It has been a few years since I last took part in Project 365 but now it seems like a great way to restart and document what is going on around us.
Project 365 is a weekly diary featuring photo’s and how your week has gone; the good, the bad and the ugly.
It is actually the 12th week of the year, but I am starting now, on our first week of lockdown here in the UK.
Monday 16th March
News of the coronavirus outbreak started changing by the hour and we started following the news more closely, although if I am honest it was already starting to overwhelm us.
5pm was news time to see what measures Boris Johnson would be unveiling for the day and were still helpful that schools would not be closing anytime soon.
It is my husband’s last week at Homebase before starting his new job at Dorset Adventure Park and they were still hopeful that it would be business as usual and my work at pre-school was also business as usual.
Isaac’s Scouts meeting was cancelled, as were the kids after-school clubs but Eliza and Sebastian still had their swimming lessons as usual
Tuesday 17th March
The reality that we were heading towards a lockdown really started to hit home. Again work and swimming carried on as normal, but more and more people were choosing to self-isolate and stay at home rather than send the kids to school.
Sebby attended his friend’s birthday party at Ramp Rats, which could be the last one for a while.
Wednesday 18th March
It was today we found out that schools will close, except for looking after the children of keyworkers and vulnerable children. It was a real mix of emotions, with my main worry being my job – will we still be paid if we closed?
Abbey came round with Lilah, who is now 3 months old and a real chatterbox. It’s probably the last time we will physically see them for some time.
Thursday 19th March
The kids came home from school with learning packs for the next few weeks. No-one know how long the schools will be closed for, but at best it will be until after the Easter holidays in late April, but we have also heard rumours that it would more likely be 12 weeks, or maybe even September until they are back. I really feel sorry for those in Year 6 and taking GCSE and A-Levels as they won’t be taking the exams that they have worked so hard for, or get the treats that the end of school brings.
Kian is in self-isolation because he has symptoms, so won’t be back from university for at least another week.
Friday 20th March
The kids last day at school. We ran our Friday tuck shop and it was our busiest one yet. I really don’t think the kids understand the reality of what is going on, to them it’s an adventure and time off school.
Not only did school finish today, but so did swimming training and the reality that the gala’s the kids had been working so hard for had been cancelled, was upsetting.
My husband left his job at Homebase, only to receive an email at close of business that the company he was joining were retracting their job offer. He contacted Homebase, but he still hasn’t heard if they will let him retract his notice, so we are in limbo at the moment.
Boris Johnson announced that the government will be paying at least 80% of our wages, so at least we still have some money coming in and we have applied for a mortgage holiday.
Saturday 21st March
The supermarkets are crying out for temporary staff, so I applied for a job at Tesco and had an interview this morning and am happy to say that I have been taken on.
Still no news from Homebase and the kids are bored already, so we have devised a Pokemon Go walk locally which takes us in a circle and gives the boys the chance to access two poke-stops and two gyms and some much needed fresh air.
We have done the garden, with Eliza planting some seeds with Daddy in the hope that we can grow some of our own vegetables.
We have plans to empty the loft and catch up on some of the DIY jobs that have been niggling away for a while.
Sunday 22nd March
Mother’s Day!! We face-timed the older kids and the little ones made me some lovely key rings, flowers and cards.
I even got breakfast in bed!
We had wanted to go for a walk at the beach, but it seems the world and its wife all had the same idea, so instead we headed onto the heath, which is just a short walk from the house, for some much needed fresh air.
How have you found this week, are you self-isolating or trying to carry on as normally as possible?
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