Covid Isolation Week 2 Day 3 – AA

There are more and more events getting cancelled further and further ahead – today’s latest casualty being the Edinburgh Fringe in August. It’s one of those events I’ve always fancied going to but never have gotten around to. I’m loathed to write a list of things I want to see when reality returns – but it’s tempting. For me lists like that either speak to dissatisfaction in your own life or they make a slave of your future self. I kind of started one with Isaac when he was very young – and stopped fairly soon as it just seemed I was trying to find cool things to do for the list – instead of focusing on him having a ‘cool’ life more generally. 

Anyway if they’re now cancelling events in August it looks like the Greenman festival won’t be far behind it. Which along with Glastonbury and the now annual trip to CentreParcs means all my holiday plans are no more… Which again (a frequent phase in these times) is all a bit surreal. I can’t remember ever not having some trip on the horizon to look forward to…and it’s hard to make definite plans with an indefinite lock down. We’re all assuming that after a few months of this it’ll be back to normal… but will it?

The government are already floating 6 months for how long disruption to life might last. Vaccines probably won’t be available for the general population until 2021. These are short term measures.

And what impact does that have on us, out culture, our ways of doing things?

On a call in work today they were discussing the mass mobilisation of home working – 1300+ people now distributed across the country all logging in remotely. And it struck me – what happens after 6 months of home working, why would you pull people back into offices. Could businesses realise considerable savings by having the majority of their staff home based and having fewer far smaller offices. How will that change the corporate culture, how will that change the social role that work plays for a lot of people – does it exacerbate the creeping disease of loneliness?

Interesting times and whatever happens I think the world we step out into after all this will be very different.

Covid-19 Symptom Check

So far so good – all fully fit…well apart from a couple of hangovers

Isaac’s random questions

To pass the time my cousin posed some questions for the kids on Facebook…here are Isaac’s answers:-

1. If you won a million pounds, what would you buy?
Isaac – a house and an iPhone

2. How long does it take to get to America?
Isaac – 2 hours

3. What does mum always say to you?
Isaac – go for a shower (Mum)… Do this do that (Dad)

4. What job would you like to do when you’re big?
ISAAC – fireman

5. What is the capital of England?
Isaac – London

6. Where do babies come from?
Isaac – mummy’s tummy simple

7. At what age do you become an adult?
Isaac – 20 (no longer a teenager)

8. If you could change one rule your family has, what would it be?
Isaac – going to school

9. If you could be a superhero, what superpower would you have?
Isaac – invisabliliy, speed, flight

10. What would you do to save the planet?
Isaac – recycle and fair trade

11. If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Isaac – Chocolate!

12. How much does it cost to buy a house?
Isaac – £100

13. Why do you think we should be nice to other people?
Isaac – so it will be a peaceful planet

14. What does love mean to you?
Isaac – someone cares for you and is always on your side and protect you

15. What are you scared of?
Isaac – pennywise and Corona virus

16. What is so important?
Isaac – mum, dad, school, family, friends

The Eden project

Biggest sandwich ever!

On our time out in Cornwall I was determined to visit a few gardens as when we get back home that is one project I need to crack on with. So of the two places I fancied visiting (Eden and gardens of Heligan) the changeable weather meant we headed for the Eden project.

I was slightly worried that Isaac would get a bit bored with just looking at plants – but as the Eden project is an educational charity they really put a lot on for kids. The highlight for Isaac probably being a surprise visit by Mr Bloom where he was right at the front, singing and dancing along. Oh and a huge wall of old fridge doors with magnetic letters where he could practice writing his name.

It was a great day that also taught me a good lesson – always check

online for a discount. The ticket prices were steep (worth it but steep) but we could have saved 10% by booking online! How did I miss that!!!




One monkey….infinite letters (almost)

Taking a break – Looe

Time away is always good and this year I’ve not doe enough of it so far – things have been way too busy.

The best thing I find away from the normal grind is that it gives time to reflect of things and where stuff is going. Maybe it’s the Emily thing as well, but there are too many days just passing on by and not being enjoyed to the full. I’ve always struggled finding a point of this blog, outside of just tracking my butterfly like interests from one project to the next but it’s time to start taking things seriously – time after all is fleeting, Isaac is growing up and my memory is starting to get selective.

So here’s to reflections from Looe – designs for life and general motivation for the months ahead…




Sunday Sunday,

well as weeks go it’s been fairly good…
I’m back into blogging – back drawing – back working towards hitting a few goals.

However, the highlight has to be Isaac picking his first strawberry from the garden:-

So all good!

I think the aim for the coming week is to sort out the lights in the front room and the sink in the downstairs toilet. Both simple and straight forward jobs, but both needing some application and fitting it around everything else.

On the blogging front it seems I’m continually hitting memory issues which are causing the dreaded ‘White screen of WordPress death’.
Although there is a work around that invovles turning off certain pluggins to edit or post anything new I don’t think this is sustainable in the long term.

I need to be able to edit php.ini but this is only a read only file in the current hosting environment – so….it looks like I might have to raise a ticket.



Isaac’s 50 things to do – play a kazoo

Isaac brought back two things from his visit to his cousins Dia and Teifi’s.Isaac plays a kazoo
1 – a stinking cold
2 – a cool kazoo

…but the funniest thing about the kazoo wasn’t Isaac’s almost natural grasp of the kazoo playing technique, but his mothers inability to make any noise. Continually blowing through it in puzzlement over why everyone else could play a tune.

More from Isaac’s 50 things to do here.

Isaac’s 50 things to do – Jump in a puddle

Back at the start of the year we set out to do 50 things with Isaac in 2014 (I think the alcohol of New Years Eve had some part to play).

Anyway quite a few have been crossed off the list but i’ve done nothing to document them, so here’s the first one…jumping in puddles 🙂

So that’s post one…the full list can be found here.


Isaac’s 50 things to do 2014

  1. Visit Caldicot castle
  2. Count boats in Saundersfoot harbor
  3. Blow a dandelion 
  4. Walk up to 14 locks
  5. Make a sand castle
  6. Make a Christmas cards for my grandparents
  7. Make jam tarts
  8. Play with leaves
  9. Find a lion
  10. Jump in a puddle
  11. Sing and dance ‘heads shoulders knees and toes’
  12. Ride on a steam train
  13. Feed a duck
  14. Pick blackberries
  15. Pet a pony/horse
  16. Grow and eat a cress sandwich
  17. drink through a straw
  18. Ride a dragon
  19. Learn to say mummy and daddy
  20. Go to the panto
  21. Make a playdoe volcano
  22. Play the drums
  23. Build a den
  24. Make a boat for the bath
  25. Build a toy rocket
  26. Go swimming
  27. Feed some fish
  28. Make an autumn collage
  29. Start playing the piano
  30. Draw a picture
  31. Blow bubbles
  32. Collect pebbles from a beach
  33. Play chase
  34. Make a bookmark for Emily
  35. Go fishing in the bath
  36. Play a kazoo
  37. Play on a swing
  38. Make a sock puppett
  39. Make a domino chain
  40. Have a picnic in the sun
  41. Make a height chart
  42. Learn to say a prayer
  43. Make an origarmi crane
  44. Use the big toilet
  45. play catch (and throwing)
  46. Go to the cinema
  47. Have a water fight
  48. Bounce on a bouncy castle
  49. Dance to music
  50. Light a candle