Thank you NHS — AD

Thank you NHS One of the things I really want to take away from the Coronavirus, and remember in years to come is the NHS finally getting the recognition it rightly deserves.   Without wishing to get political, for years it has been under-funded, in some cases abused, and yet always there for us when we need it most.  My Timehop is littered with reminders of trips in ambulances with

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When your first grandchild is born during a pandemic

When your first grandchild is born during a pandemic   I am trying to keep a sense of perspective about the whole thing.  Telling myself that at least Lily Elena, who arrived on May 20th, is safe at home with her mummy (my eldest daughter) and daddy.  That they are all safe as they shielded and the maternity unit into which she entered the world had done their utmost to

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The Social Isolation Diaries — Week 11

The Social Isolation Diaries — Week 11 Well that’s it then, social isolation is over.  Officially, not completely because we are still being urged to remain two metres apart but from next next week we will be allowed to meet up in groups of “up to six” in public spaces.  Which has, of course, been translated into “you can now have a barbecue with all your friends and family in

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How to grow your own gin garden

How to grow a gin garden Quite why I decided I wanted to plant a gin garden four years ago, I don’t know.  Hell a decade ago I didn’t even like gin. But then I discovered that it was tonic water I didn’t like and that I actually did like gin.  A lot.  Though in my defence I do drink it with waaaayyyyyy more lemonade than any recipe would recommend

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The Social Isolation Diaries — Week 10

The Social Isolation Diaries — Week 10   Well this has been quite the week.  First of all, the official stuff that has been going on that I want to document before I forget.  We are still officially in lockdown but with some easing, so we can drive as far as we like but we can’t stay out overnight.   It’s like being 10 again and knowing you have to

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The Social Isolation Diaries — Week 9

The Social Isolation Diaries — Week 9 Yes, fluffy socks because it has been freezing at times this week! So here we are, into week 9 of lockdown and a week after Boris made his speech setting out his “road map for easing the lock down” we are still baffled by what he was trying to say.  The government’s message telling us to “Stay at home” mutated into “stay alert”

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Who panic buys a sideboard?!

Stuff I have found myself panic buying because of Coronavirus  It started with a new sideboard. Though the use of the word “new” in that sentence would imply there was an old sideboard.   There wasn’t, there has never been a sideboard in this house.  Yet as soon as the lockdown was announced I decided we had to have one for the office which duly arrived several days later.  Knowing

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Social Isolation Diaries — Week 8

Social Isolation week 8 Here we are then, another week under our belts and still almost 500 people a day are losing their lives to this hideous illness.  Countless thousands of others lie in hospital beds away from their loved ones, whilst underpaid care professionals to their very best whilst risking their own lives because there isn’t enough PPE. The longer this now goes on, the more I see of

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Social Isolation diaries — Week 7

Social isolation diaries week 7   The numbers this week are utterly depressing.  178,000 people have tested positive for Coronavirus and heartbreakingly 28,000 have passed away. The daily death rate is still somewhere between 400 and 800 every day yet Boris Johnson has said we are now passed the peak.  I am really not sure I believe that.  People are desperate to know when the lockdown will be lifted, but

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Window Wednesday — Basildon Park

  I know we can’t visit National Trust properties at the moment but we went to Basildon Park a few months ago so I have finally got around to sharing the photos for Window Wednesday in the hope you can add it to your list of places to go when we are able to travel again Basildon Park is one of the most modern properties we have visited because although

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The social isolation diaries — week 6

The social isolation diaries — week 6 If we didn’t suspect it already this was the week that we finally realised Donald Trump is batshit crazy.  He suggested this week that if bleach and disinfectant can kill germs on surfaces in a minute why don’t we start injecting it into ourselves in an effort to kill Coronavirus.   No, seriously he did.   Within 24 hours the likes of Dettol

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Lemonade Scones recipe

A quick and easy lemonade scones recipe I have been making this recipe for about 20 years, simply because the first time I heard about it I thought it was just too bonkers to be serious.  And then once I had done it a few times and realised it did actually work it became my “go to” scone recipe. It is also a great way of getting children involved in

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