Yesterday was 8th May. A strange day, in many ways.

First of all, of course, it was the 75th anniversary of VE Day, the end of the Second World War in Europe. Not the end of the war – that didn’t happen until VJ (Victory in Japan) Day on 15th August – but the end of the war in Europe. There should have been huge celebrations, people will have been planning them for years – but of course, none of it could happen. Such a shame.

Both of my grandfathers were in the war – one was in both world wars, first in the Royal Navy and then in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. He was a fisherman in between times – or more precisely an engineer on a fishing boat – and their skills were much sought after. My other grandfather was in the Army – he couldn’t wait to go to war, according to my grandmother. Left his wife and child and went off thinking it was a great lark. Never spoke about it when he came back. Not once.

8th May has other meanings for me – it’s my first husband’s birthday, and this year, if we’d still been together, it would have been the 10th anniversary of my second marriage. Lot’s of stuff going on there.

And finally, exactly one year ago, I started writing this blog. I started it exactly 4 months after my husband told me he was leaving, and on the date that happened to be our wedding anniversary. It seemed fitting somehow.

I started it to try to find the answer to one simple question – what the hell happens next?

Well, lots of things have happened –

And then the world ground to a halt and here we are.

Writing the blog has helped me to work out how I really feel about things – from Brexit to plastic, from mental health to my memories of the early days of my first marriage.

We’ve shared the good times – when I changed my name, when I got Gold status at the gym, getting a proper job.

And you’ve seen me through the tough times – the time when I, quite literally, couldn’t find my way, the day of THAT interview, the day I lost the lodger and didn’t get the job all within two hours. You were there when I had to give up my beloved volunteering. You were there when I wobbled.


There’s just one question that still needs to be answered, and that’s – what the hell happens next? There’s only one way to find out. Want to come with me?

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. Joan Mudd says:

    I love your blogs – every up and every down, not that i love it when you’e down obvs. Keep it up XX

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    1. Thanks!! Looking back, there have been more ups than downs!! I wonder what the next year will bring?


    2. Juliet says:

      I am quite a late-comer to your blog, having ‘met’ you through the volunteering Fb page that we both contribute to. Reading all that has happened to you over the last year just reinforces what I have learned about your amazing ability to look life right in the eye and keep moving forward. Definitely keep blogging! Thank you for your thoughtful insights.


      1. Thank you!! And hoping we can both get back to some sort of volunteering work soon. How’s lockdown been for you?


  2. gosforthgirl says:

    I am an unashamed ` groupie` and have followed you from MSE! So I get brownie points for loyalty but actually I follow you because you write so eloquently and truthfully.

    More importantly you make me laugh

    Keep up the good work!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much!! Lots of brownie points heading your way. Hope you and yours are coping with all of this mayhem. xx

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  3. SisterStay says:

    Yes, count me in! I was so pleased when I first found your blog. Such an honest and refreshing take on life. And quite different from everything else. Keep up the good work. x

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you!! I will!! I’m quite excited to see what DOES happen next – you can be sure something will!


  4. LittleDreams says:

    I’m another fan, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the blog. I find the sharing of everyday experiences and just life really comforting, especially at the moment. A real community. Do you have another blog on MSE?
    I hope work is ok and you’re keeping well,xxx

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    1. Thanks!! I learnt a lot from MSE, there are some very knowledgeable people giving advice for free on that site – but no, I don’t have a blog there.

      Work isn’t quite as manic as it was, but it’s still a bit crazy and my feet still hurt!!


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