2020 · March 2020

Rise, Common Sense! – 17.03.2020

I’m going to be really honest here, I have struggled to blog over the past few days as I have found myself saying things that may be frowned upon, but I can no longer silence myself.

I am very aware (thanks to the media) of the current outbreak and associated risks of COVID-19. The most common symptoms of coronavirus are recent onset of:
> new continuous cough and/or
> high temperature
For most people, coronavirus will be a mild illness

Facts
If you or anyone in your household have symptoms of coronavirus illness, however mild, stay at home for 14 days from when your symptoms started.

Those most vulnerable and at high risk of the coronavirus are currently:
> The elderly
> Those with chronic diseases
> Those with a weakened immune system, for example, because of chemotherapy or HIV
> Those with respiratory illnesses
> Those pregnant

Now I have a question for you…..
From the list of those most vulnerable above, which of those are not at risk from catching a common cold or any other bug/illness such as sickness and diarrhoea?

Where has our nations common sense gone? Have you never heard the rhyme “Coughs and sneezes spread diseases”? If you have a family member that has sickness and diarrhoea, you are always advised to keep the patient at home for 48 hours. When you have common Flu, the NHS guidelines state you’re more likely to give it to others in the first 5 days – so stay at home and rest.

We have all been told for years….
> wash your hands often with warm water and soap
> use tissues to trap germs when you cough or sneeze
> bin used tissues as quickly as possible

Yes, it is scary that COVID-19 has killed people, but so has Cancer, Flu, Drink Driving and Suicide (to name but a few).

But do you know what is scaring me most? It’s the effect that COVID-19 is having on our mental health and the mental well-being of our children; this is something that will scar for a lifetime.

Our children are witnessing mass hysteria, selfishness and uncertainty. They are hearing people talk about closing their schools, they are witnessing their parents panic about getting food and nappies for the next week and they are worrying about their grandparents getting poorly, be confused and not being able to look after themselves. And they are seeing people worrying about loosing their homes if they can’t work.

Stop and think for a minute, if our children are told to stay home and not go to school, who is going to look after them? Parent’s? Ok, a few days holiday might work, but what if it is for 2 or 4 weeks like proposed? Can working parents afford financially to take a leave for that amount of time? Because don’t forget, we have the summer holidays in July too. So, us parents have one week and then who’s going to have the kiddies? Grandparents?? Is that the best option? Are we not encouraging the most vulnerable to look after our children?
And what about the parents that can afford to take the time off? What about the businesses they work for? Who is going to do their work for them? Is the business going to cope with such a high level of staff not at work? How many parents work for the emergency services? How can you be looked after by medical professionals if they are at home looking after their children while the schools are closed?
You want a lockdown? You have a self maintaining home whereby you can feed yourself and loved ones from your own grown resources? Because if we are on lockdown, why should the supermarkets open? Why should the emergency services continue to be of assistance? What makes your life so more important than their life?

Is this the example we should show our future generations?
Is this the example shown by our previous generations at the time of rationing and war?
No, previously they pulled together. They waited, they looked after each other, they listened to the facts and acted accordingly. There was no social media to create hysteria or to feed the negativity. They looked around them, they made sure they got what they needed with food and water, had walks and looked after their communities.

We need to start pulling together, we need to be offering help and assistance to those most at risk and the vulnerable. We need to drink plenty of water, have a healthy balanced diet and go out for a walk to get some light exercise – all of which we have been told by our medical professionals for years!

We need to show our children how to beat this!

Please, spread love, spread kindness and have some common sense. ❤

2020 · March 2020

Daddy’s Birthday – 11.03.2020

Happy Birthday Daddy! My husband turned 44 today. His birthday request was that we didn’t buy birthday cards and that he wanted us all to put into a contribution to pay for a years registration of Disney Plus.

Being the big Star Wars fan that he is, he is very much looking forward to the launch of Disney Plus UK on 24th March. He’s been intentionally avoiding any and all spoilers of The Mandalorian, and is literally counting down the days to the launch!

Keen to encourage the girls to be creative with their gifts for Peach, I asked them to make a birthday card each for him (and to save ourselves the potential extra cost of £12 for said cards). There was a little bit of disgruntle at the beginning, but they all took the task and made it their own. And it is lovely to see their individual creations 😍

I have found that present and gift ideas get harder the older we get. We tend to have an idea of what we would like to get ourselves, but for others we struggle. Also, having five kids; we often think of other ways the money on a gift for each other can be spent on either something for the girls or something in the house 🤦🏼‍♀️

I took the girls shopping at the weekend to pick a gift up each to give to Peach. They each had £5 to spend, and they did so wisely. They put their money together to treat him to a bottle of rum (I purchased 😉) and then bought him a little gift each of either his favourite snacks, sauce or chocolate.

