Covid-19 tiers: Please follow the rules!
Dec31

Covid-19 tiers: Please follow the rules!

From today (31st December), large areas of England move into tier 4 restrictions, which is pretty much lockdown. Covid-19 lockdowns, tiers and restrictions are hard. They have really taken their toll on everyone this year. Everyone wants to hug their parents and meet up with their friends. We all want holidays and day trips and normality. It can be tempting to break the rules. But please remember what the rules are for! (At this point...

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2020: That was the year that was January to June
Dec29

2020: That was the year that was January to June

Well 2020 was certainly a year like no other, wasn’t it? Who would ever have thought we would have ended up stuck at home for weeks on end, with school off, exams cancelled and stressing over the availability of toilet rolls, soap and pasta in the supermarkets. The year started with my husband, daughter and I doing a double parkrun – the second one for my husband and I, and the first for my daughter. Three days later, the...

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Parkrun triumphs 2020
Dec22

Parkrun triumphs 2020

Well, this is a rather short post, isn’t it? Usually I post my parkrun triumphs at the end of the year, after a full year of parkrun for my whole family – from my little niece and nephew to my 75-year-old dad. But something went wrong this year. The global pandemic put a stop to it – meaning we missed out on 41 weeks of parkrun – 42 parkruns if you count Christmas Day, which I always do. If I’d done all...

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2020: The year of cancelled things
Dec15

2020: The year of cancelled things

2020 truly was the year of cancelled things. Even when coronavirus was starting to take hold and things were starting to get closed down, who could ever have imagined that so many things would be cancelled? And for so long? Who would have thought that we would ever only be allowed out of the house once a day to exercise? I guess we are ‘lucky’ in that we’re not big on days out or exotic holidays. But, like most...

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Coronavirus: Looking back on a year of lockdowns and restrictions
Dec08

Coronavirus: Looking back on a year of lockdowns and restrictions

There seems to be so much to say about coronavirus. I wrote last week about the general madness and frustration of 2020. Today I want to reflect on our experience of the many months of lockdowns and restrictions. At this point I should say that I am lucky. I appreciate that and I would never claim to be anything other than lucky. All three adults in the household are working. We own our own home with a garden and we have enough space...

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Have there been any good Christmas songs in the 21st century?
Dec03

Have there been any good Christmas songs in the 21st century?

If there’s one thing I really love about Christmas, it’s Christmas songs. I wrote a post about my favourites last year. And they were all from the 1970s or 80s. These days, it seems like everyone – from Justin Bieber to Katy Perry and Ariana Grande is releasing Christmas songs, all hoping to create that timeless classic that will stick round for the next 30 or 40 years. It got me wondering – have there actually...

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