It Isn’t Over

One year on. Or should I say one year in. I worry that there seems to have been a sea-change in people’s attitudes over the last few days. It feels like it’s over. More and more people are getting their vaccines, the numbers are coming down, the sun is shining. We have the prospect of…

How are you?

Do you feel that your mental health is suffering during Lockdown? Are you feeling anxious, sad, lonely, frustrated, angry, and the rest? We know that depression is low mood that’s not related to any particular event. So someone feeling low following a bereavement isn’t suffering from depression – they are simply and naturally feeling an…

Me Day – again

Two years ago, on 8th January, my husband told me he was leaving. One year ago, on 8th January, I wrote this. I decided that I would declare the 8th of January Me Day. A day to acknowledge that I’ve survived, that I’m not the woman I was. I wish I could go back and…

Don’t Let Lockdown Win

It’s been a shit couple of days. We had such plans, you and I, at the start of the year. So we’ve fallen off the wagon – so what? That doesn’t have to be the end of the story. Let’s forgive ourselves and climb right back on board. Let’s remind ourselves of why we wanted…

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…

60 Burpees at 60

I turned 60 the day before yesterday. And when we’re not in Lockdown I go to the gym every other day. I suppose I’m reasonably fit for my age – although I tend to notice the things that I can’t do more than the things that I can do. I have a Morton’s neuroma in…

Not only Lockdown, but also… a new baby

Locked Out – a Guest Blog by Barefoot_Boy_Mum I’m 58 and Counting’s step-daughter, and I moved to Perth, Western Australia (WA) for a working holiday in January 2012. Fast forward 8.5 years and I’m now happily married, with a beautiful home, a goofy puppy and two incredible boys who are the centre of our universe….

Taking the Bull by the Horns

Lockdown will start in the UK on 5th November. That’s tomorrow. Glad I hadn’t planned a bonfire party (although the government hasn’t stopped us eating bonfire toffee, which was always the best bit). I hate to be bored. I also like to take matters into my own hands, I like to feel that I have…

*&%#^@#!!!

October was a bit of a dead loss. Lots going on, and none of it good. It felt like a giant pile-on, with me at the bottom. And nothing that I could do about any of it. As a result, I found myself in a strange place, decided that no-one really wanted to read my…

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…