Coronavirus: Weekends – then and now
Apr01

Coronavirus: Weekends – then and now

If you asked me what we do at weekends, I would say ‘not a lot’ and, compared to a lot of people, we probably don’t do a lot. But you never know what you’ve got until it’s gone. Now we’re all living in the shadow of coronavirus, I realise we did a lot more at weekends than I thought we did (even if it wasn’t all fun). Now just to say – this isn’t a ‘poor me’ post. These...

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Coronavirus: Family non-parkrun parkrun
Mar30

Coronavirus: Family non-parkrun parkrun

Like everything else, parkrun is now cancelled for the foreseeable future. When we got to parkrun on 14th March, my dad said: ‘Everyone is saying this is going to be the last one’. But I was sure it wasn’t. Because there had been an email which said that they’d looked at the risks and concluded it was no greater risk than any other social interaction. Even at a big, busy parkrun like ours, people are only in...

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Brighton marathon: It’s all over (for now)
Mar27

Brighton marathon: It’s all over (for now)

My husband and I have spent the last few weeks training for the Brighton marathon on 19th April. It was to be my second marathon, following Newport last year, and my husband’s first. With the situation with coronavirus changing almost by the day, we’d got to the point where we expected it to be postponed, but we weren’t going to cut back the training until we knew for definite. Just a few days earlier, we’d...

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Feelgood books to get you through self-isolation
Mar25

Feelgood books to get you through self-isolation

We are all going to be seeing a lot more of the insides of our own homes over the coming weeks. Whether you are in total self-isolation or just social distancing, we will all have more time to kill. While killing time, most of us will spend too long thinking and worrying about coronavirus – whether it’s concern for a relative, fears over your job or worries about the impact on the NHS. I think we can all agree that...

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Coronavirus and how it is affecting us
Mar23

Coronavirus and how it is affecting us

Coronavirus, or covid-19, is affecting every single one of us. This post isn’t about saying ‘we’ve got it really hard, feel sorry for us!’. Because we haven’t got it hard compared to most. We are a family consisting of a couple in our 40s and three teenage kids. None of us have any underlying health conditions. We are definitely the lucky ones. But these are unprecedented times and I wanted to record how...

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My son, Australia and coronavirus
Mar18

My son, Australia and coronavirus

After a wonderful time in Singapore and Malaysia, my son arrived in Sydney on Saturday morning. And he instantly realised coronavirus had changed the world. If he’d arrived less than a day later, he would have had to go into 14 day isolation – not ideal as he was leaving the country in eight days. I really wished he hadn’t gone there and had flown straight home from Singapore with his friend. He and his other friend...

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