This has been the last week of lockdown as we knew it for now we head into the summer holidays and after that the children should be going back to school. The government and Prime Minister I have little faith in at the best of times have said every child will be back in school by September but of course have not stated in which capacity; I assume so that they can do this on a part time basis and still say “well, but we didn’t say FULL time, we just said back in school!” I am not really sure how I’m feeling about the children going back. On the one hand I think they need to but on the other I don’t know if I feel they will be safe enough. We will have to wait and see. Regardless of what I think or want things ARE slowly getting back to a more normal as we knew it with bars and restaurants open and for some schools, though not my own children’s, open to all year groups at various points. My children’s school is only inviting key worker children and the children in the years the government have deemed suitable to go back. I think they are right not opening further and am glad I have not had to make the decision, as I would have done, to keep mine home regardless of their friends potentially choosing something different.
Gyms, theatres and swimming pools have been told they can open and though I would love to go for a swim at my lovely health club I will still be pausing my own membership and not returning until I feel safer. I have very mixed feelings about the level to which the country is now opening and am wanting to wait and see and watch before I start doing things myself. Lucky that I am in a position where I can do that I suppose.
So this part week we have relaxed a little on the home school. The last week of term (and meant to be two days next week) at school and nothing much happens so we decided nothing much would happen here either and have done bits but not a lot. We saw friends from a distance, ate healthily after the excess of my birthday week and Florence and I continued with an online 7 minute exercise app followed by a 4 minute exercise challenge that we have picked up since Joe Wicks took his timetable down. It’s been sunny in places and cloudy in others but we have been outside regardless and now we enter 7 weeks of summer holidays and NO home school thank goodness!
I am planning on taking the children out for a day trip at least once a week – there are plenty of places outdoors which will suit us like the zoo or BeWILDerwood or farms and we can do them distancedly from other people. Florence will have surf lessons (Jimmy doesn’t want to) weekly and we shall spend lots of time at the beach. I’d like us to go for lots of bike rides, camp with friends in our gardens and maybe even go camping to a site as well. We will make it a summer to remember and boy are we glad that school and (for now) the lockdown diary is out for summer – of course I will switch up for a summer holiday photo diary as per usual!