Am a bit shocked to discover I have put on weight over the past year. Not that I am overweight buy any means, but given I am pretty active and have a healthy diet in terms of types of food, I have been quite clearly just eating too much. Having acquired a Garmin fitness watch a year ago and made an effort to maintain and improve my fitness it’s not so nice to see I have taken a retrograde step. I know full well that in the last couple of months or so I haven’t done so much exercise, plus I have very consciously eaten more. It’s winter. That’s my excuse.

So I have reinstated a diet tracking app that I have used previously, and am being careful to control my food consumption.

I guess I have to accept that as 50 creeps ever closer I can no longer eat what I want, when I want, in the way I have been used to being able to. Ho hum.

Got our son’s gear for school sorted out today, all with half an ear on the news waiting for the almost inevitable closure. Got a ‘welcome back’ email from his headteacher this morning. Just received the ‘school closure’ one a short while ago. I bet she wrote both at the same time….

Somerset has been moved into tier 4 from today so the few tentative plans to meet with friends have been shelved.

This morning we went to Sainsbury’s to collect our groceries. It’s the first time we’ve done click & collect for the food shopping – we get our thrills where we can in our brave new Covid world. Curiously, the arrangement is to rendezvous with a Sainsbury’s delivery van in a corner of their own car park, as if some shady deal is going down. It only takes a few minutes which is a lot better than spending an hour going round the store.

It was very foggy first thing with hoar frost everywhere. We took the opportunity on the way back to have a walk in some woodland near home. The fog has slowly cleared to bright sunshine which is a more uplifting way to end the year.

Here’s hoping that this time next year, we will all be in a much better place.