When I went into the garage last Saturday morning, after I had returned from my early morning tip errand, I remembered what had nagged me the night before. I needed some small paint roller sleeves to get behind the heated towel rail in the bathroom without having to remove it. Bugger! I couldn’t start covering the lilac of one bathroom so I started on the other and had enough by lunchtime. I tinkered in the garage, sorting out my tools and cleaned Doris who had accumulated quite a bit of filth during the week.
Wanting to make the most of the continued mild air, I offered to ride up to the supermarket for some essentials. I took Boris so that I had a break from riding on the road. The trails were sloppy with the type of watery mud that sprays everywhere as it flicks you with that fine brown mist. I was covered by the time that I joined the 5 person queue. People gave me polite smiles, stared or gave me a wide berth as I made my way through the mayhem of the seasonal rush. I think that I’ve invented an effective yet healthier method to maintain social distancing. I slipped and slid my way home on balding tyres completing my last 200km week of the year.
I got home to news to another Govt U-turn in C-word policy. Rising infection rates, new variant blablabla has meant the introduction of a new tier 4 for the SE of England. Work from home, essential shopping only and protecting the NHS is now it for 2 weeks. Working where I do, I could see it coming. Today we have 99 Covid +ve patients in our 300 bed hospital. The year is ending as it began, a complete $#¡T show made worse by the Brexit negotiation fiasco.
Sunday was another painting bathroom walls day. I started off by riding to the DIY store for roller sleeves. When I got there, I had passed 8048km/5000 miles for the year. Despite my anxiety on not being able to reach it after a lean November, a 400km fortnight in mild air was just the winter weather anomaly that I needed to get it done. I celebrated with a 2 km sprint to the supermarket for oats and IPA before heading home to finish the bathrooms. With the weather cooling down this past week, I took a break from commuting for a few days. Now that I’ve reached my goal and no hope of breaking my yearly PB, there seems no point in continuing, at least in the short term.
Besides, my legs could do with a rest and there are another 8 rooms not including the hallway to decorate. I’m in the zone with sandpaper, rollers and brushes and have since started on the office/study/Fortnite battle zone. Who knows how long that will last before the cricket season starts in 4 months?! So I’m going with it.
Like many, our Christmas was different this year and therefore memorable so the 4 of us are making of it what we can. I do hope that everyone had Happy, sensible and safe Christmas. There may not be another like it in our lifetime. I hope so…