A few things I’d like to get out of 2022

In addition to my review of the year, it’s time for my short round-up of hopes and aims for the year ahead. I went into 2021 with my yes wide open and pretty realistic expectations about what was going to happen in the year ahead. 2022 I’m finding a little more difficult. We actually have a surprising number of things in the diary and even though we’ve got used to qualifying everything with ‘well it depends on restrictions’, I’m hopeful that most of them will go ahead. We haven’t had to cancel anything (yet) which was an improvement on this time last year looking into 2021. View Post

A Review of the Year and Lessons Learned in 2021

Despite 2021 starting with a lockdown, I began the year feeling cautiously optimistic. I felt refreshed after a winter break of not being able to do very much, people were getting vaccinated and the days were starting to get longer. Sure, it looked like we were going to have to postpone our wedding celebrations and honeymoon again (we did!) but it felt a little like we were on the way to recovery. View Post

Freedom is on the horizon: a few thoughts on the end of lockdown

What does ‘freedom’ look like to you? At some point, possibly in May, I optimistically told myself that I wouldn’t be writing about lockdowns and coronavirus anymore. I would actually be able to get back to blogging about day trips and possibly even travel (she whispers cautiously). Yet here we are with ‘Freedom Day’ almost upon us and I couldn’t be less excited. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve enjoyed the taste of freedom that I’ve had so far. Getting to go on holiday for a week in Scotland was wonderful. Being able to see family and have friends to stay have brought moments full of joy. But there’s something about the rising case numbers and the thought of all restrictions disappearing that makes me feel tense. Let’s face it, I wouldn’t be heading off to a nightclub any time soon anyway, but the thought of anything going and it being… View Post

Lessons Learned from a Year of Working from Home

I’ve been working from home for a year now. It’s something I’ve got used to, but am still acting as if it’s a temporary measure. Here are some of the lessons I’ve learned in that time.

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The Long and Winding Road out of Lockdown

So the road out of lockdown has now been paved and for many of us the reassurance of a ‘normal’ summer will be enough to see off the remainder of the winter. Pubs will be open! Sports venues will be open! Weddings are allowed! It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for and feels like the country has let out a sigh of collective relief that the current lockdown isn’t forever. But there’s still a long way to go.  View Post