Peach and I had a lovely lunch together at Tithe Barn in Cosby. And then this evening, we have had family round for a Ponchinello’s Pizza and an amazing homemade Biscoff Cheesecake 😍

2020 · March 2020

A hole lot of sewing – 09.03.2020

We are a large family on a budget. Something breaks and we try to fix it. Peach is our ‘go to’ on repairs to the car, house and gadgets. Me, I’ll repair the clothes and this time, it’s my own.

I have had this coat for about 4 years now and this is the first major repair I have done on it. Tonight, I have repaired the huge tear on the underarm sleeve.

2020 · March 2020

Fresh air fun – 08.03.2020

Sometimes all you need is to get out of the house and have some fun!

I took the big two to the gym this morning. I wasn’t feeling too good so took the opportunity to just watch and direct the girls as to which weights to do and how to use them. Not that I have any training/weights experience though 😜

They did really well and I’m hoping that I’ve guided them a little more as to how to use the machines properly and set them a plan going forward.

Peach took the little three out to a local park and had lots of fun with them. I love the smiles, laughing and attentiveness that is shown on this video….

Fresh air, a wonderful evening roast made by the hubby and lots of exercise – all you need to keep the bugs away ❤️

2020 · Days Out · March 2020

Light up Leicester – 07.03.2020

Tonight we took the girls into Leicester to attend the Light Up Leicester Festival.

DM, Carla and I saw one of the displays on Thursday night but hadn’t realised just how much there was to see or how much fun was to be had!

There are seven displays located at various points around the city centre, all no more than 5 minutes walk between each one.

It’s a completely free event running from the 5th – 8th March.

Our first experience tonight was The Wave at St Peters Square. This was a beautiful experience of hanging lights playing music; it was so romantic and colourful. Following on from this we went to Jubilee Square to see Unexpected Connection.

The photo’s of this does not do it justice. The colours are so vibrant. I had a bit of a play with my camera at this one on Thursday…..

We then went on to Humberstone Gate to the display that gave us the most giggles, Wave Field.

The girls took it in turns to have a go on the light up seesaws 😍

Our next venture was over towards the Curve Theatre to see the screen display aptly titled Youth Culture…

We then walked over to the Market Square to see Traces (no photo). This was a net of lights suspended from the ceiling of the market that once you had scanned the QR code, you can change the colours and patterns of the lights. Just behind the Market was my favourite, Shadowdance…

The girls had so much fun playing with their colourful shadows.

We left this and then moved to the final display of Shoefiti.

This city was buzzing with lots of families, couples and friendship groups taking part in all of the displays.

A huge well done to all involved in organising such a fun and creative display around the city centre!

There is one more day left of the festival. It’s on from 5pm to 10pm. If you have the chance, I really would recommend that you give it a visit.

2020 · March 2020

Safe – 06.03.2020

Why do we question the reason? Why does there have to be a reason? What if there is no reason?

A beautiful surprise today when visiting a friend.

This week has been a week of meetings, parents evenings and appointments. The little three have had excellent reviews.

This morning I attended a meeting at the girls primary school about the new RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) Policy that will be implemented in September 2020.

Things I learnt about the new policy:-

  • Relationship education is about showing our children what is a safe relationship. Encouraging them to have a healthy relationship with themselves, others and now online.
  • Sex education isn’t just about the birds and the bees. It’s also about the biology of the body.
  • Sex education in Primary School is a big concern of parents but yet only a very small fraction of the actual policy.
  • Health education also covers mental health, physical health and online health.
  • The school that my daughters go to, are mindful of the wishes of parents and are keen to seek the views of all parents.

I personally think that due to the ease of access to information; children these days are seeking knowledge younger and younger, and in all honesty, no matter what restrictions we put in place, if they want to find out, they will.

Yes I want to preserve my daughters innocence, but I also want them to know what is real. I want them to know what is healthy, what is safe and if what they are finding out is anything other than that, they know who to turn too.

If you want to know more about the new RSE Policy that will be implemented in all schools as of September 2020, more information can be found here.

2020 · March 2020

You nearly beat me! 05.03.2020

World book day 2020 you very nearly beat me!

Getting the girls ready in the outfits all before school was achieved! I managed the face paint of Yoda and the remake of the apron for Alice, but what I actually stumbled on was three very overexcited young ladies 🤦🏼‍♀️

Once they were in their outfits, it’s like someone had fed them sugar or copious amounts of e-numbers. They were bouncing off the walls and acting out scenarios of battle and episodes of Star Wars.

Oh, and the green face paint, yep, that’s still on my fingers. Wish us luck with getting that off Pops’ face tonight 😫