This is my diary. I spend 10 minutes writing it a day but sometimes I don't write in it and that's OK. It's fun because I can write about what I did, what I'm thinking about, and also how I feel that day.
1) Write the date
2) Write Dear diary
3) Say what has happened that day in chronological order - what did you do? how did you feel?
4) Any wishes or hopes for tomorrow?
5) Draw a picture and decorate it.
Monday 1st June, 2020
You poor neglected old thing. I haven't written in you, let alone thought about you for such a long time - one month to be exact! It was only when Annie sent me a message this morning answering some of the questions I'd asked that I realised you still existed! Poor, neglected, old you.
When I was younger - most definitely the children in Year 2's age, I kept a diary. In fact, I have always kept a diary and I still do. Sometimes I look back at what I have written over the years - years and years (because as you know I'm very old so there are many, many diaries that I have written in) and it makes me happy to see what I have done or how I felt. Sometimes I could have been sad about something and sometimes I could have been very happy about something. But I can can look back at those memories and reflect on what life was like. This will be an interesting time to look back on. Who would have thought we would be in a lockdown and not be able to see family members and not go to school?!
Back to business though. What's been happening? I have been neglecting my exercise so I'm going to need some inspiration from the Year 2 children. We all need to motivate each other. I wonder what they've been doing to keep themselves healthy? I have also been spending a lot of time in nature. Near my house are some beautiful woodlands and I spend a lot of time in there. I've also seen baby swans! Contrary to the popular story called the ugly duckling they were beautiful! I have a picture of them below.
Who knows what a baby swan is called?
Good bye diary. I will write in you soon. I promise!
Friday 1st May, 2020
I have just noticed that my diary is not daily anymore but weekly. It was my brother's birthday yesterday and we called him on Facetime. He made a very delicious dinner, however; there is one thing you should know about my brother.... He is a very slow cook. Very slow. For example, cooking poached eggs takes him 2 hours. Eggs normally take about 2.5 - 4 minutes to cook! But he cooks all kinds of exciting things. For his birthday he started with octopus - I know Sienna would have loved that - and then they had some scallops which looked like they had mouse droppings on top. After that, I think he ran out of time because it was too late - perhaps 11pm. They must have all gone to bed hungry!
Yesterday, we got to talking about a mountain called Table Mountain in South Africa. On the top of the mountain is a chubby, sun-loving rat called a dassie. They love to sunbathe! My brother asked me this question:
Q: What is the closest relative to a dassie?
Can you find it out?
Friday 24th April, 2020
What a week! I have seen so many cool things this week, I can't quite believe it. Two days ago I saw a bird of prey swoop through the garden - it may have been a sparrow hawk. He was so fast I couldn't quite see. Normally, I only ever see them high in the sky.
Two days ago, I went for a jog along the canal and I saw two herons. I think that animals are becoming more common as there are less people around to disturb them. Another day, on my walk, I saw a big, fat FROG!
On Tuesday, we had the surprise birthday. This is a picture of the cake that we made. Like I said, it's covered in unicorns and clouds! Not my choice but It ended up looking quite good. The taste however was something else! It is delicious.
We also planted lots of vegetables. I will take a picture of them to show you how they are doing but we have peas, cabbages, Swiss chard, chillis and some aubergine. I hope the naughty magpies and squirrels don't eat them all!
Well, it's the weekend and I'm looking forward to it.
Lots of love,
Monday 20th April, 2020
It's the first day of the SUMMER TERM!!!!! I'm so excited. I have just been updating our class page and I hope that some of the children will soon start to send in pictures of what they've been doing at home so we can share with each other.
Later today I am going to bake a cake. It's called a Guinness Chocolate Cake. It is my boyfriend's birthday tomorrow so SOMEHOW, I have to make it without him knowing as it's a surprise. Very annoyingly, he is working in the kitchen. I will have to ask him to work in the bathroom for 5 hours! Also, I bought him a present and it still hasn't arrived. Oh well. I will have to make something like a junk model robot. I hope he likes it - it could go either way. I could find some boxes, toilet tubes, beans - I don't know. I'm sure I can make something that he might like. I remember that once Genevieve made a superb rain shaker. Maybe I could make something like that. Olivia did it too actually. Yes, I will make a rain shaker/maker.
I will tell you what happens soon.
Friday 17th April, 2020
This week has been very quiet. I went out for a bike ride and saw literally no one. It's crazy how quiet the streets are and how silent the towns have become. I thought I might hear people running around in their gardens or talking out of their windows but everyone seems to be quiet.
I was thinking of new things to learn and practise whilst I am at home. I have decided to learn something new - maybe karate or yoga! I will have a think and see what I can find to do online that will help me.
