March 2020 – A Night Out In London Before The Storm

Bonjour lecteurs! Time to write about what happened last month. I usually called this kind of posts my monthly highlights but with the current crisis, it feels so weird to say so! Looking back, I am happy we made some good memories before the country got to stop totally because of COVID-19… We had a great night out just before it all started and we were asked to stay at home. Anyway, here is March 2020 à la Frenchie!

March 2020, Monthly Highlights, The Frenchie Mummy, The Strand Palace

On The Blog

The blog got busier than ever at the start of March 2020. Indeed, I took part in the Letters on Motherhood campaign to celebrate Giovanna Fletcher‘s last book and I took l’opportunité to reflect on my experience on parenting.

If you fancy a read, regardez my Letter on Motherhood now.

March 2020, Monthly Highlights, The Frenchie Mummy, Walk in the Woods

And if you need to cheer up while staying at home, check out our Mother’s Day giveaways now! We have over £680 worth of goods for you to grab! But let’s go back to the rest of our life!

Enjoying Nature

Ironically, before we had to stay at home with COVID-19, we had many family days outdoors with Baba!

The first weekend of March, we discovered Mote Park, which is a huge public space in Maidstone.

March 2020, Monthly Highlights, The Frenchie Mummy, Mote Park, Maidstone

We also went on a walk in some local woods before enjoying a pub lunch.

March 2020, Monthly Highlights, The Frenchie Mummy, Pub Lunch

Those were two lovely days with my boys that I want to remember.

March 2020, Monthly Highlights, The Frenchie Mummy, Mote Park, Maidstone

London Too!

But I also had some good time in town. Par exemple, Maidenform treated me to an afternoon of pampering at the beautiful ME London hotel.

March 2020, Monthly Highlights, The Frenchie Mummy, ME London Hotel, Photoshoot

Not only I was able to see the brand’s latest collection and try some of its range, but I also enjoyed a beautiful photoshoot. At the time, it was all starting and nothing was officially closed.

A Night At the Strand Palace Hotel

Now I feel luckier than ever that we had one last night out in London before the lockdown!

March 2020, Monthly Highlights, The Frenchie Mummy, The Strand Palace Hotel

We managed to get a romantic evening at the Strand Palace Hotel with Grumpy Boyfriend. It was obviously lovely to stay in a magnificent hotel.

We also went to see Message In A Bottle at the Peacock Theatre.

March 2020, Monthly Highlights, The Frenchie Mummy, Message in a Bottle

And let’s not forget that we had some fabulous food and some cheeky cocktails.

March 2020, Monthly Highlights, The Frenchie Mummy, Covent Garden

It was literally our last night of freedom before the storm

And I don’t feel like I am exaggerating by using this word! From that moment, it’s just been a weird nightmare.

Homeschooling & Staying At Home

March 2020 took a crazy turn on the third week.

It started with all the schools being officially closed a week before the Easter break.

Now more than ever, I am so grateful for teachers! We are lucky because Baba is still small and we did a lot of learning through play.

But homeschooling while trying to work has had its challenges. I pretty much did all of it as Grumpy Boyfriend still has more work than me.

March 2020, Monthly Highlights, The Frenchie Mummy, Covent Garden

And it followed with the official lockdown. I am not a happy bunny at home all day. I am a very sociable person and I love going out and about ?

Keeping Busy At Home

So the whole ‘Stay at Home‘ movement has had its ups and downs.

Like many other freelancers, work became really quiet and I started to really worry.

Even today writing those lines, it is at the back of my mind. And despite trying to relax about la situation, my body has let me down big time over the last few days. I got really sick. I still feel quite weak at the minute. But it shall pass!

March 2020, Monthly Highlights, The Frenchie Mummy, ME London Hotel, photoshoot

The truth is that we can not control it and I should therefore not worry, but I am not doing a great job at it.

The news and social media, with its overshare of information (way too often unverified!), really affected me.

So I am trying to look after myself. Some days, even getting dressed properly and not staying in my PJs is what it takes to make me feel hopeful encore.

March 2020, Monthly Highlights, The Frenchie Mummy, reading

I have also read beaucoup, to escape it all!

Nature

Now more than ever, I feel so lucky to live in the country!

March 2020, Monthly Highlights, The Frenchie Mummy, Walk in the woods

We have rediscovered our local woods in this crisis. Our daily walks are helping us to get some fresh air. But also to remain sane in my mind!

