I took this photo the other evening; the kiddies wanted to wait for a train to go past and so we sat and waited.

Whilst I checked the train times, they sat there talking and giggling. I captured this moment. It was so lovely. Look how #sweet her body language is. His too.

I love watching them when they have their talks. Every morning when we walk the dogs they walk ahead, or behind, doing the same thing. They chatter about lots of random topics or plan out the Minecraft house they are going to build next.

It’s been a long day and when I see photos like this, of the better days, it reminds me why I need to keep going and getting through the tough times.

My babies. 💛💙 #mummyphotoaday

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This is for yesterday’s prompt, I left my square black yesterday and so this is my Day 2 of the June Photo Challenge.

These guys always make me #smile. They have the ability to make me feel so very angry and then laugh only 5 minutes later. I’m glad they don’t hold a grudge or stay angry for too long.

I remember this moment well, they were giggling about the dogs. The dogs wandered around them chewing on the grass and Snoopy (our blind dog) nearly head butted Isla.

I love the bond they have developed over the past few months, with each other and the pets too. I’m not saying they love all day long (they bicker) but it’s not as much as they used to and it’s definitely determined by the amount of sleep they get.

Anyone else struggling to get their kids asleep but 10pm? I think Noah came down, in protest, 8 times last night to say he couldn’t sleep.

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This is for yesterday’s prompt,...

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#blackouttuesday✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 #blackouttuesday

🌾 I adore this photo! Not sure what it is exactly: the colours, the wonky lines, the sun setting to the right or the children’s freedom. Or, all of it put together.

This was an ordinary moment captured on our dog walk, Sunday evening. It’s little moments like this, the accidental captures, that I love the most.

I had no idea at the time of taking it that I’d love it as much as I do. I can hear the #kiddies giggling and it makes me want to smile.

Well, it’s a late post. But I didn’t finish work until 10:30pm ish & I’ve been winding down.

I hope everyone had a lovely day.

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🌾 I adore this photo!...

Happy June everyone and here are the photo prompts for #mummyphotoaday, June photo challenge.

I’ve included lots of generic words as during lockdown there is quite a variation of photos. I love seeing how each person takes on the photo prompts, some absolutely stunning photos.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #mummyphotoaday so I can share the photos throughout the month, but so others can find you and like or comment. It really is such a lovely community.

So, what is everyone doing for June?

Happy June everyone and here...

My favourite pics from May #mummyphotoaday, the fun photo a day photo challenge. Thank you to everyone who has taken part, so many amazing photos to choose from.

The photo is tagged, but left to right:
📷 @mummuddlingthrough
📷 @otisandus.blog
📷 @socalshopgirl384
📷 @van_life_family_
📷 @ceeleah_and_the_small_humans
📷 @norfolk_kinsfolk
📷 @beautifully_defected
📷 @newmummyblog
📷 @typicalmummy

I’ve really loved seeing photos from everyone that joined in: @sahrazade @shareyourplaywithme @beatrix.hendrix.and.me @confessionsofacrummymummy @adventuresstartathome @anywaytostayathome @chaos_at_leitrim @_lisaslife_ @happinessisasunbeam @themummyeditorial

All you have to do to join in with this photo challenge is use the hashtag #mummyphotoaday. Take the keyword from the photo prompts and use that in your caption. We’ve got a lovely community that enjoy seeing each others posts.

Thank you to everyone who joined in. Looking forward to June!

My favourite pics from May...

We went out with a bang for May! We had a day of socially distancing with #family.

Today is Nanny’s birthday, so we watched her open her presents on the driveway, with a good few metres distance. It was horrible not to be able to celebrate the day with her as we always do. We know we will soon and hopefully they can come and spend time in the garden with us soon, due to the new rules.

The kiddies get super sad when we leave families. It’s not nice but I think they understand why we can’t see them properly. Albeit they do not like it!

To cheer us up we played diggers in the fields surrounding my Mums new barn renovation project. No worries about socially distancing over there it is literally fields and fields. The kids loved zooming up and down on the dumper. I think it’s called.

Then we knocked on Great Grandma’s door to blow her a kiss and let her see the kiddies for a few minutes. It’s just so hard.

But, it was so lovely to see family today. Even if from afar and for a short time. We haven’t seen them in the flesh for around a month and it felt so nice.

Here’s to June and another month of lockdown. We’ve still got this!

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We went out with a...

Yeah for the #weekend!! It seems to be the only time where tensions aren’t high and there is a calm amongst us.

We have no grand plans, obviously, but we do tend to get the dogs walked first thing (as it’s too hot later on) and then we do some gardening.

Yesterday I spent an hour pulling all the weeds and long grasses from the front garden. It looks so much neater now but I still have a lot of work to do.

