Monthly Archives: June 2020

Fruit cake


Monday 15th June

Happy lockdown birthday Robyn πŸŽ‚

We went to Minster Lovell ruins.

History of Minster Lovell Hall and Dovecote

We had a birthday picnic near to the river, then decided to go on a little walk.

We walked into nearby Crawley village and then back to the ruins.

I think the ‘little walk’ turned out to be a bit longer than we all would have liked, nearly five miles. It was SO hot πŸ₯΅ Leah said she felt like we were walking through the desert! 🏜 It was pretty exhausting.

But we did get to see this random ‘flower’ on the way!!!

Now because every year Robyn always likes to have her birthday cakes made from fruit I miss out on getting to eat proper birthday cake! (one of my favourite things) ☹️

So I found these amazing cakes instead.

It does seem such a shame to cut them though after all the hard work that has gone into making them.



Tuesday 9th to Sunday 14th June

Some lonely times ☹️

But why am I complaining?

Thinking of all the pre-transplant patients who have been just helplessly waiting for their call, whilst also feeling so very unwell all throughout lockdown too. Such difficult times.

Thank goodness they’ve been able to start doing them again now.

An interesting article – Resuming liver transplantation

Stay strong all of you πŸ’ͺ Hopefully your call will come soon 🀞

And in complete contrast, look at this luxury treehouse. How lucky were this couple to spend lockdown there.

My strawberry plants seem to be doing quite well again this year! πŸ“πŸ‘

Heart at Home


Monday 1st to Monday 8th June

From the 1st of June the government changed the advice for people in England who are shielding, they can now go outside once a day. Yay! But with the overall lockdown being loosened and with other people now being allowed to meet in groups of up to 6, lots more people are going to be out and about.

Think I might need to be getting myself some of these!

It’s Volunteers’ Week.

To celebrate this Oxford University Hospitals usually organise a very lovely Strawberry Cream Tea party to say thank you to their volunteers.

But this year, because of coronavirus of course, this couldn’t happen. So instead we were all extremely lucky to be getting a Strawberry Cream Tea delivery

It was so exciting. You do start to feel a bit forgotten when your just at home a lot. A little gesture like this can make such a big difference to your day.

It was a shame I was feeling unwell, but I still set it all out nicely. Then back in the fridge it went so that I could enjoy it over the next couple of days as I felt a little better.

I saw on my Facebook memories that I have been volunteering at the John Radcliffe Hospital for 4 years now πŸ™‚

I certainly am very much missing my weekly visits to the liver ward ☹️

The table’s turned on Sunday when I dyed Robyn’s hair. Something different!

‘Heart at Home’ – a campaign to thank everyone for staying home and protecting the most vulnerable.

Have a look at all of these amazing β€˜works of heART’

They are free to download. Why not choose your favourite and then share it on your own social media pages.

Hopefully this will encourage conversation around the topic of organ donation and get more people to share their decision with their loved ones during lockdown.

How I help coronavirus patients to walk again

Oh my goodness 😰

That brings back some memories …

🐟 and 🍟


Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st May

Watch A message from Earth

There have been more than 3 million cases of coronavirus across the world.

There are just over 30 countries and territories which have not yet reported a single case. (But remember just because a nation has not reported any infections does not necessarily mean there have been no cases. Some seem to like to keep it secret for some reason!)

Many are small, hard to reach islands in the Pacific that I have never heard of! And several of these are some of the least populated places in the world.

One of these places being Comoros.

How can there be such a nasty and horrible virus in a beautiful place like this.

Wish I was there …

Anyway, as the different lockdowns around the world begin to lift, it seems like life is very gradually starting to return to the ‘new normal’.

This article shows some interesting photos of then and now.

Striking photos show ghost towns and cities returning to new normal

And in my own attempt to try and get things back to some kind of normal, there was Friday night fish and chips, which I have been looking forward to having πŸ˜‹

I miss my mum πŸ’”


Saturday 23rd to Wednesday 27th May

It was Radio 1’s Big Weekend, but this year, thanks to Covid, it was having to be a virtual festival.

We decided to join in and Robyn made us our own little festival πŸŽ€πŸ’ƒ

We listened to Anne-Marie on the ‘Radiator Stage’ until the weather warmed up a little bit!

Robyn decorated the garden with homemade bunting and some flags. We did outside yoga. I visited the hair, body paint and tattoo area.

There was also some very delicious homemade cake and flapjack and there was Pimms πŸΉπŸ˜‹

It was such fun. I can’t wait for the next event …

Top tip – Try to keep finding yourself different things to do which will help you to get through these strange times.

Another year has now gone by without my mum 😰

So I made for her a special bling edition of one of my beloved succulents!

🀞 that it keeps on growing for her.

A special rendition of Bring Him Home from Les Miserables was recorded during lockdown. One of my mum’s favourite songs.

So this is for you mum.

Bring Him Home

Miss you πŸ’”