I was expecting a second wave of coronavirus, but had mentally prepared myself for October.
The rule change last week, was a bit of a shock, but this week it has been tightened even further. Boris Johnson announced on Tuesday a package of tougher measures in England which include early closing for pubs, bars; table service only; closing businesses that are not covid secure; expanding the use of face coverings, and new fines for those that fail to comply.
Most of these don’t affect us as we don’t go out, but it does mean that both my husband and I are now required to wear a face mask at all time at when we work in our retail jobs. My pre-school rules have also tightened, more hand-washing, more disinfecting but we are remaining open.
There is no national lockdown again, yet, but the panic buying has already started.
Here is our week……..
Sunday 20th September
It was an early start for us as we booked tickets to visit Windsor Castle at 11am, but it was a beautiful sunny day and the roads were clear.
I have never been before and we were all fascinated by the castle, both inside and out. The COVID19 restrictions meant that numbers were very limited and although we didn’t have the castle to ourselves, there were just a handful of other visitors around us and the staff managed social distancing brilliantly – if only other venues were this good!
Once we came out of the castle grounds, Windsor itself was heaving, so we didn’t explore the town as much as we would have liked, however, we did make an effort to do the Long Walk.
It was busiest near the castle, but never crowded and the kids loved finding conkers along the way.
We all enjoyed our day out, which was probably our last where we got to enjoy warm, sunny weather this year.
Monday 21st September
Back to school and the kids all have colds. It happens every year, two to three weeks back and they always come down with something – just goes to show that all that anti-bac / handwashing / deep cleaning isn’t still doesn’t keep all the germs away. We checked the school policy, but with no temperature or cough they were good to go to school.
In the evening, it was Isaac’s week to attend scouts and they have to wear a mask if going inside. His friends and I chuckled at his pixie ears, caused by the elastic, but he had great fun doing campfire cooking and made a super hot chilli dish.
Back in February, Sebby was really poorly with a cold / flu that would not shift and subsequently turned into tonsillitis and then pneumonia. This is the first time he has been poorly since and we have been trying desperately to teach him how to blow his nose, but he just can’t seem to get to grips with it……..any tips let me know, but you know he isn’t himself when he comes downstairs for a cuddle.
Tuesday 22nd September
Thanks kids………I now have a cold, but Sebby has perked up and its off to school / work for us.
Kian was home to look after the kids whilst Isaac went swimming, so I headed off for a walk around the park whilst he swam. The weather is definitely feeling more Autumnal and the ducks looked less than impressed with the change in the weather.
Wednesday 23rd September
I had an awful nights sleep. I think I had to blow my nose every 15 minutes without fail and had awful sinus pain. Normally I battle through colds and carry on as normal, but for the first time in a very long time, I phoned in sick. The kids seem over it now and my husband took Eliza swimming in the evening and she came back super excited with the swimmer of the day wristband!!
We had curry for dinner as my husband thought it might clear my nose, but I could not taste a thing and ended up leaving most of it and headed to bed early.
Thursday 24th September
The NHS COVID19 app launched today and once the kids were at school I downloaded it. I had marmite on toast for breakfast, but realised I could not taste that either, so decided to fill in the symptom checker.
I thought you had to have all three symptoms to isolate, but it appears that it is only one, so I booked a test. Our local testing centre didn’t have any availability, so I am getting a test through the post.
I spent the day watching day time TV and catching up with some blog work.
Friday 25th September
The kids were not happy about not going to school, they love being back with their friends!
I spoke to my Mum today and ironically my step-brother and his family all have confirmed cases of COVID19. My test arrived via amazon at lunchtime and I did it immediately. It wasn’t pleasant, but was all over in 30 seconds.
You have to send it back via a priority postbox and luckily for me, ours is less than a 5 minute walk from our house, so I sent it back almost straight away…………now just waiting for the results.
Ironically, I feel much better today. My taste has returned, but I still have a snotty nose and a bit of a cough. I honestly think I just had a heavy cold and it knocked me for six. I take immunosuppressants for my arthritis and working in the early years sector, I do normally feel like I am fighting the lurgy from October to March anyway.
Saturday 26th September
I don’t do being inside, especially now I am feeling better. I still have 7 days to go if my test comes back positive. I am just hoping the turn around time is fast and I get the all clear.
No exciting photo’s today, but the kids were over the moon that the new Smyths Toy Catalogue arrived through the post. Now to manage their Christmas expectations!!
How has your week been?