Would you believe I nearly forgot to write an update post this week? The days feel as if they are flying by here at the moment but I feel as if I am getting nothing done most of the time.

The boys started back to their school work this week and it has gone even better than I expected. My older son and his class have set daily lessons to complete and have finally got well settled in online. The constant connections to his friends are keeping him very motivated and working hard.  My younger son is perhaps a little more distracted than he was previously. However, he has already finished reading the book they were supposed to work through over the next two weeks, and has been having great fun with some of the growing experiments they had to work on.

Growing Sprouts | Mud, Pies and Pins

My own work has been particularly busy and I must admit I am really missing my commuting down-time. Maybe I should just sit on the stairs and sew for a time each day on my way to and from my office to make up for it?

I am sewing away on my Countdown Quilt blocks whenever I can find the time and am about to start in on the last set of planned blocks. I should have been at this point a few weeks back, but I’m there now, which is all that matters. I am determined to keep up my current momentum and get the planned blocks finished to schedule.

Countdown Quilt Blocks | Mud, Pies and Pins

My cross stitch has also progressed well this week. Miss Mouse, or more correctly Hunca Munca from Beatrix Potter’s Tale of Two Bad Mice,  is almost finished. She still needs some details and outlining and I hope to get to that at the weekend.

Hunca Munca cross stitch  | Mud, Pies and Pins

This week I have also been baking lots more bread. Last week I challenged myself to try one new bread bake each day so over the course of the seven days I managed to try Gipfeli (the Swiss version of croissants), Weggli (soft butter rolls, again a traditional Swiss bake),  ciabatta rolls, focaccia, Semmeli (crusty white rolls), overnight no knead rolls and then Laugenbretzel (as pretzels are known here) to finish. I kept all the quantities small so that each bake was easily finished in a day and I find that I have really gotten into the habit of baking something each day now.

Pizza bread | Mud, Pies and Pins

We have one more week of remote schooling to go and then the boys should be heading back to school on May 11th. There is quite an easing of the lockdown measures planned here for that date with shops, restaurants, museums and libraries also reopening as well as a return to sporting activities being allowed. It will not be business as usual for anyone as we still have to maintain social distancing and hygiene measures, are still not allowed gather in groups of more than 5 people and, as homeoffice is still encouraged, I will keep working from home.

Garden mole ornament | Mud, Pies and Pins

For us all the changes really mean is that, other than then the boys getting back to school, things will not be too different in this house for at least another month. We will still be keeping to ourselves, will only really be leaving the house when necessary, and we will hopefully continue to make the most of our garden space which is getting some much-needed rain this week. It is tough and we miss our family and friends a lot, but it feels as if there is a definite light at the end of the tunnel now and we are looking forward to the days when we can all get back together again.

Until next week, stay home and stay safe!

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