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Thursday photo #316

School holidays are a funny thing in this strange limbo we are in at the moment. We all look forward to the extra downtime with the girls not having to battle through their schoolwork. Then the holidays arrive and they feel somewhat odd. We haven’t been joining the hoards on days out to the beach or anywhere else far from home. We’ve been out walking or cycling every day but otherwise, life continues as normal but without the school work. Until next week, when everything changes again. Back to school Lia is in year 1, one of the first cohorts…

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A shortcut for crafting with children

I don’t mind admitting that I’m not particularly great at art and crafts. Which is unfortunate, when you have children who love it. When we do make something crafty, we all find it more rewarding if we produce something that looks great. As my art skills are rarely up to drawing something for the girls to colour in, we have to look for other options. I’d never heard of SVG files until recently, but they’re a dream for creating something pretty with the children. What are SVG files? SVG is an acronym for Scalable Vector Graphics. This quite literally means…

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Thursday photo #315

It seems so strange to think that next week is half term. We were due to fly to France tomorrow for a few days. It would have been the first time Lia had been on a plane and the first flight Libby would be old enough to remember. We were due to visit Puy du Fou theme park and spend a few days in Nantes, where I lived for a year during university. Instead, we’ll be enjoying a few days off schoolwork and preparing to send Lia back to school. Staying at home It is a strange feeling having one…

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Planning an extension [AD]

Being stuck in the house during lockdown provides plenty of opportunity to think about home improvements. For us, it has been something we’ve been discussing for a few years. Over the past few months, we’ve been decorating the bedrooms bit by bit. First Lia’s, because the girls had decided they no longer wanted to share. Next had to be Libby’s, because Lia’s room had turned out so beautifully that we wanted Libby to have an equally nice environment. That’s still a work in progress, but we’ve started thinking about the next steps. Moving or extending About 15 years ago, I…

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Thursday photo  #314

With lockdown starting to ease slightly, things feel a little different to last week. The general mood on social media seems to be one of nervousness. People fall into two camps, those who are petrified of the virus spreading further and those who are glad to be able to do a little more than last week. For me, the return to open water swimming couldn’t come soon enough. That said, I’m sticking to quiet times and places and as a family, we won’t be going anywhere that is likely to be busy. I’m waiting to see how this weekend plays…

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