Today, for the first time since the end of March, I looked in my Filofax. Usually the small, treasured item that organises my life and it looked at most days, it has been left untouched for the best part of 3 months. There were some things scribbled out in it, from when Covid-19 first started cancelling all our plans, but I had stopped at the middle of June, unsure at the time how long the virus would last. I don’t think any of us were really sure and June let alone September still felt like a long time away, so cancelling things beyond June seemed silly. I wasn’t naive in thinking they were definitely going to be fine, but I also didn’t know so it was worth leaving them for the time being.Read more
After moving to our current house just under 2 years ago, I fairly quickly discovered there was a lake essentially behind the estate that we live on at the top end of our village. The lake separates our village from the next settlement, a new housing development on the edge of Peterborough.Read more
I’m not usually one to boast about the compliments I receive. I usually receive them awkwardly like a typical, dorky, anxious millennial, but if I was asked a direct question, which feature do you receive the most compliments about, it is my hair. I am lucky to have volume-rich, curly hair and as I try and tackle my own self confidence issues, it’s a feature I am proud of and like about myself.Read more
I’m tired of seeing quite clearly hollow posts and comments that only utter ‘violence is not the answer’ and words to that effect from people (and let’s be honest, mainly white people) in the few days since the tragic death of George Floyd.
I’d like to make it crystal clear that the posts calling for peaceful protest and constructive action are not the posts I mean here. These posts are the best posts in this time.Read more
I write this post as I think about the revelations this weekend of Dominic Cumming’s 260 mile trip north during lockdown, and the more I think about it, the more it fills me with absolute, incandescent rage. I will try, as best I can, to keep this to the point, to not be too rude or completely sucked into this emotionally, but it is my opinion, I don’t believe it’s a completely unreasonable one, and I make no apologies for a) having an opinion b) wanting to voice it or c) using bad language (sorry, Mum).
I also write this post only an hour or so after writing this one, about how a life of 9 weeks of shielding is getting me down. And it’s because of the first post that this one is getting me quite worked up.Read more
I am eternally grateful for all the nice comments people have said in these last 62 days. I am by and large feeling more positive thanks to everyone who has told me I am doing well during this, and I have proved to myself I am a lot stronger than I thought, but I don’t want to be told these things anymore. Because I don’t want to have to continue to live in this strange, cold and disconnected way.Read more
I’ve no idea how statistically popular my post was about new music last week, but I had a lot of fun writing it so I’m back again for round 2. This week, Kip Moore (pictured above) is back with his second single in as many weeks, Tide Lines have released their fifth single from ‘Eye of the Storm’, their second album which also comes out today and there are more hits from Green Day, Luke Combs and more. I’m afraid this week the Disappointments list is a little longer, but there’s still plenty to check out.Read more
So yesterday was tough, it turns out I am very unlikely to have a job at the end of this after all. It’s a bitter pill to swallow, because of how much I like my job and my colleagues. This is a sad set of circumstances for a company who have looked after me well so my only resentment is towards the circumstances that have caused this, not my place of work. That being said, I know overall I cannot in any way blame myself for this and I am leaving with hugely increased confidence in my abilities. I owe them a lot and will be parting on sad, but in no way bitter terms.Read more
I’m hoping (haha, we know how good I am at sticking to things…) that this blog post will become a more regular feature on here, sharing the new songs I’m loving each week. I love discovering new music and try and find it in different places, including blogs, so here goes!Read more
Hello! I say ‘I’ve finally got time to write again’ when we’re already 5 weeks into lockdown, but I guess it’s that I’ve got both time and inspiration again. Lockdown and this bizarre situation has also made me focus in on a couple of things too, which link hand in hand to form this blog post and the basis for new ones too.Read more