I am back! It has been quite a while since my last posts, obviously Covid had a huge part to play in that and as my husband was shielding for the majority of the past 18 months, I have been at home with him enjoying our time together. It is crazy to think – before lockdown, we would be working and leaving the house when it was dark and returning when it was dark once more, we were both exhausted and the realisation hadn’t quite hit us until we were forced to stay at home, just how much we could slow down and still be just as, if not more effective in our lives.
Since lock down began, we have moved 2, rescued 2 cats and have got ourselves in to a good routine, we sleep more, eat better and I even exercise every day, which has never been the case before. Now, I know this is all sounding like a wonderful story and of course it comes from a place of being fortunate enough to live this way, believe me we work extremely hard to be able to live the life we live. This was however, my main reason for stopping the blog, I didn’t want to blog about my life or the food I was eating when I knew so many others were not eating well or enough.
During the pandemic here in the UK free school meals were stopped which caused a huge issue for the less fortunate who then did not have the means to feed their children. This was quickly picked up by Marcus Rashford a professional footballer and raised awareness, sadly what people were receiving to feed their children was not always adequate and this troubled me greatly.
We then had a lot of ups and downs that got us to this point where lockdown was lifted and we were able to see our friends and family again, I remember seeing my best friend for the first time in over a year. I felt like my heart would explode. I had cried so often from missing her, and taking for granted all the times I could have seen her etc. This has now completely reinforced our friendship and we regularly meet up which is wonderful.
Not seeing my Grandparents for almost 2 years was heartbreaking for me, as I am sure it was for many others. I adore my Grandparents and consider them 2 of my best friends, so to not be able to see them and know that my Grandad has Covid and was in hospital was absolutely soul crushing, not even for me but for him, knowing he would want to be home with my Nanny. I know I am not the only person who went through this and that again seemed to bring people together in a way that I was very proud of. There is unity is panic, fear and disaster and there is strength in that unity, that understanding and empathy for others and their situation.
2021 started and we seemed to be looking at things with a bit of a brighter tint, lock down and restrictions were lifted and we got to enjoy the Euros something we thought we might not get to see for another 4 years. This was epic for me and my husband as we are both huge football fans and international football is always great to watch. I support Spain and he supports England so we have some rivalry in the house but we were both so happy to see England make it through to final. Sadly, this achievement was overshadowed by racial abuse to the black English players after England lost in the final. This threw me again, as I am sure it did for many others. I felt like the unity built throughout the pandemic had been sidelined for hate so easily again, however, England fans came back strong in a bid to fight racism.
I am sure I am not alone in saying I feel like I have been in a complete whirlwind for the past 18 months. I am only now finding my feet when it comes to public transport or seeing friends. The doubt is still there and the anxiety is still there but as I work on it every day, my love for cooking and food has come back in to play and I am back with some new reviews and recipes to share with you.