Sunday, 17 January 2021

Trying something new in the kitchen. #MySundayPhoto

Yesterday we had an afternoon of baking. Partly for a blog review and partly to so something different from school work. We made a few different things but what I was most surprised with was the Polenta bread. It's something I've heard of but have never eaten and I had certainly not tried making it before. It was so good.

Polenta Bread

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Saturday, 16 January 2021

Week 2 of #Project365. 9th - 15th January. A photo every day for a year!

The novelty of home learning has worn off. It was fun to start with but now not so much when the majority of Ellie's time is sat looking at a screen. Nothing can be done about it as at the moment it's the only way teachers can teach. Becky on the other hand loves it she prefers sitting at home instead of travelling to college especially when the weather has been as cold as it is. As of writing this we still haven't had any snow laying. We've had hailstones and sleet and yesterday was so foggy but no snow. Hmmf.

Now for a photo every day!

Tortilla wraps and Windows updating
My girls home learning on laptops
School work about the strikes
Art work and Fortnite
Fog

9/365 - 9th January
My youngest made a wrap the TikTok way. We'd seen the videos on TikTok where you cut the wrap from the top to the middle and then fold it. It is genius. If you haven't seen it before Google it. It has totally changed the way we make wraps now. Our breakfast one's are pretty good. Bacon, mushrooms, baked beans and either egg or sausage!

10/365 - 10th January
Another Windows update. Grr!

11/365 - 11th January
Both the girls had home learning to and spent plenty of time on their laptops on Monday. 

12/365 - 12th January
On Tuesday Ellie had a history lesson and was learning about the strikes in 1926.

13/365 - 13th January
Ellie was cracking on with her design and technology project and doing some of the art work. She can draw way better than I can.

14/365 - 14th January
Fortnite. I am so into playing it now. I will play it by myself and sometimes team up with the girls and play. I never thought a computer would bring us together so much as a family.

15/365 - 15th January
Yesterday was such a foggy day.

I hope you have all had a good week?

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Friday, 15 January 2021

This week my Word of the Week is: Learning! #WotW

This week my Word of the Week is:


I am worn out. Home learning is hard work not just for the kids but for me too. I am so glad it's Friday and almost the weekend. We are ready for a break. Our week has revolved around home learning and not much else.

I wrote earlier in the week how we are getting on with the home learning and was right in thinking that last week they were just easing us in gently. This week has been full on with Ellie doing Zoom calls, most days having 4 hour long lessons. We are both learning fast about how to use Zoom.

We did have a little bit of stress yesterday when the teachers decided they need to see everyone on camera. I think it's just to prove they are there but Ellie was having none of it. She was all set to put the laptop down and walk away. Ellie has grown in confidence over the last year or so but she is nowhere near as confident as some of the kids in her class. It's times like this when her social anxiety rears it's head. I emailed a teacher saying I would rather she didn't have the camera on and her engage in the lessons than be forced to have the camera on and go nowhere near the laptop. She knows Ellie and understood. A message is being sent to all of her teachers. Phew!

Ellie has been working hard and extra hard on her design and technology project. I finally learned how to use our scanner. lol Ellie had some art work to do on paper and scan so she could hand it in. My old laptop would never connect wirelessly to the printer/scanner so I never used to bother with it. Now that I can I think I will be scanning everything. hehehe

Yellow artwork

Ellie has also got the hang of using teams. We only started using it last Friday so there was some learning to do and it took us until Tuesday to realise that if you attach your work you still have to click on hand in. Oops. Thankfully Ellie is on top of all of her work and wasn't late in handing her work in. It is a nifty little thing. I understand now why Becky likes it so much for her college work.

Becky has been learning sign language. Basic sign language is part of her college course and she had to learn how to sign her name. She thought she would be clever and sign Becca thinking she'd only have to use 4 letters to spell it out. The teacher clocked on to this and made her spell her full name Rebecca. hahaha She also took part in a debate early on in the week which went towards her final mark for the course. Eek! She said her teacher said they all did great so we're not worried.

