Day 64 of Our Captivity

After Boris Johnson’s televised announcement last Sunday evening, restrictions have begun to ease a bit in the U.K.

stay alert control the virus save lives
We went from the messaging on the left, to the new one on the right

The prime minister was quite vague in his Sunday speech, and left a lot of people with more questions than answers. It wasn’t until Monday evening that the government published a 50-page document outlining the recommendations, and offering some clarification, and held a news briefing Q&A. Continue reading

VE Day

Last Friday was the 75th anniversary of VE (Victory in Europe) Day. What everyone needs right now is something to celebrate, so Londoners got pretty into the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day and attempted a “social distancing street party.”

The girls and I got into it too, decorating the front of the house with bunting and both Union Jack and American flags. Continue reading

Day 48 of Our Captivity

Let’s see, what’s new this week… not a ton, really. Hard to believe we’re approaching 50 days of isolation.

A very empty Clapham Common on a lovely spring morning

Our household has the same story as many households. We’re at home. We’re safe and healthy. We’re going a bit out of our minds but, overall, we are very grateful for our circumstances: a comfortable house, a paycheck, food, our health, connection with others via the Internet. Continue reading

Unofficial-Homeschool Cooking Class

You know how when you are under government-ordered lockdown and suddenly have to homeschool your children, and you get so tired of them whining about wanting a snack, and then when you suggest a healthy snack they whine some more because what they want is the individually packaged stuff that’s supposed to be reserved for times when we’re going somewhere, except that now we aren’t going anywhere? Cool, me too.

Well, my version of homeschool for my 6- and 3-year-old includes cooking class several times a week, because they like to “help,” and because we have a few recipes in our repertoire that they love and think are special-treat snacks, but which are secretly pretty healthy. I thought I’d share the recipes online, in case anyone else is in need of something to both occupy their children’s time and satisfy their appetite for snacks. Continue reading