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Toddler illnesses teach me that I don’t do well cooped up inside all day. Does that make me a tiny little bit like the gypsy Esmeralda, but with not-so-fabulous hair? Do you think if I asked my hairdresser tomorrow for Gypsy Esmeralda hair, she’d be able to work with it? Never mind.

Henry’s on-again-off-again flirtation with hand, foot and mouth virus now seems to be definitely ON, FOREVER, IF DESTROYED STILL TRUE, and the NHS lady seemed to think this meant another spell indoors until my doctor can work out what on earth to do about it. So we cancelled outings again, stayed inside again, danced around with our underpants on top of our pyjamas, and generally wound each other up until we were ready to write rude things on the walls. Did I mention it’s been a week since this thing appeared? Oh, his poor swollen hands look like they’ve been scalded. It’s how I imagine Hermione’s hands to look after the Bubotuber pus incident, remember that? He spends all day with them clasped gingerly together on his lap, like a Jane Austen heroine in petticoats. It makes me sad.

Today, by 2.30pm, we’d had enough, and the two of us went up on the Ridgeway for a spell (Britain’s oldest chalk road, used by prehistoric man and, I assume, many people since). At least we could ramble there without touching other children. He had fun talking back to the sheep and licking chalk off stones, but asked to be carried twice. Definitely not on form.

I suppose if you’re going to be in quarantine anywhere, doing it here isn’t half bad.

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6 thoughts on “Quarantine

  1. I’m trying to work out where you were. My map tells me that we have definitely walked that stretch, and I think I recognise that stretch of hill that Henry’s on. Was it the long hill that goes up to the top of Streatley Hill out of the village, or were you nearer Compton?

    • I think it was the long hill out of Streatley. You come out of Streatley and take a left before the road over the Downs, then right to the end past a golf club. It was definitely a long hill, and we didn’t get as far as Compton. Hard to tell whether Henry or I walk slower at the moment 🙂

      • Ah! Yes, I know where you mean (the golf course helped). That was one of the first ones we did, IIRC. (And I kow what you mean about walking speeds. When Daniel was in the carrier it was sooo much faster…)

  2. Awww… hope and wish Henry gets well soon so he’s off quarantine and can go out as he wishes. This outing seems to have been good for him. And the location is so beautiful. Hope you both got a break from seeing each other all the time. But then your sis is also there, isn’t she?

    • Yep, and she’s been absolutely brilliant – I managed to spend four hours in a hairdresser’s today because she watched him for me 🙂

      No luck with the virus though, sadly – still as bad as ever. Repeat trip to the doctor’s tomorrow!

      • I’ve caught the virus myself and am sneezing and having a blocked nose as well as head. I hope it doesn’t go beyond this, don’t want to take medication at this stage of pregnancy.
        When do we get to see the new hairdo?

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