With both the girls home learning it means I have been learning to use the programmes they have to use. Word and PowerPoint. I can't believe I have gone so long without using them. Listening to the girls online lessons I have also learned lots. I now know what onomatopoeia means, I know all about the strikes in 1926 and that the sun creates wind. When the teacher said that I said "what, no it doesn't" but it actually does in a round about way. I did listen to Ellie's French lesson and learned nothing. I don't know much French but what Ellie was taught just went way over my head. Oops.

I can't think anything else we have done this week which doesn't involve home learning. lol I did finish watching all the Marvel films in chronological order and that's about it. Well apart from the Hulk & Spiderman films because they're not on Disney Plus. Hmmf.

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Thursday, 14 January 2021

Vegan Tomato and Pesto Croissants - Recipe!

 January is typically the time of year for diets, fitness and healthy eating and every year, Veganuary becomes more popular, when people try to give up meat and animal products for the whole month. We're halfway through January now with veganuary in full swing I have decided to share a recipe which was sent to me.

The Tomato and Pesto Croissants - A classic marriage of flavours from the pesto and fresh tomato all wrapped up in crisp, flaky pastry, made from strong white bread flour for a healthy dose of fibre.

Vegan Tomato and Pesto Croissants

Vegan Tomato and Pesto Croissants.
Makes 6 croissants.

Tip: This can be personalised with any topping you like or swap the strong bread flour for wholemeal flour for extra fibre.

Ingredients
110ml warm water
1 packet (7g) dried yeast
200g strong bread flour
Half a tablespoon of sugar
A quarter teaspoon of salt
150g vegan spread (soft enough to spread)
6 tsp vegan pesto
1 tomato (sliced)

Equipment.
Measuring jug
Mixing bowl
Rolling pin
Baking tray lined with baking paper
Measuring spoons

Method.

Preheat the oven to 200°C.

In the measuring jug, combine the warm water and yeast.

In the mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar and salt then add the yeast and water mix. Bring together with your hands to form a dough, then on a lightly floured surface, knead for a few minutes before returning to the mixing bowl. Cover with a damp tea towel and leave to prove for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes, lightly flour your surface again. Once the dough has proved, turn it out and roll it out into a 40cm x 30cm rectangle, then spread 100g of the vegan spread on top in an even layer before rolling it up like a swiss roll.

Dust your surface with a little more flour. Cut the dough roll in half to make two smaller swiss roll shapes, spread a little more vegan spread on the top of one and place the other on top. 

Flatten both halves together with the palm of your hand and dust with a little more flour on each side before using the rolling pin to roll into a 40cm x 30cm rectangle.

Slice the dough into 3 even rectangles, then each rectangle into 2 triangles. Place a tsp of pesto at the wide end of each triangle and roll toward the thin end to create the croissant shape.

Place the croissants onto a baking tray, melt the remaining vegan spread and use your finger to spread a little across each croissant, before placing a slice of tomato on top of each one. Bake for 15 minutes until golden. Allow them to cool on the tray before serving.

These recipes are from the Easy Peasy Baking campaign, launched by nabim. You can find more Easy Peasy Baking recipes and information on the campaign over on the Fab Flour website.

Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Ways to banish plastic from your bathroom!

We are all trying to be a bit greener and help out planet out, well I hope we are. One way you can do it is to cut down on single use plastic and buy more sustainably sourced products. 

 Three quarters of us claim we are making more eco-friendly choices than ever before Using less plastic in our beauty routines, switching to reusable face wipes and pads and seeking out eco-friendly alternatives for our personal care routines are just some of the green lifestyle swaps that people are making.


Banish your plastic brushes!
Plastic hairbrushes, make up brushes and toothbrushes are all contributing to the plastics crisis we are facing, 111 million plastic toothbrushes are thrown into landfill sites every year releasing chemicals into the air adding to their environmental impact. But there is a sustainable alternative, bamboo!

Switching to a bamboo hairbrush is not only kinder to the environment, it can also help your hair and scalp health too.

Bamboo toothbrushes are toxin free, vegan, eco-friendly, sustainable and come with soft bristles. The bamboo is 100% sustainable and can be thrown straight on a compost heap, just snip the soft nylon bristles off first and they can also be recycled in a normal recycling bin. Even brands like Colgate are selling them now. 

