Homework – A Dad trying to cope with the loss of his Partner and becoming a single parent. – Single Dad, Parents Article

The hardy old rose bush right next to the front door. Against all the odds, it just keeps on giving. In a few hours the school at home project restarts again. One more 7 week push before we finally arrive at the summer holidays. What kind of Britain will it be? The old normal, the new normal or something else. This afternoon was glorious. Hot (for here) and sunny. Unbelievably not a single cloud all day. This is Yorkshire remember.…

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Dear John – A Dad trying to cope with the loss of his Partner and becoming a single parent. – Single Dad, Parents Article

I seem to have upset someone with my last post. The person clearly didn’t want his name mentioning. Sorry I blocked you John. I assume that’s his name from the email address. My finger must have slipped. Ok John, to help hide your identity how about I call you something like Dork Head. According to my new friend, I apparently was disrespectful to the President of the United States. Really…. I must have missed that one. I was also patronising…

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Get my head round – A Dad trying to cope with the loss of his Partner and becoming a single parent. – Single Dad, Parents Article

The sun is shining. It’s still cold but we will settle for this. So it’s almost official. School has emailed parents to say that looking at the latest government guidance – which apparently isn’t much – only some Primary pupils and those sitting final exams next year will get any direct teaching over the next few months. The earliest Son will be back in school is going to be September. So it’s time to get our heads round this. Looking…

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Like new – A Dad trying to cope with the loss of his Partner and becoming a single parent. – Single Dad, Parents Article

Two daily visitors waiting patiently for breakfast. I must clean the gutters…. After yesterday’s unplanned washing of my mobile, I found myself outside in the cold early morning air. Doing a great workout supplied by a very kind friend and listening to music on my super clean phone. Crystal clear sound. In fact it’s never sounded so good. Maybe I should try my body out in a quick machine wash cycle. If only I could fit the car in our…

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Masterpiece – A Dad trying to cope with the loss of his Partner and becoming a single parent. – Single Dad, Parents Article

A bit of yellow always warms the heart at this time of year. I remember my Dad would take great pride in the small but perfectly formed patches of daffodils he would carefully foster around the garden. It’s funny how certain images of my childhood house are so etched on my mind. The outside toilet was a delight in winter. The small cupboard under the stairs that scared the pants out of me. The huge coal bunker at the back.…

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Castle – A Dad trying to cope with the loss of his Partner and becoming a single parent. – Single Dad, Parents Article

Sheriff Hutton Castle is over 850 years old and was built during the reign of King Stephen. Later Richard III acquired the castle through marriage. He made the castle one of the two sites for his Council of the North. The Council was his method of running the North after he became King of England. It has since fallen into ruin. It’s recently been sold for just over £1Million. It is our local castle. Seven years ago we nearly bought…

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Terrible Poetry Contest – A Dad trying to cope with the loss of his Partner and becoming a single parent. – Single Dad, Parents Article

Photo from Inside Croydon It’s Thursday so it must be Terrible Poetry time thanks to Chelsea Owen. This weeks challenge is set out by Chelsea. “I normally encourage entrants to follow basic rules; today, however, I’ve decided we need to bring back a type of poem that’s terrible for a reason other than cliché composition. I speak of the Little Willie poems. Here are the specifics, copied from the last time we tried these: The Topic is to write a Little Willie poem. The…

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White elephant – A Dad trying to cope with the loss of his Partner and becoming a single parent. – Single Dad, Parents Article

The zero hours contract yielded 5 hours work today. Another 50000000 hours and I might just keep the bank manager from sending me snotty letters. Just enough time left for a quick run. The light was stunning. It’s the quiet before the next storm hits. “Is it true that we are getting another storm.” “Yes Son it’s due to hit at the weekend. But this time maybe just a little less wind but much more rain.” “Great. I bet they…

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What to do in Ullswater on a Mini Break – Parents Article

Do you ever get to the point where your own life makes you feel claustrophobic? That’s been me, lately. Between family and school, work and house issues it’s just been … a lot. So last week I made a spur of the moment decision to book a night away. My priority was somewhere that wasn’t too far from home, and would give us peace and quiet, space, and big skies to help put life back into perspective. Ullswater View Guest…

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2003 – A Dad trying to cope with the loss of his Partner and becoming a single parent. – Single Dad, Parents Article

2003. A time before parenting. A happy dreaming couple. A time when digital photography was still seen as the work of the devil by many. When a mobile phone was just that – a mobile phone – nothing else. My football team was still playing in the European Champions League. 31st May 2003. As the local paper described it. A once in a lifetime opportunity. The chance to see a 90% solar eclipse. Two problems The peak eclipse would happen…

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