If we were having a coffee, it would probably be part of a ‘socially distanced’ picnic in London, because that was absolutely the highlight of June. Well, if I’m honest, March and April as well really. We lost our little Biscuit this month, and she has left a Tabby shaped hole in our hearts.
June 2020 will always make me think of paint fumes. Aside from sleeping, working and reading, all we’ve really done is decorate. Live is still on pause with Covid-19. The government have encouraged us all to start to live a little more normally, then Leicester went into a local lockdown. This all feels incredible Orwellian.
As an expat who chose to live on the other side of the world, I’ve had to become creative in sending hugs to family and friends in different parts of the globe, operating on different time zones and crossing many international waters. I realised that these would be perfect when recalibrated to send hugs during lockdown as well. So, here are 9 ways to send hugs in lockdown – helpful in lieu of physically hanging out with your loved ones.
Some of them cost nothing, bar a few minutes of creativity, some loop the uncertainty of sending stuff overseas at the moment and some are just pure moments of random niceness. Let’s be real here, some of them are pretty obvious – but I always love a reminder of these random acts of kindness – they always spur me on to do some.
I’ve got to be honest, I don’t even know where to start with a post on the future of travel. It’s so hard to know what to do, or even what to say. (Even though I’m one of the travel linkup hosts who pick/suggest the linkup topics every month.)
2020 would have been an amazing year for adventures – we managed to slip a long weekend in Bilbao before lockdown came into effect – and in the first half of the year I had trips booked to Panama, New York, Isle of Wight, New Zealand and Las Vegas – who knows what else could have happened!
Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m more than slightly obsessed about brunch. It’s my favourite meal of the day, up there with afternoon tea. So, I thought I’d share one of me favourite dishes – my no fail, really quick corn fritter recipe that’s perfect for last minute plans (and/or curing over indulgence from the night before.)
There’s just something about the gathering of family and friends around a well set table that makes my heart happy. It’s the best place in the world. Especially one laid with bacon, avocado, sweetcorn fritters, coffee, and a sparkling beverage or two.
Asking an antipodean to describe a lamington is like asking a pre-coffee person to describe a dream. It’s childhood weekends in the sunshine, filled with laughter and your mum snatching a second one out of your hand. It’s spending time with your aunts & grandma on sleepy winter mornings all cosied up with tea. It’s popping to the local bakery with your Dad, on the hunt for a pie and something sweet to get you through a busy day. It’s sending your little brother into the neighbourhood cafe with $5, and him coming out with a fistful of cakes and $10 because the owner adores his dimples. [Disclosure: I was gifted lamingtons by the newly launched Radio Lamington crew.]
At its heart, it’s an individual sponge square, cut through with jam, rolled in chocolate icing and dappled with coconut. But, actually, lamingtons are so much more than that.