25th March 2020 – Wednesday
Skye woke up early this morning. I can always rely on her to get her cute butt out of bed early. Devon on the other hand was still in bed at 10am. When I went upstairs to go check on him, he was lying in bed with the hubby talking about the scariest places they have visited.
Hubby says one of the places that really freaked him out was the castle dungeon tour at Warwick Castle. We spent the weekend there a few years ago during the cold November month. Me and the kids attempted the tour, but the kids cried in the first 5 minutes so we left and hubby stayed. Devon said the spookiest place he had visited was Dover Castle. He was talking about the Annexe – The Underground Hospital tour that we went on. The hospital tour relived the period of war in the 1940s whereby wounded soldiers were treated. It was a military hospital and as you walk through the seemingly endless tunnels, you are immersed in the stories of the wounded soldiers being treated, you can hear the screams of pain as the soldiers had to endure painful procedures and operations whilst the bombs can be heard overhead. It was a really interesting experience and we highly recommend a visit.
I suppose the place that made my hairs stand on end was Bodmin Jail in Cornwall. It was an 18th century prison and is hailed as one of the most haunted buildings in Britain. It was quite chilling there to be honest, something not quite right and very cold. It gave me goosebumps to say the least!
Devon again was complaining he was tired after about an hour of studying. I feel that I don’t want to push them too much in this first week. It’s a big adjustment for them and for us as a family. Being home schooled is difficult, trying to keep them interested is a big problem. I guess I don’t have the skills and training (as teachers do) to really engage the kids and make them enthusiastic about learning. It also doesn’t help that have two children at different ages with different curriculums. I also don’t really know what they have learnt and what they haven’t. Yes, I have a curriculum guide from the school but in terms of topics, where do I start?
So for today, I just let them do just a couple of hours of studying then let them hang out for the rest of the day. I think it’s exhausting for all of us at this point, and because we have at least another couple of months of this I guess I’m just going to take it slowly.
I have been particularly productive today in my kitchen. My family were wondering what has gotten into me … all this baking and cooking. I don’t normally do so much in one day but my hands are feeling restless. It is also a great opportunity for me to get stuck into cooking and baking as I don’t often get the time to do so.
I’m actually really enjoying the time off work and I hope to expand my recipe book, so I am going to make the most of this lockdown time.
Today I made “Lo Mai Gai” which is sticky glutinous rice with marinated chicken and Chinese sausage. I wrapped them in bamboo leaves although you don’t have to. I was being particularly fussy today and wanted to make the little parcels. I found it tricky tying up the parcels but it looked authentic enough. The flavour is there but it just needed more sauce I think. But apart from that I think I did ok! No complaints from the family.
I have spent most of today in the kitchen and now I am exhausted. Not only was I making the glutinous rice parcels, I also watered and fed my sourdough starter and I also prepared my doughnut dough ready for tomorrow. I really feel like eating some doughnuts but I haven’t made them in a while. After dinner I left the washing up to the hubby … make himself useful. He is feeling really bored … he doesn’t know what to do with himself as on a normal day he is alway out and about. When he’s at home he gets really lethargic and is constantly falling asleep.
My back is hurting from being on my feet most of the day so I’m going to have a nice long bath, then into bed with a herbal tea and my book. I’ve just started the third and final instalment of Jojo Moyes book “Still Me” centred around the quirky but loveable character Louisa Clarke. Louisa Clarke is now starting a new job in New York … I wonder what trouble she gets into in the Big Apple?
An update on the Covid-19 … well it is reported that the global coronavirus deaths has now passed 20,000. How upsetting is this to read? Also, Prince Charles has tested positive for the virus but he seems to be doing fine. The death toll in Spain has now surpassed that of China considering that Spain is a fraction of the size of China and a quarter of the world is currently on lockdown. That is alot to take in in one paragraph right?
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I hope you are all staying safe wherever you are. Stay safe and look after each other and remember this pandemic won’t last forever if we all do our bit! We need each other now more than ever before.
~ The Cake Lady (and family) xxx