Monthly Archives: December 2020

End.

The giant cul-de-sac that is 2020 is gasping it’s last wheezy covid filled breaths, slowly melting at the bottom of my beer.

I won’t miss you.

New year does not promise much either but we can hope and hang on through the dark months.

I’ll raise a glass to that.

Best wishes to you all and all the love from a small sketchbook in Wales.

Ring the bells.

It’s Christmas Eve 2020.

Put down your worries, put down your mobile, turn away from the television, switch off the radio, it’s six o clock. Come on, now, hurry!

It’s time to go to door with your bells, open it and listen. Our street is ringing out into the dry, cold, clear night. You can hear them!
The sound of bells all around, up on Townhill, over to Brynhyfryd, even on Kilvey hill, there’s a fella with a bell app ringing it while sucking on a cigarette. The scrambler bike stops and toots.

We are ringing them. We are little but we are shouting you Santa and you must come this year. The adults have been rubbish, please do your magic.

The moon is lighting the way and we are calling you Santa.

We’ve been so good this year and we’ve tried out best to wash our hands and do our work.

Please come this year, please bring a present.

Merry Christmas.

Covid central.

A letter has arrived from the local council and health service reminding us to remember to stay away and stay at home. Infections here and in the surrounding areas are very, very high. Our hospitals are in danger of being overwhelmed if numbers keep rising.
The electronic bill board is still promoting Christmas deals with the odd public service information asking us to keep our 2 metre distances and stay at home whenever possible.
In other news, the cats have decided Gruff’s window is wonderful to watch the birds from and bring their muddy paws in.

It’s still raining, we may need a boat soon.

Flying.

The rain is playing games with me.

Every day this week, I’ve arrived at the park and the heavens have opened.

Nothing stopping Frannie lightning bolt puppy, she’s been busy herding the crows and seagulls and did attempt to herd the red kite that soared over our heads but it wasn’t having any of it.

We are now very wet, muddy but happy to see open space, (even if I’m soaked to the bone).

The news is pretty grim right now, Swansea still has stupidly high levels of infections. Social media is full of experts.

I’m just an expert in tea making and puppy drying. I don’t smell very nice right now.

Midnight.

Midnight last night we went into a full lockdown again.

The news was announced a few hours before and the ensuing rush in my city to the shops was like a tsunami of panic. My social media filled up pretty quickly with images of miserable queuing and cars gridlocking car parks in the rain, in the dark with the backdrop of blinking Christmas lights.
I walked the dogs later and the roads were very busy with speeding cars and honking horns, you could genuinely feel the atmosphere. One of anger and frustration.

The news says it’s a new variant, it spreads faster. We’re all to stay at home indefinitely, there will be a review in three weeks but numbers are flying here as I’ve said before so Christmas day is the only day we are ok to go out and see our other “bubble”.

A very strange Christmas this is going to be. I’m quite deflated to be honest with you as I imagine the whole of Wales is right now but I understand why.

More milk it is then.

Free Christmas colouring pages.

Well from where I’m sitting right now, we are in a full lockdown.

So to keep busy and happy, here are some colouring pages for you.

I’ll keep adding here so bookmark this page and feel free to share.

Christmas is not cancelled, just different and I will do what I can to keep busy hands busy.

Have fun.

They’re all A4 pages.

Click here and download.

The sock monster is real.

Frannie does a great job of cutting down on my sock pairing.

Two Pints of milk for Tier 4 please.

28th of December starts lockdown part three.

Swansea is rife with Covid infections, everything in the United Kingdom and Wales is closing from Christmas Eve indefinitely.

Food shops and Churches get to stay open for comfort and joy.

I’ve bunked up my milk order as my tea consumption is rising exponentially too.

Living dangerously here.

Stay safe, make space and put a smile on your face, it’s Christmas.

Grab Bag

I have a problem.

I want cakes.

But the plastic bag that I have to put my hand into won’t open and I can’t lick my finger.

My glasses are also steaming up so it could very well be a bread roll I’ll be picking up instead.

That’s going to cause riots.

Focus pocus.

Millie’s studying A- levels and Welsh Baccalaureate. Being at home means she has to study remotely with the school.

I can tell she’s doing Welsh, the pencil has been chewed and she’s ignoring the dogs while giving the laptop a stare that would make a grown man cry.

I’m going to hide in the kitchen.

Walking in a winter wonderland.

The lights this year are lovely on my street. I can ignore the litter and the rain when I see the houses lit up.

Schools out for Covid.

Feels like forever for those who only went back recently after more isolating.

So many blaming schools for the rapid spread in our area right now.

So many not seeing how education and school life is everything when you miss your friends and chips at lunch. (Even if you have to study in the classroom with the windows wide open). Please go easy on our young people, they’re struggling too.

I think this break over Christmas will go on a bit longer as Covid infections are not slowing down.

Shortest school run in the world.

Leave for school at 8 am.

Back home by 8.30 am because your school year has to self isolate again as there are covid positive cases.

Fun times.

One is mortified, one is delighted because they missed P.E.

And we wait. Again.

Leg chewies.

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