Walking in the Snow

I love the snow. I have happy memories of sledging on Beverley Westwood as a child. One year we were having such a good time that when the light started to fade we walked into the town for something to eat – then went back out and sledged in the moonlight. Magical. I’ve had adventures…

Me Day – again

Two years ago, on 8th January, my husband told me he was leaving. One year ago, on 8th January, I wrote this. I decided that I would declare the 8th of January Me Day. A day to acknowledge that I’ve survived, that I’m not the woman I was. I wish I could go back and…

Black Ice

Time to get back to the gym yesterday, after a bit of a lay-off over Christmas. Into the gym kit – leggings, T-shirt, hoody, trainers, heart-rate monitor – and off out for the 8am session. The gym is just a short walk from the house. The slush from the day before had frozen overnight. It…

No Plans

I have a few days annual leave, starting today. I have no plans. I haven’t even made any plans that have had to be cancelled. Yes – Covid-19 has been with us for so long now that these few days hadn’t even been booked when it all started. Unlike my planned-and-paid-for-but-then-cancelled trip to Naples in…

It’s Chriiiiistmaaaas (Nearly)!

Twenty days to go until Christmas. It’s going to be a funny one. And I don’t mean ‘funny ha ha’. What are your plans? Are you going for the full 3-household Christmas bubble from 23rd to 27th December? Or will you retreat from the world and use the holiday period as a much-needed excuse to…

Lifting Heavy Stuff

I’m a kitchen designer, but designing kitchens isn’t all that the job entails. Mostly I sit at a computer, but sometimes I have to get physical. I have to work stock. I have to help a customer with a purchase. I have to just shift stuff from A to B. And from time to time…

60 Today

I’m 60 today. The start of my 7th decade on planet earth. I should have been having a bit of a do with my family – but that would have involved unnecessary travel, mixing households who were in two different tiers (I know we’re all in lockdown now, but some of us were in Tier…

Bonfire Night 1977

It’s 43 years ago today since I met my first husband. (Can you believe 1977 was 43 years ago!!! They’ll be telling us next it’s 20 years since the Millenium!!) I was 16 at the time – but less than a week off being 17. I desperately hoped he wouldn’t ask my age until I…

Taking the Bull by the Horns

Lockdown will start in the UK on 5th November. That’s tomorrow. Glad I hadn’t planned a bonfire party (although the government hasn’t stopped us eating bonfire toffee, which was always the best bit). I hate to be bored. I also like to take matters into my own hands, I like to feel that I have…

Meeting the Ancestors

I’ve just renewed my subscription to Ancestry.com. It’s worth every penny – I pay for full access to the worldwide records. As many of my ancestors emigrated (or were transported…) – to Australia, to the US, to New Zealand, to Canada – I need to be able to access everything. And as hobbies go, it’s…

Fully and Well

Feeling a bit better – certainly heading in the right direction, although I know there’s a long way to go. Feeling stronger emotionally and mentally, which means I stand a better chance of coping with whatever comes along next. Thanks and more thanks to the people who’ve read this blog and have been so supportive…