Feeling Out of Sorts

There seem to be a lot of things that are just getting to me a bit at the moment. And I’m sure that any one of them, on their own, wouldn’t faze me. Even a handful of them wouldn’t faze me. Indeed haven’t fazed me, until now. Here’s the list!! My parents are slowly beginning…

That Was Then, This Is Now

In the strange parallel universe that is ‘What I would have been doing if Covid-19 hadn’t happened’, this is the weekend I should have had two of the grandchildren to stay. I would have been picking them up today, and returning them on Sunday, so that their Mum and Dad could get a well-deserved and…

Space Plague – one year on

I started a new job a year ago. It was just 5 months since my husband had left me, and after a few false starts, I’d landed a job as an Explainer at the Science and Media Museum in Bradford. My first gig, as it were, was the Bradford Science Festival – this was a…

The Worst of Both Worlds

The gym I go to had to close due to the pandemic. But it was OK, because I was doing so much walking (6 – 8 miles a day) and lifting (25kg sacks of cement, concrete, sand) at work that I was getting fitter and stronger by the day. I must have been getting through…

What Have You Done Today?

As we begin, possibly, to move out of lockdown and back into the world, it’s time to take stock I think. There we were, tiddling along – and suddenly we could only go out for essential purposes. Which I think forced us all to think about what is essential. We discovered that lots of things…

A Week Off Work – At Last

What with Covid-19 and lockdown and furlough and being a key worker and everything, the week off that I’d booked for the week after Easter didn’t happen. That means this is my first annual leave since Christmas, and I am SO looking forward to it. My FEET are so looking forward to it. No plans,…

Life under Lockdown – The Holiday Part 5

They went on holiday but couldn’t come home. It’s been more than 10 weeks now. Here are parts 1, 2, 3 and 4. What We Did on Our Holidays – Part 5 by 67 and Stopped Counting Cry FREEDOM! Well not quite, but restrictions have been lifted a bit here on the holiday island of…

A Different Normal

Today is going to be a doing-day. It’s the first mid-week day off I’ve had in a while – I have a list of things I need to do. Wash my work apron and hang it outside to dry. Put away the washing that I did on Monday. Pay a cheque in. I’m doing the…

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…

Life under Lockdown – The Fitness Studio Owner

This is the gym I go to – or rather it’s the one I will go to again as soon as I possibly can. I wrote about how it has changed my life here. From Gym to Garden to Garage by Jules Parry On Friday 20th March, around 6pm, the government announced that all pubs,…

Immunity

Immunity. It’s something we’ve become used to. We expect it. We pretty much see it as our God-given right. We have a natural immunity to many things, and we have been immunised against many more – but we have no immunity to Covid-19. Our immune systems can’t help us. Our ability to fight off the…