So, it was time to continue where we ended up with the photo series Life in Quarantine and Working from home
Day 8 of the lockdown and the question is how to deal with some major issues. How to make sure that not everything sticks? Another problem: How to glue a dinner plate? Now that the essential shops are closed, you have to order things like these online. But, it will take too long for the order to arrive and soon it’s time for Christmas dinner…
The ninth day of the lockdown made me apologize. The queues at the supermarkets were too busy. Shopping online to order from the supermarket learned that they were able to deliver groceries in February 2021. But don’t worry, my children can always choose! Supper for Christmas Eve was no exception.
This sums it up well … A first day of homeschooling …
Day 20 of our lockdown, by the way. I had to think about the exact day for a moment, because I have lost sense of time.
My son found out that he was free according to his roster – which we said he should check out earlier. Daughter did her school work, including a teams meeting, in an hour and a half.
For my better-half I installed a place to seek refuge… ehm, a place for her online meetings. On the landing. Mine was the kitchen. There was coffee and beer there..
When is the holiday ?!
Lockdown day 39: Cashing! Cashing! Cashing! Tonight it is time for the Curfew in the Netherlands.⠀
“That’s right madam, this model will let itself out All you have to do is walk around with a dog leash.”⠀
“No, unfortunately sir. We have no more available places at eleven! We still have a place at three o’clock tonight… ”⠀
After I posted the photos made possible with the help of the occasional sponsor Insta Clone (for guaranteed result) I received some questions. Questions that were about the reliability of the photos in the series Lockdown 2.0. Some felt that these photos weren’t matching the reality of our lives in lockdown. ⠀
From now on, I decided to post only reliable photos. Newsworthy photos with high journalistic content. That goes without saying.⠀
In short, lockdown day 44: He’s always in the way. All the time.⠀
Lockdown day 45: Continue unperturbed.
Inspired by the photo series about our life in lockdown, the employer of my better-half decided it my other half’s employer decided to start a competition. So that those who worked from home were able to show their workplace. We decided it was a good moment to think about a new workplace.
Lockdown day 47…
It was nice this weekend counting birds in the backyard (see previous post), but how to get rid of this one? The children insisted he had to come into the house…
A Maximum one guest per day, according to what the Dutch government said earlier. But grandma already paid us a visit!
Another Monday, another Month. February 1st. Just seven more days before the schools are re-opening in The Netherlands, if all goes well. ⠀
Monday. The day that you can suddenly realise that you want nothing more than to lie down. Talk about a ‘hard lockdown.’ ⠀
No inspiration? That’s right. We adapted to this Monday. The 48th day of the lockdown by the way. ⠀
Was there a reason to celebrate after the Dutch government made clear that the schools are reopening? Was there no reason? Or was there? Or just a little?⠀
All of this keeps on amazing us. One year ago, I couldn’t have imagined all of this. Especially that we would have a lockdown visit by… well, what is it exactly? It’s just one visitor per day.
Day 52 - "Warmetruiendag"
It was “Warmetruiendag” (Warm Sweater Day) in The Netherlands.
Something tells me the planning could have been a bit better …⠀
Harm’s tip: switch off the heater, put on sweaters. Instead of turning the heat off, find out that there are no sweaters and they still have to knit thanks to the lockdown. Only to find out that you really can’t knit …⠀
“We” reached photo number 55. It was 55 days ago that the lockdown in The Netherlands started. I started the photo series “Lockdown 2.0.” If you count the photos in the first two series (2020), it makes a total of 155 photos.
The children go back to school. Tomorrow one will go to school. The other has to work from home until Wednesday. This Monday, schools were closed due to the weather.
As the schools are reopening, you can ask me the question of what I will do when it comes down to this photo series.
For the parents, there will be little change. The lockdown is pretty much in effect. The measures will continue until March, including a curfew between 21.00 and 4.30. We will see what happens after that. This isn’t an answer to the question…
Many photos I posted as “De Goede Huisvader” showed life with homeschooling and working from home. It wasn’t about likes. It was to poke the Dragon (in Dutch this is way better, sorry that). This Dragon is the virus. People don’t have to be sick to be affected by it. The photo series was always intended to make you laugh or smile for a moment, however, short the moment. Indeed, sometimes it was not quite (or not at all) a reflection of our lives. A life that has changed radically since March last year. But that applies to more people. I will leave aside what all this meant for my activities as a photographer and writer. I can tell you that it is sometimes difficult for someone who was used to travelling for work (my better-half). She works very hard to find solutions for hospitals and health institutions (among others) to ensure that she does not have to say “no” when asked for protective equipment (mouth masks, gloves etc) the umpteenth time. No, that is no heavier than an entrepreneur who has had to close the doors completely. A photo series like I make is not a solution for that. If only I had a solution, I would have shared it with love.
Because I notice that the photos are liked, I will continue. Until when I don’t know. If this can be my (small) contribution, then I think I should do it. Unfortunately, I can’t do more.
