The 500th invoice
Mar02

The 500th invoice

I’ve just issued my 500th invoice as a freelancer – to the company I issued my first invoice to, my very first client. I’ve been a freelance writer for nearly seven years now. I’ve worked for a lot of clients in that time, mainly small businesses wanting one or two bits of web copy, a short article or a press release. But I’ve also had clients that have stuck around for a long time – including that...

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Becoming the sandwich generation
Feb23

Becoming the sandwich generation

Most of us who are lucky enough to have parents still alive will, at some point, become part of the sandwich generation. The sandwich generation are usually people in their 40s or 50s who still have dependent children at home and are starting to care for their own parents. Sometimes they even have grandchildren thrown into the equation too. There was a meme out just before the first lockdown which I found far too funny. It summed up...

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The importance of sport for kids
Feb16

The importance of sport for kids

Many, many years ago, before we even had kids, my husband said: ‘When we have kids, we will make sure they do lots of sport’. And I thought yeah right, whatever… His thinking was that sport would keep them out of trouble as teenagers. Teenage trouble hasn’t been an issue for us, but then again, my kids do a lot of sport… It turns out my husband was absolutely right all those years ago. Sport has been the...

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Henry and Herbert – reunited!
Feb10

Henry and Herbert – reunited!

It was actually just before Christmas that I felt able to put Henry and Herbert the guinea pigs back in the same hutch together. But I’ve had other stuff on my mind and it’s only now I’ve got round to writing it. I had to separate Henry and Herbert when we’d only had baby Herbert for a few weeks, as Henry was attacking him. The vet reassured me that by gradually reintroducing them on neutral territory, and...

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Crime dramas to enjoy during lockdown
Feb08

Crime dramas to enjoy during lockdown

So here we are into week 5 of lockdown 3 and there’s not a lot to do. But one thing we’ve found which has really helped us through is watching TV crime dramas. We’re not actually big TV viewers, but having a series to focus on has helped fill the time and given us something to look forward to every day. I know it seems strange when you’re watching a programme about serial killers, but I actually find watching a...

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What running gear do I need?
Feb03

What running gear do I need?

If you’re thinking of taking up running, or have recently started running, you might be wondering what running gear you need. (Running is great exercise for lockdown – it’s outdoors and completely free. There’s no worries about the gym or the pool being closed, and transmission of Covid-19 outdoors is much lower than indoors) In actual fact, if you’re just starting out, there is only one thing you need:...

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