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Fun Lockdown Things

How you doing? January 2021 has been a lot, hasn’t it?

I have a ton of research-heavy posts that I want to write, but with my kids home, and trying to attempt some sort of schooling with them whilst I work my day job, then it’s not happening just now. Instead, I thought I would share some things that have soothed my soul in these tumultuous times. Sometimes we need some rest and gentle escapism. I hope some of what I share helps you too.


My Octopus Teacher movie poster

We watched My Octopus Teacher on Netflix last weekend, and it was such a gentle delight.

The premise of the documentary is that a filmmaker forges a friendship with an octopus living in a South African kelp forest. It sounds like an unlikely premise for a film with a 1.5 hr running time, but honestly, it’s spellbinding.

Other gentle things that I’ve watched recently and loved include The Extra Ordinary, also on Netflix. This is a really quirky Irish supernatural comedy, that is well worth a watch. I’d also really recommend Hunt for the Wilderpeople, a sweet New Zealand comedy starring Sam Neill, which is now high up there on my list of favourite movies ever.


the first mess lentil dal recipe

One of my favourite things to cook, especially in winter, is this root vegetable lentil dahl. It’s so easy to come together and is comfort on a plate. Whether you’re taking part in Veganuary or just looking to reduce your meat intake (no judgement here) then this comes highly recommended.


I have not managed to read a book recently, however articles on the internet, I can manage that!

mushroom library in Kyoto Botanical Gardens

Lately, I have really enjoyed finding out about the Japanese Children’s Library, in Kyoto Botanical Gardens. How magical do these mushroom libraries look?

I also took a lot from reading this article about when tea drinking was considered an irresponsible, reckless pursuit for women in Ireland. And in England, it was thought that women drinking tea, might threaten the wholesome diet of British peasants, overturn hierarchies and be at the root of a secret revolutionary society. If that’s the case, then let’s drink more (plastic-free) tea, and overthrow the 100 companies responsible for 71% of carbon emissions!


Kirsty Elson art

Finally, I have been admiring the works of Cornish artist, Kirsty Elson. Kirsty makes these amazing sculptures out of driftwood and random things she finds. What a talent!

Find Kirsty on Instagram, and visit her Etsy shop*.

What’s helping you through lockdown times?

Sending love,


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We are also planning some weekend camping trips in our local area throughout the summer. We camped last summer, our first camping trip as a family, and we had such a great time that we’re keen to do it all again. It can be really cheap to camp and between sleeping outside and cooking outside, my kids feel like they’re on the biggest adventure ever – they still talk about last year’s camping trip with great fondness.

Also, between a mix of life changes and spring weather I’m hoping to be able to cycle to work, which is hugely exciting! Until recently, I’d lived too far to be able to cycle to work and back, but now, with a more sensible commute coupled with my youngest starting nursery school, this all means that cycling to work becomes a much more feasible (and fun!) option. There’s nothing quite like cycling to work to wake you up in the morning and feel ready to take on the day.

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