On the second of my two days off last week, I finally started to feel relaxed enough to do a bit of basking in the sunshine. I hadn't seen any of the hot weather over the Bank Holiday weekend, as I'd been working Friday, Saturday and Monday and on Sunday I was at the gym and catching up with grocery shopping and other tasks inside.
On my first day off proper last Tuesday, I just wasn't feeling it and the neighbour had a friend around and they were chatting in the garden with the children. I hung out some washing, but it just didn't feel quite so private and relaxing.
On Wednesday, however, all was quiet out in the garden and I had a few small jobs to do, so I ventured out. It was actually lovely to feel the sun on my skin. It's a feeling I haven't really felt in a very long time and it felt good. I dressed in vest or tank top and knee length denim shorts, my arms bare and exposed to the world. I even went on the dog walk like this, which is unprecedented. It was my turn to enjoy the sunshine and nothing, even self consciousness was going to stop me. It felt very healing and just what I needed.
Although I might not be at work, when I'm left in charge in the Manager's absence, it is hard to fully switch off and not think about what might be going on in the shop, especially when you have left a young person in charge. To their credit, they didn't contact me at all on Tuesday or Wednesday, so I did get to relax a bit on my days off.
I'm really hoping that should I get the job, another Deputy Manager is going to be recruited soon, to work the rest of the full time hours of the post, as the shop really needs it. All the time they don't recruit someone, I feel like I have to make up for my post being just three days, which I know I don't, but I feel like it all the same and it's exhausting. Anyway, I'm trying not to think about work, so that's all I'm going to say on the matter.
Back to the garden. It's suddenly shot into growth. Everything is now so green and bushy. I daren't think what it will be like in a couple of months' time. It's peaceful out there though and pretty private.
Anyway, here's a little video of the view around the garden. Ignore some of the messy parts, there's a few things to take to the tip and Give and Take. You'll notice that at the end I let you get a sneaky peak of progress in the kitchen! I hope you're all enjoying the sunshine too.