Cars, Covid and the best laid plans
Jun23

Cars, Covid and the best laid plans

Isn’t it funny (not in a good way), how outside circumstances constantly change plans? I remember this being a problem when my kids were very little. I learned not to tell them about any plans, so I didn’t have to deal with the inevitable disappointment when somebody got ill and forced our plans to change. It’s also been an issue throughout the Covid pandemic – due to lockdowns, cancellations, people being ill...

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My second bout of Covid-19
Jun21

My second bout of Covid-19

On the evening of Tuesday 14th June, I tested positive for Covid-19. It’s actually the second time I’ve had Covid, but as the first was in April 2020, when testing wasn’t a thing, I’ve never actually tested positive before. I started feeling under the weather on the Monday morning. My throat felt strangely dry and tight. It wasn’t sore exactly, but it felt like a struggle to get my words out. I also felt...

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The Manchester marathon maranoia
Mar29

The Manchester marathon maranoia

All being well, my husband and I will be running Manchester marathon in a few days. I’ve written before about maranoia – the very special paranoia which many runners suffer from in the last few days and weeks before a marathon. You’ve put so much work in and you don’t want anything to get in the way and stop you from running that race. Then there is also the irrational fears and worries about the day itself....

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Covid-19 returned to our family
Nov09

Covid-19 returned to our family

Covid-19 recently hit our family, having hit us for the first time in April 2020. (There was no testing then, but I had textbook symptoms. It is possible the rest of my family had it in milder form.) I know so many families have been through it lately. So this isn’t a ‘poor us’ post. It’s just about how we managed. We were lucky in many ways – as my family didn’t get too ill and also because we have...

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Reflections on year 12 and year 10
Jul27

Reflections on year 12 and year 10

Another school year is over and my kids have reached the end of year 12 and year 10. It’s been a big year for both of them – the start of A Level courses for my son and the start of GCSE courses for my daughter. I know we all say it every year, but I can’t believe how quickly the year has flown by. I also can’t believe how old my kids are getting! Another year and my son will have left school. It has also been,...

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