Teatime: Before lockdown
May13

Teatime: Before lockdown

For as long as I can remember, I’ve struggled with teatime on weekdays – what to eat and when to eat it. We have a number of issues – two of us are vegetarian, three of us aren’t; one of us is very fussy; and two of us have a wheat intolerance. And we have ballet classes exactly when we should be eating. When my daughter was younger, her classes were at 4.30 or 5pm. So I would take her to ballet, then go home...

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The new bedroom
May11

The new bedroom

It’s over six years since we moved into our house and we’ve finally spent some time and money on our own bedroom. When we moved in, we gave the whole house a lick of paint and had new carpets throughout. The whole thing was done in a matter of a few days. The kids’ bedrooms had a bit more attention – painted in colours of their choice. But the rest of the house was magnolia – the quickest way to get rid...

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Back on Roaccutane – and side effects
May06

Back on Roaccutane – and side effects

I haven’t actually been off Roaccutane, the strongest acne drug there is, since summer 2014 (apart from a brief period in 2015). But for a long time I’ve been on a very low dose – 5mg. I’m not sure why, probably my age, but I seem to be unable to come off it completely. It’s normal for someone to be on a higher dose – 20mg, 40mg or even more – for a period of four to nine months and never need...

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Six weeks of lockdown
May04

Six weeks of lockdown

We have now made it through six weeks of lockdown and we’re at the end of the government’s second three week lockdown period. For weeks now, I’ve been tired of the endless speculation on social media and the daily TV press conferences about when lockdown will end. I get that it’s bad for the economy. I get that people are bored. More importantly, I get that it’s bad for people’s mental health and...

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Intermediate Foundation ballet exam – merit!
Apr29

Intermediate Foundation ballet exam – merit!

It’s a couple of months since my daughter took her Intermediate Foundation ballet exam. Ballet exam results from the RAD are notoriously slow at the best of times, so we weren’t sure how they would be affected by the whole coronavirus lockdown situation. So we were very pleased to get the results last week. And even more pleased to hear that my daughter had got merit! And a high merit at that. The Intermediate Foundation...

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Lockdown: Looking forward
Apr27

Lockdown: Looking forward

With all of the things we are due to miss this year (mainly sport) due to lockdown, I keep looking forward to what I hope we will manage to do this summer. It feels like coronavirus and lockdown could completely wipe out the summer. Which isn’t the end of the world, of course, and we all have to do what we have to do to keep people and the NHS safe. But I really would like a holiday. I don’t ask for much. I just want to go...

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