My Lockdown at an End (for 2 days)

Well, a partial end here in the UK at least. People are free to leave the house to do ‘non essential’ things as long as social distancing is still applied!

Tomorrow I will be taking a couple of days off, due to the fact that our nanny Sindy will be returning to do the school run for Thor and Aaliyah. We have of course missed her. John remains at home working remotely. I will be spending 2 days completely alone, just me, enjoying the quiet!

I mentioned in the comments of this blog yesterday that I might upload our video from last summer at the beach with our not so famous five taking their first tentative steps into the surf. But sadly worldpress isn’t letting me upload it! I have tried many times thus far.

I guess that my allocated 3 gb of web space must be full. I’ve gone back and deleted some video from a year back to free up some space. But it doesn’t seem to have helped sadly.

Another lazy day in the garden, playing mostly, that and generally relaxing. Daddy mowed his lawn and is presently watering the yew hedge as part of it is sadly dying.

A roast beef dinner was to be had. I did all the preparation earlier, bar put the actual beef in the oven. Now, feeling tired and none of us are feeling particularly hungry in this heat. So, I’m cooking sausages now for the children to be had with some of the leftover spaghetti puttanesca.

The silverside joint has been sliced into several steaks and are now braising in some beef stock. Perhaps Daddy and Dadda’s dinner might be beef steak with a few boiled potatoes and peas. Keep it light I say.

If I’m not online tomorrow, I will apologise now in advance. I do as ever thank you for reading. And I will try to sort out my technical glitches.

I will just explain today’s picture! Lunch was a very posh cheese and ham (club) sandwich. Mature cheddar, honey roast ham, sourdough bread, one piece toasted, salad, mayonnaise and Spanish cornichons. And .to top it all, I grabbed the two ends of the loaf for my sandwich. The children almost always get them! Looks very deli, doesn’t it?

Some Borrowed Memories for Lockdown

I feel like our more recent memories were stolen in favour of lockdown. From the girls 7th Birthdays, Easter, their holiday in Cornwall, all possible memories that have been taken. I am sure that you will all agree with this sentiment!

I also noticed recently on Facebook, people being asked to post 10 photos, one a day, on a specific subject, no explanation. Just upload the photo.

Now, that got me thinking. Maybe not one photo a day of our not so famous five, how about 10 photos today to make up for those lost memories of lockdown (plus a little birthday cake video to boot). Last years memories will have to substitute, so here they are! No descriptions, though I am sure you can work them out! The first ice creams were at a local village hall’s big ‘Easter Egg Hunt’.

Biting My Lip

Is giving up a good idea? I have really had to mull over this one! It concerns Aaliyah, a 4 (almost 5) year old who likes to suck her fingers. Looking back at old photos, she is always doing it! Sucking her fingers that is. We didn’t use a dummy or pacifier on her as a baby or indeed her twin Caleb.

She is sat on the sofa opposite me at present, sucking away merrily. as happy as Larry, whoever he is! Since lockdown began for us personally, twelve weeks ago today, I have asked her to wear a woollen glove on her right hand. She doesn’t like to suck her left one! This must insinuate that she no longer shows signs of being ambidextrous. Oh well.

So, day in, day out, throughout these long lockdown weeks, she has been asked to wear the glove daily. And by in large, it has worked, but I do have to prompt her several times each and every day to put the glove back on! She keeps taking it off for a sly suck, thinking that I am not watching. It has become a tedious chore monitoring this. And yes, always me that has to play the ‘bad cop’ whilst John gets to only do the fun things!

Well, after 3 months today, I just said! I give up! The reality is that she still sucks her fingers in bed anyway.

Our nanny Sindy is returning on Monday so I have decided that this impossible ask (her stopping sucking her fingers) will now have to fall on her (sorry Sindy). I really have had enough! ‘Go on Aaliyah’ I said ‘go ahead and suck them, I’ve had enough of trying to help you’! So, until Monday, I will say nothing, just try to ignore it. Just bite my lip. So my question to you today is, is giving up a good idea?

