Part Two – Relaxing Lockdown

elephant dr Seuss“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”– Dr. Seuss

England – Lockdown and me – Part Two

This week’s Wednesday Challenge over on Partner GC and my site Weekly Prompts is Inside Out. also linked to FOWC Cranky

Gerry spoke about how the pandemic has turned our reality inside out, but in many countries, the number of those infected has been reduced considerably, allowing some of us to slowly move towards a different form of normality. 

This is my second response to the challenge, a continuation of yesterday’s blog of how the rules in England have affected me.

In Part One I was unable to comment on what it’s like outside my bubble because despite some easing of the rules I haven’t been out for over three months and so I spoke about what a joy it was to be able to have my son stay for the weekend.

Another welcome relaxation of the rules has meant that we’re now allowed to invite small groups from another household into our gardens – on the Sunday of the same weekend, number three daughter Elizabeth and her family joined us for a family BBQ. 

As time has gone on and scientists have learnt more about the virus, evidence has emerged that masks are not necessary outdoors if a two-metre distance is observed, though at times it was difficult to distance ourselves from the small children; however, unless we are facing each other, we are told it is pretty safe, and fortunately, the virus disperses speedily outdoors, therefore, none of us wore masks.

Two metre distance

Eldest daughter Victoria arranged the garden furniture at two metres apart, and son-in-law Simon performed his cookery expertise on the BBQ.

For the little ones, having been cooped up at home for three months, with playgrounds closed, and for the most part, open spaces too, coming here to spend time with us and run around freely was a delightful treat. No Cranky children today!

the toilet tentContinuing to follow the recommended rules of outdoor socialising and not allowing groups (even family) into our homes, daughter Victoria provided a camping toilet tent for the use of Lizzy and Alistair. The littles ones brought their own!

Woody wasn’t in the mood for Run and Fetch, but grandson William was happy to oblige!

Is there anything more pleasurable than spending quality time with our families and watching little children splash around in a paddling pool on a warm and sunny afternoon?

Editorial Comment: This was the second and final section taken from the previously missing post.

© 2020 Wednesday Challenge Inside-Out from Weekly Prompts. Also linked to FOWC Cranky.


30 thoughts on “Part Two – Relaxing Lockdown

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  2. Every cloud has a silver lining and I think this particular cloud will have a big one. Our eldest daughter and grandchildren are planning to visit in July, restrictions permitting. It will have been 5 months since their last visit which was those awful floods in February. Let’s hope things continue to improve, Sue. 😊

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    1. I hope so too. Oh, Trev, I hope everything goes well for your daughter’s visit. Five months is a long long time, so lovely for you to have something to look forward to. 🙂

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  3. Murphy's Law

    What a treat to see a loving family having a relaxing backyard bbq while maintaining all the CDC rules. Of course, you’re very blessed to have a large yard to be able to pull this off. Not everyone does and that’s a hardship for them. It certainly must’ve raised the spirits of adults and children alike.

    I think old Woody was very content to sprawl out and watch his family having a wonderful time. That was excitement enough for him!

    You seem to be doing everything right so I hope more outdoor get-togethers take place. A little planning goes a long way!
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. More relaxing of the rules to follow in a couple of weeks, but I think I’ll pass on most of them. Thank you so much, Ginger.


    1. It was lovely to spend time with them all. Over here, even outside the distancing rule still applies even though the risks are lessened outside, and this is something I’m grateful for
      Thank you, Rita. 🙂

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  4. What a joyous occasion, Sue. I envy your having family close enough to day-visit. Looks like the children had so much fun. Love the Dr Seuss quote. I’m more than ready to make some more family memories, but alas, as things have been so badly mismanaged here with regards to the CV, it looks like were stuck here for the foreseeable future. Have a lovely weekend.

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    1. I heard about your situation on the news, how awful. I hope the infection rate drops soon. It must be hard not seeing your family.

      Why are people so stupid, some are just as bad over here.

      Yesterday was the hottest day of the year so far, and council leaders in Bournemouth declared a major incident and asked for police assistance as half a million visitors descended onto the beaches, and sat around packed like sardines in a can.

      The Chief Medical Officer for England sent out a personal tweet, (he never sends personal ones) begging people to remember the two-metre distance rule and reminded us that the virus is still here.

      We’re set to relax the rules further but I’m worried about that I so I think I’ll stay home a little longer.

      Thank you, Sylvia. 🙂

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  5. We are embracing for the New Normal, indeed there are many areas getting back to normal and adjusting, enjoying and reuniting themselves with the simple pleasures of life, like family.. Nice post..

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    1. Thank you very much for your comment. It is a great relief to be able to meet with our families in a safe way, but I fear that others will take advantage and not adhere to the simple safety measures of safe distancing and hand washing and will be the cause of a new lockdown.


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