A Socially-Distanced Return to Kew Gardens

Just like properties belonging to the National Trust, Kew Gardens has reopened to the public by operating a booking system. The Boy Child and I popped in recently under the homeschooling category of another Field Trip. We're fortunate that we can walk there - it's about 40 minutes walk each way. We have an annual … Continue reading A Socially-Distanced Return to Kew Gardens

Life in Lockdown | Life on Hold

I think we're into Week 12 of Lockdown ... but as the weeks are all blurring into each other, I can't say for sure. But I do know that a quarter of 2020 has been put on hold. Life, as we know it, is in suspended animation. The world is still turning. The sun is … Continue reading Life in Lockdown | Life on Hold

Life in Lockdown | Day in the Life – 28 May 2020

06.30: Alarm goes off. The Brainy One is already at work in the office. The Boy Child is still asleep. I get up, clean my teeth and have a quick wash. Dress in shorts and t-shirt. Put the first load of the day (bedding) into the washing machine and switch it on. 07.00: I leave … Continue reading Life in Lockdown | Day in the Life – 28 May 2020

Month in Numbers | April 2020

Was April awful? Let's see what the numbers made of it: 18 online sessions of Pilates. 30 more days of Lockdown, bringing the UK's total number of days in Lockdown to 42. There were 15 mornings of homeschooling. We made 7 rainbows for our windows. I sent 9 pieces of Happy Mail. My highest daily … Continue reading Month in Numbers | April 2020

Project Life Revisited | Weeks 13 and 14

Week 13: The week the UK went into lockdown and homeschooling began. Week 14: We stayed home. We initiated the Snakes and Ladders Lockdown Championships. I spent a lot of time in the garden - weeding was the biggest job. (Did you spot my wee helper?) We watched the superb Military Wives via Amazon Prime. … Continue reading Project Life Revisited | Weeks 13 and 14

Four Fun Things

Cup of Jo highlighted Brooklyn's rainbows and we could all do with a few rainbows in our lives right now. Daily walks with Tilly - time to enjoy her attitude to life. Birdsong in West London is now clearly audible thanks to the lack of road traffic, Tube trains and aircraft overhead. Never was memory … Continue reading Four Fun Things

Social Distancing and What It Might Mean for Content

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

The Last Hurrah Before Social Distancing

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

Project Life Revisited | Weeks 9 and 10

Week 9: Yet another winter storm - Storm Jorge, although London got off fairly lightly. I spent an afternoon with my friend at St. Mary's, Paddington (I've obscured her face to protect her privacy and made a flip-up pocket to hide the journaling). The Boy Child and I went on a Mum and Son date … Continue reading Project Life Revisited | Weeks 9 and 10