March 2020, Monthly Highlights, The Frenchie Mummy, Walk in the woods

And Baba looks so cool in his new Lola Starr Jacket. You can change the sleeves for different styles! I will always remember that day in the woods. It felt absolutely magical to walk freely in such a beautiful place.

I have taken one day at a time, even if it is still very frustrating. I am a lady who likes to have some fixed goals and many events in the diary.

I am very sociable and this introvert life imposed on us is taking its toll. I miss seeing our family and friends.

March 2020, Monthly Highlights, The Frenchie Mummy, Self-care

But I feel grateful for all those extra moments I got to spend with Baba.

Happy Baba

Even if he is bien sûr aware of what is going on, Baba is pretty oblivious to the current situation.

He has a sense that something is up. After all, he can work out that there is un problème when the playground is closed!

March 2020, Monthly Highlights, The Frenchie Mummy, Stay at home

But he has rather been content over the last two weeks at home. He loves the extra attention, the food and the extra dose of cartoons! ?

March 2020 – The Storm Will Be Over!

Looking back at March 2020, I have very mixed feelings.

On one hand, I am ever so happy we had some lovely days out before the crisis. But on the other hand, I am very uncertain of the future and the state of the economy as everything is shut down.

March 2020, Monthly Highlights, The Frenchie Mummy, Stay at home

I am fully aware that we are all in it together on this one. But I can not wait for life to begin again.

Nature is blossoming and the sun is out. It is time our existence gets back to normal, or at least there is some progress…

But I feel grateful that we are all healthy and we can still enjoy each other’s company without massive arguments!

March 2020, Monthly Highlights, The Frenchie Mummy, Stay at home

How are you currently feeling about COVID-19? How much has it affected you? How did you get on with homeschooling or working from home?

Such a strange time we are witnessing… But I am hopeful for April! I really hope we will be out and about again ASAP. Otherwise, my next monthly highlights will be a bit boring! ?

 

Disclosure: This post may feature some sponsored content I previously published on the blog. But it is merely a summary list of the month! And a post for me to reflect on our life. Merci for reading my blog as always!?

 

 

 

71 Comments

  1. natalie s
    April 6, 2020 / 4:07 pm

    Glad you got out and had some fun before lockdown. Love that spotty dress xxx

  2. sandy lynn ralph
    April 6, 2020 / 4:22 pm

    glad you got some time out before the lock down

  3. lynn neal
    April 6, 2020 / 4:52 pm

    Good thatyou got out before the shut down set in, who knows when we will all get out again!

    • Natalie Burgess
      April 28, 2020 / 8:54 pm

      Perfect timing and great memories xx

  4. Jazz Fulcher
    April 6, 2020 / 9:01 pm

    I can’t believe it’s been that long already as an introvert it’s been going really fast

  5. Samantha Milner
    April 6, 2020 / 9:31 pm

    Great that you got out and about. Looking good too.

  6. Fiona jk42
    April 6, 2020 / 9:59 pm

    It’s good that you are able to go for a daily walk in the fresh air.

  7. Terrie-Ann Wright
    April 7, 2020 / 5:47 am

    I think we will all be happy once we can return to some form of normality.

  8. Yvonne Graham
    April 7, 2020 / 5:53 am

    Looks like you have had lots of fun before lockdown!

  9. Pauline Lamont
    April 7, 2020 / 7:17 am

    Struggling into my 4th week of self isolating ? missing my family so much ❤️

  10. Carolyn E
    April 7, 2020 / 8:15 am

    You look like you are both having a wonderful time – such nice memories to think about during this time.

  11. Carolyn E
    April 7, 2020 / 8:15 am

    You look like you are both having a wonderful time – such nice memories to think about during this time.

  12. Susan Smith
    April 7, 2020 / 8:22 am

    We are doing ok, getting those jobs done which we have never got round to, sorting the garden out, but bordem is begining to set in and like you we are missing our family and friends

  13. ashleigh allan
    April 7, 2020 / 8:42 am

    Looks great fun!

  14. Jeanette Leighton
    April 7, 2020 / 8:50 am

    Lots of lovely pictures and memories to look back on

  15. Margaret Gallagher
    April 7, 2020 / 9:31 am

    We’ll all great through this – memories are the perfect way

  16. Charlotte Isobelle
    April 7, 2020 / 10:03 am

    How lovely, it makes you appreciate going out!

  17. April 7, 2020 / 10:10 am

    So glad you had that before lockdown I am really struggling I miss my 6 year old grandson . We’ve had him so much since he was born while his mum and dad work so it’s very painful ?

