People often worry that to be a travel blogger they have to jet off to all corners of the world every weekend or they won’t have enough content. Well, to that I say phooey. There are so many amazing quirky day trips from London that you can take in England (even turning them into leisurely weekends away.) This isle has wizards, giants, knights, princes, castles, Raven warders and ancient stories that never cease to amaze. It also has a tourism economy that you can help to support where you can.
Partially, it’s a change of mindset. When you’ve lived in an area all of your life, or even years, it’s so easy to take your home for granted – and giggle at the tourists transfixed by an ancient doorway that you’ve walked past for ever.
An intriguing twist in life lately, has been bringing restaurants into our home instead of dining out. For months there has been no going out to eat but trying alternatives like the recently launched home dining by Corbin and King, which was delivered to us. [Disclosure: I was given these meals by Corbin and King but all opinions are very much my own.]
We were delighted to peruse the menu with signature dishes from the Wolseley (a brunch favourite), the Delaunay (an afternoon slice of cake favourite), Fischers (with my favourite schnitzel outside of Austria), Brasserie Zedel (a taste of Paris), Soutine, Manzi’s and Colbert.
When I launched myself into self-employment 3 years ago, I genuinely had no idea whether it would work or not. I had no inkling that I’d spend more than 3 years running my own business successfully. Cheers to many many more!
So, hearing my friend’s words ringing in my head about actually celebrating milestones, we broke out the bubbly for a leisurely break between emails.
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.