Ditch the disposable razors!
The Environmental Protection Agency estimate that there are at least two billion disposable razors thrown into landfill every year making a huge impact on the health of our planet. Bamboo safety razors offer a plastic free alternative and if looked after properly can last a lifetime.

Make your own wipes!
If you’re guilty of reaching for the makeup removing wipes every night then now is the time to save your skin and the planet! Reusable face pads are an ideal and cost effective alternative. Made from sustainable material like bamboo fibre or cotton they are kinder to your skin and won’t contribute to the world’s mounting plastic problem. You can even make reusable make up remover pads yourself!

Switch to bars!
Switching to shampoo bars and conditioner bars will not only significantly reduce your household’s plastic waste but also bars are often kinder to your hair and scalp with natural ingredients that don’t release toxins into your body.

Now is the perfect time to change some old habits. Maybe 2021 will go down as the year that we all started being a little bit kinder to the planet and ourselves.

Tuesday, 12 January 2021

How we are getting on with the home learning.

 We made it through the first week with both of my girls learning from home and it went well. Don't get me wrong there was some moments when I thought I don't want to do this anymore and I am sure the kids thought the same but we powered through.

My girls on their laptops

For Becky nothing much has changed. Before the Christmas holidays she had to self isolate then they shut the college early so she is used to it. She has online lessons on a Wednesday and a Thursday and work to complete through the week which she is great at getting on with herself.

For Ellie it is all change. During the first lockdown home learning was a shock for everyone and nothing was really prepared but now all of Ellies teachers are on the ball. There is work being set, zoom lessons being arranged and plenty to keep her busy.

Before Christmas Ellie and her classmates had some tests and all the classes were changed depending on the results of the tests and Ellie was moved up a class. When we started the week home learning Ellie was still getting the work for her old class through her emails and not the new one. I emailed a teacher and she basically said "Oops, it hadn't been updated on the email system". After that we started getting emails for the correct class. Phew!

I am so glad I got a new laptop a few weeks ago so Ellie can use my old one just for her home learning. It would have been so much tougher without it. I feel so lucky we have enough electronics to go around and access to the internet as many children don't. 

Ellie's first Zoom lesson was on Thursday, for English and the teacher wanted everyone's video off and the sound muted but a handful of kids were making silly noises and swearing. They were swiftly kicked out of the lesson. It's a sad shame they behaved like that, they really should know better being 13 or 14 years old.

We had a walk to school on Thursday too to pick up some of Ellie's exercise books. The teachers think it's for the best they can look back on the work they have been doing. I think it is a really great idea and it also means when Ellie is given work and she says she doesn't know what it's on about I can look in her books and show her she's already done a bit about it. Yes, that has happened already. lol

exercise books from school.

Ellie was given a project for Design & Technology to run all the way until the February half term and she is really enjoying it. It is to design and create a festival. Make mood boards, decide on a theme, create posters, costumes, decide on food and make some, design a stage and some merchandise.

On Friday the school activated Microsoft Teams so the kids can hand work in via that instead of doing everything over email. I have heard of it before but both Ellie and I haven't used it but we're getting to grips with it and she has already handed some work in through it.

Last week was pretty easy with the amount of work that Ellie had to do but we were being eased in gently while everything was being set up and things were being put in place. Yesterday Ellie had 4 Zoom lessons which all went well. The teachers are doing an amazing job and I think even Becky and I learned something from listening in to Ellie's lessons. 

Doing home learning is hard work for us all but it's working. Ellie was actually glad to get off the laptop yesterday which is practically unheard of but she spent a good hour doing some drawing for her Design and Technology project. 

I hope you are all getting on OK with the home learning?

Monday, 11 January 2021

Our weekly meal plan! 11th - 17th January. #MealPlanningMonday

Our weekly meal plan

Last weeks meal plan went really well. We ate just about everything. We did change things over the weekend but I have learned to accept the weekends don't always go to plan. On Saturday we had pizza and Sunday we had sausage, bacon and egg sandwiches. They were huge!

My favourite meal from the past week was the gammon, new potatoes and veg, of course it was covered with gravy and the kids loved the spam fritters. When I mentioned them on social media everyone seemed to say they hadn't had them from years. They're my favourite from the chip shop but now Iceland are selling them.

Gammon, new potatoes and veg & Spam Frittters.

