Saturday, 6 February 2021

2021 Week 5 - One Daily Positive. Out of quarantine

1 email, 2 text messages and 3 phone calls from the UK Government/Public House to ensure I'm following the ever changing rules in regards to my arrival in the UK from either the United Arab Emirates, Rawanda or Burundi all within the first few days of my arrival and this was after I was questioned about my movements and informed of the rules before I departed Dubai, on arrival at passports and then further questioned by police before I was able to collect my luggage. 'Why had I travelled? How was I getting to my quarantine address? Did I live with others? Did they know the rules? This was my 7th flight since March 2020 and all flights have been during lockdowns. No one has questioned me before.

Spent time blogging and catching up with video chats with our kids and grandchild as well as friends. Cooked every night enough for 3 spare portions to go in the freezer, had a bath and been in my PJs by 7.30-8pm to spend the evening in front of the TV.

I'm really pleased with my progress this week, all the boxes have been labelled as glass, living room or books. I have to unpack and carry items up and down 3 flights of stairs as there is no help available.

30 Saturday Made an effort to get quite a bit unpacked and put away today. Sadly a lot of things broken, mainly things that can't be replaced, it's annoying but our last move other than internal ones which we'll do ourselves from now on. Never had anything broken in previous moves. It snowed late afternoon but didn't stick.

31 Sunday Downstairs is unpacked, the dining room is being used as storage for the empty boxes and glass ware until my new units arrive. Today was mainly taking items up 2 floors and unpacking the last boxes to find the fittings for the units I needed to assemble prior to unpacking to save moving everything twice, but labelling that box was be too logical for most.

32 Monday Door step delivery from IKEA. Furniture assembled and put into use with immediate effect. I baked some gluten free blueberry muffins as the fruit was going soft and the eggs were near their end date. 

33 Tuesday Put the washing on, changed the bedding and took the car for a drive to the test centre in Worcester for a PCR test under the International Entrant Program as requested by Public Health England on day 7/8 of my return to the UK. The rest of the day spent in the sheds sorting through things and finding new homes.

34 Wednesday Day spent on the middle floor, sorting out the bedrooms, not finished yet, but all rooms now accessible. Still a lot of things to be put away and tidied.

35 Thursday Flat packed all the boxes and loaded the car for the tip. Have someone coming to collect some boxes and some will be stored in the attic rooms in case we have to move again. I did some cleaning and rearranged a few things to make room for other things to be rearranged.

36 Friday I'm out and free and two runs to the tip with the cardboard boxes no interaction or came within 20 ms of another human. Got take away coffee, only customer in store and staff member behind plastic screen whole time. Busiest place was M&S food hall, but I was in there at 8.30am when it opened and no queues for tills. Walked Bob to the pet shop to get cat food and replace broken litter tray. Afternoon spent on the sofa watching TV, dinner and started to wade through some paperwork and invoices I need to submit for work done.


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24 comments:

  1. Eesh! It does soumd like the Government have been way over the top checking on you but I suppose it's because of others totally taking the mick.
    It sounds like you've done well with the unpacking but it's a shame about the broken things. x

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    1. I'll be sending the emails with complaints later this week, doubt I'll get anywhere though

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  2. Sounds like everything's going well in getting everything unpacked and in place. I think it's reassuring that they're finally asking people on arrival at airports. Should have done more earlier on really.

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    1. I was expecting far more interviewing with previous flights, this is the first time I've been asked where I'm going and why

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  3. Oh wow that is a lot of checking in on you!

    Does look like a busy week with the unpacking!

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    1. It has been busy but feel like I've achieved lots

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  4. I'm glad that finally things seem more organised to check up on people flying in to the country, shame it's almost a year too late isn't it. Glad you're getting sorted, such a nightmare when things have been broken on top of all the other packing chaos they left you in #365

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    1. I'm so irritated with it all and we still ahve the final move to go

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  5. Glad you’re now out of quarantine. I guess it’s good that there are more checks on people travelling now (even if it does sound a bit over the top) but it is crazy that it hasn’t happened sooner especially given all your previous flights were during lockdowns too. Sounds like you had a busy week with all the unpacking. What a shame that so much was broken though. Glad the rooms are all now accessible again. That egg chair looks very comfy. #project365

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    1. The egg chair is just the best. So nice having the house looking back near to normal and liveable

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  6. So many boxes! It sounds like the government is finally taking things seriously, but there are so many other people they should be checking up on (like my neightbours who keep having family over...)! #project365

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    1. yes it really irritates me that people are just so blase about having friends and family round

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  7. Wow you have been busy, hopefully it helped pass the time that you have been in quarantine. I know they checked on you a lot but I'm glad it's finally being done. I have just a feeling they aren't doing it for everyone that enters the county and I think they should. I'm sorry to hear that you had so many broken items during this move #365

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    1. I really hope the government start enforcing fines etc for those breaking the rules

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  8. It must be very satisfying seeing all those empty boxes! I am sorry that things were broken its annoying when its something that can be replaced but when it cant it must be upsetting. Good news on the COVID checks, nice to hear they have finally got some sort of system.

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    1. yes they have a system but I very much doubt they're enforcing it as tightly as they should be

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  9. That is a lot of checking in on you, but I'm not surprised, when S had covid, they kept calling us to ask if we all stayed at home. Sorry to hear that some items were broken, but in a way, you were lucky that nothing has been broken before. We moved to and from the States, and the amount of broken things was pretty high, and of course, they only pay the nominal fee for the broken items, and then you cannot buy the separate things to have a matching set. Love the playing station for Pushkins, that's one lucky cat.

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    1. we ended up with no insurance at all. we only took it out for covering the whole container anyway, too expensive to cover for pairs/matching sets

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  10. That unpacking looks tiring but fun.. loved the new bookcase! It is in a way good that the government is checking up on you so much though it is irritating.. cos the opposite would mean the government doesnt really care - Shahira

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    1. I was impressed with the checks but I feel they should've done this much earlier

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  11. It makes sense that you were questioned, there was someone on TV last week who came in from SA who said she just walked through the airport with no checks at all. Some people cannot abide by the rules in a supermarket, so it's good that they are reminding people. I don't envy you having to unpack all those boxes. I love your hanging chair

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    1. there seems to be a big difference between arriving in Heathrow and Birmingham but not something I've witnessed yet

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  12. So many boxes you have been busy. Sorry to hear about the breakages. I want one of those hanging chairs. It's lucky you have such big rooms to have enough space to sort through everything.

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    1. the hanging chair is great but I keep ending up facing the wall as it swings round

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