LD 15

Yesterday I was meant to be going to Australia, but instead I went as far as the sanctuary of my garden.

Before retreating there I made flapjacks, and focaccia bread for dinner – a first for me.

I tried to pace myself to do as much as possibly to tidy up, without exerting myself too much.

The weather was glorious and it was so enjoyable for all, even Ruby.

I think the fence panels need some TLC so I’ll be checking the shed to see if we have any paint. With Easter fast approaching that’ll give focus.

LD 14

I didn’t post yesterday as despite the wonderful sunshine on Sunday, I had an overwhelming low day.

Not totally sure why, maybe a bit stir crazy, maybe it’s all part of a process, part of realignment of how life and how we live, will be changed for now and the future, or even the realisation that I should be travelling to Australia today. Also it was four years since the death of a much missed and esteemed colleague.

It was Palm Sunday and whilst in no way am I aligning myself to Jesus, but I reflected that we are all having to make sacrifices for the greater good.

My Mum sent me a lovely message reminding me of what I have done, where I’ve been and that I will be able to do so again-it will take time. My sister and family were brilliant in getting me to talk about how I felt, I resisted for most of the day but felt better for it, after the obligatory tears.

Yesterday I was looking through IG and saw Easter wreaths and I started researching how I could make one. I then thought when did that become a thing, why am I feeling compelled to make one?

So I stopped looking and instead thought fondly about my childhood where we boiled eggs, rolled them down hills, used food colouring to die the shells, had egg hunts. Simple pleasures.

Instead, I threw my energies into what we can have for dinner on Sunday, and found recipes for flapjacks, focaccia bread and a kinder bueno cheesecake!

This morning, I feel a lot better than I have for sometime, although sad that I’m not at Heathrow for my flight, but that will happen.

Found these lurking in the veg drawer, so I’m going to see if we can produce our own potato crop.

Have a great Tuesday.

LD 12

Day 3 in bed and it’s getting very boring.

I’ve had lots of lovely food, drink has been supplied regularly and a treat too.

Untold episodes of SUITS watched but not past series 3 yet!

A parcel arrived and it was such a sweet thought from an amazing person who has her own concerns and worries, so that and two FaceTime calls lifted my spirits.

Even had a relatively good nights sleep, but have woken up feeling pole axed again!

Hoping some sun today in the garden will help, as long as I stay 2m away from everyone 🤒

LD 11

Still in bed tired and achy, cough not too bad but rest seems to be what I should be doing, although it is boring, but I’m aware that I am lucky.

The Easter break has started and it made me think back to last year and the upcoming trip to Majorca, and remembered how lucky I was last year to also visit Florence,Venice, Ferrara, Borgotaro and Crete. Wonderful memories made that will sustain me/us now. How glad am I that the boys went to Kilimanjaro and made their own special ones too.

Let’s hope that we can get through this soon and can create a new normal with enjoying the simple things: a chance to hug our loved ones again.

I’m having the mickey taken out of me remorselessly when they pop in the room to provide food and drink, and it makes me laugh, well a wheezy laugh. At least I still have a sense of humour!

Photos are few and far between too!

LD 10

After feeling so tired and achy on Wednesday night, I woke up on Thursday with a different cough to normal, so I am now in complete isolation from everyone else.

I spoke with Andrew and Lis in Australia, and they are fine.

I spoke with my Mum after she said she had symptoms.

My photos are of the food that I had delivered, and of the completed puzzle.

Last year I bought a tray with kegs to be able to eat in bed. Well actually I bought it to ‘dress’ the bed with, but it is now being used for its primary function.

I’ve read half a book, and watched most of series 1 of Suits, as Joseph has put Netflix in my iPad.

My night’s sleep has been fitful and my chest is tightening, my voice is hoarse and from my ribs down I feel like I’ve been trampled by a horse.

I may not be able to keep this daily posts up, but will try even if it’s just a few lines.

Stay safe and well💕💕💕

LD 10

An early start to get this budget done. After a frustrating few hours, spreadsheets to complete in quadruplet, I finally press the button: financial year end closure, Ta daaa! Every year is the same, and because it’s something that’s done only once a year, you forget all the nuances, checks and balances that you have to do!

Next to interrogate the data, and new budget to go on.

I feel completely knackered, quite frankly.

Home , dinner of carbonara courtesy of Georgina , then lie on the sofa all wrapped up in a blanket, watching puzzle progress.

A snap sent from the afternoon tea on Saturday from Georgina: what a lovely afternoon that was.

Also it was Ruby’s first birthday, so a rousing chorus from dear Lucas was played via the phone.

One of the first pictures of Ruby before we brought her home
What’s that? it’s me birthday? Woohoo!

She’s a real cutie and has brought real joy to our family!

Keep safe and well!

LD 9

Work and more year end prep. The sun was shining although it was cold.

Home via the farm shop to pick up preorders of mince and chicken with all safe distances being followed.

Dinner prepared and a chicken tikka masala made for another day.

Puzzle was duly opened and pieces taken out to start.

A walk in the garden to see the flashes of colour and hope that after the winter the buds and blooms are beginning to show through.

Hopefully the financial year will be closed and I can begin to look at other areas that need looking at.

LD 8

A return to actually working in school. Financial year end waits for no man or woman, although the deadline has been extended to 17th April, but I’m confident that it will be completed by tomorrow! ( no, not an April Fool)

So lots of prep, contacting suppliers for invoices, deleting commitments, making adjustments, whilst remaining at a safe distance whilst speaking with colleagues, and enjoying videos sent by my daughter to brighten my day!

Home to a clean kitchen and a chocolate cake to be made.

Cake for elevenses

Dinner followed with the usual banter and a catch up with ‘Liar’ before heading to bed to read my book.

