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Thursday photo #340

Lockdown seems so different this time around. For the first time in a long time, the news this week has been mainly positive. With Trump and his toddler tantrums soon to be ejected from the White House and a vaccine set to land shortly, things are looking up. The promised end date for lockdown is a bonus as well and a week of it has already passed. I hope everyone is coping and looking forward to the light at the end of the tunnel. School reports With social distancing measures in place, we’ve had virtually no interaction with the girls’…

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Thursday photo #339

Here we go again, back to lockdown. Hasn’t 2020 been the strangest year? A couple of news reports yesterday suggested that there was a small chance a vaccine may be ready by Christmas. Realistically, that means that the vulnerable will be receiving it between Easter and Summer next year. Whilst that seems a long way off, we have to accept it as a positive sign. It’s amazing how quickly the vaccine development has progressed. At least it gives us hope that 2021 might not be such a washout. Business as usual I feel exceptionally lucky this time around that lockdown…

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The 4 gift rule: Four things for Christmas

The 4 gift rule has become a popular concept over the past few years. Many of us, recognising the fact Christmas is becoming expensive and commercialised, are looking for ways around it. Choosing just four things for Christmas is a great alternative. So, here is an outline of the four gift rule and a few ideas for the whole family in each category. There are even a few gift suggestions for pets! The 4 gift rule Something you want Something you need Something to wear Something to read The 4 gift rule: Something you want For parents using the four…

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Thursday photo #338

Hasn’t the half term holiday absolutely flown by? Perhaps it’s because the last time the children were off school it was for such an insufferably long time. Either way, we’ve packed loads into the past few days and half term is nearly over already. Roll on the Christmas holidays. A labour of love Lia has been working incredibly hard on her swimming since lockdown ended. I was surprised that when she first went back, she hadn’t lost any technique or fitness. In fact, swimming in the river and all the other exercise we did during lockdown seemed to have made…

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Thursday photo #337

The problem with freelancing is that it’s so all or nothing. At the moment especially, many freelancers are struggling with lack of work. Unsurprisingly though, when work does come, it all arrives at the same time. After a few weeks of not having too much work and happily bumbling along doing my own thing, this week has been a busy one for me. I even had to work most of the night on Tuesday, which I haven’t done for a long time. As I keep reminding myself though, I’ll be glad of it at the end of the month. Being…

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