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…

A Year of Kitchen Designing

It’s a year today since I started work as a kitchen designer for a major DIY chain. I needed a job, because my husband had left me. We ran a limited company together – and that was my only source of income. When he told me he was leaving, my initial shock was very closely…

Life After Lockdown – The Fitness Studio Owner

Take a look at her ‘Life Under Lockdown’ post too! The Rollercoaster and the Sycamore Tree by Jules Parry Finally, after three months of me jumping around in my makeshift fitness studio (aka our garage), and me talking to myself and a couple of screens, some lock down restrictions were lifted and I could start…

Here We Go Again

Here in West Yorkshire – and specifically in the Bradford area – we’re in Lockdown for the second time. Things had started to ease – I’d got my hair cut, the gym had re-opened. Life seemed to be getting back to normal. Now, with just 2 ½ hours’ notice, we’re in Lockdown again. We’ve been…

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…