Diary of ANOTHER Lockdown: #4

Saturday The Eldest has a Zoom birthday party in the morning, which is a strange experience. She is happy enough to see some of her friends but really doesn’t like the concept of seeing them all at once. “Why are they all staring at me?” It takes a while to convince her that everyone is…

Diary of ANOTHER Lockdown: #3

Saturday The first fake family travel day of the new lockdown and we are off to… Germany! Obviously, we selected this particular destination in order to learn more about the homeland of our Lodger- and with the expectation that she would have a great deal of input. In true teenage fashion, however, it turns out…

Diary of ANOTHER Lockdown #1

Saturday Preparation day! The Eldest turns seven tomorrow and I have been largely plonked in front of the TV for a week, (in both senses of the word!) And so today is all about cake, and the planning of an entire birthday indoors as absolutely everywhere we could possibly think of going is closed. Thankfully,…

A Pandemic New Year (Week 13)

Saturday (Boxing Day) As you may have gathered from my previous post, Christmas Day (and week and month) is generally manic in a Clergy household, and this year has been no different. Which is why, as much as I love Christmas, I find that each year I am increasingly living for Boxing Day! For there…

A Pandemic Christmas (Week 12)

On the Saturday before Christmas, the government admit that the Coronavirus infection rate has once again accelerated and has thus rendered their promised 5 day Christmas free-for-all unwise. One might say silly, even. As predicted. Obviously. Some areas were put into a new “Tier 4” lockdown overnight, making our continued “Tier 3” situation feel like…

Pandemic Diary #10

Saturday Another lazy morning… how boring is this story getting?! However, by late afternoon we take the kids out on the street with their bikes, run up and down the football field in the setting sun and then sit on the canal path to make the most of this view… Twilight is definitely our best…

Richard-The-Girl and Other Stories

In my previous post, I mentioned that our attempts at practising hospitality haven’t always been successful. The truth of that statement is that I have a lot of baggage to unpack; but I won’t open it all out here. Instead, I thought, I’ll try and pluck out the highlights – the airport security x-ray version–…

Pandemic Diary #9

Saturday Supposedly Husband’s “light days”, Saturdays have been a bit of a washout of late. We play games and laze about in the morning while he works, talking about and fully intending to go for a bike ride in the afternoon. For a few weeks in a row, however, it has rained by afternoon or…

Pandemic Diary #8

Saturday I have to be honest, I am now writing this up 9 days later and haven’t the foggiest idea what we did. I won’t bore you with an attempt to remember… so let’s move on! Sunday Oh, today I actually went to Church! (Via Zoom, of course, as the buildings are still closed). Husband…

Pandemic Diary #6

Saturday Husband is half way through his Track and Trace isolation and, I’ll be honest, it’s working out pretty well for him. Not only did he swerve the food shop and the school run midweek, but he also managed to have a two hour nap today while I took the kids out to play! Jammy….

Pandemic Diary #5

Saturday It was announced on Friday that we would enter a national “Lockdown 2″ this week; which sounds depressing but is actually a lot more relaxed than last time and is not hugely different to the rules a few million of us have been living with for the last few months anyway. The most notable…

Pandemic Diary #4

Saturday After entering Tier 3 lockdown last week, the holiday and Grandparent reunion is still very much cancelled. However, Husband is off! For a whole week! It is pouring with rain all day. So… we sleep! During his turn to nap, I play Ludo and Monopoly with the older kids while the little one dips…