Diary of our COVID 19 Lockdown | week 1

With everything that has happened in the last month, this week was the first of Lockdown so I thought I would keep a rough diary of what’s going on. I can hopefully look back in time and think wow, remember all that! What happened?! why? etc…with this potentially going on for a while it will be difficult to remember everything.

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With me, I’m still at work, I work in food retail, which means I’m one of the few remaining places that stayed open this week, each day more and more got closed down and told to stay at home, leaving the services and food. Where I work is near several dependent and elderly people, alongside many others who don’t want to travel too far in their own self-isolation and lockdown procedures.

As the week has gone on more rules etc have been put in place, and to be honest, I’ve become more annoyed with the situation, there is a part of me that would love to be at home with the kids, homeschooling and generally spending time with them, but I realise that we need the money, so I’m doing overtime and those dependant and elderly people need their goods.

This has also seen me be a little judgmental, it does annoy me seeing people coming into just buy wine, beer, Lottery, cigarettes, or snacks etc, I’m just getting on with it and not saying anything but it does annoy me that some people haven’t taken this as serious as others.

I’ve also been doing a lot of people watching, and observing how they behave, many people are taking extreme distances between each other, and even with me, whos meant to be serving them, which faces the dilemma that I, like many, are still in regular contact with many people, and

I think some not so nice people out there, forget that we are doing this as a service to them, not myself, I’m putting myself and my family at risk. I’ve seen a new low for many people this week in how they have behaved, but on the plus, the odd person has thanked me for being open so they can get their necessity items.


Boo has been also sharing looking after the kids, she is obviously less busy than what she was but still trying to balance her job as well as the kids, and with working more we are both working together to get it all done.


As for the kids, its been an adjustment week, it does feel like the first week of Summer holidays for them, there’s been up and downs of what they can do etc, however, the ability to really go anywhere hasn’t helped at all, as normally we are an active family in these times so they often have a day at home than a day out, and of course, this isn’t possible at the moment.

The structure of school work and play has helped, Roo powers through her work in the morning and then goes off and does what she wants to do, like a normal teenager, Tigger doesn’t grumble when he does school work, and often enjoys things like reading, but like Roo will disappear after lunch for play, either computer or toys etc.. we installed a rotation on-screen time etc a while ago though with them being off currently, I can this being a challenge.

But onto next week! the kids will be on their second week of homeschooling, the buzz of being off from school might die down, who knows what know rules the government will put in place, what the world will be like etc, I might still be at work dealing with people who want eggs, milk, bread, toilet rolls, wine and beer… what a difference a week might be



  1. 1 April 2020 / 12:20 pm

    The whole situation is definitely something new to everybody, but I agree that it’s annoying that some people don’t take this seriously. I like the picture you posted saying “Storms don’t last forever”. Definitely a time when we need positivity 🙂

  2. 1 April 2020 / 2:29 pm

    Firstly I want to say thank you for being there and working hard to help us shopping and having a friend in the same work the stories I have heard are awful.I have managed to steer clear of the shops at the moment but will need to venture out this week unfortunatley. Heres to another week of lockdown one week less until we are free again

    1 April 2020 / 2:51 pm

    It must be worrying for those working at the moment. I think many don’t even think about the implications it may have to them and their families. Sounds like you are on top of homeschooling!!! I’m struggling with this at the moment with working from home.

  4. Rhian Westbury
    2 April 2020 / 8:29 am

    The job you’re doing is so invaluable and it makes me so sad and angry that people aren’t respectful towards you. We all have to do our bit in these tough times x

  5. 2 April 2020 / 2:45 pm

    We’ve had to install a rotation for schoolwork too – Jack is happy to do his work but gets easily distracted by the tablet or toys.

  6. 2 April 2020 / 6:38 pm

    Thank you for sharing your view as someone who works in retails as I don’t think people appreciate you and your job as much. In otherwords, if the supermarkets shut down, a lot more people will suffer so they need to understand that.

  7. 3 April 2020 / 6:58 am

    Thank you for the work you do, I really help that after this people appreciate the work that food retailers and all key workers are doing. We are doing 30 mins school work, 30 mins play and keeping that flow through the day. It is helping my ASC son to adjust to this strange new norm of learning at home.

  8. 3 April 2020 / 9:00 am

    Yes a big thank you for staying on working. I really do appreciate it! It must be frustrating to see people coming in and browsing for non-essential items. I have only gone to the supermarket twice in the last couple of weeks, and have been pleasantly surprised each time I have had to go. Good luck and stay healthy!

  9. 3 April 2020 / 1:22 pm

    I have gone back to food retail and with 16 years previous experience, i have settled into the routine again. It amazes me how many people come into the shop EVERY day and most of these should be self-isolating. We are also getting families turn up to shop who look shocked when we try and limit the numbers and as for the new one way system……..it seems arrows are alien to some LOL

  10. 3 April 2020 / 3:47 pm

    Thank you for all the hard work you do and for continuing to work in such hard and uncertain times! It is such a strange time isn’t it and I really wish more people would take it as seriously as it really is! My two have found the whole staying in tricky too as they are usually so active and without their usual clubs and groups (my son swims 4 times a week + football usually!) they have so much energy to burn lol!

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