Dry January – Claire’s Story

This is a Guest Blog from my friend Claire, who invited me to join her online support group for Dry January, even though I didn’t know any of them apart from her and even though I didn’t do Dry January myself. I’ve been tracking their progress – you can read about the ups and downs,…

2020 – It’s Been a Funny Old Year Part IV

‘Not Only Lockdown but also…’ – the final part of my Review of the Year and the Guest Bloggers who so kindly Guest Blogged for me. They reminded us that life goes on whether we’re in Lockdown or not, and for some (most) of us, Lockdown isn’t the only thing we’re having to think about….

2020 – It’s Been a Funny Old Year Part II

During the first Lockdown, back in the Spring, I invited some Guest Bloggers to tell us about their ‘Life under Lockdown’. And here they all are. Get the kettle on, and settle down to read back over our Life under Lockdown stories, and remember what life was like at the beginning of all this. The…

Tirelessly??

If I hear the word ‘tirelessly’ trotted out by one more politician… Of course our health care workers don’t work tirelessly. They’re fucking exhausted. And they’re not superheroes either. Suggesting that they are just absolves us from the need to see them as actual human beings. This is a Guest Blog from a good friend…

Not only Lockdown but also… Chronic Pain

Living with Chronic Pain by Jade The week before my wedding, I was diagnosed with both endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome. That was in May 2018. However, I was suffering before that – the doctors just weren’t sure why. I found out the hard way, when we decided we were ready for a new baby….

Not only Lockdown but also… writing a novel

NaNoWriMo by Nic Golding I’m currently a woman on a mission. My aim? To write 50,000 of a novel in November as part of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Or, to put it in a slightly more terrifying way: I have 30 days to write 50,000 words. In the middle of  lockdown. While working full-time….

Not only Lockdown… but also Things Beginning with C

A Guest Blog The Big C by Sarah 1st January 2020.Christmas is over, a New Year is ahead of us. Lots to look forward to… Concerts, Camping, a holiday in Cyprus, Celebrations to be shared with family and friends. And then the Big C reared its ugly head into our lives in March and changed…

Not only Lockdown, but also… a new baby

Locked Out – a Guest Blog by Barefoot_Boy_Mum I’m 58 and Counting’s step-daughter, and I moved to Perth, Western Australia (WA) for a working holiday in January 2012. Fast forward 8.5 years and I’m now happily married, with a beautiful home, a goofy puppy and two incredible boys who are the centre of our universe….

Not only Lockdown but also… Coming Home from the Tip

Life doesn’t stop for Lockdown – what else are you having to cope with, alongside all the Covid-related restrictions? Fancy writing a Guest Blog? Scroll down for instructions! Here’s the first! A Funny Thing Happened on the Way Home from the Tip – by 67 And Stopped Counting It wasn’t actually all that funny. I…

Life After Lockdown – The Fitness Studio Owner

Take a look at her ‘Life Under Lockdown’ post too! The Rollercoaster and the Sycamore Tree by Jules Parry Finally, after three months of me jumping around in my makeshift fitness studio (aka our garage), and me talking to myself and a couple of screens, some lock down restrictions were lifted and I could start…

Life after Lockdown – The Holiday Part 2

A Five-Part Holiday needs a Two-Part homecoming. Here’s Part One. And here’s Part Two – What We Did After Our Holidays Part 2 – by 67 and Stopped Counting We are back! Our journey home was not too bad, just a little stressful with a lot of different elements that had the potential to go…