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Lockdown: Week 4

1. Bring the Dinner Party to You

Jazzy cake

The kitchen remains the centre of all our houses. The Skipper family (there are 6 of them) is kicking off a Come Dine with Me Challenge. 3 sets of paired cooks have been picked from a hat and the cook off has started. Dad Tim and Jazzy (12) were last night's chefs. Jazzy's pudding was the showstopper, a rainbow cake for the NHS!

Cradley Restaurant

We are also LOVING the look of a&u contributor Lucy Johnson's new restaurant, The Cradley which opened last week for one night only. Husband James was the waiter and Lucy was head (and only) chef. India and Alexander dressed up, received menus and a three course meal. All four loved it. 

2. Getting into Training

Perth Cricket Academy

The cricket season is about to start and Sarah's son is a member of Ealing CC colts. He is enjoying his junior squad drills, specially adapted to be done while in Lockdown. We are working on providing some more publicly downloadable exercises (check back next week) but in the meantime have been surprised how FEW fun cricket drills there are around online/on social media. Do let us know if you have found any goodies. Our winner is all the way from The Perth Cricket Academy in Western Australia where they are making good use of clothes on a washing line to practise reaction catching. Click here for the insta feed.

3. Books, books, books

books giveaway

One of the huge pluses of an editor's job is being sent all the latest children's books for review. In these strange times, we are hoping to be able to get some of them out to local children. We have bundled up the last couple of month's-worth into packs of three, divided by age. We are dropping some to the nurseries that are open for key workers' children but if you know of anyone who would like to receive a free bundle, please do let us know. Email We can deliver them to Hammersmith & Fulham, Chiswick, Kensington & Chelsea or Westminster.

4. Me Time

Sorolla puzzle

I am writing this much later than I should be because I got totally distracted from all the things I was meant to be doing today and spent three hours finishing this beauty. Called Mending the Sail (there are a LOT of very confusing sail pieces), it was one of my favourite paintings from the Sorolla exhibition at the National Gallery last year. I overdid it and got a 1,000 piece jigsaw but you can get the same picture in a range of sizes, including a mini 40 pc version. It is both addictive and calming. Wentworth Puzzles are my extravagance of the Corona crisis. They are expensive, but made of wood so will last for ever and we are passing finished puzzles round a group of families (maintaining safe distance at drop off points!).