I love this photo of us of all, we do not have many as we never sit still long enough 🤪 This is our family lockdown portrait though and it’s a nice memory: sunny days, rainbows and quality time together at home.

Do you have any special memories throughout this lockdown?

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Understanding the new rules of lockdown #stayalert

I have seen a lot of comments on social media about the new rules of lockdown, as of 10th May 2020, Boris announced some changes to the lockdown and also some changes to the message of Stay at Home to Stay Alert. It’s tough to get your head around this pandemic, so I thought it would be helpful to set out some thoughts on the new rules. A different perspective can be helpful to put your own thoughts into some organised order, or confirm what you thought in the first place. This is my opinion only, of course!

Exercise changes

The changes to exercise are that you can now go out more than once a day, you can also drive somewhere to exercise. You can also now visit a local park, with your household, and enjoy the fresh air.

This seems to have caused the most controversy out of the changes to the rules of lockdown. My understanding of this is that people who have been locked up in flats (for example) with no gardens, now have somewhere safe to go and get fresh air. Children who have not been able to play outside for over 7 weeks, will now have somewhere to be able to go and catch a ball or read a book in the fresh air. If you have a garden to spend time in, then it makes sense to me to carry on doing this. As we have a garden, we will not be sitting in local parks or open spaces. We might now drive to a local nature reserve, which is a 10 minute drive, to walk the dogs. A little change in scenery will be refreshing and a sensible choice to drive somewhere local. Driving somewhere for an hour to do a piece of exercise, to me, doesn’t sound like a sensible idea.

Working changes

I think this update is great as it starts businesses moving again. Some of which have been closed for over 7 weeks. No, businesses were not just expected to open up at 9am (I saw a lot of these comments on Twitter), it’s all about planning to open and doing so when it is safe. I saw a news article of a hair dresser (in Wales I think) that had to wear protective clothing and washing down the chair and tools after the customer. Only a few customers at a time etc. Lots of measures that will take more time to process, but will keep the staff and customers safe. The government are trying to help these businesses by offering guidance to what is safe. Like creating a working pattern, rota for staff breaks and limiting the amount of customers. I know a construction worker who is the only person on the site, he is a carpenter, as to limit contact with the other trades. There are many things that can be done to limit contact and ensure businesses can get back into work.

This is not to punish the skilled workers at all. I saw a lot of comments from people saying that “white collared” employees can sit back at home and the skilled workers are now at risk. This is not the case at all. I can work from home, I am lucky in that respect as my job allows it, but I have to homeschool my children as well as juggle that work. It is not an easy ride by any stretch of the imagination. I have felt anxious and stressed about it for the past 7 weeks for different reasons to other people. My Mum has been at home for the past 7 weeks, as she cannot do her job from home and she has been eager to get back to work and some sense of normality again. My uncle owns a hair salon and had to close it. He feels he is letting his customers down but he has to ensure they are safe and he too. Over the next couple of months he will have to make some tough decisions on how to operate a salon, safely and keep distancing of customers and protection of staff seriously. This will cost money and time to prepare the changes. But, his business could start moving again. Slowly and surely.

If you CANNOT work from home, speak to your employer and have a sensible discussion about how you get back to work.

Do not use public transport unless you really have to! If I was working in the office, I couldn’t cycle to work or catch a bus or train. So driving is the only option for me. Some people do not have their own transport, if you can walk or cycle do that. This makes it safer for those people that HAVE to use it.

Stay Alert

My opinion with this is that we all have the message, Stay at home, engrained on our brains. Which hasn’t changed. We still need to stay at home wherever possible. We still need to only leave the house to work, (if we can safely) to shop for food and for exercise. This message hasn’t changed. They have just adapted the messaging slightly to start getting us to think about our awareness of others and what we are doing. Be alert of other people. Be alert of what you touch. Be alert of where you are going. Be sensible in the choices we make. Oh and wash your hands when you touch other objects outside of your home.

There is also a new virus threat indicator which shows us, visually, how the virus looks across the Country. We have been in a level 4 danger area since March, but we are slowly heading out of this to a 3. We will only continue to do this if we stay at home, stay alert and stay safe with the new rules of lockdown.

This is my opinion, I do work for local government but my role has absolutely nothing to do with this pandemic and I do not make any key decisions that effect the rules of lockdown or changes to it. All thoughts are my own and my aim is to try and help people understand what is going on.

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2 Comments
  • Claire Nutman
    May 19, 2020

    many good points made on here, interesting read many thanks

  • lynn neal
    May 25, 2020

    I have managed to stay at home and mostly in the garden during lockdown but I am starting to walk out a little now before I return to workin retail in a few weeks time just so I get used to being out again!

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