With the arrival of Covid-19, more and more of us are being told to work from home. As a seasoned worker-from-home*, I can safely say that there's a knack to it, especially if you want to be productive. Here are my tips for making the best of working from home: Have a dedicated work space. … Continue reading Tips for Successfully Working From Home
What now for This West London Life? If we're not going anywhere, what will I write about? The lunch we were throwing for family and close friends to mark The Boy Child becoming a teenager? Cancelled. The Road Trip to Bruges in Belgium during the Easter holidays? Cancelled. The return visit to Jersey at the … Continue reading Social Distancing and What It Might Mean for Content
A friend of ours is about to turn 40 years old and thankfully chose to hold her birthday brunch early - the gathering was probably the last social gathering for quite a while. #socialdistancing. Our friend has been through quite a tough few years and it was lovely to see her welcome her forthcoming decade … Continue reading The Last Hurrah Before Social Distancing
The atmosphere in our bit of suburban West London is strange. There's a sense of waiting and I don't just mean the lengthy queues every morning outside the local branches of Superdrug and Boots. Right now, life feels ominous but semi-normal. Certain shelves in the local supermarket are empty. Dried pasta, toilet rolls and any … Continue reading Covid-19 | How Are You Feeling?
It was a rare sunny morning and there I was, minding my own business, when wham! I was spreadeagled, face down, in the middle of the road. Somehow I'd missed my footing stepping down from the kerb and, as the kids say, face planted the tarmac. It hurt. It hurt a lot. There was blood. … Continue reading Falling from Grace
During February of last year, I didn't buy anything that wasn't considered necessary - no to new clothes, no to new books, no to slices of cake in our local dog-friendly café. I've just completed another Frugal February and I feel good about it. It's been good practice to pause and actively consider whether a … Continue reading Frugal February | A Month of No Buying
Week 7: Storm Ciara brought a tree down onto our neighbour's house (no-one was hurt, thankfully). There's a new kitchen at the planning and design stage. We attended Cachirulo's 5th birthday party. There are additional photos and journaling behind the 6x4 photo (You can just see the top of The Colombian's head). The 3x4 journaling … Continue reading Project Life Revisited | Weeks 7 and 8
I filled in the few remaining blanks in our 2019 album ... The Festival of Remembrance: And I then reworked a few spreads for The Boy Child's revamped album ... First passport photo: Worn out through play: First visit to Santa: What have you been creating?
In February last year, I only bought things that were considered essential. I'm doing the same again this year. No buying anything I don’t truly need. My list includes: tea/coffee in cafés, with a notable exception allowed.magazineschocolate/sweets/biscuitsclothesbooksscrapbooking productsrandom online shopping. Amazon, I’m looking at you Frugal February will give me a chance to actively live with our … Continue reading A Month In Which I Don’t Buy Anything I Don’t Truly Need | The Re-run
January has passed by in a blur here at This West London Life; let's see what the numbers made of it: 13: Yikes! There's a teenager in the house! 68 walks with Tilly. 15 scrapbook pages created. 14 birthday thank-yous written by the teenager. 7 nights in Marrakech (spoiler: it wasn't me). We ate out … Continue reading Month in Numbers | January 2020