On the menu this week we have:

Monday - Sweet & sour chicken with rice.
Tuesday - Mince & dumplings with mashed potatoes.
Wednesday - Homemade Egg & bacon McMuffin's.
Thursday - Salmon pasta.
Friday - Fish, chips and mushy peas.
Sunday - Leftover soup.

What are you eating this week?

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Sunday, 10 January 2021

The first week of home learning is done! #MySundayPhoto

We made it through the first week of home learning unscathed. There were a few arguments and tantrums but my girls have done well. Ellie is following her school timetable and at the moment it gets to about 3pm and she is just about ready to give up, patience is wearing thin so I save any videos she has to watch for then. Ellie was practically laid down on Thursday finishing off her at home school day.



My Sunday Photo Linky

Saturday, 9 January 2021

Week 1 of #Project365. 1st - 8th January. A photo every day for a year!

 Here we are a new year, a new lockdown and a new set of Project 365 posts. I hope you have all had a good week. Ours has mostly involved looking out of the window seeing what the weather was doing, food and home learning. Not very exciting but it has kept us busy.

Now for a photo every day!

Fireworks
Views from my windows. Snowy looking over the field and wet!
Sausage and tomato pasta.
My girls doing home learning and a pizza cookie being made
School books and my youngest doing more home learning

1/365 - 1st January
Happy new year! We saw the new year in watching the fireworks that someone was letting off. They put on a great display.

2/365 - 2nd January
It snowed again but didn't lay. Before we moved here my dad said he used to get snow nearly every year. Well this is our 2nd winter and we've not made a snowman yet or even a snowball. lol

3/365 - 3rd January
Rain! If it wasn't snowing it was raining. Ugh!

4/365 - 4th January
Tomato, sausage pasta. I didn't make it, it was a family ready meal from Iceland. It would probably be cheaper to make from scratch than to buy but some evenings I want to just throw something in the oven without any faff.

5/365 - 5th January
And so it begins, the home learning. We're actually getting on OK. It seems more organised this time around with all of the teachers setting work.

6/365 - 6th January
Ellie had finished her home learning and made the chocolate pizza she had got for Christmas. Dough cooked in the oven and topped with marshmallows and chocolate. It tasted so good, she actually let me have a little bite of it. lol

7/365 - 7th January
Ellie and I had a walk to school to pick up her school books that she needs for home learning. It was so busy with other people doing the same. 

8/365 - 8th January
More home learning. A tub of chocolates seemed to help her along.

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Friday, 8 January 2021

This week my Word of the Week is: Trying! #WotW

This week my Word of the Week is:

Trying

There has been a lot of trying this week and it is a trying time for us all with this new lockdown. It didn't come as much of a shock though.

So all weekend parents up and down the country were worrying about sending their kids back to school and after one day back for some it was announced all the schools would shut until at least February. Just one more way that the government have tried out patience. Grr! 

We are trying our best with the home learning. Me getting a new laptop a couple of weeks ago came at the right time as Stu wiped my old one and gave Ellie it to use for her home schooling. It means she can sit in the living room where I can keep an eye on her and as she has no games on the laptop there is no skiving. 

During the first lockdown in March the home schooling was pretty relaxed as nobody was really prepared for it but now, wow! Ellie's school are on the ball! They have emailed work, have zoom lessons organised and even had us pick up exercise books and extra work to keep the kids learning. It all seems a lot more organised now. Thankfully so far all of the Ellie's work is fun and she is really enjoying it. 

Becky is back to home learning too with her college work and has had a few video lessons but it's not new to her as she has been mostly doing home learning since September. She did have her favourite teacher on Wednesday. I love listening in on his lessons as he is so funny and easily distracted from the topic he should be talking about. hehehe

I am so in awe of all the teachers, they are trying their best at this difficult time and are doing everything they can to support the kids. 

On Wednesday evening I was going to have an early night, after I had watched a film. I am trying to watch all the Marvel one's in chronological order. I am doing well so far. Anyway, I went onto Twitter for something and saw bits about what was happening in America so turned my film off and CNN on. Wow! It was pretty shocking the protestors breaking into the building on Capitol Hill and them taking no notice of the curfew at all. It sounds like Donald Trump is trying to break America not make it great again. 

