The Second Half

Well, that’s the first half of 2020 over with. It’s been a hell of a year so far. It’s kind of taken me by surprise, that we’re so far through the year. I think it’s because I feel everything has been in some sort of suspended animation since the start of Lockdown. I surprised myself…

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 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,…

Life under Lockdown – The Holiday Part 3

Yes – they’re STILL still there… What We Did on Our Holidays – Part 3 by 67 and Stopped Counting It’s not all doom and gloom being totally locked down on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Mallorca. It’s a great place to be. The fact that we came out for a 12 day holiday in…

Life under Lockdown – The Tutor

It’s not just the kids that aren’t at school… Our Arty Lockdown by Howard Carlisle My work ended abruptly on 16th March, and I can’t see it starting again this year, if ever. I used to run a large watercolour painting school for adult students – the students are mainly over 70, so that put…

Life under Lockdown – The Retired Artist

Welcome to another Guest Blog A Perfect Day in Lockdown by Jane Fielder I am 70 and very fortunate. I have good health, an interesting husband, a wonderful garden – and a playground of a house full of exciting projects and ideas all awaiting time. Now, out of the saddest of events, at last, that…

Life under Lockdown – The Supermarket Worker

Guest blog number three. Mixed Feelings by Long Tall Bob On 23rd March 2020 my job description went from ‘unskilled shelf-stacker’ to ‘key worker feeding the nation’. At time of writing we are five weeks into the UK’s coronavirus lockdown. 21,678 people are dead. And anyone serious will tell you we have barely scratched the…

Life under Lockdown – The Holiday

Here’s my first Guest Blogger – there will be more! What We Did on Our Holidays – by 67 and Stopped Counting Like everyone else at the moment we are in a state of uncertainty in these aptly named uncertain times – except that we are on vacation in Mallorca. We left the UK on…

Guest Blogging – I Need YOU!

If you’re reading this, I want to hear from YOU. Fancy writing a guest blog for me? We’re living in very peculiar times. All our lives are different now, whether we’re working longer and harder than ever before, or stuck at home with not enough to do. Maybe you’re furloughed? Maybe you’re self-isolating? Maybe you’re…

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…