23rd March 2020 – Monday
Good morning guys!
Hope you are all safe and more importantly at home. I give so much credit to those who still have to work. All the key workers particularly the NHS staff and teachers, our delivery guys, shop workers, those who work in the civil service amongst others. They are the heroes of our country and deserve so much more recognition and thanks! They put their lives at risk to make sure we are fed, watered and safe.
Boris Johnson, our Prime Minister made an official speech today regarding our nation not listening to the social distancing advice. People can still be seen going to the park and the seaside. It’s ridiculous! Why are the British people so difficult? First they stockpile and then they don’t listen to the advice to stay at home? I don’t get it? Also, the street food markets are still running, like Broadway Market and Victoria Park Market. Why are people still going to these things? It is actually unbelievable!
So Boris is announcing that from midnight tonight all non-essential shop will be closed, like clothes and electrical shops. I’m not sure about the markets though. The only shops allowed to be open are supermarkets, pharmacies, banks and funeral parlours (obviously). People can only go out if they need to get food and medicine, exercise once per day only amongst other things. I still think it’s not strict enough but what do you expect from “BoJo”? And even this advice will fall on deaf ears!
Today was the first day of home schooling. I thought it was going to be a breeze but damn …. it was such hard work! In my head I thought I could just leave them to do the worksheets and I could potter about and do some chores. It was impossible … especially with them asking me questions every 5 minutes. I bet teachers all around the country are laughing at our poor attempts at home schooling! I wasn’t sure what I was doing so I just printed off a whole bunch of worksheets from The School Run and Twinkl and just gave it a go.
My daughter said the work was boring but my son enjoyed it. I think I’m being too hard on myself. This is the first time we’ve even done a whole day of learning … from 9am to 4pm (including an hour of Kumon) actually, so to be fair they did good. They didn’t complain and just got on with it. I think I just need to get organised and plan our days. They speculate that this could go on for at least 12 weeks! Eeeek …. three more months of this.
Skye feels sad that she didn’t really get to say a proper goodbye to her school friends. She is in year 6 and in her final year of primary school, heading to secondary school in September. She believes that she won’t be going back to her primary school, that she will miss her end of year disco and she won’t get her personalised sweater that each child in year 6 gets on their last day.
She won’t have the teary farewells, the hugs, the promises of keeping in touch. I feel for her, I really do.
I made lasagne for dinner today. It is one of Skye’s favourite meals that I make. I’m using my kitchen a lot more these last few days, baking and cooking. It’s quite refreshing – albeit hard work when you make meals from scratch. I love making food from scratch. It’s much more satisfying and nutritious … particularly for my children. Don’t get me wrong, we do splash out on takeaways usually every Friday night, but with the lockdown in place I don’t think we will be getting takeout for a while.
Oh and my manager from work called me today to check in on me and update me about life back in the office. Our office is still open and has to remain open because we are part of the civil service. He told me that alot of staff were being sent home even if they have minor underlying health issues. He also said to me that due to my childcare issues and my serious underlying health conditions, he doesn’t think I will be in work for the forseeable future. Eeeeek … that could mean after the summer holidays! I am one of the lucky ones though because I do have a good job (I’ve been there for 12 years) and I still get full pay for not working during this uncertain time so for that I am grateful to where I work. I am grateful that I will still have a job to go back to when all this is over.
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I hope you are all staying safe wherever you are. Stay safe and look after each other and remember this pandemic won’t last forever if we all do our bit! We need each other now more than ever before. Stay home … please!
~ The Cake Lady (and family) xxx