Our half term routine (it really doesn’t feel like a half term) is dog walk, craft or sport activity and then garden fun.

The weather has been incredible over the past few days and it looks set to be the same for the weekend. Lots of paddling pool #games in the garden and adventure dog walks in our nearby parks.

How does everyone feel this evening with the new lockdown rules? I’m not sure how I feel. The kiddies grandparents can come and visit, but still can’t hug or be “normal”. I’m not sure the kiddies would be able to not do this, especially if they are sitting in the garden.

Maybe I’ll wait for the guidelines to be added to the gov.uk site before I try and decide what it will mean for us. Gather the facts... make a decision... get through it with a smile. Seems to be my lockdown mantra.

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🐾 Happy 12th birthday to my beautiful furbaby; Rocky. Despite making the neighbours mad over the past few weeks with the bird capturing (all of which flew off in the end) he is the best.

Not many of you will know that Rocky was an engagement present to me from Hubby. He came home from work one day with Rocky meowing behind his back... he had the cutest squeak. He was a little ball of fluff.

Rambo (our Jack Russell) immediately took ownership and they’ve been best buds ever since.

He’s such a handsome cat, yes I’m biased, he gives me snuggles at night and entertains us with his chasing and playful moments.

I can’t believe he’s 12. He’s lived in 5 different houses and his dog cat qualities are incredible. He seems to understand commands like the dogs... he sits for food and is quite obedient for a cat.

I’ll be sharing some cute Rocky photos in my stories today... his kitty look is adorable.

Has anyone else enjoyed spending all of this time with their pets?

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The best #view comes from the hardest climb!

Now I know this is not a mountain, it’s a collapsed tree trunk and it didn’t take hours to climb, it took 20 minutes.

The point is something can be a difficult journey mentally. This journey we are all on throughout lockdown is difficult. We are sailing along in our little boats, trying not to rock them too much.

We WILL get through it. We will see that better view. One where we can hug our family and see our friends again. Where we can go out to eat with our loved ones and splash about at a water park.

We just need to stay strong. Be patient. Be resilient.

What do you think life will look like the other side of lockdown?

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Oh #lastyear. What fun memories. What happy times. Our last holiday abroad was a year ago, Crete was beautiful. I’ve spent lots of hours during lockdown looking at our photos and remembering our family time together.

It feels like ages ago since we were there. But also it feels like last month! Does anyone else feel like this with things that happened before lockdown?

The past 8 weeks have gone so quickly, it’s quite unbelievable to think we are heading into Summer. The whole of Spring would have been spent in lockdown. But it doesn’t feel like we’ve been doing it for a season.

I can’t wait to go on holiday again. Once Crete opens its gates, I think we’ll head back. Family time with all inclusive. Just the ticket to focus on!

What are you focusing on to get you through this?

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What a lovely chilled #bankholiday we’ve had today. It started with a dog walk, before it got too hot, I love this photo of my babies.

Then we had breakfast in the garden, it was 17 degrees by 9am I think this morning.

I mowed the lawn and cut the edges with my grass scissors 🤣 and set the paddling pool up.

We’ve all spent the afternoon dipping in the pool, playing on the trampoline and even a little bit of crafts.

This evening we carried on our Marvel fest, we’re doing the chronological story order (not the created order) and we’re up to Iron Man. It was brilliant. A great action movie.

I’ve never seen any of the marvels. Until now. I’m so grateful for @disneyplusuk keeping it all in one place!

Have you seen them?

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This evening we had a little family scoot around our town, with a very special mission in mind.

My beautiful friend @gembro82 has started off a very long and colourful snake. The idea is you decorate a rock and add it to the snake. 🐍 Over the past 2 weeks its grown to over 400 rocks.

We loved it. It’s quite moving seeing all of these rocks, #rainbow themed or character themed. It shows just how many children are sitting at home missing their friends and that interaction.

It also demonstrates how we can support each other and work together through these daunting times.

