Hi … I’m back! *I’m waving … can you see me?*
How are you all? How has the last 6 months been for you? It’s been a bit of a crazy couple of months for me … as I predicted back in July, the second lockdown has come full force. Today marks the beginning of what I call The Lockdown 2.0.
So today … Mr Bojo (that’s Boris Johnson to you and me – our Prime Minister) has announced that London will be in lockdown Tier 2. What does this mean?
From my understanding (and forgive me if I am wrong) but the UK now has local COVID-19 Alert Levels. This three tier system has gotten the nation scratching their heads – you’ll understand why. Read on …
Tier 1 – Medium Level: people can still carry out their normal daily lives such as work, school, shopping and eating out BUT most pubs and restaurants have to close at 10pm (apart from drive-thru restaurants), weddings and funerals can still go ahead as normal as well as recreational sports as long as the Rule of Six takes place.
Tier 2 – High Level: people should not meet with anyone outside their household or support bubble whether at home or outdoors. Do not travel on public transport unless absolutely necesary. Tier 2 is in ADDITION to Tier 1!
Tier 3 – Very High Level: The Government will decide on what lockdown measure deems appropriate for local areas. Lockdown measure could include closing all pubs and restaurants, people should not leave the area in which they live in (unless absolutely necessary) and avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK. At the time of writing this, most of the North, NorthWest and North East of England are in Tier 3 lockdown.
In my opinion … I believe that all restaurants and pubs should close. Do you really need to go out and eat? Do you not know how to cook at home? (Yes, a controvesial statement … but hear me out …). Restaurants should offer takeaway service at the most. It makes no sense to me that we are not suppose to mix with people outside of our household and the Rule of Six applies here too. However, it is OK to sit in a restaurant or drink at the pub where there will me more than six people confined in a small space? Yes, I am scratching my head in confusion. Restaurants and pubs and similar (non-essential) social events should close so that children can stay in school. My children were so excited to go back to school in September … and they have adjusted well to the new normal of bubbles and social distancing, handwashing and face masks. Kids are resilient but damn it … we need to do everything we can to keep the schools open!
And to those people who are barking on about “herd immunity” and the governments aim at population control, blah blah … oh just shut up you Karens!
If you have never had an asthma attack and had to call an ambulance at 1am in the morning because you can’t breathe … then you don’t get an opinion. Period.
So what have I been up to since the last lockdown? Well, there have been some changes here. I am working from home now which is great! I feel I am more productive at home and feel less stressed. I had to cancel my summer road-trip, my kids were so disappointed. We had booked to go to CenterParcs in the Netherlands, but because of Covid-19, we felt it better to cancel. Hopefully we will be able to book again for next summer. Fingers crossed.
The kids went back to school in September. My daughter Skye is in big school now (secondary school) and she has adjusted well. Her school had a Covid-19 case which was handled a little sloppy. We were not informed and we learnt secondhand that a teacher had tested positive. My husband was so mad and stormed up to the school and confronted the headteacher about their handling of the situation and the lack of communication on their part. The headteacher apologised and explained that their policy was if a child was suspected to be exposed to the virus then that child’s parents would be informed and the said child would have to isolate at home for 14 days. If we had not been informed of the situation then it means it is safe for our child to carry on going to school. Okie dokie then.
At the end of August, my father passed away. It was not Covid-19 related. We had a small funeral with immediate family. I wasn’t partiularly close to my father, we had a strained relationship and we didn’t really speak much when he was alive. I hope he finds peace wherever his spirit may wander to.
To that note, I am going to head off to the kitchen and rustle up some lunch. I shall be posting lockdown posts every Saturday morning. I have been MIA in terms of my food and cake posts lately. It’s been a crap couple of months and my head hasn’t been in the right place. But I will be (re-starting) my food and cake blog posts again so look out for some yumminess soon. Also I will be revisiting some of my favourite roadtrip jaunts too in my Custard and Pie blog so make sure you check that out.
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Hope you all have a good weekend. Keep smiling.
~ The Cake Lady xx