We have booked a tennis court. A ride in Richmond Park. My husband is beyond excited at the prospect of getting a sculling boat onto the river. Is it the beginning of the end? A whole new beginning? We are starting to look backwards as well as forwards, the things we didn't do, the courses we didn't take....
1. Gap Year Travels
My eldest daughter returned from India at the beginning of Lockdown, six weeks into a planned six month journey. While she is of course aware how incredibly fortunate she is, it is nevertheless 'a bit of a bummer'. She and her dad were the last of our Come Dine With Me pairings, so last weekend we went on a culinary journey through Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Vietnam and Thailand. Full Gappie kit was compulsory. Mum was the ageing hippy, obvs.
2. DIY Takeaway
We have bought the live yeast from Gail's, we are very proud of our cinnamon buns, but 8 WEEKS IN we need a break from home cooking. On Monday we had Patty & Bun burgers for lunch - the box arrives complete with four ready to cook burgers, brioche buns, cheese, bacon, fried onions, BBQ sauce. You just need to add the salad. Never has a Monday perked up so dramatically in the afternoon. Julia and her family have had the vegan version which also gets a thumbs up. £25 + delivery pattyandbun.co.uk
3. Recording Lockdown
The V&A wants our rainbows, the National Portrait Gallery is looking for our photographs. And best of all, Chelsea Flower Show (digital this year) is running a competition, My Chelsea Garden. There are four categories: Back Garden, Front Garden, Indoor Garden (Houseplants, window sills, balconies, etc), and Kids' Corner Garden. Submit your photos by next Monday, 18 May and win four tickets to next year's show. Click here for details.
4. Architectural ABCs and Lockdown Theatre
We are LOVING the new art activity from the Museum of Architecture's School for Creative Thinkers. #AlphabetofBuildings is a colouring and activity series for ages 4–11. Each week they reveal a new building for children and their families to discover, learn about, and colour in together. A is for Acropolis!
Children's theatres continue to inspire. The Little Angel is streaming a lockdown puppet performance of the picture book What Does An Anteater Eat from 11am this Sunday on YouTube and the Half Moon have launched Half Moon Live.
5. Late to the Party
You are probably fully up to speed with these brilliant COVID initiatives, but just in case you, like me, missed them:
- Berkeley Hotel 999 Drive Thru - The iconic sweep through semi-circle drive through of the Knightsbridge stalwart is dispensing coffee and cakes to emergency care providers. Bravo!
- If you haven't listened to Probably Tomfoolery's COVID Poem 'The Great Realisation', join the 5.4m YouTube clicks - and we challenge you to have a dry eye by the end.
- The Riverside Studio quizzes We are all quiz masters extraordinare now. And the best comperes in town are at Hammersmith's Riverside Studios. You have missed Stephen Fry but coming up are Jo Brand, Eddie Izzard and Dara O'Brien. Fortnightly, on Wednesday nights at 6.30pm, family-friendly fare. Tickets are £25 per household but everything goes to ensuring the Riverside Studios can open its doors when this all ends.