Believe it or not it has been half term this week and the kids have loved not having to do any schoolwork. I am not looking forward to getting back to it next week.
The government has set out a plan to return life to as near normal as we can and this week the rules have relaxed slightly, allowing us to spend time outdoors, including private gardens and other outdoor spaces, in groups of up to six people from different households, following social distancing guidelines.
Sunday 24th May
We had a chilled out morning and I managed to trim Sebby’s hair. Sadly his brothers chose made the decision not to allow me to go within 10 feet of theirs!!
After lunch we headed off on a walk and with is being Bank Holiday weekend, we decided to stay local and walked along the Stour Valley Way to Wimborne.
It is a route we often cycle, but it was nice to explore on foot for a change and jump up the steps to the Castleman Trailway.
We enjoyed a barbecue in the garden when we got home, although the evening was somewhat marred by an insensitive social media post.
I am not sure if I am over-sensitive because of the current situation, or rightly annoyed but I came off social media for a few days afterwards.
Monday 25th May
Bank Holiday Monday today and I did a full shift at work. It was busy first thing in the day and steady throughout the day as people got their supplies for barbecues and the beach.
Meanwhile, my husband has continued Sebby’s Star Wars training with the film The Rise of Skywalker.
They went for a walk in the afternoon to the local SANG.
The kids are loving playing frisbee at the moment, so they took it along with them. There was a slight incident with a missed catch and Eliza ended up with a black eye.
A couple of cold compresses brought the swelling down luckily, but it bothered her for a couple of days.
Tuesday 26th May
Tuesday’s are the one day that both my husband and I are not working, so we always travel a little farther afield for a walk and today we decided to head to Christchurch, via the airport to see the planes that are parked up, out of action.
We drove past just at the right time, as we also saw the NHS plane which regularly visits with essential equipment for the local hospitals.
Our destination for the afternoon was Hengistbury Head, which is at the eastern end of Bournemouth’s seven miles of golden sandy beaches.
If you climb to the top it offers spectacular views over Bournemouth beach, Christchurch Harbour and Mudeford Spit – home to the most expensive beach huts in the UK.
We took two kites with us to fly, but discovered one was broken, so had to make do sharing the one. It did cause lots of comments from passers by who wondered why there was a large pteradactyl in the sky.
We finished the walk with a paddle in the sea and an attempt to teach the kids how to skim stones. It is clear that more training is required!
Tuesday is also our family quiz night on zoom. We had silly rounds this week as it was half term and this weeks winners with Kian and Sebby!
Wednesday 27th May
Another full work day for me. My husband painted the fence in the front garden and the kids just enjoyed a chilled day at home and in the garden
Thursday 28th May
Work have really slimmed down the temp staff so I have managed to pick up some overtime for today, so left Kian in charge of the kids.
Should have known they’d be up climbing trees, as they keep challenging each other to see who can get the highest.
Friday 29th May
We reviewed a Scratch the World Map from Maps International in the morning and I challenged the kids to find some of the locations we have been on holiday. It took them a while to find Turkey!!!
I worked the afternoon / evening shift and it was safe to say it was bedlam. I think people think lockdown is over, there were families and groups trying to shop and no effort made by most to social distance. It was probably the first day at work where I have felt anxious and I don’t like it.
Saturday 30th May
Today I worked the morning shift and then, with lockdown rules being relaxed slightly, Abbey and Paul came round and sat in the garden with Lilah.
It was hard not giving her a big squidge but so lovely to see them in the flesh. Lilah looked a bit puzzled at first, seeing the people she normally sees on a screen, but she spent the whole afternoon smiling whilst Eliza and Sebby played games with Abbey.
I think it did us all a world of good!
How has your week been?