2021: That was the year that was January to June
Dec28

2021: That was the year that was January to June

We started the year in tier 4 Covid restrictions and on 5th January we went into the third national lockdown. My husband and son were still going to work, while my younger kids were having online lessons at home. Having come out of hospital on 30th December, my dad was making a good recovery from Covid-19 and getting a little bit stronger every day. I started marathon training on 4th January, then the marathon was postponed (as...

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The story of the squirrels
May06

The story of the squirrels

I’m no expert on wildlife, but I’ve always quite enjoyed seeing different birds and animals in our garden and the surrounding area. And, over the course of the year, with literally nothing else to do, we’ve all become a bit obsessed with the local wildlife. There’s the blue tits which take bits of Herbert’s fur for their nests, the two friendly robins who sat patiently watching my husband as he dug up the...

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Easter Sunday 2021
Apr06

Easter Sunday 2021

Easter Sunday this year was a special one for us, just as it was for so many families in the UK. On 29th March, lockdown restrictions were eased, meaning six people or two households could meet outside. So we could have my mum and dad round for Easter! Last Easter, I had Covid myself (although I was never tested, because testing wasn’t a thing then unless you were very ill). Then at the end of last year, my Dad was seriously ill...

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Lockdown 3: The end is in sight…
Mar16

Lockdown 3: The end is in sight…

Well, the kids have gone back to school, we’ve got the government’s ‘road map’ and the end of lockdown 3 is in sight. I don’t know about you, but every lockdown has felt very different, while also feeling very familiar. During lockdown 1, I counted the weeks for a long time. I remember everyone was so hung up on the end of the first three weeks and many people genuinely thought life would instantly get...

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Why running is good for mental health
Mar09

Why running is good for mental health

I think most people’s mental health has taken a knock over the last year. But for me, and many others, running has been a huge help. I’ll be open with you from the start here – I don’t have mental health problems. But I do have mental health. We all do. And it’s important to look after that. I am a big worrier though. I wake up most days worrying about stupid things. I often feel overwhelmed by them. Then...

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