Lockdown Life: catch-up #2

Well, here we are in, what is it? Near the end of Week Five? I’m finding it hard to keep track.

In the beginning we had two weeks of working from home and the kids were home learning. Then we had two weeks off for Easter.

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The two week Easter break was pretty close to bliss.

Sunshine everyday. Warm enough to play outside in the garden or in the woods.

I didn’t need to work for two weeks, and the kids had no school work to do. They said “this feels like the summer holidays” and they were right – it really did feel like we were in July already, playing everyday and finding ways to have fun.

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We put up the family tent and spent three nights sleeping in it. The kids packed up their stuff so it looked like we really were going away somewhere.

It wasn’t all sunshine and fun, though.

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My youngest got very upset during Easter, crying and crying because he wishes “everything could go back to normal”. He misses his friends, he misses school, he misses going to restaurants, going to “fun places”, and he misses seeing his grandparents and cousin. I think he speaks for us all.

But now we’re back into the routine of work and school work.

To be fair, the kids haven’t complained about having to do school work; in fact, I think they are glad of something else to focus on.

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This week we had a surprise phone call from the school head teacher. She just called to check in with us, to see how we were doing. I can’t tell you how amazing this was, to hear her voice and to know that she was thinking of us. She spoke to the kids too for a quick chat, which I think boosted their spirits as well as hers. It was the most thoughtful gesture.

My wife and I binge watched the first season of Stranger Things on Netflix. (I know, we’re years behind everyone else). It has been great to get distracted by TV shows. I haven’t once watched the TV news this entire time. I can’t face it.

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We’ve also started season two of Killing Eve (BBCiplayer) and discovered a new musical comedy series, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist (on Channel Four in the UK), which is a brilliant and uplifting bit of escapism. Here’s the trailer:

Oh, and I’ve been watching dinnerladies (Netflix), for a bit of light viewing. I loved Victoria Wood and find her humour very comforting. There’s lot of innuendo, which is never a bad thing. We all need a laugh.

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In other news, we purchased a set of clippers from ebay (Amazon was sold out). Its been a long time since I cut my own hair, but soon I shall be wielding these clippers, not only on my head but also the kids’. Wish me luck.

So, how are you doing?

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