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Day Twenty-Nine

April 17th. Today, we collected more Easter Eggs from my friends to give to the NHS. It was amazing seeing how many eggs were being handed to us from our friends! We then went to collect chocolate from Mail Box Etc who acted as a drop-off point for us, they had to put all the…

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Day Twenty-Eight

April 16th. My Dad and I went for my ‘One a Day’ exercise. We cycled to a path around Manchester Airport, and found what felt like a hidden world. Lots of tiny paths, often riding right next to the runway, and even found a massive secret tunnel under the runway. It is amazing what is…

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Day Twenty-Seven

April 15th.  My plan to give Chocolate Eggs to the NHS has gone really well, and I MADE HEADLINE NEWS – http://www.wilmslow.co.uk/news/article/20217/a-sweet-idea-to-show-your-support-for-the-nhs I messaged lots of my friends and everyone that has any eggs left has brought them round (at a distance!), other people have bought some eggs, we’ve collected some others and more have…

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Day Twenty-Six

April 14th.  I’ve decided to give the rest of my Easter Eggs to the NHS doctors & nurses who are fighting the Coronavirus. My Daddy is an ambassador at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity so has set it up though them to reach the Doctors and Nurses on the frontline. I got the idea from…

#TreatTheNHS

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Day Twenty-Five

April 13th.  I sat and videoed a few more stories today for Ava Reads, and read through all the comments from my younger friends. Thank you. Some of you asked what I was like when I was KG/Reception age. So I asked my Daddy to find some pictures. I hope you like them! I also…

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Day Twenty-Four

April 12th.  Happy Easter! Today was a fun but different Easter Sunday. I still had an Easter Egg Hunt even though this time my daddy did it, not the Easter Bunny (I think he was social distancing). Easter felt the same though. We walked my dog in the morning sunshine and saw lots of people…

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Day Twenty-Three

April 11th.  On my one a day exercise today, my daddy and I went to collect some reading books from my friends Alice and Charlotte to read on my Ava Reads section. It was so nice to see them, they made me laugh so much! They are so funny, and so cute! It made me realise, I love…

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Day Twenty-Two

April 10th.  Sat in my garden today, thinking about our clapping last night for the NHS. My neighbour has challenged us to see who can clap the loudest next week (my dad has already found a clapping crowd noise to connect to his Bluetooth speaker…!) It also made me think about the 1,000’s of doctors…

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Day Twenty-One

April 9th. Another sunny day. Another day in the garden. Another day forgetting about Covid-19. I played with my next-door neighbour, over the fence! He is only 3 years old but I had lots of fun. We played catch and laughed as my chihuahua tried to join in. We watch the news several times a…

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Day Twenty

April 8th. I spent this morning recording new stories for my Ava Reads page. I’d run out of books, but my friends Elsa (4) and Aggie (2) have lent me some, so I could record another four today. I really enjoy recording them, and really enjoy getting the comments back from the ‘Littlies’ that watch…

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Day Nineteen

April 7th. Today actually felt like a school holiday (although I don’t think my Mum remembered, still loaded me up with French, Singing and Piano). But it was a relaxed day.  I did P.E with Joe Wicks with my close friend Amelie via FaceTime, got to sit out in the sunshine and went on a…

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Day Eighteen

April 6th. Today we made Brownies. Definitely an essential food for lockdown/isolation. I’ve put the recipe below, its flour-less and Dairy-Free, but they are the nicest, goo-iest Brownies ever, and really easy to make. It took 10 minutes to make and 30 minutes to bake. They are so good, there is only one small piece…

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Day Seventeen

April 5th. It was my Grannie’s birthday today, my Daddy’s Mum. Of course, we couldn’t see her, but instead my Daddy arranged for a Zoom call with us, them and my family from Chicago. He arranged for a bottle of Champagne to be sent to his parent’s house so we could all toast my Grannie…

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Day Sixteen

April 4th. We should have been going to Chicago today. And going to Disneyland Florida while we were there. My cousins have lived in Chicago for over 8 years. I don’t remember them not living there. I only get to see them once a year, sometimes twice. I look forward to our trips SO much,…

