Virtual Coffee Date

virtual coffee date

Hello? How are you doing?

I was really keen to check in with you all today to see how you are getting on in week whatever we are in now. Is it week six? Does anyone know anymore? Whatever week we’re in, I thought wouldn’t it be lovely to grab a virtual coffee together. It might be cabin fever kicking it, so do humour me, but let’s grab a cup and have a natter!

What have you been up to? My lockdown life has been far from remarkable. Unlike the rest of the internet, I haven’t made banana bread, or sourdough bread, or heck, any kind of bread. We’ve not done any DIY. I’ve not learned a new skill or a language. We’re just, you know, getting through each day at it comes, which I feel is the best anyone can hope for, really.

I have come across some really interesting articles and videos though. Here, let me share them with you, in the absence of Ten Things, as it’s been a while since I’ve shared any links with you. I’ve gone for a mix of informative and cheery because we definitely all need some light relief right now:


One of the few mailing lists I subscribe to is that of Paul Jarvis. He wrote this newsletter article on Ins and Outs which I thought was a perfect read.

Life right now feels like déjà vu, in that it reads so much like dystopian fantasy novels I’ve read in the past. Here’s the book summary:

A new virus ravages the world and throws it into economic and social chaos, splitting society in two.

The “Ins” are able to stay sheltered, isolated, and safe. Their time is spent disinfecting things from the Outside, trying to juggle childcare and working from home (if that’s possible), and… inexplicably baking a lot of bread.

The “Outs”, on the other hand, have no choice but to keep working Outside. Risking their health, with the danger of contamination ever-present in their minds. Every sneeze, every cough, every inadvertent or work-required bit of contact, a threat to both their lives and the lives of their families.

The Ins can quarantine indefinitely, because the Outs can bring them everything.”

Go read the rest of the article, it’s food for thought for sure.

On the back of this, remembering which companies screwed over their employees is going to be useful going forward. Here’s the direct link to the spreadsheet in question by the way – it was pretty hard to find in the Vice article.


It’s been Fashion Revolution Week, and so this money diary of a Bangladeshi garment worker was a really interesting read. When we – and by we I mean Western society – buy our clothes, we don’t really think about the lives of the people who made our clothes. To get a look into life as a garment worker really brought home the problems of the fast fashion industry by humanising the labour behind the must-have dress. Here’s how to get involved in Fashion Revolution Week if you are keen to learn more.


In matters completely unrelated to anything, but cheering me up on a daily basis, Richard E. Grant has been reciting lines from Withnail & I on Instagram. The fact he cracks up every. single. time. has me in stitches.


I’m not a big sports fan but Andrew Cotter’s commentary is the absolute best.


Wasting less food seems more important than ever. Here are a plethora of food waste tips from my archives. It’s also made me realise that I’ve not shared any food waste tips since 2015. What can I say, my youngest daughter was born in the earliest days of 2016 and we’ve been in a whirlwind since then! Excuse me whilst I go get busy rectifying that!


Finally, working from home during a global pandemic bingo.


Thanks for the chat!


ps: if you are missing Ten Things, catch up on the latest post here.


Life Lately – November 2016

autumn in edinburgh

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Hello hello!  How are you all?  Feeling a bit shaken by recent events?  Me too, my friend, me too.  In times like these, I stop reading the news, hug my children all that more tightly, and hope I can bring them up to be kind and compassionate, and who never judge people by their race, colour, religion, sexual orientation, or otherwise.  I had expected Trump to win so the news of his election was no surprise, but I still couldn’t help but be disheartened.  I have no idea what’s next, but I do know we are in for some interesting times.

Apart from reading the news in despair, there have been some good times.  My kids and I headed out west for a week in the October holidays, and caught the best of the weather on the Isle of Cumbrae.  There we were, soaking up some vitamin D on Millport Beach in the middle of October with our jackets off, our feet in the water, ice-cream cones in hand, and a picnic on the sand.  Strange strange weather, but fun times.

millport beach

Praise be for squash season.  Fun to decorate with, even better to eat:

mini pumpkin

Brightening up some corners of the house:

botanical fern print

This print that’s brightening up my bathroom came from one of my favourite Etsy shops – Bygone Press*.

Adding to my British gin collection.  The kind folks at sent me this Twisted Nose watercress gin to try out, which is distilled in beautiful Winchester.  This small-batch gin is more peppery than standard gins, but gosh is it good.  I’ve been drinking it with lime, ice, and tonic, but apparently, it pairs well with pink grapefruit, so I shall be giving that a go sometime soon!

twisted nose watercress gin

Finally, I have taken lots and lots of autumnal walks with my littlest.  Autumn is hands down my favourite time of year, and the other week I took a walk up to Dean Galleries in Edinburgh.  The place could not have been any more autumnal if it had tried.  We also pretty much had the place to ourselves, which made it extra special.  I could have gazed upon these trees for hours:

autumn in edinburgh

What have you been up to?  How have you been coping with the news? Read anything good or uplifting lately? Do share, because boy do we need it!