (and beyond) is to lose weight and to get healthier.  I’ve put a lot of weight on in the last three years and I’m now heavier than I’ve ever been and incredibly unhappy with that.  My last few attempts to lose the weight, I’ve given up at a certain point.  I don’t want to curse how things are going now, but for the last couple of months I’ve been calorie counting and being really strict with myself about weighing out my food and it’s going really well.  Although my weakness is cheese (I love cheese) and I always get depressed at how little I can have.  Today though I’ve treated myself to a lovely large salad with plenty of cheese.  Yum!

Friday 5 June 2020

10 minutes ago it was beautiful blue sky.  Now it’s hailing with thunder and lightening.  We don’t often get thunderstorms in the UK but I absolutely love them.  I’ve only ever once seen forked lightening (that I can remember – if I did as a child, I can’t remember doing).  Now I’ve finished sending and whilst I’m writing this, the hailing is slowing down and I’ve not seen/heard and lightening/thunder for a few minutes.  Shame.  I love a good thunderstorm.

This spring, the UK has seen the most sunshine hours – 656 I think – ever.  The last record was 555 in 1957.  The rain we’ve had this week has been nice and refreshing after such a long dry and hot spell and today’s hailstorm has been lovely, if a bit short.

Saturday 6 June 2020

I’ve just got back in from my walk and had a hot shower – it’s rainy and cold today – and now am looking longingly at my sofa, book, and tea.  Perfect rainy day activity if you ask me!  I love my sofa, but it fit in with the décor of my previous house.  Unfortunately it doesn’t fit in with my new house and the room so when I come to decorate my living room, I’m going to end up selling my sofa and getting a new one.  But until then, I’ll make the most of it.

Sunday 7 June 2020

My walk this morning (and indeed my trip to the supermarket later) was very very wet.  On the way back I was feeling a bit less inclined to keep going (it was a 90 minute/8km walk, so not overly short).  About 10 minutes away from home, I saw this heart-shaped petal on its own on the pavement.  It was a good boost to the end of the walk.

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