I don’t find out about you, however I undoubtedly thought we’d be again to regular by now. Once I look again on the final 12 months, I can not imagine we’ve been residing with this intrusion into our on a regular basis lives for thus lengthy!
Right here we’re, into our third nationwide lockdown, and though we’ve achieved it twice earlier than, this one has undoubtedly hit the toughest within the Eastwood family. Not solely are we frankly bored of the entire scenario, however I’m additionally now having to juggle home schooling my 4 (nearly 5) 12 months previous, and dealing on the identical time, while my husband Sam continues to go to work as a key employee.
Going again to early 2020, I used to be, like lots of people, very dismissive of this new sickness that was taking on the world, and I actually didn’t assume it was going to impression my life a lot in any respect. Little did I do know that by the top of March, we’d be in a nationwide lockdown, unable to see buddies or household not to mention go to the workplace to do the job that I’ve cherished for the final 10 years. It felt like my world modified in a single day, and I can solely think about what it felt like for my daughter Isla. She had actually simply turned 4, and we had been very fortunate to have the ability to maintain a celebration for her on 14th March, every week or so earlier than the restrictions hit. She is a massively outgoing and sociable youngster who had been going to nursery since she was six months previous. To instantly be at residence with simply mum and pop on a regular basis was a shock! She has amazed me along with her resilience within the final 12 months.
Sadly, like many companies Property Personnel was hit laborious in the course of the first lockdown, and like many, Anthony needed to make the choice to furlough us all and took on the duty of holding the enterprise going by himself. He was instantly MD, marketing consultant, administrator, and accountant all of sudden, and it was laborious for us to not be capable to assist! In fact, this made my residence juggle simpler, however I missed with the ability to do the job I like and located the adjustment laborious.
Then got here the compulsory banana bread baking, field set binging, arts & crafts & gardening stage of lockdown. I really discovered a brand new and sudden love for gardening, and Isla and I grew herbs and greens from scratch, which is one thing we might be persevering with with to any extent further! Those that know me effectively would say this was a shock and I suppose seeing is believing as as to if I’ll keep on with that! Fortunately, we had lovely climate all through the Spring and into the Summer time of 2020, and I’ve by no means been extra grateful for my backyard, or the trampoline we’d managed to get for Isla’s birthday!
I’ve seen numerous individuals used Lockdown.1 as an opportunity to get match, preserve energetic and so on…this was actually not me! I believe I saved the native gin distilleries in enterprise in the course of the first few months of lockdown, however I’ve tried to enhance on that!
2020 was purported to be a 12 months full of huge plans. Associates of ours had been getting married in Ibiza, which additionally occurred to coincide with my 30th birthday in July. Clearly, the marriage was postponed, and vacation cancelled, so my birthday celebrations went from Ibiza within the sunshine, to England within the rain! Fortunately, my superb household and buddies rallied spherical to ensure I had the very best celebrations….my husband says I milked it, however I deny that! My beautiful work colleagues even managed to brighten my desk for once I arrived in that week.
We additionally nonetheless managed to get a household vacation as soon as restrictions lifted. It might have been tenting within the New Forest reasonably than enjoyable on the seashore in Ibiza, however it was nonetheless good to have a change of surroundings nonetheless!
September 2020 got here, and a few normality had resumed. Isla began faculty and was loving being again with different kids and having already resumed common zoom calls with the group, together with going into the workplace on a rota foundation, we felt as if we had been turning a nook. All of us had the prospect of additional lockdowns on our minds however tried to push this to 1 aspect and focus on getting again on observe. Actually, I ought to have been extra ready for additional impending doom however seems I actually wasn’t! I miss my group, the banter in my workplace, assembly my buddies (at a more in-depth distance than 2 metres!) and seeing my household. I’ve a big, prolonged, barely messy however very shut household, so not with the ability to see my nieces and nephews, and Isla lacking out on time along with her cousins has been notably laborious. One factor is for certain, I don’t assume any of us might be taking the little issues as a right in any case of this…god I miss the little issues!