My teenagers: Stepping up in lockdown
Jun03

My teenagers: Stepping up in lockdown

My teenagers have never done much to help around the house. And by ‘not much’, I mean nothing. I wasn’t one of those people that raised their kids to do chores from an early age. Maybe that was a mistake, but it’s too late now (please don’t bother telling me in comments what I should have done, because this was how I chose to raise my own kids and what’s done is done). Before lockdown, I struggled...

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Non-parkrun parkrun update
Jun01

Non-parkrun parkrun update

The last proper parkrun took place on 14th March. It was initially cancelled until the end of March, then the end of April. Now nobody has any idea when it will be back. I live in hope that it may be the autumn, but it could even be 2021. Who knows?! As soon as parkrun ended, we introduced our non-parkrun parkrun, which I mention pretty much every week in my Project 366 round-up posts. But that initial non-parkrun parkrun was a...

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10 weeks of lockdown
May28

10 weeks of lockdown

I’m pretty sure we’re into our 10th week of lockdown, but I’ve been losing count for a while now. Although restrictions have eased, not a lot has changed for us. Only one person – my eldest – has been out to meet a friend. Although we are taking FULL advantage of being able to exercise multiple times a day! Every evening, we go out for a walk as a family. It should be a pleasurable experience and was...

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Getting on top of the garden (again)
May26

Getting on top of the garden (again)

Our garden has been a work in progress ever since we moved into our house in 2014. The fact is that, despite being far from spring chickens, my husband and I are still total garden amateurs and we’re still learning. Anyone who sees the photos of my garden I share on Instagram always tells me how beautiful it is. And they are right, of course. But we all know that Instagram only ever shows the good bits. And there’s plenty...

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Staying fit and active in lockdown
May20

Staying fit and active in lockdown

For four out of five of us, staying fit and active is really important. During lockdown, it would have been so easy to let that slip, especially with exercising outdoors limited to once a day until recently. But my younger son and daughter have been taking their fitness really seriously throughout lockdown. When she does eventually go back to school, I think my daughter will actually lose some fitness. She has been starting most days...

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Teatime: After lockdown
May18

Teatime: After lockdown

I wrote last week about my struggles with teatime and being unable to cook healthy, balanced meals in very limited time. Lockdown has changed that for all of us. I work, but not full-time, and I’m not home schooling (I have only one child who does schoolwork and she is totally independent). We have time to cook. I’ll be honest, I don’t like cooking and doubt I ever will. But when I can’t go out and I’ve...

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