“A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.” — Gertrude Jekyll
itThis already feels very very weird! Since the start of the Covid pandemic, I have written maybe 3 or 4 blog posts, this was a break I never meant to take. As time went on I wondered if I would ever want to blog again.
From the start of the pandemic all the way back in March 2020 until January 2021 I went through big changes in my life from losing my dad, to being made redundant, finding a new job, moving in with my boyfriend, moving towns, and dealing with my first ever global pandemic. With every life change, I changed, and with every step forward I lost interest in returning to the person I was at the start of the pandemic.
2021 was spent settling into a new town, adjusting to life with my boyfriend and his children, and just living my life.
The start of 2022 involved me changing jobs again. Not to mention being stalked by someone from Alex’s past (this still happens but learning to live with it, I am show she will read this, so Hey!). I had blogged for the previous 8 years and I guess I needed a break and time to discover who I had become and how much I now wanted to share with the world.
The biggest adjustment of all has been putting others first, being single and living alone meant I could go off and do what I wanted when I wanted without a single worry in the world. And although Alex would never ever stop me from doing what I want nor does he expect me to stop doing what I love, I think as a woman we just fall into wanting to look after the home (although I am really bad at it as I go away most weekends). There is definitely a fine balance between work, life and adventures and its a balance I am still trying to get it right.
Normal life has been wonderful since moving I joined to local Women’s Institute groups, I took a floristry course at the local college as well as a sign language course. I have become an assistant scout leader for a local scout group. I have returned to ice skating, taken up wild swimming and made new friends.
I have joined so many clubs and groups that it is now a running joke in our home, as apparently I can’t leave the house without joining a new club or getting a new hobby (they aren’t wrong and I am not even mad).
The move also meant that I am now only an hour from the Lake District from the previous two-hour journey, although a little further away from Wales, I guess you can’t have it all!
“These so-called bleak times are necessary to go through in order to get to a much, much better place.”
One very big positive of Covid was taking up gardening. It become my creative outlet at home, reminds me of my grandad, and helps with my mental health. Although I have discovered why it’s a hobby for retired people, it takes up so much time, from watering, planting, trimming to just enjoying the fruits of my labour, gardening is very much a full-time job in itself!! And a job it may take me a life time to master!
Though life at home is super busy, my need for adventure never went away and is still there, I am very lucky that most of my free time is taken up with my hobbies and adventures.
As I get back to normal blogging again I will be posting about new adventures and sharing posts of my adventures over the last three years! Please bear with me as I get my blogging routine down again!
I am hoping to get a couple more up this week as well as making some changes to the blog and its layout.
I have so much to tell you about from holidays, to wild swimming. Completing the National 3 Peaks Challenge to my up and coming Quadrathlon race, the list is endless and I can’t wait to share it with you!
Another positive of the blogging break has been our family growing and growing, from the two of us to a house filled with cats, guinea pigs, chickens, and fish, which makes me super happy.
It’s taken me so long to write this post and publish it that some of our animals have already changed!! (It’s been sat in my drafts for about a year now, just waiting)
So that’s it, turns out I still ramble and I still take far too many pictures, and despite not blogging I have been on lots and lots of adventures!! So don’t worry this isn’t going to turn into some weird housewife blog! Although moving forward there is going to be a home section as well as a fitness section, I am now 11 years older than when I started blogging and I feel that it now needs to reflect who I have become!
I have to admit that I have really enjoyed writing again, my grammar has not gotten any better and I am not sure how much time I have or how many blog posts I can squeeze in, in a week but I am excited to find out. I am also sure that its going to take a little while to get back to full time blogging and having any one read it again! If you have read this blog post, thank you so much from the bottom of my heart, it means the world to me, unless you are the stalker from Alex’s past, then please stop reading!