  18. Priscilla Stubbs
    April 7, 2020 / 11:07 am

    Lovely memories for you to look back on. We will come out of this the other end, it may take time but as long as we are all safe.

  19. natalie s
    April 7, 2020 / 11:08 am

    SO good to get that time outdoors with the little one. He looks very happy!

  20. Maria
    April 7, 2020 / 1:24 pm

    It feels weird like the days have blended into one long weekend

  21. Carly Belsey
    April 7, 2020 / 4:00 pm

    What a lovely night, I wish I had gone out too, going out is going to be so amazing when this is over.

  22. Andrea Fletcher
    April 7, 2020 / 4:11 pm

    Like you I am really appreciating living in the country and managing to go for daily walks.

  23. April 7, 2020 / 4:37 pm

    Glad you got out before lockdown and what a lovely collection of photos. The weather looks much nicer down south. Glad you had a nice month xx

  24. Ruth Amy Wollerton
    April 7, 2020 / 6:16 pm

    Love the pictures, great memories to get through this lockdown xxx

  25. Carol Thomas
    April 8, 2020 / 1:03 am

    It’s a rollercoaster. Alot to keep me busy at home. Moved most online with Zoom etc. Have needed to build in self care. It’s a rollercoaster. Just thank goodness it has happened at the time of technology. Trying to take it one day at a time. This isnt going to be completely over for a good while

  26. Jessica Barber
    April 8, 2020 / 9:43 am

    It’s certainly a very strange time. Lovely photos, really raised my mood!

  27. A.E. Adkins
    April 8, 2020 / 12:36 pm

    Hope you are now well on the road to recovery and are feeling more your usual self.

  28. Rebecca Heminway
    April 8, 2020 / 2:11 pm

    It’s been a difficult time but great you had some lovely positive events at the beginning of March to look back on 🙂

  29. Nadia Josephine
    April 8, 2020 / 2:13 pm

    I can’t wait for this lockdown to be over and for everyone to feel safe again.

  30. natalie s
    April 8, 2020 / 4:26 pm

    Enjoying your blog and updates during these uncertain times. Hope you’re all keeping well xxx

  31. Carolyn E
    April 8, 2020 / 6:33 pm

    It will be fantastic when we can all get out again for some fun days out

  32. Tracy Barber
    April 8, 2020 / 8:30 pm

    Thanks for such an uplifting post

  33. Sian Buckingham
    April 8, 2020 / 9:25 pm

    It looks like you made some lovely memories before the lock down happened! We’ve been getting on okay with schoolwork, they’ve been happy to have a break from all that this week though and are very much looking forward to easter!

  34. natalie s
    April 9, 2020 / 10:04 am

    Oh love the sound of a pub lunch right now!

  35. Pete
    April 9, 2020 / 12:15 pm

    It all seems a long time ago…

  36. Nadia Josephine
    April 9, 2020 / 1:22 pm

    I feel like I took it for granted that I could go out whenever I wanted

  37. Susan B
    April 10, 2020 / 1:20 am

    Sorry to hear you’ve been unwell and that work has slowed down. March 2020 will be a month that we all remember and not for good reasons.
    The sun is shining and you can still enjoy nature walks with your Baba. Best wishes.

  38. natalie s
    April 10, 2020 / 11:18 am

    Looks like the little one was really enjoying your family time. He’s such a cutie. Hope you are all well x

  39. paula cheadle
    April 10, 2020 / 11:19 am

    Lovely photos of both of you, visiting places before the lock down

  40. Deborah Clarke
    April 10, 2020 / 2:47 pm

    Sounds like you had a lot of fun. Hope you are doing ok through lock down.

  41. Maddy
    April 10, 2020 / 3:11 pm

    Loads of bonus fun to be had!

  42. Tina Edwards
    April 10, 2020 / 3:25 pm

    Looks great, I love reading your blogs and watching how little one is growing up.

  43. Julia Kerr
    April 10, 2020 / 10:43 pm

    You were lucky to get out before all of this hit, memories are what keep us going through the dark times

  44. paula cheadle
    April 10, 2020 / 11:49 pm

    Looking forward to your new adventures after the lock down

  45. Carly Belsey
    April 11, 2020 / 5:59 am

    You had some lovely days, it seems like a distant memory that we could go out and enjoy nature without being super paranoid. Wonderful memories.