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Day Fifteen

April 3rd. Today was the last day of ‘school’ before the Easter holiday. We usually end the Lent Term with an Easter Egg hunt as well as the celebration for the end of the School Production; instead we finished the term by signing off our computers, not sure if the new term would see us…

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Day Fourteen

April 2nd. Today I wanted to make just a little difference. I realised that every Friday I usually read to the younger children at my school. I missed it. So I recorded my reading a Little Miss book on my phone and got my Daddy to send it out to some of the parents of…

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Day Thirteen

April 1st. April Fools Day. Wouldn’t it be nice if this thing was just one big prank? We usually love April Fools Day in our house, my Daddy and I trying to out trick each other. But today, nothing would seem unbelievable after Covid-19. It still doesn’t feel real to me, or to anyone really.…

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Day Twelve

March 31st. Today would have been the opening night of my school production, Grease. We auditioned and were cast back in early February and had been rehearsing ever since. This would have been the highlight of my year.  I was playing Rizzo, it was my dream part as I could put some real life and swagger into…

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Day Eleven

March 30th. Week two of our online schooling. It actually gave me some comfort to have a familiar routine and be with a familiar group of people. It’s funny, even though we are only together ‘virtually’, it is like being in the class. The funny ones are still funny. The naughty ones, are still naughty.…

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Day Ten

March 29th. We had a very relaxed day today. My mum and I had a long lie-in while my daddy went out on his bike for his one-a-day exercise. We watched ‘Music with Myleene’ on YouTube, we both did a Joe Wicks workout and watched few mini-concerts that pop stars had put on Instagram and…

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Day Nine

March 28th. Our first lockdown weekend. Today, my daddy and I went out for our ‘one a day’ exercise. As we went passed our local Waitrose, there was a queue all the way around the carpark. Same with our butcher. People were wearing masks, and everyone was spread out across the pavement keeping 2 metres…

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Day Eight

March 27th It’s been a week since we finished school. Our first week of home-school. Our first week of isolation. Our first week of really understanding how serious this is becoming. It’s also been my first week of doing Joe Wicks PE-workout. My first week of going out everyday with my daddy cycling. My first…

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Day Seven

March 26th. Today was very similar to yesterday. Our new normal. It felt even more normal. At least it was still sunny. You could see it helped everyone’s mood and mental health, especially when we were doing our ‘one a day exercise’, everyone actually looked happy and said hello. So nice. Even nicer, my daddy…

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Day Six

March 25th. This is the new normal. Don’t go outside unless it’s absolutely necessary….or for your ‘one a day’ exercise. It’s already a bit like Groundhog Day. Wake up. Look at the news. Eat breakfast. Take vitamins. Log on ready for school. Do School. Finish School. Do my daily exercise. Eat Dinner. Talk about our…

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Day Five

March 24th. My first day of full Lockdown. Everywhere was so quiet. It didn’t really change what we did, my family hasn’t really been going out since school got cancelled last Friday, but it feels different. I did my school lessons and my Daddy worked. It really helped that it was warm and sunny, so…

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Day Four

March 23rd. Today was my first day of online school. We have a full day timetable, with morning break and lunchtime (but no School Dinner, which may be a good thing 😉 ) It was very strange and quite good fun, I was with my class, chatting with them, and the teacher, but whilst sat…

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Day Three

March 22nd. Today was Mother’s Day, although it didn’t feel like it. We usually see my grandparents, but at the last minute decided we couldn’t as they are in their 80s. We were stuck inside the house for most of the day, with just a short walk with the dog to get some fresh air,…

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Day Two

21st March. I am feeling a little bit better today, better than yesterday anyway. We went to the supermarket with my daddy to get some food for my Mummy’s parents; they’re 83 years old and shouldn’t be going out. We arrived at M&S; the car park was almost full! The shop had only been open for…

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Day One

20th March. Today was my last day at school before the Covid-19 break but it shouldn’t be. We should still have two weeks before the Easter holiday. Instead we are off school, with almost no notice. I still don’t believe it. Even worse, it could be the last day of the academic year, which means it…

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