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This week was as busy as I thought it would be. We had very little quality time with the boys during the working day. Juggling the normal home school and constant conference calls for both of us.
Another day in the garden digging over one of the big veg beds. As well as starting to level off the area around them to lay matting. Kipper enjoyed trying to help and turns out that he is pretty good at digging. We also had our first butterfly hatch and I completed my first craft project of the lockdown. which is a felt Union Jack cushion. Hubby went to the shops to pick up the weekly shop. Our food bill seems to have increased significantly almost doubled! He is trying to do all the for shopping so no one else needs to leave the house. Just incase we haven’t had the virus. That meant we had homemade curry for dinner and watched a film. Just want we needed after working all day!
Sunday 19th April
Second day in the garden. I do sometimes wonder if we will ever get it all done. A second butterfly hatched and Kipper is now fascinated with them. Talking to them as if he were a parent talking to a small child. In amongst the gardening work we made some paper windmills for the garden to try and keep some of the wildlife away. Some Luffa seeds arrived a couple of days a go so I have planted them. Although they take a long time to germinate and they are not very reliable! I also tried yet more sweet peas in the hope some of them will take. I know I am generally inpatient but the fact the seeds are so old I have no idea if they will work or not.
I am not sure if I have ever dreaded going back to work quite so much as today. There was no easy ‘easing’ back into school work this week. Monkey’s school had provided a lot and unsurprisingly he was not interested in doing much of it. In fact he point blank refused to do any English at all. Writing of any sort went out of the window completely although he did manage to do all his maths classes in one go.
After school and work was over we went to the field across from the house to play cricket. Kipper lost interest pretty quickly so we went for a short walk around the field. He was very cute making up a story as we walked and it made me think about how much he must be missing forest school. We did start to walk down a path but it seemed busy so we decided to head back to Hubby and Monkey.
Work was even busier if that’s possible. The boys were going stir crazy by the middle of the afternoon so I managed to grab an hour between calls to take them for a walk. We stuck to the country roads this time as they wanted to ride their bikes. Monkey did really well considering he is not use to riding on the road. Kipper gave me a heart attack at almost every point. I decided it was time I got a bike to keep up with Monkey and ordered one in the evening.
I got a letter from Kipper’s new school this morning to order his uniform. With everything going on it seems strange to even think about it now! I will have to give some thought to him starting school soon. As its clear from our daily lessons that he struggles to spend any time sitting still!
Wednesday 22nd April
The only break we got today was lunch in the sun. Both our work schedules have been really busy. Kipper really likes having lunch outside and has asked that we do it every day. The school work has gone better today with Monkey doing the majority of his English tasks without too much fight back. Some of the seeds we planted are finally starting to sprout. We are now the proud owners of three lemon circular cucumbers! Unfortunately none of the others are showing any signs of germination yet.
I am also thinking about Kipper’s party at home and have designed some invites which I will give both of the boys on the morning of his ‘party’.
Thursday 23rd April
It feels like its taken a long time to get to Thursday this week! Again we both spent most of the day in conference calls. The boys and I did let the butterflies loose. Although Kipper was really not very happy about it. They all flew off apart from one which was a little deformed, it quite happily sat on hands and had pollen from daisies. I am not sure it will survive as it can not fly very well but the boys loved it and placed it carefully on some flowers.
Kipper wanted to make yet more windmills and we made dome rainbow ones. Beavers have a number of virtual badges running at the moment. For St George’s Day Monkey had to pop his Beavers uniform on to clap for carers. They are also doing a reading one, he’s not that keen on that one. But the virtual camping one running next week he is very excited by!
Friday 24th April
The skip arrived today its a very battered one and pretty big! Of course the boys wanted to get into it straight away! The plan is to empty the garden rubbish and then if there is any room left once we have gone through the shed as well. We will look in the loft as there is a lot of old carpet up there from when we first moved in. Obviously anything that can be recycled we will be recycling but we need the rubbish cleared if we are to put the rest of the veg beds in. Nothing like a project to focus the mind. When the husband moved a corrugated iron sheet we discovered these underneath! Baby mice. We covered them back up again and I am hoping the mummy mouse will return.
In the evening we had a zoom call with one of my oldest friends.
Blog posts this week
I am impressed that I managed to get a post written and published this week outside my normal diary style posts. I will try and make more effort next week to get some of the other posts written.
I am hoping this week will not be as bad as last week and things will start to quiet down. Especially after I have just printed off all the work for next week for school. I am also going to make sure I put some time aside to start a new craft project and to sort out Kippers room….
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