Still No Birds

I get no birds in my garden. I may have mentioned this before. Yesterday I was at my back door when I heard a lot of twittering – a flock of long-tailed tits were in a tree in the garden behind my house. This was very exciting. They’re quite a rare bird in the UK,…

Day 21

I’m taking part in Clinical Trials for a Covid vaccine. This isn’t the Pfizer/BioNTech one that needs to be stored at -70 degrees, and it isn’t the Oxford/AstraZeneca one either. Those are just the ones you’ve heard about. Is there any point in continuing with clinical trials when we already have two potentially viable vaccines?…

Pressure Washing my Steps

Until he left, my ex was in charge of pressure washing. I would stay inside and think he was wonderful for getting out there and doing it, and I’d be ready with a cup of tea when he’d finished. When he left, he took the pressure washer with him, which I was fine with. But…

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…

Blogging On

Wow – I’ve had a flurry of new followers over the last couple of weeks. Welcome all!! It’s probably time for a bit of a recap. Apologies if you know all this stuff already! It’s about 18 months since I started this blog. My husband had walked out on our marriage four months previously, and…

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….

Food Banks

October was pretty shitty for me. And when I sat myself down to have a good think about why, I realised that what I need most in my life is to feel that I’ve achieved something. Anything, really. I decided that I needed to start to do something about it. I wrote about it here….

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…

Covid – My Part in its Downfall

An advert popped up on my Facebook page from an organisation called Synexus. They conduct clinical trials in the UK on behalf of pharmaceutical companies. This particular trial was for a Covid vaccine. More precisely is was – a Phase 3, Randomised, Observer-Blinded,  Placebo-Controlled Trial to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of a SARS-CoV-2 Recombinant Spike Protein…