Early start Tuesday and see what that holds!

LD 7

The clocks went forward on Saturday which means an hour less to fill!

A walk to get supplies with hubby, feeling much colder and windy.

Returning hone it wasn’t long until we had hailstones, sunshine, more hailstones, then more sunshine.

We filled the afternoon with clearing, as much as we could in the old dining room. Everyone mucked in, maybe reluctantly and Kevin did a grand job of saying farewell to books.

It’s still got lots in it, but we’re getting there.

Paper to be stripped next at some point.

Dinner was bolognese for some and prawn and chilli for others! Impromptu caramelised bananas for dessert and before we knew it time for bed!

Ruby doesn’t look terribly happy here: she’d had a shower as she’d caught and eaten( outside) another mouse.

LD 6

Yesterday my husband and I were due to attend his club’s annual dinner on HMS Belfast, but due to CV it was postponed. An email was sent through on Friday that if possible still dress up and take photos! What a lovely idea!

I had booked afternoon tea to be delivered earlier in the week so the challenge was on.

In the morning breakfast was melon balls for me then onto my tasks: bread making, picture arranging and a walk round the garden.

Andrew’s mother-in-law has written a book about the ribbon boys rebellion ‘Bone and beauty’ – (which I love as Bone is her maiden name). It arrived yesterday from Australia, and I had hoped to take it with me next month to get it signed.

An amazingly talented woman, I’m thrilled for her and will enjoy reading the fruits of her labours. No doubt her family are rightly proud of her too.

By now the afternoon was with us and time to get ready for afternoon tea. The five of us all made an effort which was lovely.

Scrubs up well!

Even the cats joined in!

After tea a few changes into something more comfortable and we played a, on occasion, heated game of monopoly. The afternoon swiftly moved into the evening, and what a lovely way to spend it!

LD 5

Yesterday meant my first journey in the car since Monday to actually go to work! I did wonder if I would be stopped at any point and had my letter ready if I was challenged.

Whilst no students arrived it was a very busy morning in school with staff, emails, phone calls to deal with.

Students and parents alike are very appreciative of all the staff efforts over what is an incredibly difficult time: it’s the uncertainty that puts me off kilter, but we are almost through week 1, and whilst it may be extended by Thursday next week we are half way through!

So far so good with all those I know and love still safe and long may that continue.

Hope everyone has a great weekend, weather is set fair, although chillier but the sun does make me feel better.

LD 4

Yesterday was a mixed bag. Work took precedence for the morning, with things to sort from the meeting the night before.

Then a zoom call at 4pm with the rest of SLT.

Cross stitch for an hour with the gorgeous natural daylight.

Dinner time and just overwhelmed by the day. At 8pm we were to clap for the careers and those working on the ‘frontline’. It was amazing to hear the clapping.

Today I gave to go into work, hope I don’t get stopped!

LD day 3

Last night I was a part of a conference call for a governing body meeting. A bit different and the way forward?

I hope not……..in my opinion.

We have a chocolate cake to devour, to choose our dining experience for this evening and a smattering of routine chores, whilst checking emails, messages re work and zoom at 4pm.

Working from home is more exhausting than being at work.

An early morning walk to clear my head was a good start, with some laughter once home.

Awaiting today’s ministerial conference re self employed workers and what this could mean.

Hope everyone has as good a day as possible. Stay safe:stay home xxxx

Lockdown 2

In some ways it felt just like a weekend, us all here enjoying a late breakfast. A FaceTime call from Australia and an exchange of the global impact on us all was the indicator that this was different.

Three out of the five of us here logged on to the internet, which has slowed massively.

Issues with set ups for some, phone calls, WhatsApp, and emails flying around. My computer in the office off, meant no access until it can be switched on today.

The weather is delightful, another twist of irony as it cannot be enjoyed as it would be customary to. I took the opportunity to prune the rose I have in memory of my dear friend Sian. Hopefully the blooms and scent later this summer will arrive when we are through this terrible pandemic, and will signal a more normal life once again.

I bought a cross stitch wood nymph about 5/6 years ago for my new bedroom, which is to be redecorated again, but it will help to wile away the hours at this time.

Georgina continued to strip the upstairs wall, a job well done, and crossed of the ta da list.

I found a photo from a holiday a few years back which gives hope of how and where we can look to be when this dreadful pandemic subsides.

Dinner was cooked by Joe, with the others helping to clear up: I could get used to this!

The shopping was delivered with a bit of a hotch potch of not available, and the substitutes, but that will be the last for sometime as there are no slots to book for the next three weeks.

Let’s hope that the tide will start to turn from the up curve stage we currently are at.

Today will be more of the same, we’ll look to buy a puzzle, and decide who will be the ‘shopper’ to go out and buy what we need. Decision for today is what to eat and choose a room to blitz, although I will have to keep my inner monkey in check, as I will struggle with the time to do stuff and that others won’t be on the same page.

I hope everyone is getting by and that this three weeks, possibly longer, will feel like a short interlude in time for us, and that this will also provide us with a different perspective and appreciation for mankind.

Draconian measures 1

So after a surreal day at work with 3 students in, the PM has introduced far more stringent measures and its lockdown: only can go out for food shopping, medical, work if critical and exercise.

These will be testing times and I will look to work from home until Friday, when I’m rota’d to be in.

Three weeks initially, and hopefully this will reap rewards so that the next few weeks after will be easier as long as we still keep with the previous measures and not just cavalierly go back to ‘normal’.

I’ve never experienced anything like this in my life time, and we’ll see how we fare with humour, discovery and no doubt an argument or two!

I’ll dust off the games, cross stitch and start a ta da list!

We’re globally on this journey together.