What an awful month. The whole world has been turned upside down, and nobody knows what to do anymore! A terrible virus has hit the world. We have been ordered to stay in our homes and can only leave the house once a day for exercise or essential shopping. It sounds like a movie doesn’t it?! This March 2020 round up might sound a bit different to all our other months as we have been unable to get out for any of our normal style adventures.
We managed to get out for one last walk before the virus properly hit the UK. Today we headed to Moel Famau as it is only an hour and a half away from us and a small family hill. We parked up and followed a very well marked path that leads straight up to Jubilee Tower. The sun was shining and we had a lovely day in the Welsh hills. Little did we know this would be our last for a few weeks. The walk has forests to run through, wooden animals to look at and many trails to get lost on. We covered about 5 miles in all and connected as a family. A perfect family Sunday adventure.
Our car is breaking. It needs a clutch (grrrr). The virus is starting to take hold, so we spent a day in the garage. Cleaning and sorting. Making sure our camping equipment is all accounted for and the bikes are clean and ready to ride. It was a nice homely day while the kids chilled out.
Sadly this is when people started to panic buy and the shops started emptying of food and household goods. Toilet roll is flying off the shelves and the country is in turmoil of how we should be behaving in public.
Boris finally made the announcement to shut the schools as the virus is spreading. On the 20/03/2020, all schools will shut for the foreseeable future (only remaining open to students of key workers). But I’m still at work, and not notably classed as a ‘key worker’ even though I work under the NHS.
Boris shuts down the UK. I learn that I will stop working at the end of day on Wednesday 25th March. Times are very uncertain and emotions are running high. We are still allowed out for one form of exercise per day, so I am hopeful that we can release some pent up energy in that way.
All my efforts are now being pushed into home education, instead of holiday planning! The children are being sent work home from school and we are getting assignments sent daily from them too. These are strange times we are living in at the moment, so it’s all up in the air for school and parents alike. We are all muddling through as best as we can.
I am enjoying staying at home with the children. I worked for so long at full time, so missed a lot of their early years. Of course I completely regret doing that, and I am grateful that I get to spend this time with them now, with no distractions. They are handing out cuddles left right and center!
What will April bring? Who knows. We have the fantastic privilege of being one of Ordnance Surveys’ #GetOutside Champions, so will try to inspire people to enjoy the great outdoors. But in a toned down effort to match the national crisis that is occurring right now.
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