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“It’ll all be over by September” I remember saying very often around my house in March last year. How wrong I turned out to be.
Our family has all been together from that first lockdown, nearly a year now….my middle son Theo arriving from work experience in Spain (pretty much the last flight out), the eldest Leila from Uni in London (with boyfriend) and Lucas from Uni in Bath.
In the space of a few short weeks Lisa and I went from an empty home to 6 adults in the house 24/7, all wondering what was going on and for how long.

The first 3 months was all a bit of a blur, work was intense with the build-up to achieving planning consent for our 2.3m sq ft logistics facility in Dartford. Thankfully Dartford councillors were keen to maintain business as usual, even if that meant a committee meeting via Zoom call and we achieved planning consent in June.

After that we all settled into a new normal routine, as everyone has had to, ours was not a unique condition.

With all the negative elements flying around, I think it has been important to focus on the silver linings; spending precious time with family that would otherwise be living away, having older relatives safe and well and being fully engaged by work throughout.

Six adults is a lot of mouths to feed, so it was important that cooking was shared by all (some more than others). Leila excelled in the kitchen, indulging us with regular lockdown bakes.

Four of us six are avid football fans, West Brom (me) Man U and Arsenal, so regular televised football was very welcome when it returned. Although my team have proved incapable of keeping a clean sheet and ship over two goals every game played.

And I must say we did manage to find tv series that we all wanted to watch and settle down to each evening; Ozark last year and more recently Schitt’s Creek brought a lot of welcome laughs.
Music wise I’ve widened my horizons and found Hania Rani’s album Esja a relaxing listen at quiet times.

Considering we had 3 boys aged 19 – 23 living under one roof for several months they have all got along amazingly well and even worked together to repair the garden lawn which had been trashed by builders the year before.

Many have been way more adversely affected by this pandemic and I feel for the parent’s that are juggling home schooling with work at the moment. Having adult children at home presents different problems, mainly around job prospects, securing work experience during lockdown/home working and university life restricted to screen time lectures.

But now….as quickly as everyone came home…..everyone is getting moving again and moving out, pretty much all at the same time. My daughter has started a job with the NHS in London, the boys are back at University and Lisa and I are empty nesters again….let’s hope it sticks and the children (young adults) can get on with their lives again.

Just at the time the children move forward, we move forward at Bericote too, starting the speculative development of a new 450,000 sq ft distribution unit at Littlebrook.

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