Lockdown Diary Week Sixteen!

Lockdown Diary Week Sixteen!

I never thought when we came into lockdown back in March that we’d still be in it come my birthday, yet here we are. My 41st birthday week (I always like to take a week) and though things are slowly creeping back to normal around me there is still a very real threat from the virus and precautions are necessary as far as I’m concerned. Some people are absolutely sick of the situation to the point they are deciding to simply ignore it and embrace pubs opening, shops and a life as we knew it attitude but I am cautious. So for my birthday there were no meals in restaurants or trips to the cinema and instead we had a low key affair but it was exactly as I wanted it. Jonny doesn’t work Thursdays and Fridays right now so it was perfect timing, we could see my Mum, the sea, eat good food and rid our bikes. It was all I needed!

Next week for us will be the last lockdown diary as I move into my summer holiday diary and I hope by September I feel a lot more confident about moving forwards getting back to normality. The big children will be back at school and Jonny will be starting his first proper teaching role while I will go back to bringing Raffie all the fun. Seems bizarre to think about right now but we will get there. I just hope we don’t get scuppered along the way by selfish people taking risks that will harm others. The likes of DEMONIC Cummings (typo entirely intended) and ‘OldJo’ (Boris’s Father) have a lot to answer for displaying their elitist “But I can do what I want because I’m better than you attitude”!

We had a lovely week for our sixteenth!

Monday we home schooled and steamed through the work getting to Wednesday before lunch – we are ON this now and the goal of finishing proves high stakes. After we went to pick up Florence’s new to her Pendleton bike which had been in the repair shop getting new brake cables. Isn’t it lovely!
Home school done for the week bar a bit of maths and that was out best result at steaming though yet – Tuesday and we’d done it!
We celebrated with a McDonald’s lunch while we watched a movie on a rainy day!
Jimmy built another gun out of Lego – I mean it’s VERY clever, I just wish he’d make something a little less sinister looking!
Raffie lined his toys up!
And took saying CHEESE for the camera to the extreme!
Wednesday was a day out with the Cookie Crumbles lot! This was Raff stuck in a wall at the ruins of Baconsthorpe Castle!
Which was lovely – recommended by my good friend Emily!
Lots of fun!
Prior to that we had a distanced walk around Holt Country Park!
We tried Geocaching for the first time!
Had a very wintry feeling picnic of soup!
And Jimmy blended in!
My birthday on Thursday was genuinely one of the best days of my life. No massive plans and though I did get awesome presents it really wasn’t that which made the day. It was the thoughtfulness from the people I love so much, Jimmy made me a treasure hunt because I always make them one and it was the kindest loveliest thing. He put so much thought into it right down to getting me to make him a glass of water the night before so that he could hide one of the clues in the room I’d been in – he’s amazing!
A poem as one of the treasure hunt prizes!
We went to Southwold mega early doors and Jonny cooked bacon and egg on the beach!
Utter joy!
It was all I wanted but there was more!
Thinking it woould rain we planned on staying for bacon and egg rolls only then going home but the sun came out, it was warm and we ended up staying past lunch time!
And we’d unnecessarily gone dressed for the cold!
I loved every second of watching them play!
Sitting in holes!
Burying brothers!
And repaying the favour!
They had such a good time that it made the day even better!
They went in the seas – this one fully clothed (he did have swim shorts but…)!
We enjoyed seeing the cruise ship – which is the Queen Victoria owned by Cunard, suspended service due to Coronavirus its 13 bars, 7 restaurants, 3 swimming pools, a ball room and theatre are floating by Southwold while they wait as their original anchorage of Poole had too much bad weather! They have donated 23 tons of supplies o food charity UK Harvest and this weekend is Cunard’s 180th birthday – a little bit older than me then!
What fun!
The beach spells freedom!
And ice cream!
He goes in with the big guns now and has just as big an ice cream as the big two!
Days to remember!
It really was a day to remember!
And topped off with pizza, cake and singing at my Mum’s – perfecto!
Keeping the birthday love real!
I couldn’t resist another trip back to Southwold on Friday. It was so lovely for my birthday that I literally couldn’t resist although the weather wasn’t nearly as nice!
Cold and rain did not stop this surf chick!
Or her brothers!
You don’t need amazing weather to dig a hole after all!
And then we went around to my Mum’s for a birthday tea take two before rolling into the birthday weekend – why have just one day when you can take the week?!
Saturday we went for a bike ride to Ketteringha Hall where we’d ridden at the height of lockdown but not been able to walk around the grounds, instead going for a walk in the woods when we got there. This time the grounds were open and the tea room was doing takeaway so we had an ice cream!
Jimmy had a dragon fly land on him which was very exciting!
And Raffie, who did the least work on the bike, was super tired by the time we got home!
And Sunday the weather was too good not to go back to our spot on the beach in Southwold where I wore my birthday dress from my Step Mum and Dad!
We had breakfast on the beach again and this time and basked in the sun ALL day from 9.30am to 6pm!
I wore my swimming costume it was that warm!
And it just felt like we were on holiday!
Jimmy began and Florence finished the digging of a REALLY big hole!
Which took the best part of the day and which the children loved being in after they’d dug it!
And we finished the day off with fish and chips at the harbour where I did my best Worzel Gummage impression despite the nice frock – what happened to me all day to make my hair go like that?!
And the kiddos finished the day with their follow up album cover!