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Apr
09
Tuesday 7th March – Birth in times of Coronavirus This week I’ve been interviewing women towards the end of their pregnancy, facing the prospect of giving birth during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic. It goes without saying that the usual visits of grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends from the Falla, all so very much of the Spanish culture, are out of the question, but these poor women don’t even know if their partners, the father of the baby, will even be... + read more
Apr
06
Sunday 5th April – our very own Olympics            What better way to get the children off their devices and burning up those calories than with some good healthy competition? And so, the Alfonso Dolan 2020 Olympics were born. It all came about after Sofía complained that she couldn’t sleep well because she wasn’t doing anything all day, wasn’t walking to school, doing PE or going swimming. So, I asked myself, What would... + read more
Apr
03
Friday 3rd April – third week of confinement completed We’ve been in lockdown for three weeks now and after so much time in confinement, the days become rather a blur. The children have become a bit wild, mealtimes kind of erratic and personal hygiene among some members of our household, well, the less said about that perhaps the better. Mr A and I try to set standards, we get dressed, almost, as if we were going to work. In my case it’s from the waist up; I try to make... + read more
Apr
02
Wednesday 1st April Today brings another record number of deaths in Spain with 864 people losing their lives in the past 24 hours. We’re becoming used to these figures now, but we have to stop and remember that each and every one is a person, a grandmother, a father, a husband. In general, this disease hits old people far harder than any other part of the population. On the news we’ve heard about a case of a 16-year-old girl in France dying and yesterday a 13-year-old boy in East... + read more
Mar
31
Monday 30th March -  Home schooling Week Two After the clocks went back at the weekend, getting up for our second week of home schooling came hard. The teachers are relentless and another load of ‘tareas’ fell into our inboxes. It seems that the teachers, and I’m one of them, are under pressure to send enough work to keep their students busy from the moment they wake up until the moment they go to bed. Honestly, a couple of hours of telly or an afternoon of playing... + read more

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