Back to School

How different from all previous years. I used to be a teacher – but I’m glad I’m not a teacher now. I used to be a parent of school-age children – I’m glad I’m not any more. The thought of being told specifically NOT to wear a mask, but being expected to work alongside 30…

Million Vaccines

Back in April, just five months ago, the BBC ran a headline that said there would be ‘a million vaccines by September’. I didn’t believe it then – it’s now September and it’s turned out to be… not true. Fancy that. The trouble is, it was reported by the BBC. Rightly or wrongly, we generally…

Three Hundred Years a Slave

I’ve been wanting to write something about the riots since they started. But sitting here cocooned in my white privilege I don’t have the right to say anything. So instead I’m trying to imagine what life would be like now if those first European explorers setting foot on lands that were new to them had…

No Mow May – not

I hadn’t cut my grass for a month. Some of you may be aware of No Mow May – the idea is that you don’t cut your grass for the whole of May, thus allowing flowers to blossom and to provide nectar for the bees and any other passing insects that might feel the need….

And Then There Were None

One swallow doesn’t make a summer. But what if there are none at all? Do you have swallows near you at the moment? I don’t. They’re an unmistakable sign of summer in the UK – but last year I didn’t see any at all from my garden. They’re the sort of thing that are just…

Covid and Kids

I used to be a teacher. So – I have an opinion about kids going back to school. That Reception/ Year 1 period, when the kids are aged 4 – 6, is a crucial part of school. It’s the period when the foundations are laid. Children learn what behaviour is expected of them, they start…

No Mow May

I won’t be cutting my grass for the next few weeks. Have you heard of No Mow May? I heard about it for the first time last year, but unfortunately I only heard about it on 29th May. Shame. I vowed to do better this year! The idea is that you don’t cut your grass…

Five a Day

So we’re going to be locked down for another three weeks. I think it’s probably realistic to say ‘at least’. My last post asked you to contact five people and just have a chat with them. I think this has become even more imperative – there are a lot of people out there who may…

Loneliness is Tough

Something a bit different today. If you relied on Facebook, you’d think that everyone is spending their time camping on the lawn, turning their garage into a home gym, and communing with the wildlife that has miraculously started appearing in their garden. If that’s you – great. But it’s not like that for everyone. Here…

Be Nice. Stay Home.

I wrote this just seven weeks ago – or what feels like a lifetime ago. Back in a time when corona virus was unheard of, social distancing hadn’t been invented, and furlough wasn’t even a verb. But I thought it was important to write it then, and I think it’s even more important to re-post…