Clinical Trial Part Three

Off for my third appointment yesterday morning, as part of the Covid-19 clinical trial that I’m involved with. Woke up to snow first thing, and the clinic is the other side of the Pennines… The first appointment, at the end of November, was for the first injection and involved a lot of questions about my…

A Merry Little Christmas?

How was it for you? Quieter than planned, I expect. I sincerely hope that this isn’t the new normal. But it’s got me thinking about Christmas traditions, what we do and why we do it. From when to put up the Christmas decorations to when to take them down again, via what to do on…

Happy Christmas To Us All

Here’s to you, dear readers – a cheeky glass of Prosecco before I start cooking… This is for the people who find themselves on their own this Christmas. This is for the people who find themselves wondering if they’ll be on their own by this time next year. You can do this. You really can.

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 III

After the ‘Life under Lockdown’ Guest Blogs we had the ‘Life after Lockdown’ Guest Blogs. And here they are again. We’d done our bit, we’d been good during Lockdown, and then it was over and we tried to get back to normal – that new normal that seems so long ago now. So – make…

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…

Tier 4

If you’re waking up to life in Tier 4, I’m so, so, sorry. If your planned gatherings over the Christmas period are in tatters, I’m so, so sorry. My Christmas was going to be a quiet affair anyway – just me and the lodger, and I don’t think he’s a party animal. But I feel…

Keep Dancing!

Strictly Season comes to an end tonight. It’s been fun, yes? And the effort they’ve all gone to in order to put on a live show during a pandemic has to be applauded. Such a shame about Nicola and Katya. And now we’re down to the last four. In no particular order – We have…

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

The first of my Reviews of the Year. If you click on the words that are underlined, you’ll be taken (as if by magic) to the blog post I wrote at the time. It started well enough. I remember making some New Year’s Resolutions – I only made four, and three of them came to…

Car Insurance – such fun

My car insurance is due on 1st January. If I leave it until nearer the time it’ll get forgotten in the chaos of Christmas and New Year (don’t ask how I know this…) So, today I started shopping around. I always use one of the comparison websites, and I also try a couple of 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…