We are really enjoying exploring our local area. If you follow my blog, you might have realised that we are an outdoors-loving family. Having lived in Yorkshire for only 10 months now, there are so many places that we are discovering for the first time. Last week it was Greno Woods, and this bank holiday weekend it was Wharncliffe Crags and Scout Dyke.
Ben is still in the honeymoon period with his new drone (as introduced last week in Thurgoland from above). I must admit, out of all the gadgets that he has bought in the past the drone is one of my favourites. I love all the photos we have of the children, and now we can see everyone from a new perspective. He has wanted to go to Wharncliffe Crags to get some footage of an awesome family walk.
In honour of the VE day celebrations today (75 year anniversary!) I wanted to write about someone who served in WWII. All of my grandparents were too young, and my great grandfathers fought in WWI. Then I remembered that as this record is primarily for my children, Ben’s grandfather George William Richard Hopkins was in the Navy during WWII.
I think we would all agree that this has been the strangest month of our lives. The government announced in mid-March that we were having to stay at home because of the coronavirus pendemic. I have already written a post about a typical day in isolation with the kids. This is what it was like having a whole month at home!
This week Ben and I celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary! I can’t quite believe how far we have come in the last 18 years – we were teenagers when we got married and now we have teenagers of our own. I wanted to make a family tree for our wall. I am a family historian Continue Reading
The government announced last week that if you have children with special needs you can go by car to travel somewhere safer to walk. We haven’t all been out together since this whole thing started. It is really hard to walk on narrow paths around the village in a large group, especially if some of those children have ADHD too!
Someone had photographed Charlie’s memorial and uploaded to Find a Grave, which is the app I’m using to index all the graves in the local churchyard. The memorial was in Tyne Cot and I thought how strange that was, I hadn’t heard of the place before and I’m pretty sure that the Newick family never left their Sussex villages. Tyne Cot memorial is in Belgium. The year 1907 which can only mean one thing. Charlie died in WWI.
It’s hard to say what a typical day in isolation looks like. My brother and his kids moved out 2 weeks ago so it is easier that it was in the beginning. With 5 kids at home some things are unpredictable, but it is also starting to grind on me that every day is mind-numbingly Continue Reading