Circular Walks close to Bristol

The biggest change of lockdown for me was when we were suddenly allowed outside more than once a day for exercise, and were able to travel to get there. This opened up a huge range of different possibilities for going out walking and has meant that I’ve been able to go out and explore much more of our wider locality. James and I love walking and ever since we came back from New Zealand we’ve said we’ll do more walking at the weekends. However with one thing or another we’ve never quite done as much as we’d thought we might. With visits to other people (or them to us) off the cards and being able to get chores like washing fitted in around working from home, there’s never been a better time for us to get out and explore. Here’s a short selection of some of my favourite walks we’ve…

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A few thoughts on the ‘new normal’

Whilst we were still in the first few weeks of lock-down, back in April I wrote a blog post sharing some of my thoughts and feelings about it all. It’s really funny going back and reading that now as all the restrictions are being lifted and we’re in a phase that is repetitively being referred to as the ‘new normal’. Back when I wrote that post, all I wanted was for everything to return to normality as soon as possible so that we could all get on with our lives. Now that that is what’s happening, I can’t help but feel a little bit conflicted and I’m sure I’m not the only one.

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The Spicery Curry Legend Kit Review

If you’ve read some of my posts on lockdown then you’ve probably come across me referring to our Spicery Curry Legend Kit. I’ve said for some time now that I should probably write a full review, so I’ve finally gotten round to it (and enjoyed eating a few more curries in the meantime!).

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Diversify my book shelf: a short reading list

Studying English Literature at university exposed me to a huge range of different literary works by different authors and from different time periods. What was the main thing they had in common? Most of the authors were white. However, there were two modules I studied which were deliberately designed to make you read from a more diverse set of authors and consider the westernised attitude we have when it comes to literature, and a lot more besides. My Global Literature module at university was one of my favourites because we had some fantastic lecturers and I was exposed to a whole load of concepts I had never previously considered. Since leaving university I’ve made an active attempt to make sure my reading list is more diverse and that I’m reading books which not only tackle a range of subjects, but are written by different people and set in different locations.

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Having a wedding cancelled due to Covid-19

Cancelling your wedding is something you never imagine you’ll have to do. Cancelling it for a global pandemic would have seemed like a bizarre rom-com meets sci-fi film plot at the time we booked it. But for many couples this year, wedding cancellations have become a reality. For such a significant event I’ve spoken relatively little about it other than to acknowledge that yes, it’s a pretty rubbish situation. This post therefore might appear a little self indulgent but I’m hoping writing a little bit about it all will be cathartic in some respect.

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