Schools were closed today. Three guesses where I brought the table, chairs and the map and who came along …
After weeks of homeschooling at the table, it was finally time. The moment that the children went back to school? No, it was the moment when one of them went to school and the table could be used for other purposes.
As of Wednesday 09-02-2021 both children went to school.
You might wonder: “Where was your better-half?” She worked in an igloo.
Lockdown Day 66 – Today it was not possible to homeschool (it was not necessary, because one child was free and the other child only had classes in the morning) or to work from home. This one was on the table displaying a letter all day long. A letter from the new school. The letter was also appreciated by the dog, as you can see at the edges …
Experts warn us about the possibility that children may fall behind due to the period of homeschooling as we’ve experienced before. That’s why we cancelled the vacation and it’s time for homeschooling. Even on a Saturday.
Let’s start with history.
Warning, this photo contains subtle voting advice…
Two conclusions that you make on the 76th day of the lockdown:
1. The parcel deliverer knows your name. Maybe you order too much online …
2. Receiving a package on behalf of your neighbours is not the same as looking at what’s in it …
The question is of course how you are going to explain that one package has already been opened (a bit) …
Not because you’re a girl, you can’t. Not because you’re a girl can you do it. You can do it because you are human. Coincidentally a girl, later a woman. You cannot be stopped because you are a girl or a woman. You are human and you count!⠀
If you now would be so kind to step off the table, because your father needs to work. ⠀
Believe in your strength. You have the option to do that. Not every girl or woman is allowed this. Stopped by boys or men. Just because they think they are more important. They are not.⠀
Day 83 of the Lockdown in the Netherlands coincides with International Women’s Day 2021.⠀
Towards an equal world! In all perspectives!⠀⠀
It’s day 86 and it’s never a dull moment during this lockdown. Well, it’s not so much of a lockdown for the children. They can escape their parents by going to school.
It’s time to test coffee! The outcome: we can’t tell you what coffee is the best coffee. We can tell you that for the next seven days sleeping is optional.
Happy Lockdown to you
Happy Lockdown to you
One year ago it all started in The Netherlands. We loosened the measures and the lockdown was lifted. This made me pause the photo series. I started again in December 2020. This is photo 91, so garlands.
Or were these garlands for the upcoming elections in The Netherlands? I can vote tomorrow. I wonder if I’m completely ready. What do you think: is this Corona proof?
First things first: memorising the list with candidates. Not easy with 39 political parties. Or aren’t they going to question you verbally while you’re voting about who exactly is on the list?
Starting from the moment she arrived home after school, I was notified every 30 minutes that her birthday is tomorrow. Always helpful when working from home. As soon as I stopped answering her outcries, she decided to write it down.
The t-shirt? A Dutch political party. She used the internet to do a test and ended up with the same advise as the party my better-half and I voted for. She did this test al by herself.
It’s sad, because it will be her second lockdown birthday.
A year ago today, the adventure of capturing life in lockdown began. Two more pictures, then it is time for the hundredth picture. So the question for you is: what would you like to see from life in lockdown here at home?!
Since the basin in the living room was not such a big success, it was time for something else. Let’s hope she likes this. She was less enthusiastic about the water …
You have been waiting for this one all day… At least, when you’re in the same time zone as I am. I hope it wasn’t a hard day….
Yes indeed, waiting all day and photo 99 is here. What a photo! Everything is possible in this house!
99 days of lockdown in The Netherlands. I know that many other countries are dealing with lockdowns. Some even more strict than the lockdown in The Netherlands. Last night our PM informed us the lockdown will be prolonged. Just like in the country I live in, it’s also hard and difficult. I wish I had some words for you. Something that will help you. To a period in time where there are no lockdowns. I don’t have the right words. I do have a visitor for you. One that visited me this afternoon. To show what he can do. Yes, everything is possible in this house and on the table!
Tomorrow it’s time for photo 100. Interesting: this is another day of homeschooling. What a coincidence!
This is the one. Photo 100 in the series Lockdown 2.0 series.
Lockdown day 101 – foto 98
Let these figures sink in for a moment. Are you new ‘here’, check the previous photo. When you are following for a longer time, also check the previous photo and then this one again.
Yes, my daughter can count. I can’t. I have other qualities. Vacuuming, for example.
Translation of the text: “Number of photos: 97. Number of Days: 100. Where are the other three?”
We are still in the process of redecorating our living room. Today I suggested to go for a completely new approach. Not everything turned out right, as you can see (map)….
Sometimes I have no clue what happens here in our living room. What I do know: This is photo 100.
I could write a beautiful story about the how and why, but I’m pretty sure that I already did this…
Which one should I choose?
“No dear, it was always there. You simply didn’t notice it before.”
“The dog. It must have been the dog!”
“What hole? I don’t see a hole. There’s no hole.”
“That only makes the map more beautiful.”
Or just go with: “Well, you never guess what happened to me today!”