A week later…

It’s been a week now since the lock-down was announced. We baked a ginger cake to commemorate this. I am used to working from home (wfh) and since Mr M has been working part time, he too has taken to wfh like fish to water. I will have to see what impact it has on him in another week.

With my work, we were able to replace an exam with a coursework and get the semester done, create some resources for school students for offline activities etc. Lots of work done in a week tbh. I am sure it is going to calm down a bit in another week. Keeping the children engaged and interested after a couple of weeks is going to be challenging. My second niece who is just 9 years old was horrified at the thought that she can do some learning at home. “We have got some respite from learning now, why would anyone want to learn when we can enjoy playing all day long?” she asked me. I am pretty sure, after a few more days of fighting with her sister, even their rivalry will become boring for her 😀 (fingers crossed). As for the elders, my mom is going crazy having to separate those two fighting all day long.

When this is all over, I am sure some of my colleagues who are experiencing remote working for the first time (since most of them finished studies very recently) would find it very boring to get up and get ready for work 😉 Even more boring to face people in person and not via Zoom or Skype! My only fear is I might end up putting on some weight because after a while there is nothing more to do and while watching TV I love snacking. I am making a conscious effort to be very good and use my Wii for my exercises.

Hope everyone is staying safe and keeping their distances. The restrictions are going to be more severe, which is essential. Keep healthy and keep smiling. We can get through this only by holding on to hope and some common sense.

End of an Era

As of today, we finished watching all the episodes of Agatha Christie’s Poirot starring David Suchet. We have always liked a good detective series and Agatha Christie’s is one of the best. It was bitter sweet to see it end. What will we do for our Sunday afternoon viewing now 😦 ?

Poirot, Hastings, Japp, and Ms Lemon made such a good team. They were always good fun. There was a subtle humor in the earlier series. The encounters between Japp and Poirot were so funny sometimes. As the series moved towards the late 90’s, it started becoming slightly darker. Hastings, Japp and Lemon are replaced with Ms Oliver, who is OK, but I preferred Hastings and Lemon by Poirot’s side. We were glad to see Hastings make a comeback for the last one and all of them get together in a couple of episodes before. We missed the humor in the later ones as it became darker and darker. The series was brilliant and the darkness suited the episodes well but I guess I wanted to see Hastings and Japp more 😉

I haven’t read any of the books depicted in the series (except may be a couple) but one day I would love to read all of them and then re-watch the episodes again. This is one series which I can watch again and again and never get tired of it.

I am sad to see it end but glad to have watched it all. Until next time, old chap!

Mischief Managed

After close to two months of solid effort and losing some of his precious hair, Mr M finally completed his Christmas gift jigsaw puzzle, Marauders Map. It was hard work but it was fun to watch it take shape. I wish I could have it framed but it is too big, sadly.

Well done, Mr M. Mischief managed.

First Rugby Live

Yesterday we went to see our first Rugby match at Liberty Stadium in Swansea. The first thing Mr M booked when we moved here in January was the tickets to this Rugby Match where Ospreys were playing Munster. He was so chuffed when we got the tickets.

We weren’t expecting a huge crowd for this game as all the key players are playing at the 6 Nations now but we had a good 5432 in attendance (and no, I did not make that up. That was what was shown on the screen yesterday)

This is my first time in a Football/Rugby stadium and I was quite impressed by it. It was big yet still, we were close enough to see the happenings very clearly. It felt like an indoor stadium given the time of the day. Thanks to the wonderful weather it went very well. With respect to fans, there were only a handful of Munster supporters. We were located in an area which was full of Osprey fans and it was quite amusing to hear the frustrated shouts of Osprey fans. There were a few just behind us and they didn’t shy away from expressing their views on the referee.

When I watched a rugby match on TV, I thought it was bloody and painful. It must hurt the players so much, I thought. I still think that, but it didn’t feel that gory when I watched it live. Maybe because I got lost in the game that I didn’t think of such things at that time. It is quite a fast-paced game too. I didn’t realize that.

It was an evenly matched game, according to Mr M and the Osprey mascot was upset when people started leaving a couple of minutes short of the end. Mr M was very happy that Munster won the game given that it was his first Rugby match live. Here in Wales, we might have a chance of getting a ticket in future for more prolific matches.

Hopefully, we will be able to see more matches live in the future and I will able be use my camera next time.