Life in Lockdown | Summer Plans

At this point of the year I usually have a day-to-day plan written out of how the Summer holidays might play out ... not this year. Obviously. The Boy Child's basic plan for Summer 2017 But The Boy Child still prefers to know how a day or days might be filled and winging it every … Continue reading Life in Lockdown | Summer Plans

A Socially-Distanced Visit to Chartwell

Chartwell, the former home of Sir Winston Churchill, has been on our list of National Trust properties to visit for quite a while. The current system of pre-booking and limited numbers meant that now was as good as any other time to visit. The Churchill family found the upkeep of such a large estate very … Continue reading A Socially-Distanced Visit to Chartwell

A Socially-Distanced Return to Greys Court

Up there alongside Hughenden, Grays Court is one of our favourite National Trust properties to visit. We visited earlier this week and enjoyed a few hours walking around the gardens and woods with Miss Tilly. The house is currently closed, but you can learn a little about the family who owned it here. Although the … Continue reading A Socially-Distanced Return to Greys Court

Project Life Revisited | Weeks 25 and 26

Week 25: It was a slow news week. The Boy Child had a Zoom meeting with his teacher and fellow students. Tilly had the right idea. We met up with my lovely SiL for a socially-distanced walk in the woods with the dogs. Week 26: I had an appointment at my GP's surgery. I made … Continue reading Project Life Revisited | Weeks 25 and 26

Month in Numbers | June 2020

Another 30 days at, or very near home, but that didn't mean that June wasn't joyful. Let's see what the numbers have to say: 11 online Step classes completed. 30 online sessions of Pilates. 4 pre-booked Field Trips. 101 days since the UK went into Lockdown. 23 more days of homeschooling. The novelty has long … Continue reading Month in Numbers | June 2020

A Socially-Distanced Return to Hughenden

You may recall reading that Hughenden is a favourite local-ish National Trust property for us, and we were delighted when its reopening was announced. So delighted that we were on their website at 06.30 on the morning that visitor slots were released in order to secure a time that suited us. We chose the perfect … Continue reading A Socially-Distanced Return to Hughenden

Project Life Revisited | Weeks 23 and 24

Week 23: I received a bouquet of belated-birthday-flowers from friends. We were able to book a visit to beautiful Waddesdon Manor. Week 24: Tilly had an appointment at the dog groomer. We walked up to school to collect some Maths books and it was great to see some of the staff in person. The highlight … Continue reading Project Life Revisited | Weeks 23 and 24

A Socially-Distanced Return to Waddesdon Manor

With the lifting of some aspects of the UK lockdown, the National Trust has reopened some of its sites and introduced a booking system for visitors. Keen for a change of scenery and a chance to go out in the car, we booked a visit to Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire. (Our favourites - Hughenden and … Continue reading A Socially-Distanced Return to Waddesdon Manor

Scrapbooking in 2020 #7

The Boy Child and I sat down and looked through his current scrapbook (I think it's Volume 6) and I was shocked to see that I hadn't added anything since our road trip to Normandy last October. I asked him what he wanted me to add and his first suggestion was ... Christmas. I turned … Continue reading Scrapbooking in 2020 #7

Covid-19 | The Journal | Part 2

Added to our Covid-19 journal has been a spread about our attempt at making face masks. I filled one half of a 3x4 pocket with embellishments and stitched diagonally across it. (The embellishments are actually highlighting the other side of the spread, which details the scarcity of paracetamol.) We were suppose to have travelled to … Continue reading Covid-19 | The Journal | Part 2