It trying to snow for the last few weeks but none has laid. I saw people online going sledging and making snowballs but it was just too wet here. I woke up yesterday morning and looked out of the window and thought it had snowed but it was just a very thick layer of frost. The kids are dying for it to snow so they can play in the garden but we've had no luck yet.

I hope you haven't had a trying week?


Thursday, 7 January 2021

A 2020 Family Bucket List! - How we did!

What a year 2020 was. It was nothing like any of us imagined it would be. Coronavirus, lockdowns, home schooling, social distancing, panic buying, furlough pay, bubbles, restrictions, and tiers took over our lives.

2020 bucket list

I had so many plans for this year and looking back at the bucket list I posted in January 2020 we didn't actually do too bad considering.

Visit Hull!
Yes, we finally got there in the February half term holidays and we had a fab day out. We even took Ellie's best friend along. At the time we were more worried about all the storms we were having and the Humber bridge being closed than Coronavirus.

Decorate our house.
We had planned to spend all year decorating the downstairs of the house, I even wrote about our DIY plans at the beginning of last year. it was going to be a slow job which should have taken us all year but we ended up getting most of it done by the end of the summer.

I did all of the bathroom myself and I am so proud of it. The yellow really brightens it up. The wallpaper in the living room makes it feel so homely and I was so glad to paint the orange tiles in the kitchen!

Decorated bathroom
wallpaper in the living room

Learn to drive.
Nope, none of us learned to drive. Becky did get her provisional license and is ready to learn but with the virus out there she is in no rush to sit in a car with a stranger, none of us were. It's still on the cards for this year and the money Becky received from her child trust fund when she turned 18 there is more than enough for a fair few lessons.

Plant something.
Ahh! Us like everyone else in the country went a little gardening crazy over the summer. I planted flowers, tomatoes and peas which all grew so well. The peppers, sunflowers didn't grow at all. I am still blaming dodgy seeds from ebay. 

flowers in the garden
planting seeds

Go to a theme park.
Apart from our day out at Hull we didn't have any other days out.

Get some savings behind us.
Amazingly we have. We haven't been spending as much so it has been easier to save and I have been saving all the money I earn from doing surveys on Prolific. In about 11 months I have earned nearly £250. It doesn't seem like much but every little helps and I put it towards a new laptop.

Visit Amble for a little break in the summer.
We did think about it earlier in the year but again we didn't think it was worth risking our health for a trip away.

Go to a concert or show.
I did have a night out and saw a show. The Bon Jovi experience in February. It was such a good night and my throat was sore from all the singing and my legs ached from all the dancing!

Take more photos of us as a family.
I have taken more photos of us this year, I just seemed to have put a lot less online. lol I did get around to printing plenty out and putting them into frames in the living room. 

Camp out.
We put the tent up and the kids were all set to sleep in it until they chickened out.

Research my family tree.
Again this was something that I started but never dug as deep as I would have liked to.

Let the kids have a birthday party each.
Nope, thanks Coronavirus. That put a stop to that.

Take Becky to the pub.
She's been to the pub without me when we were between lockdowns and actually when she was not quite 18 but I haven't been with her yet since she did actually turn 18. Eesh! 

Have a night away from the kids.
Nope.

Stick to one takeaway a month.
We have mostly. There was a few months when all the takeaways were shut near us but then they started delivering and they set up online ordering which is just amazing! 

Get all the Christmas presents bought by the 1st of December.
I did mostly, well apart from all the extra presents I kept buying. I had even started on some of the wrapping. This is one good thing about Coronavirus, I made sure to get everything bought early when everything was so up in the air with what shops were going to be open in December.

Did you have a bucket list for the year? How did you get on with it?

Wednesday, 6 January 2021

What I loved in December 2020! My Netflix picks.

 December already seems such a long time ago, I am a little late in writing this blog post but hey-ho. We had a lovely Christmas, new year and I really enjoyed spending lots of time with my family.

heart on a card

Usually in my monthly post about what I loved I write about a bit of everything but throughout December I seemed to have watched a lot on the TV, mostly Netflix. As well as watching a ton of Christmas films I binged quite a few TV shows. These were my favourites.