Do you have a #SnakeRock near you? Or, do you have something similar?

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Would you believe me when I tell you this was this morning? It was. It was directly in-between 2 rather scary looking rain clouds that unleashed their power!

The kiddies didn’t mind. They loved splashing around in the river, despite us warning them the weather would be changing very soon. Thankfully the blustery rain showers were short, albeit powerful.

The kiddies love this spot. They’ve asked to go every single day since they discovered it. I see it being a popular choice over the Summer.

This was taken with my phone. I am completely in #love with the camera on this phone. I love the fact I can take clear, vibrant and detailed photos whenever I have my phone with me.

Have you got a favourite spot that you visit more frequently than before lockdown?

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A great way to spend some time whilst waiting for the best delivery of your life! It was fun watching the kiddies play this game; daddy had to find the kiddies on the trampoline. I love how vibrant the colours are in this photo. Especially the #orange opening.

It seems easy but it’s quite disorienting. The kids love it. I love the anticipation of when Daddy will get them!

Our big delivery was our garden furniture. I’ll post some photos when it’s not quite so windy. The wind blew the cushions all over the place this afternoon. Our rather large patio is looking like a cosy spot to spend the summer now!

I’m hoping we’ll get in some chill time this weekend, enjoy our garden and just be safe at home.

What are you up to this weekend?

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The Sunday roast made simple

One of the most nostalgic aspects of having had a Great British childhood is looking back with fondness on Sunday afternoons, when all of the family got together and fought over a sumptuous banquet. Though these family occasions are to be cherished, the morning that invariably preceded them is probably not remembered too fondly by the overworked chef in the kitchen. Whether it was our mother or father who slaved away for hours to whip up the fantastic spread, juggling a thousand things at once, one thing’s for sure: Sunday mornings might be easy, but Sunday roasts aren’t.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Huge strides in culinary technology have opened up all sorts of shortcuts and labour-saving methods of achieving succulent methods with a fraction of the time invested. Follow the step-by-step guide below, and you’ll be enjoying all of the rewards of proper Sunday dinner – without as much of the hassle.shutterstock_290009990

The meat

The central part of any roast meal is, of course, the meat. Whether it be beef, lamb, chicken or otherwise, making sure you have a tender and juicy animal to tuck into will make or break your dinner. John Torode, the presenter of Masterchef, has shared his own simple tips and tricks with the Guardian for all kinds of fare, whether it be a “big, four-bone rib of beef”, “steamed roast chicken” or a “one-pot roast lamb”. Follow his straightforward instructions and you’ll get it right, every time.

The roast potatoes

Almost as integral a part to the dish as the meat (and for some people, even more crucial), roast potatoes can be another logistical nightmare when trying to time all of the different components of the dish to perfection. Why not make things easy on yourself by leaving it up to the masters? McCain roast potatoes use only the finest, locally-sourced potatoes, ensuring that as long as you follow the idiot-proof cooking guidelines on the back, they’ll come out crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside.

The Yorkshire puddings

Contrary to popular belief, Yorkshire puddings are a doddle to whip up every time and take less than 10 minutes from start to finish. Many people fret about achieving the right consistency and rise, but if you get your quantities right, you’ll never mess them up. This five-star formula from All Recipes mixes equal parts flour, eggs and milk, along with oil, salt and pepper in a baking tray and cooks for as little as four minutes before your perfect pastries will be ready to eat.

The gravy

Gravy represents a veritable minefield when putting the finishing touches to your roast extravaganza. Hours of hard work in the kitchen can be ruined by a sauce that’s too runny or too lumpy, too rich or too bland, too thick or too thin. If you really want to make it easy on yourself, simply make use of Knorr’s gravy pots, an ingenious invention which combines all of the hearty flavours of a homemade gravy with absolutely none of the fuss.

And voila! Sunday roast dinner is served.

Roast potatoe image and family meal time image by ShutterStock.

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