National Tea Day

National Tea Day As National Tea Day on April 21st in the UK is a day I felt I couldn’t let go unnoticed given that my actual name is T.  Okay so maybe that is my nickname but it still feels like a day I should mark.   There is also an International Tea Day in December should you want to read a post I wrote about that a few

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The social isolation diaries — Week 5

The social isolation diaries — week 5 Is it really week 5?  It feels so much longer than that to be honest, and in reality it actually is.  The last time I went out for anything other than the supermarket was on March 11th when I went to Westfield for the day with the girls.  Even then we knew lockdown was coming, and debated whether we should have gone at

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Banana, maple and pecan bread

Banana, maple and pecan bread The internet seems to be awash with banana bread recipes at the moment and it seems you can’t be in lockdown unless you have made one.  So you don’t really need another recipe but, well you’re here now so I am going to share this one: Banana, maple and pecan bread   Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 45 mins Total time 1 hour

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Not Gregg’s sausage and bean melt

If you’ve never tried a Gregg‘s sausage and bean melt then you don’t know what you are missing.   And if you HAVE tried one, well, you will really be missing the fact you can’t grab one of these at the moment.  They aren’t a regular staple in our house but something about not being able to buy one as we self isolate is really making me want to buy

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The social isolation diaries — week 4

The social isolation diaries, week 4 The statistics are horrifying, the stories heartbreaking. This week we passed 10,000 deaths being recorded, whilst also being reminded that this is just deaths recorded in hospital.   This doesn’t include those dying in the community, or indeed in care homes.  One care home has recorded 12 deaths in a fortnight.   We also learned that 31 members of front line NHS staff have

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The A to Z of Coronavirus

A handy A to Z of Coronavirus.  You know, should you ever feel you need one. Antibac.   You can’t get anti-bacterial hand wash for love nor money.  Actually that isn’t true.  You can get it for money: £25 for 50ml on eBay from unscrupulous sellers who want to capitalise on our need for it.  I have not held back on reporting every ad I see for it on Facebook

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Window Wednesday — Rainbows

Rainbows and children’s art in windows and on pavements   Window Wednesday has been paused of late because we haven’t done an awful lot that has offered me the opportunity to post a photo of a window (and if you are new to Window Wednesday here is a little more about it) I am not sure where the idea came from but as the lockdown came into force children all

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How Coronavirus impacted us

How Coronavirus impacted us in 2020   When we look back on this period of our lives it will be hard to remember just what has changed.  Things will have gone back to normal (whatever the new normal will be) but people will have been lost, lives will have been changed and I don’t think things will ever really be the same again.  And we will forget some of the

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How To Pick The Best Travel Insurance — AD

How To Pick The Best Travel Insurance For Your Family Holiday Thereare any number of things that could go wrong when you take your family on a holiday. From lost luggage to delayed flights, these inconveniences can be magnified in severity if you have some younger children in tow. Fortunately, travel insurance can help to provide you with the peace of mind you need to have a relaxing family holiday.

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The social isolation diaries — week 3

The social isolation diaries — week 3 I have now got to the point where the days all roll into one and I am struggling to really know what day of the week it is.  There’s a meme going round about how those pants we all had as kids that have the days of the week printed on them would be really useful right now.  They are not wrong. This

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How to have a quiet night in — AD

When I was asked if I wanted to talk about having having a quiet night in it was against a backdrop of us actually being able to go out.  Now none of us are allowed out and the world feels very different from how it did previously!  How quickly things have changed in March 2020, huh?  Staying in really is the new going out. I have always been a bit

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#BlossomWatch

National Trust launches #BlossomWatch to emulate Japan’s Hanami National Trust asks people to start a new tradition that emulates Hanami – the Japanese tradition of celebrating blossom  Conservation charity aims to build #BlossomWatch year-on-year to become an annual moment of celebration in nature’s calendar #BlossomWatch encourages people to enjoy blooming trees they can see from their windows or in their gardens and share their best images Fleeting chance to see blossom is one of

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