Derry Girls.
Set in the city of Derry, Northern Ireland, Derry Girls follows Catholic secondary school student Erin Quinn and her small group of oddball, kooky and, frankly, sweary friends as they navigate teenage life during the Troubles of the 1990s.

I was late getting into this, Becky has already seen it and recommended it and it is brilliant. So ridiculous but funny. I laughed all of the way through.

The Good Place.
The Good Place is a town where those who have been good throughout their lives go once they have passed away. Michael is the architect who oversees the town and this is the first one he has been in charge of creating. Eleanor arrives at the Good Place and realizes they have her name right, but everything else is wrong. She isn't meant to be there at all. With the help of Chidi, her soul mate Eleanor tries to right her wrongs, seeking to finally earn her spot in the Good Place.



It is so much more than this and the twists and turns are brilliant. I didn't see plenty of the things that happened coming! There were plenty of laughs but the last episode had me in tears. It is well worth a watch.

Emily in Paris.
Emily, an ambitious twenty-something marketing executive from Chicago, unexpectedly lands her dream job in Paris when her company acquires a French luxury marketing company and she is tasked with revamping their social media strategy.

I had seen it being talked about and advertised as Sex and the City but in Paris. It is sort of but I liked it more. It's very cliche and goes with the stereotypes that French people are mean and smoke too much. It is a bit cringy but it is easy to watch and enjoyable. Watching this made did make me want to visit Paris though. 

The Duchess.
From creator, executive producer, writer and star Katherine Ryan comes The Duchess, the comedian's debut scripted comedy series which follows the powerful and problematic choices of a fashionably disruptive single mom living in London. Her daughter, Olive, is her greatest love so she begins to debate having a second child with her greatest enemy Olive's dad. But can two wrongs make another right?

Never Have I Ever.
After her dad's sudden death and a brief period of paralysis, Devi enters her sophomore year of high school struggling to navigate her family, friendships, and boys. Never Have I Ever touches on the complexities of grief, budding sexuality, and the Indian-American experience all in easily digestible half hour episodes. Be prepared to get immediately invested in this very fun and often moving journey through the madness that is adolescence.



Another recommendation from Becky. I hadn't even heard of it before she mentioned it. I was hooked from the first episode and watched it all in a couple of days.

Ackley Bridge.
Due to budget cuts in a Yorkshire mill town, this series follows the lives of people affected by a merger of two schools in a largely segregated British and Asian community. Filled with thought-provoking topics of racism, poverty, bullying, sexuality and violence, this drama is based on real life cases of schools that have merged. The headmistress of Ackley Bridge College deals with never ending problems and explosive fall-outs as the prejudicial and cultural issues clash between pupils, staff and parents.

I had never watched this when it was on TV. It always clashed with something else. It's always been on my list of things to watch and it is brilliant. I thought it was just about the school but there is so much more to it. I laughed, was shocked and cried at different episodes. 

What TV shows have you been watching?

Tuesday, 5 January 2021

Casualty! It hit hard! (No Spoilers).

This wasn't a planned blog post. I wrote it on Saturday night after watching the newest episode of the TV show Casualty. Have you seen it yet? Even if you are not a fan of it, watch it. It gives a whole new perspective of Coronavirus!


I feel bad, I clapped for the NHS on a Thursday night but never actually thought much about how it really effected the NHS staff. I knew they were tired and the PPE situation was dire, they were struggling for empty beds but but that's all I thought about. I was thinking more of my family and those close to me than the people who would care for them if they were ill.

Watching Saturday's episode of Casualty it gave an insight into what hospital wards looked like during the first wave as doctors and nurses put their lives on the line to save others. It was hard hitting and by far the most emotional episode I've ever seen and I have seen a fair few in my time, I had to pause it half way through just to have a break from crying!

Casualty tweet

A delivery of body bags, way more than was expected was the first thing that shook me, their first case of Coronavirus and realised the patient should have been isolated. Jade not being able to understand what was going on because of the masks. (She relies on lip reading because of her hearing loss.) That hit me hard because my girl, Ellie struggles with that too. She's only deaf in one ear but does lip read a little to pick up the rest of the conversation. We didn't realise how much until people started wearing masks. 

