One year on..

I haven’t been able to do much of anything recently because our youngest daughter had an ear infection, and then four days later the other daughter had two confirmed covid cases in her class and we had to quarantine until she could be tested (thankfully it was negative), and then two days after they’d both gone back our younger daughter’s creche registered two covid cases and closed for ten days, and then our older daughter got a cold and couldn’t go back to school anyway, so it’s been non-stop childcare and home schooling this month. And now due to the rising cases here, the Belgian government has decided to shut schools a week early for Easter. I’m feeling somewhat broken by it all, and like we are in almost exactly the same place as last year with only the faint light of the vaccine on the horizon, but even that light seems to get further away rather than closer as the roll out has been slow here and a new variant that doesn’t respond to the vaccine could take hold at any time… SIGH.

Anyway, looking at these self portraits that my daughter drew years ago when she was three has helped cheer me up somewhat.

Adventures in Japan

One of my friends moved to Japan a couple of years ago, and this summer she and her family will move again, this time to Texas. For her daughter Anja’s sixth birthday I’ve done her a cartoon of some of the highlights of their time in Japan so she can remember them.

New Years Eve trip

At the end of 2020 we took a little trip to Beauraing in the Ardennes and stayed in a little self-catered apartment attached to the owner’s main home. I don’t think we will ever stay there again as the layout made it quite tricky with the girls and none of us were able to sleep well, but it did at least make us appreciate getting back home to our house when previously we’d been feeling quite cooped up at home! Roll on 2021..

Cartoon diary

One of my new years resolutions is to continue doing a sketch a day in my diary…hoping this year they will be less covid lockdown related more painting and climate action related!

Nicknames

Our second daughter Isabel doesn’t often get called Isabel..