The introduction of compulsory masks in shops has arrived and it seems that the majority of people have accepted it, with a mere grumble.
I worked my first proper shopfloor shift wearing one last weekend and I have to admit that I got so hot that I felt ill, but I will persevere. Luckily we don’t have to wear them if we are behind screens, which is a relief.
The end of the week has seen restrictions on household contact in the North West as cases rise again and businesses that were allowed to open from 1st August (Casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks) have been told they must remain closed for at least another two weeks. The R rate has increased in the south-west to over 1, so I am waiting to see if restrictions tighten here too.
This is our week:
Sunday 26th July
With my husband, Kian and me all at work, Abbey kindly stepped in and looked after the kids for me and took them out to her local park.
Lilah loves having the kids around her and even Sebby is starting to bond with her now which is lovely.
Monday 27th July
Changing our internal doors has been on our home “to-do” list since we moved in 15 years ago and we have finally got them done this week.
Because I work twilight shifts at the moment, I am not quite on the ball in the morning and the man who was fitting our doors took over the kitchen before I had a chance to make the kids breakfast. He suggested I get the kids McDonald’s and it was a real hit with all of them!!
I ordered it on the app and it was ready and waiting for me as I drove up and was still hot when I got home.
Tuesday 28th July
A big day for Isaac today, back to swimming, although not as we know it.
I was a little worried that he wouldn’t like the change, as they arrive ready to swim and then are called into the leisure centre unaccompanied via a register and then positioned in the pool, but he actually preferred it. It was a little bizarre not getting to watch him train and taking him home in his wet swimwear, I hope this changes before it gets cold……luckily we live a five minute drive away.
The evening involved even more water, for Isaac and Scott’s 12th belated birthday celebrations at Splashdown Waterpark. Thanks to Kian’s insider information, we booked an evening slot for them as it is very quiet and they had the place almost to themselves. They rounded off the evening with a McDonald’s treat, dining al fresco in the carpark as the restaurants are closed.
Wednesday 29th July
I spent the morning catching up with some blog reviews and then headed out to work.
Abbey was on hand to babysit again and this time it was Eliza’s turn to swim. Like Isaac, she loved being back in the pool and was very relieved that her favourite coach was teaching her.
Thursday 30th July
Feeling a bit glum today, we should have been play car jenga and heading off for 4 days of fun at Camp Bestival. It doesn’t help that the last 7 years we have been keep popping up in my memories, plus the weather would have been perfect! My hours at work are starting to change as I am working more around my husband and Kian’s shifts now, so Thursday and Friday’s are now full days for me.
Whilst I was at work, they all headed to Nanny’s house and played football in the garden with their Uncle Mark. I am reliably informed that the team containing Sebby, Kian and Isaac won against Mark and Eliza.
Friday 31st July
Again, a work day for me so Dad was in charge. Eliza had her final swimming session of the week, which she enjoyed and then more water in the form of the hot tub.
Saturday 1st August
It feels like forever since I had the weekend off and we decided to make the most of the sunshine and took the kids strawberry picking.
Abbey met us there with Lilah and we were pleasantly surprised by how quiet it was.
The kids could not wait to get started and eagerly filled their punnets with the best strawberries they could find.
Lilah on the other hand was more interested in sampling their finds, washed first of course.
Once we had our strawberries, we headed off to find corn on the cob and some raspberries to take home, spotting lots of fabulous wildlife as we did, including butterflies, ladybirds and even a field mouse.
Let’s hope the weather stays nice for the rest of the weekend.
How has your week been?