I have been looking at lots of art on the Tate website. Just before we had to stay in our houses, I joined the Tate so I can now see lots of art work there. I wonder if I can show the Year 2 children some of the activities.
The squirrels in the garden are being very, very naughty. I put up a bird feeder and the small birds loved it until that naughty squirrel came and knocked it down and ate all the food! They are very cunning and very clever those little squirrels.
I was thinking that I would love to see some of the work that the Year 2 children are doing. I will try to find a way for them to send me some of their activities and work that I have been setting them and they can take pictures. I will see if I can post it on this website.
Lots of love,
Friday 10th May, 2020
I have just seen that I haven't written in you for a VERY long time. I was so pleased to talk to all the Year 2 children on Thursday. Sebastian told me that he is writing in his diary every day. I am so impressed with him. Sienna showed us Hetty the hamster and Oscar showed us his cat. I think he is Oscar's cat.
Last Wednesday, I put up a little bird house in the garden and on Thursday I saw very quietly and watched to see if anything would come and visit it. I waited and waited and waited and waited and... A LITTLE BLUE TIT arrived. I wonder if the Year 2 children know what Blue Tit looks like. I bet they could draw a really beautiful picture of one. There are two Blue Tit's who are now visiting the house and I think they are making a little next and will lay their eggs in the house.
Today I am going to do a science experiment with the three girls here. They all said hello to the Year 2 children yesterday when we spoke!
Oh no! I have just seen that it is time for Joe Wicks. He is doing Fancy Dress Friday exercise and we are going to wear something funny.
Tuesday 1st April, 2020
Yesterday I played so many jokes on people! We put a pretend cockroach on a lamp in the house and waited for someone to turn the light on. When they did they screamed so loudly - we laughed so much. We also drew a picture of a leek - the vegetable. We put it under the sink in the kitchen and said, "There's a leek under the sink!" My boyfriend came running in and said, "Where is the leek? Where?!" It took him ages before he realised that we were talking about a vegetable. Leek - the vegetable and leak - as in a water leak.
Hmmmm.... What are words called when they have the same sound but a different spelling and a different meaning? Like... bat - the animal and bat - a cricket bat... I can't remember. I wonder if the children at school would know.
After that, we went for a bike ride by a canal. It was quite cold under the shade of the trees but cycling raised our body temperature and got us warm much quicker. Because we were by a river, there was lots of nature. I heard a woodpecker but I couldn't see him anywhere. All of a sudden, an enormous bird sprung from the reeds in the river. It was a heron and he was enormous!
That night we had some chicken for dinner with lots of vegetables and we played Trivial Pursuit. It is a kids and adults version. My team won! We were all very pleased with ourselves.
Monday 31st March, 2020
This weekend was a funny one. All of a sudden, the weather has become so cold. I didn't do my daily exercise workout but that's OK because I am doing it today! At least I will do after my breakfast.
On Saturday I cycled to Crystal Palace which is near to where I live.
Crystal Palace is where Prince Albert hosted the Great Exhibition in 1851 (it was actually first in central London). People from all around the world came here to show off what they were good at. For example they brought tractors and machines. I bet they even bought an ice cream making machine! Can you believe that 6 million people visited the Great Exhibition? That was nearly a third of the population of the United Kingdom! I wonder how many people there are in the United Kingdom today?
Oh! Did you know that there are dinosaurs in Crystal Palace?! I couldn't believe it!
Monday is coming soon and I will be back to doing my daily exercise with Joe Wicks. I wonder if the children at school are doing it too?
Tuesday 24th March, 2020
Today I felt very energetic and I started my day with some exercise. Wow! I felt so much better after that although I did need to drink a lot of water.
After that, I read my book. It's a really interesting book about a young man who goes traveling in North America and then decides to take a trip into Alaska. He's a very curious character. I wonder what it would be like to travel around Alaska? What is the weather like there? I wonder if there are wolves there? I don't know but maybe I can find out. I could look it up on the internet perhaps.
For lunch I made a soup with lots of vegetables and noodles. I put a lot of chilli sauce on top (because I LOVE spicy food) but not too much though because I don't like it when I burn my tongue!
I hope it's a nice day again tomorrow. I'm thinking of all you children and what you're doing. I'm so excited to read your diaries!
Monday 23rd March, 2020
Today has been a very interesting day. I can't believe it but I didn't actually go to school!
First thing this morning, I spoke to my grandma on the phone for a very long time. She told me that she had watered the flowers in her garden and made a delicious, tasty sandwich.
Later that day, I went for a short walk. It was a warm, sunny day and pink blossom was on the trees. I thought that they looked like candy floss or little pink pompoms.
Lastly, I spent some time in my garden. In the garden, I have two little robins and I think that they are brothers because they squabble all the time!
I hope the weather is sunny again tomorrow.