Shout to the Lord

I don’t have much to say this week, except that we spent a few hours cleaning out the toy cupboard ready to reopen Toddler Group; during which the Youngest became quite attached to a stuffed nativity prop of the Baby Jesus. She took Baby Jesus home, where he enjoyed scrambled eggs for lunch and then…

This Liminal Phase

A few weeks ago, right before the Easter holidays, something groundbreaking happened in our family. The Boy, our second-of-three, learned to ride his bike independently. He had been on two wheels for quite some time, but still needed a push off and someone to run alongside him; which is fine, except that it made taking…

Diary of ANOTHER Lockdown: #12

Wow. When I finished the last Diary of a Lockdown series, I did not imagine getting to week twelve of ANOTHER lockdown- exactly a year after the last one began. Did you? Anyway. After last week’s rather gloomy offering, I have resolved to ensure this week is more uplifting. I am purposely seeking to keep…

Diary of ANOTHER Lockdown: #11

Saturday Husband seems to be working alot more this weekend. Either that or, now that the kids are back in school, the lack of family time is even more noticeable. (Or, even more probable, the fact he went to bed exhausted at 8pm last night when we were supposed to be ordering a curry is…

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…