Unsolved Mice-teries

As I sit here in my house in February 2021, wallowing in the ennui of this winter lockdown and anticipating another rainy day of half-term with nowhere to go and nothing to do, I’m grateful I’ve at least got these little mouse hole projects to give me some small sense of purpose and a creative outlet.

And with the feedback I’ve recently received, I think I’m going to be busy for months to come, as people seem to enjoy the mouse hole more than I could even have guessed.

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Bernie in the Mouse Hole

The instantly iconic Bernie-Sanders-at-the-inauguration memes this week have been giving everyone something to laugh about during a difficult time, so I decided to get in on the fun.

Not much else to do on a cold January Saturday in lockdown, anyway. I made everything out of materials I already had in the house, which I think Bernie would appreciate. The chair is recycled cardboard and clothespins/pegs, and his hair is some clippings from one of my daughter’s stuffed animals (shh! don’t tell her!)

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Hello Darkness My Old Friend

And we are officially in lockdown lockdown. The real deal. “Tier 5” in what was a 3-tier system just a few weeks ago. It now feels like we’re back where we were last April (but with worse weather). We’ll be doing at least half a term of homeschooling/virtual learning, as Bo-Jo announced that children won’t go back to school until after the February half-term break, meaning March. At the earliest. Now is the winter of our discontent.

Stress-eating through the announcement that made me a homeschool teacher again
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A December to Remember

In the past few years, my kicking-off-Christmas posts have been about all the many fun activities we have planned for the month of December, and the incredible number of things there are to do in London this time of year. As is the case everywhere, the holiday season here in London is looking a lot different this year.

The Christmas lights around London were quietly hung and lit with no lighting ceremony fanfare and festivities.

Photograph: Jonathan Hordle/PA Wire

Christmas markets and school nativities and even pantos have gone virtual. There will be no Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, no tickets to the Nutcracker, no visits to Father Christmas’ Grotto, ho ho humbug.

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