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Hi and welcome to my new followers. I don’t ever expect anyone to read what I have to say, but here you are. Reading. Thank you. It really does mean a lot. 🥰

So I don’t really like to talk about covid and lockdown, because well, it’s just depressing isn’t it. But I do hope that news will be good today. That schools can go back. I know that Darcey is really struggling at the moment. Her mental health is down. Her attitude is up and we are clashing a heck of a lot! She’s been doing so well with home learning though. As Matt has been doing most of the learning with her, he needs a medal! He’s been absolutely amazing. I know he has wanted to give up many times and feels like he isn’t doing a good job, but I’ve been trying to let him know on a regular basis that he is, in fact, doing a fantastic job with Darcey. I still don’t think he believes that though…

We do miss going out to places, seeing friends and family. I’m just so grateful I have a small ‘bubble’ of people who are still present in my life. And for the sake of Darcey’s well being, we do have contact with her best friend. She has been finding not being at school very tough and I think there are a lot of children out there in the same situation. We should be applauding our children. Us as adults are having a difficult time and we know the impact of what’s going on. Our children have no idea of the impact and are struggling the most. Things need to go back to normal, quickly because she can’t go on like this much longer. Please Boris, please let her go back to school where she can be with her friends, learn and thrive again!

If you want to follow my running journey, please follow me on Instagram @walker_fmw. I’ve been a bit slack in the last couple of weeks, but I’m determined to get the last two and half stone off before the year is up! So I need to stop making excuses and get running again.

I’m also still trying to get @bear_and_moo_ some more followers. It’s mostly digital art at the moment, but I will be going back to where it all started and making some more bits with fabric. Mainly hair bows. I’m also hoping to move into the resin world! Watch this space…

I’d like to continue with the blog and do some recipes. So there is plenty to be getting on with. I just need to make a plan and start it all.

Darcey had a go at screen printing a few weeks back, she loved doing it and this top has lasted a few washes already! Really impressed with ‘Hunt the moon’ and all the supplies they have!
We had a couple of days of snow fun (snow isn’t fun). We don’t get a lot of snow in the U.K. but we did buy a sled a few years back. It gets used once a year…
Some home learning with Dienes. Learning place value and how to multiply.
When these two get on. My world is great! 🥰

Lockdown!

Wow! I haven’t been around for ages! Sorry about that. Things have just been going full speed for a while. Well maybe not quite full speed, just at a normal speed and I’ve forgotten about my blog… yes. That’s the real reason. 🤦🏽‍♀️

Ok, so since my last post there has been big news for the world. Yes, bloody Coronavirus has ruined our lives for the foreseeable future! We have been in lockdown for a week in the U.K and homeschooling is going well so far. Darcey has learned lots, let’s just hope I feel the same way in another week. How on earth do home schooling parents do it!? I applaud you all! If you have any tips for me, fire away. Please.

I have kept up with my running and trying to run 5k if not everyday, every other day. We’re allowed out for exercise, essential shopping and to collect medication. Both Matt and I have been furloughed from our jobs. But apparently the government is going to pay 80% of our wages until we can go back to work. So I’m feeling optimistic about not having a job at the moment. I’m seeing this short time in lockdown as an opportunity to broaden the girls learning and also my own. I have recently downloaded the ‘Duolingo’ app and learning Spanish. I feel that now is the time to do things you wouldn’t normally have time to do when one is working and being a parent. Get your minds working too. I love all the live lessons online and we’ve all joined in with Oti and her dance classes from her house. Maddie Moates and her Science lessons, today’s one was about how poo is made (Darcey particularly loved this one) and we’ve joined with various toddler classes, Toddler time, rag dolly Anna’s and more.

I hope you are all keeping well and making sure your family are entertained at this uncertain time. You’re all doing fantastically now! Just keep up the good work.