Seven working weeks into 2021 already and I’ve totally had enough of lockdown. Although I was only furloughed for 9 weeks last year and returned to work at the end of May, I want life to return to normal again, as I’m sure everyone else does. I’m sure a lot of you haven’t even been able to work to have some form of normality in your life, or some of you are pulling your hair out trying to home School your children.
I miss not being able to go out once a month to different pubs to meet up with friends, for a nice spot of lunch and a catch up. Or just going for a drink with friends and family. As soon as freedom returns I have a list of places to visit, starting with The Fountain Inn in Wells, followed by the Red Lion in West Pennard the following month, my list will be endless.
I miss not being able to spend time with my family, whom I’ve not seen since Christmas Day and being able to hug and kiss them. I miss not being able to make random plans each weekend. Instead, only having the joy of going food shopping to look forward too. Anyone who knows me knows I hate food shopping, but love cooking different meals.
I really want to be able to make some holiday plans and know they won’t get cancelled, or having to isolate in a hotel at a cost of £1,750 per week for 10 long boring days.
I got a lush massage gift for Christmas 2019; I would love to be able to use this and be pampered for an hour. Or to be able to go to the hairdressers and get my hair done and relax while they wash out the treatment, provide a head massage, then brushing my hair until I feel so sleepy, I nearly drift off.
I’d love to be able to go Bristol or Bath shopping and be able to look around the shops to see what’s out there, without sanitising my hands to the point that if anyone comes near me with a lighter, I could go up in flames. Although with the number of shops going into administration, will there be any shops left to visit?
I would love to be able to go to a beach and feel the sand and sea at my feet, while our dog runs in and out of the sea fetching her ball for the umpteenth time. Or assisting us with our picnic and spreading sand everywhere.
Hopefully we don’t have to wait too much longer until life can start to return to some kind of normal, with some kind of life again.
So, in the meantime I’m planning a road trip for September 2022 to Ireland, with my partner, my daughter and her boyfriend. Having never been before, we would like to fly into Belfast and visit the City, before setting off to see the Giant Causeway and stopping off along the way at other sightseeing destinations and Hotels, before ending up in Dublin for a day or two before flying back to the UK.
If any of you have been to Ireland and would like to give me your top sightseeing tips, please feel free to do so as I would love to hear them!!!
So, Seven working weeks into 2021, fingers crossed Boris will bring us some positive news very soon and we can all go and do something we’ve been missing for so long!