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 #11

Saturday Slow burner. We were expecting our lodger tomorrow, but as the government reduced isolation time to 10 days, it seems silly not to wait until Friday when The Boy is in the clear. So we wait. Whilst waiting, we film our scenes for the online nativity next week, which is full of all the…

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…

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 #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…