Our first week at home has been a week like no other. But we are the lucky ones – none of us has any coronavirus symptoms or underlying health conditions, so we are still able to get out to exercise.
Here’s our week in pictures…
Day 82 – Sunday 22nd March – a strange Mother’s Day. My husband and I started the day with a 10 mile run. We put my mum’s present through her door and talked to her through the window. In the afternoon, the five of us went a walk up a nearby hill. There were a lot of people walking there, but social distancing wasn’t a problem at all. Of course, my daughter had to do some ballet!
Day 83 – the first weekday with four of us at home. My eldest was working and my daughter had enough school work to last her all day. My work has disappeared (the joys of freelance work) and my younger son is in GCSE year, so hasn’t got anything to do. My son and I did my mum’s shopping and went for a walk. In the evening, we heard from Boris Johnson that we would now only be allowed to exercise outside once a day. I’ll be honest, we are all going to find that hard, but of course we will do what we have to do and we’re lucky to have a garden.
The guinea pigs got out in the garden for the first time this year. For Henry, it was the first time ever. He didn’t even realise he could eat the grass at first.
Day 84 – Tuesday 24th March – my daughter was very busy with school work, but is also working on sanding down and repainting our old bed, so she can have it. My eldest was working at home and my younger son didn’t have a lot to do! In the afternoon, the two younger kids went to practise sprinting on a quiet road. I love the way they look identical in this photo (totally unplanned). I was very proud when a man walking past (over two metres away, of course) asked if my son competes, as he’s so quick. It turns out this man knows one of the best triple jumpers in Britain right now, which is very surprising, as jumping is so niche.
Day 85 – Wednesday 25th March – we’re getting used to being at home all of the time. My daughter is still working on the bed, I’m still not working, my eldest is dominating the downstairs with loud work Skype conversations and my son is happy doing not a lot, apart from his once daily exercise -which was a long walk today.
Day 86 – Thursday 26th March – I had my only bit of work this week – just about enough to pay myself for today, but obviously not for the rest of the week – or last week! I’m concerned that the self-employed announcement from the government won’t help me.
My son and I went shopping for ourselves and my parents. I really want to get shopping down to twice a week, but it’s hard with the stock shortages, restrictions on quantities and a house full of teenagers who can eat for Britain! Our magnolia is looking lovely.
Day 87 – Friday 27th March – more of the same… Every day is so similar now. My daughter and I got the guinea pigs to pose in the flowers, which I thought would make nice happy photos to share on Instagram.
Day 88 – Saturday 28th March – we started the day with a ‘non-parkrun’ parkrun – 5k around the village at 9am. Last week, we had my parents and my sister and her family with us, but of course this week we couldn’t do that – even with social distancing. So it was just the five of us – running at our own pace. (Sorry this photo is a bit blurry – it’s not easy to take photos when you’re running!)