Oops… forgot to write a title!

At the end of last month, I managed to squeeze in writing a post but on the whole I have been overwhelmed by the move to teaching online and am only now coming down to earth.

One self-care activity I have managed in recent days is to use the rosehips I had picked and frozen last September. Rosehip syrup is said to be good for colds, though I don’t often get one, so whether it has a preventative or a restorative effect is a moot point.

I think I have mastered sock knitting as well. After several years of being a crochet-only kind of gal, I realised that if I wanted socks, I was going to have to get to grips with a circular needle, so here we are with my latest.

Perhaps this weekend I will get down to mending the back garden gate but it doesn’t take long to get out of the habit of being remotely active out of an armchair. Are you finding the same or are you raring at the bit to get out there?

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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21 Responses to Oops… forgot to write a title!

  1. Sheree says:

    I’m used to working from home and already have an established routine, which really helps.

    • Helen says:

      Are you a teacher? Perhaps teaching online will get easier but there is something missing (well lots of things) when you are not in person with a group of people, who are also not in person 😕

      • Sheree says:

        No, I’m not a teacher. At one time, before working for myself, I was responsible for c. 400 people. I don’t miss that face-to-face interaction one bit. Most of my work involves talking online via Skype though I enjoy the solitary stuff too.

  2. If the syrup keeps the virus away you may be onto something 🙂 I am still managing to get out in the garden and the local lanes, but I do miss the forest and the ponies.

  3. ruthsoaper says:

    Rose hips are a great source of vitamin c. I usually infuse them in vodka so I don’t have to heat them. Then I mix the infused vodka with honey to make a syrup.

  4. I understand what you are saying about missing the face-to-face part of teaching. Online must make it more difficult. And as Sheree suggests you are having to learn a new routine. Well done for knitting socks – it seems to have a mythology of being fiendishly difficucult and the instructions do look complicated until you follow them and go ‘Oh I get it!’. Enjoy your rosehip syrup – though I think the vodka version sounds as if it might cheer me upo in 2 ways! I am reading lots of blogs where people are saying they can’t concentrate, are a bit wooly headed so be kind to yourself.

    • Helen says:

      Thank you! Teaching online is exhausting – it takes more mental effort than face-to-face tuition. As I am teaching language, and 60% of meaning is created by body language (and paralinguistic features such as tone of voice), my brain has to work so much harder, especially as the students are 1) non-native speakers and 2) don’t often have their cameras on. Another issue is that the students are used to being spoon-fed and so having to do a lot of work on their own is a challenge for them under the best of circumstances. Now, they are not doing the work and I can’t physically point to their blank pages. And they are falling behind…. apart from the uber-conscientious who have done all the online materials for the whole course already and are panicking because they don’t understand it all😱

      Anyway, the rosehip syrup with vodka does sound good doesn’t it 😀

  5. Clare Pooley says:

    Oh my goodness, Helen! Teaching on-line must be so difficult! I can understand that body-language is very important when teaching foreign students and if they aren’t under your eye, so to speak, you will find it difficult to know if they understand. My younger daughter is trying to do her Graphic Art degree from home and is finding it very hard to do. She can’t concentrate, misses her fellow students and being able to speak daily to the tutors. My elder daughter teaches at Manchester Metropolitan University and is teaching from home. Things are getting better but at first her broadband wasn’t strong enough for her webinars and everything crashed regularly. She now makes videos and sends them to a colleague in Manchester who then relays them to the students. My daughter lives in Sheffield and doesn’t miss the daily commute at all! She has gained 20 hours free time every week and is saving a fortune not buying train tickets! I think she’ll be disappointed when she is allowed back to the University!

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