2021: That was the year that was July to December
Jan04

2021: That was the year that was July to December

Like most people, 2021 started off rather slowly and quietly for us. But July was a good month. At the start of July, I ran my first ever 10k – Gloucester 10k, along with my husband and brother-in-law. Then my daughter did work experience at the primary school where my sister works and she absolutely loved it. My husband and I celebrated 21 years of marriage, sadly not with our traditional trip to London to see a show, but with...

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1000 hours outside: Summer update
Sep14

1000 hours outside: Summer update

At the start of the year, I set out to spend 1000 hours outside – or at least to see if I can spend around that amount of time outside. I am a person that always spends a lot of time outside. I’m a bit like a dog – if I’m not let out three times a day, I’m a real nightmare. But spending 1000 hours outside in a year means spending an average of 2 hours and 45 minutes outside every day. Even in winter. Even...

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A week off work
Apr12

A week off work

We should have been on holiday in Padstow last week. We booked it way back in August last year, when the world was getting back to normal and we couldn’t possibly imagine things would all go horribly wrong again. We just chose one of the weeks of the Easter holidays at random, without putting any thought into it. We chose the wrong one. If we’d have chosen this week, we would be in Padstow right now, without question....

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Has lockdown ended?
Jun08

Has lockdown ended?

Every week, I give an update on how many weeks into lockdown we are. Six weeks, nine weeks, 11 weeks… But lockdown restrictions have eased a fair bit over the last few weeks. So has lockdown actually ended? When do we actually reach a point when we can say that we’re out of lockdown? Do you remember when there was the vocal minority, when we were only three weeks in, who were calling it for to be lifted? There didn’t...

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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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