This week it has been confirmed that the kids swimming will be resumed from 26th July, on a limited program of two sessions per week.
With the sessions happening in late afternoon, it means they are going to clash with our working schedules so I am not sure how many they will be able to attend. Unfortunately, we have to pay for them whether they attend or not.
This is also the week where is becomes compulsory to wear a face covering in shops. I have been busy trialling it and have to admit I find them uncomfortable. I use face recognition to unlock my phone when I pay, so need to figure out how to switch that off too as it doesn’t work when wearing a mask.
Here is our week:
Sunday 19th July
Finally the day for my husband’s belated birthday treat – our family kayak to Old Harry Rocks.
Although the weather was a bit drizzly and not the beautiful weather that had been forecast, we had a brilliant day.
This was the first time Callan, Eliza and Sebastian had made the trip and they all thoroughly enjoyed learning all about the local flora and fauna as we paddled along the shoreline.
Sadly Abbey couldn’t join us on the water as she has Lilah, but she met us at home for a family barbecue in the afternoon. It was so nice to have all the kids together after so long.
Monday 20th July
Now the kids have broken up from school, we are back to our daily walks as it gets them out of the house and is a great form of exercise. Abbey and Lilah joined us and as it was such a hot day, we decided on the shady walk from Canford School to Wimborne.
Someone decided that she wanted to see what was going on around her, so Kian stepped up and carried her most of the way round.
The evening was a work day for me and we got the news that it would compulsory for us to wear masks, as well as the customers, from Friday. I have to admit, I am not happy about it as it’s a struggle to understand what customers want , especially when they are wearing thicker fabric masks.
Tuesday 21st July
This morning I tried to catch up with some blog work and reviewed some boredom busting toys we had been sent, which Eliza and Sebby really enjoyed.
Abbey came round with Lilah, so we headed out for another walk, this time to our local sang.
Wednesday 22nd July
I won a voucher for New Forest Wildlife Park at the school raffle, but discovered it expired on 1st July. Thankfully, after a quick phone call to them, they said they would still honour it, so we headed off for our first visit to a tourist attraction since lockdown.
The park specialises in native and past-native wildlife of Britain and otters and owls from around the globe and Eliza was very excited to spot her favourite snowy owls.
It also has a fabulous kids adventure park, with plenty of fun activities to keep the kids amused for the whole day.
To keep visitors safe, they have a new one-way system in place with plenty of hand-sanitiser dotted around the park and the Butterfly House was closed, but their cafe was open and there were also plenty of picnic tables dotted around if you took a picnic, like us.
It is worth staying all day as the animals all come out at different times and we were rewarded by seeing the wolves up close at the end of the day, as they had previously been sleeping in the shade.
On the way home we stopped in Burley, as there is an amazing ice cream shop in the village.
Thursday 23rd July
Today was Kian’s first day back at Splashdown and the start of a new chapter of juggling work with childcare for us. Thankfully it was Abbey to the rescue and the kids enjoyed spending the day with her. Isaac came home with blue hair!!
Kian came home excited and nervous about work. He came home armed with lots of new PPE and lots if information about how Splashdown will be running. Best of all, he got to see his friends, which really cheered him up.
Friday 24th July
My epic fail day!
My husband’s day off, so we decided to have bacon sandwiches for breakfast, only we didn’t have bacon in the house, so I wandered up to my local shop………I forgot my mask, so I had to walk home to pick it up.
In fact, I managed to do this twice. I forgot my mask when I went to work too, although thankfully they had some for the staff to use. I think this is all going to take some getting used to, although thankfully, we only have to wear masks on the shopfloor now, but don’t have to behind the screens which is a relief. The customers were mostly ok with the changes, although there were a few refusals to wear them
It was a long work day for me, but my husband’s day off, so he entertained the kids by making sock puppets.
Saturday 25th July
What has happened to the weather, it’s awful today. I took Kian to work this morning and have spent the day at home, trying to help the kids redeem codes for Roblox toys…….sadly not straightforward as typically they cannot remember their passwords. Luckily they can still play the games!