There was so much reality in this episode of Casualty. It seemed more like a documentary than a soap/drama show. The lack of PPE, patients being sent to care homes while infected, families being told they couldn't be with their loved one's while they passed away, friends dying and so much sadness. 

Connie said, ‘The NHS was on its knees already… then we get hit with a pandemic and they expect us to perform miracles.’ We saw bravery, kindness in abundance and several miracles but not, sadly, for poor *****. The ED will never be the same again. 

I don't think life is ever going to be the same again. For those who've lost loved one's, for those who've worked in hospitals and for those who have been ill. 

I know it's just a TV show but it gave us a glimpse of what life was and still is like in our hospitals. It is a horrible time we're living in and that episode of Casualty highlighted it. The NHS is on it's knees and those who are breaking the rules, meeting up with friends and travelling all over are just adding to the strain. Those idiots need to watch this episode of Casualty to give them a reality check.

Everyone working for the NHS staff deserve a pay rise, they are the people keeping this country running. They are our heroes and as much as I thought I knew it Saturday made me realise it even more.

Did you watch it? What did you think?

Monday, 4 January 2021

Our weekly meal plan! 4th - 10th January. #MealPlanningMonday

Our weekly meal plan

Last weeks meal plan went well. We swapped a couple of meals around but ate everything I had planned. It was nice to eat mostly normal food again with a few treats thrown in over new year. I had a big food shop delivered over the weekend from Iceland to fill the freezer back up with normal food and non-Christmas food. Hmmf. I am going to miss eating party food but we still have some left. Things like biscuits, crisps and nuts. We still haven't eaten the Christmas pudding so we will have that sometime this week. 

This week will see Ellie learning from home again which I am dreading, getting her out of the lazy Christmas mood and back into school mode. Wish me luck. Eek!

On the menu this week we have:

MondayRichmond Family Tomato Sausage Pasta & garlic bread.
Tuesday - Roast gammon, new potatoes and veg.
Wednesday - Spam fritters, chips and baked beans.
Thursday - Chicken pies, mash & veg.
Friday - Fish finger sandwiches.
Saturday - Pulled pork in wraps.
Sunday - A roast dinner of some sort.

What are you eating this week?

meal planning linky

Sunday, 3 January 2021

Entering 2021 with a bang. #MySundayPhoto

There is someone who lives over the other side of the field from us that always sets off a load of fireworks for bonfire night and they did the same on New Years Eve. This is the first year we never watched BBC one at midnight, instead we went and stood outside for a good 10 minutes and watched what was on our doorstep. The stranger to us put on a great show!

Fireworks on NYE
Fireworks




Saturday, 2 January 2021

Week 53 of #Project366 - A photo every day for a year!

So here we are we're in 2021. Happy new year! I do hope that it's a better year than last year. With the vaccines been given out there is hope despite most of the country being on tier 4, schools reopening later in January and the numbers of confirmed cases and deaths being pretty terrifying!

Now for a photo every day These are the photos from the last week in 2020.

The masked singer on TV and a sugary treat of waffles and marshmallows
My eldest with a new face mask
New laptop and the Christmas decorations being packed away
A frosty morning

361/366 - 26th December
I didn't take a photo for today, just a video but took a screen shot. We love watching The Masked Singer here. We're useless at guessing who's under the mask and never get it right but it's a fun show.

362/366 - 27th December
Ellie made a sugary treat for brunch. Waffles with marshmallows on. She showed me this and I thought that was it, no! She added squirty cream and chocolate sauce too. lol

363/366 - 28th December
Becky's girlfriend came for a visit so they could exchange presents. We didn't break any rules, "A" stayed in her mums car while we had a quick chat at a distance. One of the presents was a Billie Eilish face mask. She loves it.

364/366 - 29th December
New laptop day! Hooray! It doesn't look much different from my old one but it is so much faster! I can have games loaded up in seconds and even the speed of the internet has jumped up. It's amazing! 

365/366 - 30th December
We took the tree and decorations down and had a good clean. As much as I love the decorations and Christmas it is nice to have a clutter free living room again.

366/366 - 31st December
Now snow here but we did have a lot of frost. It was still in the garden way after lunchtime. I'm glad I didn't have to go out in it. 

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