WEEK 12 – WHAT’S HAPPENING TO OUR WORLD? AT HOME IN ISOLATION DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS

DAY 78 – MONDAY 8TH JUNE
A few more restrictions lifted this week but it’s still very confusing. The weather is awful too which is making people feel a bit flat. On a plus note today I organised another lovely workshop for my students which they all really enjoyed. Isabelle is enjoying all the extra workshops too which I love. With her school work, dancing and singing lessons she’s in a good routine. She’s making me extremely proud.

DAY 79 – TUESDAY 9TH JUNE
We had a live Q&A with my teaching society the IDTA this morning. It was very informative regarding the procedures we must put in place for when we can eventually re open our schools but sadly it won’t be any time soon.
There’s a slight possibility we might be able to take one to one lessons in July but I wont be re starting my classes until September at the earliest providing it’s 100% safe. In the meantime I have lots of procedures to put in place & organise.
I spent the rest of the day doing all my class planning for the week & re planting my vegetables into a bigger planter then my lovely dad came to our garden to paint our fences. I’m desperate to get our fences & decking finished so we can get our Hot Tub up eventually!!!! Typically as soon as we started on the garden the bad weather started.
Tuesday has turned into Pasta Night Tuesday for the past few weeks and tonight was my homemade Carbonara which was delicious if I do say so myself!!!

DAYS 80 & 81 – WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY 10TH & 11TH JUNE
2 big online Zoom teaching days which are exhausting but have gone really well. We’ve also posted a lovely certificate out to each pupil for participating in and working so hard in classes during lockdown. I can’t wait for them all to receive them!
The weather has been appalling today & so dark and miserable. I’ve had to have the lights on all day! Where did the sun go?
One thing I look forward to after I finish my classes on a Thursday evening after I finish teaching is my Pink G&T! Like many people I was drinking a little too much at the beginning of lockdown but I’ve cut down to Thursday-Saturday now which is slightly better than it was. The way life is at the moment, a glass of wine or a G&T is helping most people and there’s not much else to look forward to right now.
They’ve started playing every series of Downton since the beginning recently & Isabelle is loving it. It’s our favourite hour of the day at the moment and I’m loving watching it with her. There’s something so comforting about Downton and I’m loving it just as much the second time around.

DAY 82 – FRIDAY 12TH JUNE
More rain so today’s just been all about schoolwork, work, cookie baking, fish & chips, cosy snuggles, candles, wet doggy walks, beautiful messages from pupils and parents, quizzes, writing, tv, family time and lots of laughs!!

DAY 83 – SATURDAY 13TH JUNE
A lovely socially distanced walk/meeting with my business partner then a visit to the garden centre with my mum today which was lovely.
We then had a very productive afternoon painting the garden fences now the weather has improved at last.
We decided to have another Raclette meal this evening as the kids had really enjoyed it last time. An evening watching ’13 Reasons Why’ on Netflix with Isabelle finished off a lovely day.

DAY 84 – SUNDAY 14TH JUNE
Another lovely day weather wise so we made the most of it sorting out the garden. Tony did a fantastic job painting all the fences and decking and it’s all looking good. Still quite a bit to do but the kids are desperate for the Lay z spa to get put up so they’re pushing him to get it done. I’ll then be making it all look lovely with lots of pots of flowers and climbing plants to give it lots of colour.
Sunday roast, dog walks, lots of catch ups with friends and helping Isabelle get all her school things ready as she goes back for one day per week from tomorrow. She’s actually looking forward to it and seeing some of her friends although she’ll only see a couple as they’re all in on different days. I’m just pleased she’ll be getting some face to face time with teachers.
And so another week in this strange new normal is over. Let’s see what next week will bring with a few more lockdown restrictions being lifted and shops re opening. The riots this week have been absolutely devastating and I’m praying everything we’ve done has not all been in vain with so many mass gatherings over the last few days. My beloved country makes me very sad at the moment and I can’t believe how low some people can go.

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