Lockdown: Missing the isolation
Jun29

Lockdown: Missing the isolation

I’ve spent the last six and a bit years working for myself at home. After 15 years with the banter of a busy office, I wasn’t sure how I would cope with the isolation, but I’ve loved it. I do get the odd bout of loneliness and I’m always ready to see the kids at the end of the day, but I enjoy my solitude. I’ve got myself a good routine of mainly work, a few chores and a bit of the ‘me time’...

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Silent Sunday 28.6.20
Jun28

Silent Sunday 28.6.20

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I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell
Jun26

I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell

I picked up I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell because it was the June read for Clare Mackintosh’s Facebook book club. I wouldn’t have ever considered reading it without that encouragement, but I’m so glad that I did. Regular readers of my book reviews will know that I LOVE Clare Mackintosh. I’ve been a member of her Facebook book club for a few months and had never joined in with the monthly read until...

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Happy birthday, 19 year old boy!
Jun24

Happy birthday, 19 year old boy!

This week, my eldest, my man-child, turns 19. He will have been an adult for a whole year. In that time he’s gone from a schoolboy to an apprentice. It’s been a big year for him. When my son turned 18, he had just finished his A Levels. He actually had his prom on his 18th birthday. Less than two months later, he blew us all away with his A Level results. Having coasted for pretty much his entire school career, his results...

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Lockdown: ‘I’ll never be bored in the school holidays again’
Jun22

Lockdown: ‘I’ll never be bored in the school holidays again’

Every summer, I get terrible guilt in the school holidays. I don’t do enough for my kids. Well, I don’t feel like I do. It feels like the rest of the world is out and about having a brilliant time. And we’re stuck at home. The nature of freelance work means that I do have to work every day (apart from when I am actually away on holiday). Because if I don’t work, maybe my client will look for another freelancer...

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