Music in lockdown

I’ve just written a piece for a magazine about some of the positives to come out of lockdown. When it’s published, I’ll share it with you. Along with the wonderful impact on nature and the environment, the thing I’ll be taking from all of this is that when I have a left-field idea, I’m going…… Continue reading Music in lockdown

Happy birthday Charles II

It’s Oak Apple Day today, which commemorates the restoration of the monarchy in May 1660 and Charles II’s birthday. Back in the day, it was a bank holiday. According to an entry in Samuel Pepys’ Diary on 1 June 1660: ‘Parliament had ordered the 29th of May, the King’s birthday, to be forever kept as…… Continue reading Happy birthday Charles II

Last clap finale?

Tonight’s Clap for Carers will probably be the last time we stand outside our houses on a Thursday night to give our key workers a round of applause for their work in the battle against coronavirus. Annemarie Plas, the woman who came up with the idea, says it’s the right time for her to stop,…… Continue reading Last clap finale?

I beg your pardon

I made the mistake of waiting for Dominic Cummings to arrive in the Number 10 rose garden yesterday afternoon. He was thirty minutes late and he gave that rapid ‘sorry I’m late’ statement people say when they’re not sorry at all. I was glued to the screen when he read page after page of convoluted…… Continue reading I beg your pardon

Another brick in the wall

I’m seething this morning at the news that Dominic Cummings, the PM’s trusted adviser, revered and despised by politicians in equal measure, is arrogantly unrepentant at breaking the lockdown rules. His acolytes in the cabinet continue to defend him. Each time one of them opens their mouths they seem to dig a deeper and deeper…… Continue reading Another brick in the wall

A legend in my own lunchtime

It sometimes feels like I’m at the centre of a feel-good comedy written by Richard Curtis. ‘That song you played yesterday,’ Mickey Murphy said to me this morning as he walked up from the community shop and I was walking the dogs. ‘My wife thought it was for her.’ ‘Not Doris Day’s Deadwood Stage?’ ‘No,…… Continue reading A legend in my own lunchtime

Welcome to limbo land

Having inadvertently published two blog posts within minutes of each other at the end of last week, I am now struggling to know what to write about. It’s now a strange period in the lockdown. We are locked down but we aren’t, if you get my drift. Guidelines have been changed and some restrictions lifted.…… Continue reading Welcome to limbo land

You ain’t no friend of mine

Arty off the lead on a previous walk… The dogs are making enough noise to wake the neighbours. One starts howling and the other is barking incessantly. It’s walkies time and, girl, do they know it. Unlike my previous blogging platform, the Google-owned Blogger, it appears that I can’t simply upload a video to this…… Continue reading You ain’t no friend of mine

Back in the driving seat

It’s my first time behind the wheel of my car in two months. I drive in too low a gear and the thing sounds even more like a sewing machine than it did back in the middle of March. Up until now, Mr Grigg has been doing our essential shopping and I’ve stayed at home.…… Continue reading Back in the driving seat

The return of the native

It’s beautifully clear up here on the hill. Looking through the trees from Dorset’s highest point and out beyond the Vale, I can see the sea. There is a boat on it. I wonder where it is going. There used to be a swing here in the trees, with the most glorious view. When you…… Continue reading The return of the native