Resources for Lockdown Learning (Updated 5th January)

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Hi there.

With England going into Lockdown 3.0 a few hours ago, I’ve noticed low cost or free resources pop up so I’ve started collecting them together. If they do have a cost or a promo code to make it free for instance I’ve included them where possible along with any dates that they expire for instance.

The Happy Newspaper Free Resources. Packs 1 and 2. (3 is coming shortly). Sign up here.

Twinkl really handy. (We used lots in Lockdown 1 to top up alongside the work set by school). School closure packs. Here.

100 Places To Go When You Can’t Leave the House (written as a mental health resource but are still relevant for kids). Here.

Learning Resources Free Activity Sheets for Preschool, KS1 and KS2. Here.

Pawprint Family homeschool resource that’s even recommended. Possible to purchase badges when activities completed.

Challenge packs here.
Free Resources here.
Badges here.

Orchard Toys Free Activities and Resources. Sign up to be notified of more resources as they go live. Already available ones here.

Holchester Design Resources Pack including timetable sheets. Here.

That Kid Life lots of suggestions of different activities. Usually with minimal kit that you will already have. Here.

YouTube Videos/Live Streams

PE with Joe (as my friend Hanna put it “we get Michael Buble out for Christmas and Joe Wicks out for Lockdown”). PE with Joe restarts on the 11th January. Sessions will be 3 days a week on Monday Wednesday and Friday at 9am. Here.

Theatre of Science. FB events. Free FB live events. Starting Tuesday 6th January. Weekly event with replay available. Here.

Let’s Go Live Science Shows. New episodes to come but previous ones available on YouTube. Here.

Operation Ouch Science. New episodes to start 5th January at 2.30pm with a live stream. Previous episodes available. Here.

English with Holly: English Live. Available Free on YouTube – other sessions available. Use ENGLIVE for 10% off. Paid Sessions

The Monthly Review: December

Here we go, attempting to make blog posts happen – I can do this! Rex is napping, Jaxon is playing his Switch and it’s a teacher training day today (tomorrow we restart lockdown learning due to COVID etc). So I’ve brought back The Monthly Review and attempting to make it a little more interesting and things.

The Months in Points

I’m sure more than this happened in the month but Jaxon is begging me to play Lego Harry Potter with him while Rex naps so I think I have to go do that. This week has so many changes in it, it’s going to be intersting.

  • Technically, we put the tree up in November but I didn’t review so it can go in here. Once we knew Chris wouldn’t be back in November for a visit because of Lockdown 2.0, we decided that the Christmas tree would go up on the 29th November. Mum and Dad came to help me out with getting things out of the loft and decorating the tree. We then all had tea together which was really nice.
  • Jaxon finished school on the 17th December and we counted down the days until Daddy would be home for Christmas – except it was going to get all levels of complicated during our countdown.
  • Bedford was upgraded to Tier 4 on the 19th December. The announcement came out about 4 pm with effect from midnight. Chris’s flight was due Sunday evening.
  • So Chris and I had a discussion about Christmas and we decided he’d stay in Denmark and as heartbreaking as that was it was the “greater good” kind of decision. We’ll be together again soon and we can do Second Christmas when we’re back together.
  • We were at Mum and Dad’s house as the news broke, so my parents tag-teamed between looking after the boys and looking after me while I processed and then as we dealt with explaining to Jaxon what was happening and things like that. I’d already had a bit of a cry on the Thursday before when other things were happening so I think I’d already resolved myself to the fact that Chris wouldn’t be here. That way if he was able to be with us then it would be a lovely surprise instead.
  • There was lots of editing throughout the month to try and get services ready for the Chapel YouTube Channel. The Christmas Day service took lots of editing because we had different people involved in it but I got there in the end and the video was posted. You can watch them here.

Projects

There were a couple of handmade Christmas presents – not as many this year just because I didn’t have the time at all! For my Sister-in-Law, I made a picture with Scrabble letters to include her name, my brother’s name and their son’s name which worked quite well – I hope it lasts because I was fighting with the glue lol.

Knitting wise I’m currently attempting to cast off my Slow Exposure Shawl. It feels like it’s taken forever to get to this point and even when I did I’ve had to tie in a new colour because I didn’t have enough for the next row and then the picot edging so I’ve had to add something in for that – hopefully, it’ll be okay. I’ll definitely have some photos when that’s finished. I also fell into tiny jumpers after seeing them on The Corner of Craft Vlogmas videos. I’ve got partway through one jumper so far before deciding I needed to finish something before I got any further with something new.

Books

  • The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
  • A Kiss in the Snow by Rosie Green
  • Snowflakes over Moondance Cottage by Rosie Green
  • A Brambleberry Manor Christmas by Rosie Green

There’s lots of Bedford references in The Midnight Library by Matt Haig which was cool but there were a few hiccups on some of the geography, mostly artistic licence but it is funny reading comments from other readers who tore it to shreds because of these errors.

Television/Movies

So many things watched in December. Between one thing and another I probably spent a lot of time in front of the TV with Rex across my lap lol.

  • Virgin River (Netflix)
  • The Holiday Movies That Made Us (Netflix)
  • Just Another Christmas (Netflix)
  • Over Christmas (ÜberWeihnachten – Netflix)
  • The Crown (Netflix)
  • Star Trek: Discovery (Season 3 – Netflix)
  • Holiday Home Makeover with Mr. Christmas (Netflix)
  • The Holiday (Netflix)
  • The Prom (Netflix – started didn’t finish)
  • A California Christmas
  • Home for Christmas (Hjem til jul – Netflix)
  • Rebecca (Netflix)
  • Bridgerton (Netflix)
  • Thomas and Friends (with Rex! Netflix)

Anyone else watch Bridgerton? It’s like Gossip Girl mixed with Jane Austen with a bit of Hamilton for good measure somewhere along the line lol.

