We have not been idle since our last Broadstone Methodist Knit and Natter Group, where we all met together over tea and biscuits, at the church on the 16 March. Little did we realise just how quickly things would change. Now looking back it seems so long ago that we were all able to meet and how simple our lives were then. Since then whilst maintaining distance, thanks to our sponsor, Lesley Shand Funeral Directors, I have been delivering wool to the ladies and collecting items they have made so they have still been busy at home. Some of the ladies made the mask extenders that were sent to Poole and Bournemouth hospitals for those working on the front line.
Personally since then I have had to get to grips with home schooling 4 year old Florence and also looking after a lively one year old, Bertie. Testing times for us all! But somehow we quickly settled into our own routine, of baking soda bread and biscuits to writing stories of our day. We also took great care in choosing the right teddies to go in the windows, along with our home made colourful rainbows. I found it a complete blessing that we had glorious weather in lockdown and it certainly helped our well-being that we were able to spend so much time outside in the garden. Along with many, the children were interested in planting seeds and small plants and watching them grow. We also tried to complete our daily exercise with Florence and I both doing yoga. Our minister Sue Gowling also helped, often reading the children stories on FaceTime, which Florence and Bertie particularly liked.
Finally for us life has gradually changed with Florence going back to school in a very different way from before, where she has to stay in her small ‘bubble' with just seven other children in her class. I find it remarkable that the children have shown such resilience to all the changes, which I think is a great credit to Broadstone First School along with their parents, carers and the children themselves.