Its been six months since I last typed a single word on my blog, and yet, so much has happened. When I thought of coming back to blogging the initial thought was ‘but I’ve been out the game so long’. I honestly thought it had been about a year. Yet here we are. September is here. A new season, a new school year, and a revitalized writer.
I haven’t really had time to miss it really with everything that has gone on this year. Then I went back to the office at the beginning of August, leaving the kids in nursery etc and there was this hole I needed to fill. And it was writing. My passion to write never goes away it just steers in different directions.
My last blog post was March. So I thought I’d bring you up to date with everything that has happened with us in the past six months.
March came in with nerves if I’m honest. I had just got my anxiety under control and we faced the biggest change of our lives. Covid was hitting the news and it was coming for the UK. I started recording some videos every few days at the beginning of it all to look back over and show the kids when they were older. Looking back at them now- the uncertainty of it all and what the government were planning to do was scary.
The shelves emptied of all every day goods. Toilet roll, paracetamol, Hand soap and pasta were all being sold for double money online. Supermarkets were limiting quantities and nobody knew what the hell was going on.
Lockdown started on March 16th. This started with no unnecessary contact with others. Of course we are British and the general consensus of the country was to ‘keep calm and carry on’. And for the first time that did not hold us in good sted. On March 23rd we were told not to leave the house. Everywhere closed. Overnight, cities turned to ghost towns and tumbleweed rolled down the streets. We were permitted to go out for exercise once a day and to get food and that was it. At its worst on the 10th April England was getting 7860 new cases a day and 1149 Deaths.
People who fell within the ‘key worker’ role were the only ones allowed to travel to work. I fell into this category and it wasn’t until the week after I was sanctioned to work from home (finally). Grocery deliveries were rationed to the needy and so social distancing began. On average we queued an hour round the carpark to get inside a supermarket 2m apart from the people in front of us.
In light of this, those who had lost their jobs or needed money became creative and grew their own foods to feed their families and to sell. Pop up grocery ‘man and a van’ delivered us fruit and veg in a box, it was tastier and better than I’ve ever bought if I’m honest but also the only fruit and veg we could actually get hold of. People came together and helped their neighbors. Whether it be doing their shopping for them or checking in on them daily to check they were still healthy. The world was reuniting again and the Earth was healing.
Over lockdown the world emissions were the lowest they had been in centuries, trees and plants grew bigger and happier than they ever had done and dolphins even returned to Venice’s waters for the first time in 60 years. A heard of goats in Wales vacated from their usual hill top retreat to roam the streets as animals reclaimed land. But most of all adults were treasuring the time with their babies. Never would one have been able to spend as much time employed and with children as we did in lockdown.
April, May and June rolled into one. The days were hot and the nights sweaty. We had a 2 month heatwave!!
We found someone home making planters and we bought 2 large ones and began to grow our own food. We had potatoes, butternut squash, courgette, carrots and tomatoes. Oh and Blueberries. Evelyn would ask everyday if she could pick none to eat and eventually we were able to say yes. My wild outdoor lover was is growing up so so quick.
I managed to teach Tommy fractions, and he loved it. Truly loved it and would ask to do them with me. We also finally smashed through all his times tables 1-12!
Phil unfortunately was brought back in to work on June 1st and I single handedly homeschooled tommy every other week, worked at home 8:30-5 and had Evelyn to look after. I didn’t have time for anything. And just to add into the mix Evelyn decided she was ready to potty train. I think we will save Potty training for another post.
It was hard but I was in love with it. My babes safe and sound, spending lunchbreaks making adventures and learning new things, my heart craves those times again.
Then July hit and the government began to open the economy back up. National debt was at £2 trillion and things are about to become very very expensive.
Boris tried to get everyone back out by offering up to £10 off per head mon-weds at restaurants (not that we took advantage) but being British, and the British do love a good bargain, the offer drew in flocks of people.
Evelyn has always had a savory tooth rather than sweet however when we decided to go get Ice Cream at a new parlor in Herne Bay. Of course, Evelyn didn’t want one until she saw Daddy’s! See the picture below- she de…molished it!!!!
FYI We are not mean parents Tommy had already eaten his!
By August it was like it had never happened.
Evelyn went back to nursery. I was asked to go work back in the office and things seemed to be slotting back in to place.
I wanted to make sure going back to nursery wasn’t too hard on Evelyn so we tried to still spend all our time with her at weekends.
So we took her seal spotting. We also said we wanted to try and do more local touristy things so we grabbed a Boat from Whitstable Harbour and went out on the water to see the seals and Evelyn loved it. Apparently, she saw ‘pirates and Whales and Mermaids’! her imagination is incredible.
My nephew turned two!!! How time has flown! And my best friend had a baby and he is the sweetest boy!
Evelyn also developed a love of…cleaning! Yes…cleaning.
And here we are, it’s September, all the kids have gone back to school and now Boris has said ‘we have had too much fun’ and restrictions are being put back in to place. From Monday we are only allowed to form in groups of 6 people max. Infections are on the rise again- near 3000 and we are still not back on lockdown. I can’t understand it. It took 1000 infections and 20 odd deaths a day for the UK to be put in lockdown originally. It seems the economy is cared for more than lives now.
I saw this online and to date it sums up 2020…
‘Donald trump nearly started world war 3 !!
Australia had massive bushfires !!
Prince Harry left the royal family & moved to Canada with his actress wife !!
Caroline Flack took her own life people still forgot to ‘Be Kind’!!
Kobe & his daughter Gigi Bryant were killed in a helicopter crash !!
The U.K. had months of bad storms reaching up to 90mph winds causing damage & flooding to properties and streets !!
A worldwide pandemic happened supposedly started from a bat in China !!
We started running out of supplies like toilet roll, pasta, milk, bread, flour & yeast !!
Boris FINALLY put us into lockdown to prevent the spread of Covid 19 !! We were unprepared in our hospitals and care homes
Boris then caught Covid 19 !!
Cummings broke lockdown rules and went to Barnard castle to test his eyesight!!
People all around the world died from Covid 19 and UK had the highest deaths in Europe.
Hundreds of thousands more were infected !!
Everyone became obsessed with a documentary about a wife who killed her husband & a gay psycho who kept tigers as pets !!
We witnessed Space X satellites zooming across the skies above us !!
We saw a huge super moon !!
We got to see a rocket go up to the International Space Station !!
We had a heatwave in April & May !!
George Floyd was murdered by a police officer and all over the world there were protests and riots going on for the campaign Black Lives Matter
Madeline McCann’s missing person case re-opened and had a suspect !!
We celebrated 2 metres apart with friends and neighbours on VE Day !!
GCSE exams were cancelled !!
Schools were closed & parents had to home school their children !!
Weddings were cancelled !!
Funerals could be attended by a maximum of 10 people !!
We were allowed out for exercise once a day !!
We clapped every Thursday at 8pm for our NHS and key workers !!
Liverpool won the league after 30years !!
We said goodbye to the World War 2 sweetheart and heroine – Dame Vera Lynne !!
The UK reopens all restaurants & pubs !!
Masks had to be worn on all public transport & in shops !!
Everyone was told to not use cash !!
Lebanon went into mourning after a huge explosion killed 100’s of people and injured 1000’s’
2020 what a year so far!
I feel like it has lasted a lifetime and we are most definetly not done with it yet. But lets hope the rest has some sort of stability and normality to it.
I’m back, maybe not as consistently as I would have like but the blog is back!!!!
(here are also a few ore lockdown photos)