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….

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…

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…

*&%#^@#!!!

October was a bit of a dead loss. Lots going on, and none of it good. It felt like a giant pile-on, with me at the bottom. And nothing that I could do about any of it. As a result, I found myself in a strange place, decided that no-one really wanted to read my…

The Porridge Myth

There are people who think every parent should be able to afford to feed their children. And I absolutely agree. When my husband left, and I realised what a vulnerable position I was in financially, I cut back majorly on my spending in general, and on my food spending in particular. For a while there…

Wouldn’t It Be Loverly

So the government think that giving free meals to hungry kids during half term would ‘increase dependency’ on the State. Maybe it would, maybe it wouldn’t. I was a teacher. I taught Key Stage One children from 1996 until 2012. In my teaching career I have Had parents bring children to school without shoes. Had…

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…

Class Distinctions

I was on Twitter the other day. I posted a comment in favour of the National Trust’s report into Slavery and Colonialism, and as a result I was accused of being middle class. Whatever that means. And the more I think about it, the more ridiculous it is. Ridiculous that we still think in those…

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…

Happy Birthday Mum

I’ve left the lodger in charge of the cat and joined my parents in a little hotel in Derbyshire to celebrate Mum’s 90th birthday. This is the 90th birthday party that started off as a cruise. The cruise, which should have happened back in August, was cancelled back in March for obvious coronavirus-related reasons. It…