I have just asked her to start washing her hands at least 10 times a day. ‘Why’ she replied! ‘Because of the spit on your fingers’ I said. She has promised to wash her hands more often. Well it’s a start I guess.

Flo The Tooth Fairy

And guess what befell us tonight? Another real and tangible visit from the tooth fairy! Now, on this occasion Tara had some questions for her (or indeed for him).

Who is my tooth fairy Daddy and Dadda’ she asked?

You might remember that Amritsar’s tooth fairy went by the name of Genie!

After running downstairs with the very greatest of news, they all finally went back upstairs ever so excited, Tara now in wait for the ultimate bounty of one shiny pound coin in exchange for her left small incisor.

All quiet now and daddy has just returned from his ‘fairy flight’, having answered Tara’s list of questions, once again, set out for the tooth fairy!

To be honest, I don’t think that Tara wanted Amritsar’s tooth fairy ‘Genie’, (sibling rivalry) so daddy had to come up with Tara’s new tooth fairy name! Caught quite on the spot he called her ‘Flo’. And she did indeed leave a very shiny one pound coin.

On unrelated news, the show on channel 4 (Britain’s Best Parent) started tonight on the television. John and I watched with gritted teeth!

There are many ways to Parent your children nowadays. It is a really great debate. But let’s smile more than we frown please?

Washing Day

A bit of an anti-climax given that yesterday’s post was heralding our being chosen to appear in a new Channel 4 series looking into ‘Parenting Styles’. The first episode goes out tonight at 8pm. You will have to wait for the 11th June to see our ‘Parenting Style’ sadly. And please, do not judge us too harshly!

Right, so today had Dadda doing the vast amount of laundry that has amassed over this last week. I held back from photographing the before picture, it wasn’t pleasant! I’m thinking of the movie ‘Hairspray’ and Divine’s legendary quote ‘What! More soiled laundry for Mommy’!

Again, another day enjoyed with the children in the garden. Daddy tapping away on his laptop, me a little sunbathing, some cooking.

You know, it’s funny, the children are growing up so fast. All of their clothes are so much bigger now. Sorry, have to go, Aaliyah is screaming very loudly, all I can hear is ‘iPad, my iPad – no Tara NO’!

An Impromptu Visitor

With lockdown here in ‘The Shires’ being slightly lifted on Monday of next week, as with the rest of England, our three little ones will be returning to school. Just reception year is going back, along with years one and six. Tara and Amritsar’s year two will be waiting for September to go back and their start into year three.

They will both continue with homeschooling until the end of the term. Now, to be honest, the girls have embraced schoolwork from home, albeit at various levels of engagement! The three little ones however, oh dear, they have resisted! My oh my, how they have resisted. Thor has been the main disturbance at 9am, each and every Monday to Friday!

I was so gratified when I realised that this week was actually half term, so no school work. And they are back to school proper on Monday.

Today’s visitor was Sindy, our nanny. We had spoken earlier about the purchase of new art stuff, hand sanitisers, cagoule, various stuff for the children to bring with them to school. Well, Sindy has gone to the shop and purchased most of what was needed and dropped it over today, just after lunch.

The children all rushed over and gave her a big hug! She is coming back to work from Monday, so socially distancing from the children seemed pointless at this juncture. It looks like some things will look rather normal as from Monday. I believe that two more weeks down the line and non essential shops will also be open and people allowed to try and get on with life, though still having to socially distance as much as possible!

I cannot really fully comprehend, things will start to return to normal! Though still with many restrictions of course.

I last returned home from the outside world on the 6th March. This was 11 days before the school sent the children home with snotty noses and asked us to self isolate. That was 6 days before lockdown was implemented on Monday 23rd March. On Friday 21st May, in 3 days time, I will have been at home, not going out for 12 weeks. Just one 30 minute trip out of the garden to run in the woods that lie beside house around 3 weeks ago!

With Sindy’s return on Monday morning, I am going out! Wow, I can’t wait. I’m truly excited.

Thank you for reading. And good luck with your own tentative steps out into this strange new world.