Transcript of MumDeeDoes video #1:
Hello my Darlings, welcome to Mum Dee Does. I’m Dee, a mum who does and today I want to talk to you about launching my new blog and YouTube channel, and the purpose behind this idea, and how it all came together.
I decided to start keeping a blog and a vlog as a personal journal of this brand new experience in my life. My husband is set to go away for 7 months in January and he’s leaving me alone with our two-year old son on a remote island in Orkney where I have a smallholding with some chickens and two dogs to look after, as well as some projects of my own that I am taking part in.
And I’ve never really been on my own before. James has always been there to look after the household, the bills, the shopping, the bins, the cooking, housework and everything else that falls under the general “life” and “homekeeping”. When Ronnie was born James was a real rock for me. He was looking after me so that I had more time to just look after Ron. And so because this is such a change for me, I’ve decided to document it in a sort of a journal format both on my blog, and with these YouTube videos.
It is my hope that I capture these memories for both myself and our little boy, for James… and also, perhaps, build a community around myself of like-minded supportive people who are, perhaps, in a similar situation, or who would like some insight and information if they are thinking about being in a similar situation. Also, because daddy is going to be away, this is going to provide a perfect opportunity for us to capture all those precious moments and memories so that James can watch these videos and stay up-to-date with how Ronnie is doing and developing, and growing up.
So this is my husband James. Hello! And our son Ron who’s going to be two and a half when James goes away - so the terrible-twos and I’m on my own.
James: Oh yes.
Dee: Thank you James.
James: Oh my pleasure.
Dee: James has always been a military man and he was serving in the Armed Forces when we got married… And although I managed to drag you out I always knew the day would come when the draw of it all comes back.
James: Oh yes.
Dee: And you’re going to join again. I guess I just didn’t expect it to be… for us to be in this situation where we are really remote and also for us to have such a young boy. If that’s something I have to step up and do, then that’s what I’m going to do, and…
James: And you’ll do really well…
Dee: So you say now! What made you think about joining the RFA?
James: The terrible-twos did, I know it’s 4 months away at a time.
Dee: It’s cheaper than divorce, isn’t it?
James: No… not quite!
Dee: Yeah, so one morning just before Christmas last year James woke up and he said “I’ve been thinking” and...
James: that’s always dangerous.
Dee: And that’s always dangerous - it’s true! Last time you said that we ended up in Orkney!
James: Yeah, we did!
Dee: And I immediately started thinking what that would mean for me and the change of life that’s imminent. It’s been the best part of the year of planning and thinking and going through the application process… And with each stage it becomes more and more certain.
James: And more and more real as well!
Dee: I am also looking forward to having my own routine and my own projects, and my own time! I invite you all to join me and witness our life on a very remote island in Orkney, where the view from our windows are an uninhabited island and we have cows for company and neighbours.