A Socially-Distanced Visit to Basildon Park

Basildon Park is a National Trust property near Pangbourne in Berkshire and we'd arranged to meet The Best Friends there. It was the first time we'd seen each other in person since the visit to the reindeer. Sitting elegantly in 400 acres of historic parkland and gardens, this 18th-century house was purchased by Lord and … Continue reading A Socially-Distanced Visit to Basildon Park

Me on Monday

Non-essential shops reopen today :)All three of us have appointments for haircutsThe Boy and I are planning another Weekday Walk in townThe Boy and I are planning a visit to his favourite bookstoreThe garden update is proceeding as plannedWe've made arrangements to see my SiL and our friends again - twice in two weeks!We visited … Continue reading Me on Monday

Month in Numbers | March 2021

Did March turn out to be marvellous? Let's see what the numbers made of it: 4 doses of the vaccine received by family members (including me) πŸ™‚ 83 days spent in the 3rd national lockdown for England. 1 year of Covid-19 restrictions in place across the whole of the UK. 3 cyber crops with The … Continue reading Month in Numbers | March 2021

Scrapbooking in 2021 | February and March

The plan of one layout per month worked for February ... but there's two (related) spreads for March. πŸ™‚ You've already seen Feb's spread in my Off the Grid post, but no matter. πŸ™‚ For March, I began with when I received my jab. πŸ™‚ As this will sit in the album opposite Pizza and … Continue reading Scrapbooking in 2021 | February and March

Covid-19 | The Journal, Part 13

I did not think that when I began keeping a scrapbook about the Covid-19 pandemic I would be on the 3rd album ... Great news about the vaccine rollout - both for the country and me personally. πŸ™‚ The Boy has to be tested twice a week as a condition of being able to return … Continue reading Covid-19 | The Journal, Part 13

Covid-19 | Life in Lockdown – One Year on

This time last year, I never imagined I'd be trying to marshall my thoughts into some sort of coherent post about how the last 365 days have been for me and my family. It is perhaps easiest if I divide my thoughts into two columns - positives and negatives ... Positives: Lockdowns work. They're hard … Continue reading Covid-19 | Life in Lockdown – One Year on

Covid-19 | Life in Lockdown – Southern England A Year On

Back in April 2020 I reached out to friends around the world for their thoughts on lockdown. Deb wrote about lockdown life in Southern England here. Six months later, she wrote another piece. Now, a year later, Deb’s kindly written an update, and has a lot to say … so maybe grab a cuppa. πŸ™‚ According to Duolingo I … Continue reading Covid-19 | Life in Lockdown – Southern England A Year On

Me on Monday

This past week was the best we've had in a few months ... The Boy returned to school for full-time, in-person learning. As previously mentioned, he has to take a compulsory lateral flow test twice a week. The Brainy One received his first dose of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine and, as with me, there have … Continue reading Me on Monday