  46. Susan B
    April 11, 2020 / 7:48 am

    Delighted to see that you had a lovely night in London before the lockdown. It is easy to forget that couples need a little time to themselves when life gets busy. I hope it is not too long before you – and all of us – can enjoy nights out again.

  47. Samantha Buntain
    April 11, 2020 / 11:28 am

    Looking at these photos makes me sad that we aren’t allowed out but happy that soon enough we will be back out and we will plan lots of fun filled days out when we can

  48. Romana Richards
    April 11, 2020 / 2:15 pm

    This makes me want to go out and stay in as many places as I can visit when this madness is over!

  49. Lindsey Stuart
    April 11, 2020 / 2:26 pm

    I am coping alright with being at home and feel very lucky that we have a garden we can enjoy as many people don’t.
    I keep trying to remain positive and have been doing so many crafts with my little ones.
    I miss shopping as a family, going out in the car, going out for meals etc.
    Everything we took for granted before is no longer an option I find that quite tricky to come to terms with!
    On a more positive note, My daughter Heidi and I have really enjoyed looking at your instagram videos. Heidi has been trying to learn French whilst viewing them 🙂

  50. natalie s
    April 11, 2020 / 5:33 pm

    We have our ups and downs with lock down. In some ways I appreciate the down time but the uncertainty is horrible and my daughter is climbing the walls. Hope you guys are all good x

  51. Sarah Roberts
    April 11, 2020 / 7:57 pm

    We’ve not been too bad apart from hubbies work, he’s on furlough so still finding out ho all that will work. The biggest struggle is not seeing our kids and our 3 month old grandaughter they grow so quick so carn’t wait to get back to seeing her!

  52. Alexandra Burgess
    April 11, 2020 / 8:22 pm

    I love reading your blog, you take lovely photos! I’m glad you managed to get out and done some fun bits before this chaos began. You realise at times like this how little things like being able to go shopping or go out for a meal we take for grated. Stay safe x

  53. Joyce W
    April 11, 2020 / 9:13 pm

    I think the worst thing is not knowing how long it will last – we will never take the ordinary things in life for granted again

  54. paula cheadle
    April 12, 2020 / 6:00 am

    I love reading your blogs, to see where you have been.

  55. natalie s
    April 12, 2020 / 8:53 am

    Also working from home is great because don’t have the travel but then I miss the social interaction with my colleagues

  56. Jeanette Leighton
    April 12, 2020 / 10:30 am

    Looks like you had some great times , I love London it’s a great place look forward to visiting again soon

  57. Susan B
    April 13, 2020 / 8:13 am

    Ah, yes. The Playground is Closed sign requires some explanation! Pleased to see that your Baba is oblivious to the problem and very happy, anyway.

  58. natalie s
    April 13, 2020 / 10:43 am

    I fancy seeing Message in a Bottle. Was it any good?

  59. Rachael Sexey
    April 13, 2020 / 11:38 am

    Wow I’m glad you all had an amazing time before lockdown

  60. paula cheadle
    April 13, 2020 / 8:58 pm

    We love going into the woods, and we see what we can find in nature and turn it in to craft work at home

  61. Ruth Amy Wollerton
    April 14, 2020 / 8:13 pm

    Looks amazing, it’s all these great memories that are keeping us all going in this lockdown

  62. Geoff Hibbert
    April 15, 2020 / 3:53 am

    Fantastic!

  63. Ritchie Dee
    April 26, 2020 / 8:31 pm

    Looks like you had a great time.

  64. Tracy Nixon
    April 27, 2020 / 4:46 am

    Glad you had some fun before the storm arrived!

  65. Kelly Wheelhouse
    April 27, 2020 / 7:40 am

    Looks like you had a lovely time before lockdown. I didn’t get much chance to do much before the lockdown due to working! Now I’m off work for 12 weeks and am enjoying the extra time with my little boy 🙂 I do miss being able to hop in the car and go wherever we like, but we have started finding some countryside walks close to home to keep us occupied

  66. GooderDan
    April 27, 2020 / 3:31 pm

    Looks like lots of fun! What a shame lockdown has put a dampener on everything for now

  67. Peter Watson
    April 27, 2020 / 4:38 pm

    One day we will all be able to have a fun day out in London.

  68. Angela Treadway
    April 27, 2020 / 9:43 pm

    homeschooling can be a bit of a struggle but i cant really do much but do my best! hopefully things will get better soon x

  69. Gemma Hendry
    April 28, 2020 / 8:00 am

    Looks like you had such a fantastic time

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