Project 365 2020 Week 31 – COVID 19 Lockdown Week 20


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 and Eliza

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.

Isaac swimming

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.

Eliza and Sebby

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.

Nanny's Garden

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.

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.

Lilah Strawberries

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.

Sebby Strawberry

Lilah on the other hand was more interested in sampling their finds, washed first of course.

Lilah Strawberry

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.

Eliza Ladybird

Let’s hope the weather stays nice for the rest of the weekend.

Eliza Strawberries

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27 thoughts on “Project 365 2020 Week 31 – COVID 19 Lockdown Week 20

  1. Susan Mann says:

    We went to a PYO a few years ago in Nottingham, but never done it here. It looks fab. Sounds like a good week and things are starting to adjust xx

  2. We went to a PYO for the first time a couple of weeks ago and it was lovely to be out and about surrounded by nature, and tasty fruit of course! We had our first McD since February yesterday and it was glorious! #project366

  3. karen says:

    So glad you have that extra pair of hands to help. It’s hard when both parents are working, isn’t it?

    We are going fruit picking this week and can’t wait.
    Swimming for us has also changed. Thankfully they are letting kids get changed to go home but they can’t shower and I have to wear a mask to collect them which is fun in the changing room area where it’s a bit sweaty.
    P365 sorry this is a late catch-up comment

  4. Thats one thing I miss about the city – being able to order food like that! It’s a two hour round trip here for a MacDonald’s!

    We really love pick your own! Looks like everyone enjoyed themselves!
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  5. Hope you had fun strawberry picking. Sounds like your hours are starting to work out better hopefully it continues. Its is so difficult balancing everything isn’t it! Glad the kids swimming lessons went well and they enjoyed being back.
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  6. Fozia S says:

    The kids look well pleased with the McDonalds for breakfast!

    Bee’s swimming hasn’t restarted as where she goes is a school pool and they haven’t opened up yet. But I think it would be a nightmare bringing her home in her wet outfit…so am kind of glad it hasn’t started.
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  7. I quite like the sound of the guy who did your kitchen doors… if you cannot make anything for breakfast, go and grab a Maccy’s breakfast! Good thinking!
    Things haven’t changed too much in the North West, despite the new partial lockdown. People are still going about their daily business. Even I managed to escape to the pub last night! Hope you have all had a nice week! Sim x
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  8. Niraj Shah says:

    i loved the picture when your kids were playing football I hope that they had a good time!!

  9. The restrictions here are relaxing by 10th August to let people earn through their businesses. They both look adorable! Great to have pending housework done. The kids really must’ve enjoyed having the kitchen closed. It must be awesome to spend a birthday at a waterpark. That’s a nice big ground for a football match. OoOoo Strawberry picking. Lilah really enjoyed herself.
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  10. Looks like you have had another fantastic week with your family enjoying the strawberry picking, trip to the park and hot tub. We are hoping to stop by McDonalds when we get the chance as well as we still not had the chance to.

  11. Kristine Nicole Alessandra says:

    I am glad you were able to get that home renovation done. Oh, and your strawberry picking day with the family! Such a lovely day. Beautiful weather too. It has been a while since we were able to drive up north for strawberry picking. Maybe after restrictions in our area is lifted, we could do that again.

  12. I would love to take the boys strawberry picking. I must check to see where our local strawberry field is.

  13. Sounds like you had a really busy week! I’m with you on the masks at work. It’s not fun wearing them for over 9 hours a day but needs must!

  14. Looks a busy week, i havent been strawberry picking in years, we have a done a couple of bits but with everything still going and potentially gettting woorse again its been a struggle to really start planning days put etc, I work in a shop and to be honest there are people not wearing masks, which is annoying.

  15. Jill Everson says:

    Thats quite the journey, thanks for sharing 🙂

  16. Sounds like a very busy week! I don’t envy you having to wear a mask at work, must be horribly warm in this heat! Glad you got some time off and managed to go strawberry picking!

  17. I think everyone is used to wearing masks , its going to be a norm that we will have to get used to it, after all it is for our safety.

  18. Sarah Bailey says:

    I have the same issue with masks they make me feel so hot which in turn makes me feel ill. Luckily I don’t have to spend long in one though, so always make sure I wear one.
    It sounds like you have had a lovely week – I often wonder about getting a hot tub myself.
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  19. Wow that’s a busy week!! I’ve missed going strawberry picking this year so def going to try and do them pumpkin patch this year.

  20. Great to have an extra babysitter on hand, and lovely that they are all bonding better with Lilah. Great strawberry picture with her. Sounds like a fun day picking.
    Nice you can try and fill your shift round your husbands.
    Swimming does sound a bit weird but if that is the only way it is do able then better than nothing

  21. Em Gordon says:

    Such a busy week. I feel for people who have to wear masks for their work, it’s not the same as just popping it on to go to a store then taking it off again. It must take a lot of getting used to. I cannot wait to take my little one berry picking once she’s old enough, I love that photo of her eating the strawberry. Fabulous news that they can go swimming again!

  22. How lovely for the kids to have a day with Abbey and Lilah. Glad Isaac and Eliza were able to be back at swimming – I think it will be a while yet before Sophie’s swimming lessons start up again. Splashdown Waterpark sounds like a fun place – how lovely to have it mostly to yourselves. Looks like you had fun strawberry picking – Lilah certainly looks like she was enjoying herself! #project366

  23. Glad Isaac has been able to get back in the pool and you’ve had a few more normal moments in with all the chaos. I must have the only child in the world who isn’t that keen on Maccie D’s! #366

  24. emma tustian says:

    The strawberry picking looks good. I think it’s well over by now here. Glad swimming’s back and ok. We’ve not heard anything about ours (just lessons not club swimming), and had hoped they’d do catch ups over the summer, but I think it’s still off because the school hasn’t been open.

  25. It is a worry that the R rate is on the increase again. How lovely that the kids can go to Abbey when you are all working and especially lovely to see their bond with Lilah. It looks like you had a beautiful day for strawberry picking. I’m glad the return to swimming went well, even if it was a bit different to usual.
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  26. Galina V says:

    I’ve noticed many more people wearing masks in town, probably not wanting to touch the masks between the shops. It was so hot yesterday, wearing a mask the whole day would be unbearable. Lovely to go to pick your own. Lilah is a cutie. Sounds like the swimming went well for everyone.

  27. Kim Carberry says:

    I am glad that wearing a mask at work has mostly gone well.
    Aww! Lilah is such a cutie. It’s good that her and Sebby are starting to bond.
    I bet the kids were well pleased with the McDonald’s breakfasts.
    It sounds like the swimming went well and the extra swimming for their birthdays.
    It looks like you had a great time strawberry picking. x
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