Life After Lock Down

I'll be honest, its been a while, its been since June in fact!! Lockdown hit us hard as a family. School is a massive part of our family routine with 3 of the children being autistic, so having school moved from the equation had a huge impact. In all honestly, the last thing I felt like doing is writing for the blog, besides I didn't have time too!! Who knew homeschooling was all-consuming, I take my hat off to all you homeschoolers, I know I wouldn't be able to do it full time. If you saw my previous post Business As Usual you will know that communication from 1 of the children's school left a lot to be desired! Spud is very much looking forward to going back to school and seeing his classmates. 

As a family, we are really looking forward to getting back to some new kind of normal in September. Its 10 days till the kiddos go back and I am more than ready and so are they. I know a lot of people are apprehensive about the kiddies going back, but it is just what we all need. Dave has worked all the way through lockdown so we are going to be no more at risk of catching it than we were before. He works for a supermarket chain, so we have had no escape from the potential threat of COVID-19.

I can't say I have been out much since lockdown was enforced and then relaxed slightly. I still get my food shop delivered to our home, only go out if I really need to. I find it strange going out and having to wear a mask! Benefits of mask-wearing it hides my double chin that seems to have gone bigger during lockdown!! Another problem to solve when the kids return to school, LOL famous last words!! I find the whole mask situation frustrating, I wear mine for protection but so many others don't and don't even get me started on those who wear them hanging off their ears or around their chins!! If you are going to wear it, wear it!

Myself and Dave were supposed to go to Majorca on August 17th to celebrate my birthday and have our annual 5-day respite from caring for the kids. Although our flights with both Easyjet and Ryanair were still operational, we couldn't go. Just 2 weeks before we were due to go the rules changed and it meant we would have to quarantine for 14 days on return, not a problem for me, but Dave wouldn't have been able to take 14 days off work. In the end we went away for 3 nights to Blackpool, which was an eye-opener! I just couldn't get my head around some of the rules in place. For instance, Coral Island does track and trace, take your temperature and insist you wear a mask, but once inside virtually no one was wearing a mask, there was zero social distancing and I didn't once see anyone cleaning the machines! To be fair to them they were the only arcade on the seafront enforcing any of these rules. The others had signs but absolutely nobody enforcing them at all. We gave them a wide birth after the first visit. 

I was really impressed with the Blackpool Tower Circus set up. You have to wear masks throughout apart from when you are eating and drinking. The queuing system included the 2-metre distancing. Once inside you are shown to your seats, the row behind and in front of you is empty and there are 3 empty chairs between you and any other family on your row. It felt really safe and comfortable. I absolutely love the circus and I did notice some difference to the show, no singing and no in audience participation. But we still really enjoyed the show and will be back again with the children in the autumn. 

We also visited Weatherspoons, they are doing track and trace, face coverings arent required at all which I found strange. All other food and drink places we visited required masks unless you were seated. They were quite strict on you being seated though and I noticed a few people with children struggling to keep them contained to their table. They prefer you to use the app for ordering, but do have a bar service available if you don't use the app. Our bed and breakfast was excellent also, our room was cleaned and sealed prior to our arrival and we were given a table number for breakfast. If we needed anything we just had to let them know and they left it outside of our room door for us. We had a great break, a little odd compared to our usual visits but it's now a new norm I guess that we will all get used to.

It's just 10 days till the kids go back to school, L has his college enrollment telephone call tomorrow, he will be doing 70% of his course online and 30% in small groups for the time being. He is really looking forward to starting and experiencing a college environment. I will do an update post on the kiddos schooling in a few weeks and cover the measures that are currently in place to keep them COVID safe. 

Stay Safe Mandy

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