Done – my word of the week

The hound at Ham Wall - done
The hound at Ham Wall

For anyone in the UK, with a child in Year 11, or Year 13 for that matter, I think there was an audible, national sigh that grew to a crescendo towards the end of this week. Tests are over and school is out. What an end to an unusual two years. We can all take a breath and relax. It is done.


Middle Teen has finished. No more assessing for now. Her last day was Thursday. Maths in the morning, followed by pizza and inflatables in the afternoon. An interesting combination, which seemed to go down well. There was also the usual shirt signing and last photos.

She still has a few sessions in school for her induction into 6th form and wrapping up her Duke of Edinburgh award, but apart from those dates, she is free until September. Done. Not that she won’t fill the time. The next day, she headed into Bristol to see her friends. We have to wait until August for the GCSE results. She got a merit in her French oral, but it doesn’t count towards her score.

Youngest Teen is a bit miffed that school is not out for him and he still has another term to go. At least it’s half term now, which means a week off.

Eldest Teen finally pushed the button and decided which university she is going to in September. She’ll be heading north.

Done Family walk at Ham Wall, Somerset Levels
Family walk at Ham Wall, Somerset Levels

Home and garden

Mr TTC solved our freezer problem. He found a preloved freezer and we started the well overdue job of defrosting the other one. He mended the lid too so the seal is working. I’d forgotten how big the inside of the chest is and how hard it is to lift the lid when the suction of the lid works properly. Eldest was convinced someone had locked it when she tried to put the ice cream back, one evening. It’s such a relief that its sorted and done.

The greenhouses are both ready for planting up. I need to replace the glass in one where Hero chased a squirrel through it, a couple of weeks ago. He’s fine. I can’t speak for the squirrel, as it vaulted the fence out of our garden and was never seen again.

A rabbit seems to have moved into the garden again. I hope it stays. It spent the first day hopping and exploring every nook and cranny. When I went out to shut up the hen house, it hunkered down in the long grass, keeping a beady eye on me. Since then it seems to have decided that the furthest corner of the garden is now rabbit territory and we are fine with that.

We also heard the cuckoo for the first time, in our woods, in over a decade. Only once, so it may have been passing through. Still have our fingers crossed.

Aquilegia Granny's Bonnets or Columbines. I love how the flowers look like doves nestled together. The Italian for dove is colomba.
Aquilegia, Granny’s Bonnets or Columbines. I love how the flowers look like doves nestled together. The Italian for dove is colomba.


I’ve had my second vaccine, this week. First in the household. Bizarrely, Mr TTC had his first vaccine a week before my first and is having his second a week after me. I may have been lucky with the timing, but there was no waiting around for my jab on the day either. I was in and out in less than three minutes. I did sit in the car for the set 15 minutes. Just in case. I’ve had no side effects* and we now have our fingers crossed that Mr TTC doesn’t have a repeat of his reaction to the jab.

Lots of running done. I’m still improving my running. I’m gradually running more than walking, which is definite progress. I call it running, but its more of a jog. Mr TTC and Hero run with me and they are surprisingly good at spurring me on and keeping at my pace. Although mid-run, Hero can’t resist the odd excited jump up to encourage me, or whatever he thinks he is doing. I call it something else. Having a 40kg dog slam into you certainly makes keeping up the pace challenging. Maybe I’m doing endurance training. Hang on. Did someone forget to tell me I’d signed up for endurance training?

(* I say I had no side effects, but I did manage to order the supermarket shop a whole week too soon. I had my jab, ordered food and was surprised by the Tesco delivery person the next morning. This never happens.)

Walk done - Ham Wall
Walk along Ham Wall


We’ve dragged out the Teens for a few walks. Not a fair description as they seem to be quite keen to go. Took them down to Ham Wall on the Somerset Levels. They had so much fun. It was good to hear them laughing and chatting together. They always seem to get on best when they are outside. I’m not sure it would work, but tempted to make them live outside, from now on. Hey. It’s a thought.

Walk near Churchill, Somerset - done
Walk near Churchill, Somerset

Last weekend, Youngest Teen met up with a friend to play Frisbee Golf. Mr TTC and I decided to explore the area, while we waited. Found a lovely circular walk with a pub at the end (and start!). Next time we’ll book a table, I think.

Eiffel Tower Lemonade bottle dug up from garden.
Eiffel Tower Lemonade bottle dug up from garden. More on my Instagram grid

I’m looking forward to a three day weekend, although I do feel done in but in a good way, so I’m not sure I’ll achieve much. Joining in with Anne’s Word of the Week after a couple of week break. My word is done.

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12 thoughts on “Done – my word of the week

  • Sunday 30 May, 2021 at 1:18 pm

    Done! I even like the word! And guess what? It’s not just the kids who are breathing in that big orchestra. The teachers are also exhaling. It’s no fun having kids in your class when they really just want to burst through the doors and nothing you do captures their attention. So good job all around.

    • Tuesday 1 June, 2021 at 10:09 am

      I’m sure the teachers are still busy marking and collating the grades, but at least the testing stage is over for them.

  • Sunday 30 May, 2021 at 8:48 pm

    ohh what a busy week. I’m intrigued by the lemonade bottle! Well done on your teens for getting through school and sorting uni. I have heard some strange side effects from the vaccination, but ordering your shopping a week early is the weirdest, lol. I had my first jab before my husband and he had his second before I had mine…I had to wait 13 weeks. Have a lovely half term.

    • Tuesday 1 June, 2021 at 10:06 am

      The lemonade bottle turns out to hold lemonade powder, like KoolAid, rather than a ready to go drink. Produced around the time the Eiffel Tower was being built, so they cached in on the popularity of the name. A fun find.

  • Monday 31 May, 2021 at 2:40 pm

    What a relief for your middle teen to be finished school and your eldest deciding on where to go to uni.
    It sounds like your 2nd vaccine went well. My fella had his 2nd on Saturday which means I should be getting called for my second soon. x

    • Tuesday 1 June, 2021 at 10:04 am

      Hope you get your call soon.

  • Tuesday 1 June, 2021 at 3:59 am

    Are the cuckoos getting scarce? I’m glad you heard it.

    • Tuesday 1 June, 2021 at 10:03 am

      Yes, they are, unfortunately. They migrate from Africa each summer and the journey is perilous. I’m glad we heard it too!

  • Tuesday 1 June, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    Ah the end of an era for your Middle Teen. Glad she was able to do the usual signing and photos on her last day though and wishing her all the very best of luck for the results. Hope your eldest will enjoy her time at university and will be able to have a little more of a normal uni experience. Well done to Mr TTC for fixing the freezer. Those columbines are so pretty. The flowers really do look like little doves nestled together. Glad you’ve had your second jab and hope that Mr TTC also has no side effects when he has his. That lemonade bottle was an interesting find! #WotW

    • Friday 4 June, 2021 at 6:03 pm

      It is a big deal. I’m glad they had a send off at school to mark the end. I saw some of the photos and she seemed to be having a lot of fun. The lemonade bottle was a lovely find.

  • Friday 18 June, 2021 at 6:34 pm

    I feel sorry for the children that took exams during the past few years. I’m unsure if they had to sit exams this year but they must feel all over the place. I remember that extra-long summer holiday in my exam year. I had my second jab a full two weeks before my mum and dad which felt very strange. Thankfully I didn’t get my Tesco shop a whole week earlier ;0) Your walks sound lovely, I hope you treat yourself to that pub meal #WotW

    • Friday 25 June, 2021 at 6:39 pm

      It does feel all over the place, but at least the assessments are over.


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