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Dig deep, ditch the G&Ts, and 'return' to home-school

Sarah Caden


Gin and tonic was our ally when all this started but now the chilled glass is starting to be a false friend

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Gin and tonic garnished with lime

Gin and tonic garnished with lime

'Friends sent texts saying they were having their worst days yet, mentally stretched too far by frustrated children one side and cabin-fever cocooners on the other, stuck in the middle telling both, unconvincingly, that everything will be OK'

'Friends sent texts saying they were having their worst days yet, mentally stretched too far by frustrated children one side and cabin-fever cocooners on the other, stuck in the middle telling both, unconvincingly, that everything will be OK'

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Gin and tonic garnished with lime

It suited us to call it three more weeks. Leo made his announcement that we'd be in this state of lockdown until May 5, when he'd be back to us with a further update, and we all chose to think of it as three more weeks.

It wasn't really, of course. The three weeks to May 5 didn't start until last Tuesday, but after Leo stretched restrictions out in front of us two Fridays ago, we played one of those psychological tricks on ourselves, the kind at which we've become expert since March 12.

Call it three weeks.