Welcome to the first week of Project 365 2020.
I used to do Project 365 for the first few years I started blogging and then life got in the way. I re-started in March 2020 to keep a diary of lockdown and have vowed to carry on as it is such a good way of keeping a weekly diary about everything that is happening.
2021 has not started in the way we had hoped, with an ever escalating rise in COVID19 cases and London declaring a state of emergency due to their hospitals struggling to cope.
Friday 1st January 2021
We started the year and lockdown 3.0 with a walk to our local SANG, which was covered in icy puddles that the kids couldn’t wait to crunch though.
One of my missions for 2020 was to spot and photograph a Kingfisher on one of our walks, but despite knowing some good spots they had been sighted, we hadn’t been lucky. Today was my lucky day, not only did we spot some Otters feeding their cubs on the river bank, but we spotted a Kingfisher twice.
Sadly, the light was going, but I am so glad I managed to get a couple of pictures.
Saturday 2nd January
The problem with working in a supermarket is that you don’t get much time off, so it was back to work for me. Restrictions on some items are back in place, but for the most part, most people are not panic buying this time around.
Sunday 3rd January
Another walk today in the hope of spotting another Kingfisher.
It was a very muddy walk and the River Stour had burst its bank in places which resulted in a few impromptu paddles, especially from our resident Mermaid.
We walked a different direction from our normal walk and it was nice to have a change of scenery. We think we found a football that we lost back in the Autumn that Eliza kicked into the river. It was stuck in a weir.
No Kingfisher sightings for us, although we did spot a heron and an egret.
Monday 4th January
My husband’s first day in his new job and also Abbey’s first day back to work today after her maternity leave, so Lilah came to spend the day with us.
The kids all dote on her and she loves the attention. We took her for a walk to see the horses and the kids all had to take it turns to push the buggy, with Sebby getting some help from his big brother.
School were in touch to say that they were closing their doors and the kids would be learning remotely and then asked to book them in if we were key workers.
I booked the kids in to return the next day, but by the evening we had another email to say that as we were in full lockdown, they would only have them in school on days we were working, not a full week as they had done previously. I think this was because they have relaxed the key worker list and were oversubscribed.
Tuesday 5th January
Our second day with Lilah and this time with the challenge of home learning.
Home learning is definitely easier this time as Sebby and Eliza are on set lessons on Zoom with the teacher and their friends. The only issue we had was trying to keep Zoom running and doing their assigned work on different apps as the same time.
I am sure with a bit of practice it will get easier, but there were frequent calls of “Mum” to come and help. Lilah on the other hand was content to play with her toys and the odd story from one of us.
Wednesday 6th January
Eliza and Sebby were back in school today as both my husband and I were working, whilst Kian and Isaac studied at home.
My husband is enjoying his new job and he sent some pictures of live insects for Isaac, teasing him that they were for his tea……..Isaac didn’t look too impressed. (He loves I’m a Celebrity).
Thursday 7th January
Just when you think the news could not get any worse, news was coming in about rioters supporting Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election by storming the Capitol Building. The world really has gone mad!
Thankfully a day at work kept me busy.
Friday 8th January
The supermarket are really worried about the prevalence of COVID19 locally and we have been asked to wear shields as well as masks in certain areas of the store.
I have to admit that I am frustrated with some customers refusing to wear masks, or bringing their entire families in shopping. In fact, one that I challenged told me they had just travelled from London and only needed to use the toilet. I really do despair.
Saturday 9th January
It had to happen – my phone pinged today to say I had been in contact with someone that has tested positive for COVID19.
I feel well in myself, just frustrated that I was supposed to be covering some absence in the store and now cannot help. Not the best start to 2021 is it?
How has your week been?