2021

Well hello. 2021 you made it. After 2020 you’re expected to behave and not be a (majority) of a screw up (it had it’s highlights but there were a lot of low points too).

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So, let’s do this thing.

I figured I’d take it back to the beginning in a way.

Hi I’m Hannah and this is my blog. I have been writing under some title for almost 14 years and you would sure thought by that I would have something a little more to show but in 2019/2020 I think I sort of lost my way. I think I was trying to be what I thought a blogger should be rather than just being me and bringing you along for the adventure.

I’m married to Chris and mum to Jaxon and Rex. Earlier posts featured Our Sidekick who was our foster son. He’s all grown up now and living with his mate but he’ll still be part of our little family and hold a special place in our lives.

I love to creative plan and journal as well as knit and crochet. Most crafty things I’ll try at least once and see how it goes.

Between Covid and becoming a Mum again things are a little quiet on the work front so I figured now was the time to try and get more of a routine back when it comes to blogging. So I’m committing to posting twice a week at a minimum. The odd extra post might pop up by I figure twice a week isn’t too much and isn’t too little and it’s consistent rather than committing to every day and not meeting that or just dropping by when I feel like it. I’ve always told work clients to be consistent. Even if that’s once a month and that’s it. Be consistent in that.

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So at least in my head there are plans afoot and ideas brewing away. Hopefully they will come to something.

Have a great day and Happy New Year.

You can also find me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Blogmas Day 19

Blogmas 2020

Well, Facebook asks me “What’s on your mind, Hannah?”

It took my four attempts to write one status, the first time Facebook had a moment and deleted everything I’d written then the second and third time it didn’t make sense. Thankfully the fourth time seemed to be the charm which was good because I was about to catapult my phone across the room – or out the window. I hadn’t decided at that point.

#ChristmasisCancelled is trending on Twitter. But Christmas isn’t cancelled. It’s different but it’s not cancelled.
When Chris and I got married, our first married Christmas was different from those that came before it. Along the way when The Kiwi lived with us or when Our Sidekick and then Jaxon joined our family – Christmas was different. One year we even went out for Christmas Dinner – now that was weird, I really struggled it felt like Christmas and at the same time it really didn’t. Traditions were tweaked or adapted. Some were probably even lost along the way.

in a year where Our Sidekick moved back in temporarily and out again, we isolated and we “Lockdown Learned”, and a baby Rex arrived, Christmas will be different again. It’ll be more so different because Chris won’t be home for Christmas. I was due to collect him from the airport tomorrow but now with Tier 4 restrictions in place. I won’t be doing that either. This evening, we explained to Jaxon that Chris wouldn’t be home for Christmas, and it was so hard after us counting down all week to Daddy being home. It completely sucks but if us being separate and not seeing family this year means that everyone is around the table next year then we’ll do it. We’ll have Christmas The Sequel in a few weeks when Chris can make it home and my Christmas Tree will be back up again even if I look like I’ve lost the plot. (Does that mean I will have won Christmas 2021 by having my tree up first?)
Anyway, before Facebook or I could delete it again, I posted it and then saved it here. I’m posting it so Christmas isn’t cancelled it’s just different and we can make it happen. Let’s do this thing.

Lockdown Projects: Macrame
#gifted

Back in March, when Lockdown 1.0 was declared, I wrote a list of projects I would attempt to get done. One that was added as the list/lockdown went along was to try Macrame. It’s one of those things we’ve discussed at knitting group and some of our ladies have tried but it’s something that I don’t think I’d ever tried previously.

When an opportunity to work with Rope Source came up it was the perfect time to give it a go. Rope Source are a company based in the UK supplying ropes, twines, cordage and other associated products. They aim to provide the best quality rope. twine and cord products at the most competitive prices. They predominantly source from UK Rope and Twine Manufacturers and suppliers. (Basically if it’s string/rope/twine/cord, they probably do it or do something close enough!).

I choose two spools of Everlasto 4mm Cotton Macrame Cord (here). They stock over 30 different colours so trying to decide which to go with was a challenge! In the end, I choose Eton Blue and Navy.

Eton Blue Macrame Cord

When they arrived, I headed off to Pinterest to find a tutorial to create something. In the end, I settled on a keyring to try first with the intention I would come back to a bigger project another day. After raiding the different sets of keys around the house to find a split ring that would do the job, I sat down and got started. Using a cow hitch knot (here) to secure the cord to the ring, I was then able to start. Most of the “knots” used in Macrame are actually similar to those used for friendship bracelets – so that wasn’t too hard to refresh my memory!

Starting a Macrame Keyring
Finished Macrame Keyring

I used this tutorial from The Pretty Life Girls to create my keyring. Now either because I was using two colours or because I’d not quite got the technique correct, my keyring has ended up twisting more than in the example pictures on the tutorial – I guess it’s something that may come with practice. But even so, I love the keyring and it’s something I’ve made, so now I can add it to my house keys or my car keys and it’ll make it easier to find them when they are lurking in the bottom of my bag! I think if I make any more I’ll be sure to get some lobster clasp keyrings to add so they are easier to add to keys or zip pulls etc.

In exchange for this post, I received 2 x 50m Retail Spools of Everlasto 4mm Coloured Cotton Macrame Cord. All opinions are my own.