Day 1 - Knowing the kids will be off school from Monday, I sit down with a cup of Nescafe Azera ( my favourite) and a freshly baked croissant, to write my homeschool/ isolation plan.
Here’s the plan for weekdays :
7am- Up early for yoga & morning meditations, feed the cats, and eat healthy breakfast.
8am - prepare kids similar healthy breakfast and give them their visual homeschool diary 9am PE with Joe Wicks - full school day consisting of English, Maths and Science
Afternoon : Me - feed dogs, then clean bathroom !! Finish at 3pm. Give kids their Ipads if they've been good till 4pm. Dinner at 5.30pm - Family movie and bed by 8pm ( remind them to wash hands regularly!)
Family Lockdown Day 10 …
7am - why the hell do i need to wake up this early??? 8am I suppose I better get up. Aldi brand cheap coffee and a toasted end of loaf crust with three year old lemon curd. Damn, there is no cat food and I’m not really allowed out, is it an essential? It is for the cats! Stressed. No time to meditate.
9am - No one is doing Joe Wicks PE anymore. Dad banged his head on the ceiling, whilst trying to do a more elaborate version of a star jump. He kept telling everyone he was doing ‘John Wick’ workout, in an attempt to make it sound more manly. In reality, he pulled a muscle doing ‘Pikachu’ and took Wednesday off because he was aching. The kids initial enthusiasm dwindled day by day , till they were just sitting on the sofa playing ‘spot the difference’ with Joe’s ‘living room’ set but not actually doing the exercises.
Mid morning - just sent them outside into the garden! We’re lucky to have one and it was sunny!12 noon - Wine. I’m lucky to have some, and it was sunny!!
Afternoon - it’s turned colder, so ipads in separate rooms to stop arguments. “Do something educational like TT Rockstars!” I shout. They hide under covers, playing Fortnite and eating crisps.
5pm It’s not all bad. On my escape to Tesco, to buy cat food and posh coffee ( i didn't get any!) I decided to film a LIVE video for my page www.facebook.com/radioshepton about the new social distancing measures. I’ve had a notification that 100,000 people have viewed it already...I’ve gone ‘viral’ ..in a good way!
Day 12 - No way! My Tesco video has reached almost 500,000 people worldwide.
BBC Somerset interviewed me on the Simon Parkin show. Now, that deserves another wine!
Other shows I put on Radio Shepton are doing really well too. Helen Reader, The FairyGodmother , is reading children’s stories. We’ll soon be launching a virtual Easter Bonnet competition, and streaming a ‘Christian’s Together’ Easter service. Updates from local services can be found there, and the Coronavirus Volunteer group, which I’m part of.
In other news; my hair is beginning to form dreadlocks, I've got dry skin on my hands, I still haven't cleaned the bathroom, and I’m out of wine !
*** As we are both self employed / freelance - out incomes have completely sropoed, and we arent likely to get any financial aid until JUNE !! So for the next few week I hope you dont mind if I add a little link for anyone who fancies it - to buy me a 'coffee' - it would be really gratefully recieved. Thanks you in advance ***
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I'm a 43 year old, mum of two little boys- currently living in Shepton Mallet in Somerset. I'm the Founder and Creative Director of Radio Shepton, a Stand up and comedian and spoken word performer, and write a regular column for The Wells and Shepton Mallet Journal. Which is the basis for my blog usually. I lived in Swedish Lapland for 7 years until 2014 where my boys were born. My partner and I ran a husky dog sledding business. Before that I was a poet, radio presenter, media lecturer, writer, TV producer, actress and burlesque performer ! I never want my life to be boring :)