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…

Pandemic Diary #3

Saturday So last week was a bit of a downer, right? (Ok. Understatement. Intensely down!) So today, I am determined that there shall be joy. We go to the woods, the kids progress on their bikes, they play firefighters on the climbing frame (too cute!); there is much joy and much laughter and all with…

Pandemic Diary #2

Saturday On Friday night the Eldest hurtles into the house, telling me how very excited she is that it’s the weekend. How come? I wonder, worrying that I’ve maybe promised an activity and forgotten about it! Nope. She just can’t wait for her ‘day off’ and has an actual list of things she can’t wait…

All Caught Up

Since the final Diary of a Lockdown post, I think I’ve managed to cover the bit where we moved house (right after extra lockdown restrictions were imposed, cancelling our childcare!); the bit where we went on holiday, (right in time for the restrictions to be lifted, meaning we could see my side of the family);…

The Big Needle

So this post is intended to be the promised follow-up to my previous instalment Needles and Haystacks (#1); an attempt to make sense of my messy mind and the glimmers of sense I think I might have found there. However, a few more days, weeks or months- who knows, is it still 2020?!– have passed…

Needles and Haystacks (#1)

First off, I apologise for the lazy, cliche title of this blog post. It is my way of saying that any attempt to draw something sensible and coherent out of the last few weeks is about as challenging as locating that illusive shiny spindlette from a very wiry, very messy haystack. So there’s no chance…

Going to Town

Yesterday was a bad day. We are in between settling into our new home (yey!) and going on holiday, where we will also see my family for the first time since December, (extra lockdown restrictions permitting). Aware that the new school year is set to start days after we return, we put some time aside…

Six Feet Over It

So I can’t sleep. Unsurprising really, as we are T-Minus three days from moving house and the government just removed our childcare. At 10pm. Which was nice! We got the keys on Wednesday; took the kids, had a run round, and ate fish and chips in the embarrassingly colossal garden. Later, a friend who also…

Diary of a Lockdown: Week 14

Saturday Olè! We are off to Brazil today! It is agreed with the children that this will be our final “trip abroad” this summer, as we need to start preparing to move house. (Besides which, at various precarious points in the day, this feels like the right decision all round!) It’s still lovely, still fun,…

Diary of a Lockdown: Week 12

Saturday Well it’s a good thing we listened to Shakira most of last week for … it’s time for Africa! A friend sent us some ideas from their travels and so off we flew to Cape Town, taking in some South African sights before heading up to the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania! We watched…

Diary of a Lockdown: Week 11

Saturday There was no travelling today, as we recovered from a week camping “in Cornwall” and Husband eased himself back into work. When he had finished, I spent the afternoon finishing the Eldest’s new desk (which I think I photographed last week). Still, it’s so pretty, there’s no harm in sharing twice! Family film night…

Diary of a Lockdown: Week 10

Saturday Today we’re travelling to Thailand at the Eldest’s request, and I’ll tell you for why… Now, let me tell you about Batavia… Way back in 2003, my then-brand-new forever-friend and I (let’s just go ahead and call her Harlett O’Farta , shall we?!) lived and volunteered in Malaysia. We ventured up to Thailand during…