January 13, 2021

Snippets & Snapshots | In 2020...

The main thing anyone will remember from 2020, naturally, is living through a pandemic; COVID-19 totally altered life from early spring onwards here in the UK.

For most of the year we stayed home, only taking walks locally, however early in January when the country seemed like an entirely different place, Alexander & I took a trip into Cardiff to visit the National Museum.

We had other plans throughout the year, including a trip to the coast in late spring, however of course we put a stop to all of these in order to stay home, protect, and stay safe. The outdoors is a happy place for us, and so a number of local walks have been taken - however usually early in the morning in order to avoid the crowds. Three years ago now we settled into our house, seeking this location due to many useful things nearby, including an abundance of trails practically on our doorstep, and honestly in 2020, we couldn't have been more appreciative of that.

Although the majority of our time was spent at home, as mentioned. 

Nathan was set up to work from home (we are so fortunate & thankful that his job transitioned to working from home fairly easily) and Alexander also spent a large portion of the school year learning from home. Distance learning was quite the learning curve for us to approach, however we soon found a rhythm that worked for us, with Alexander learning from home March until the big six week school holiday that starts in July.

When not learning, our time looked a lot like this.

Lockdown celebrations for this year included our 3rd wedding anniversary (9th as a couple), Nathan & I turned 29, and Alexander turned 7.

I read 116 books over the course of the year.

Alexander did return to in person schooling at the start of the new school year in autumn, and whilst hesitant about this, it did feel like the right thing to do (for many reasons).

The return to a school setting was the first time our household had truly mixed beyond the three of us... We have only had two sets of tradesmen in our home since March and seeing family has all been at a distance - and very rare. We have seen my mum less than handful of times, as she has dropped things off at our front door, but beyond that we have seen no family for the year. It is sad, of course, but what needs to be done.

We haven't done as much as usual - outings, walks, family visits - and so a lot of the photos found on my camera have been from through the window; moons & clouds feature a lot. 

Despite 2020 not looking the way anyone could have imagined, we are moving into 2021 hopeful.


  1. ...Jade it was wonderful to see your post on my reader list. My best wishes to you and your family for a healthy and bright 2021.

    1. Ah, thank you Tom - I definitely meant to post earlier on in 2021, but life eh! I am going to try to return to more regular blogging this year... Fingers crossed!!

      Many thanks - & to you!

  2. Replies
    1. Oh gosh, it feels like a lifetime ago that we saw those exhibits!

  3. Hello dear Jade, what a beautiful and interesting post! I love that jigsaw puzzle! :)
    Thank you for your kind comment. We have some health issues in our family now. I'm looking forward to reading your posts with more time.
    Take care!

    1. Ah, thank you Sara.

      I am sorry to hear of the health issues - I will be keeping you & your family in my thoughts.

  4. Nice to see you don't show video games, that was downfall in our family, one Son went to Uni and became a games designer not that he does that now. Like the photos

    1. Oh gosh! Yes, minimal screen time in our household.

      Thank you.


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