Happy New Year, we made it and finally left 2020 behind us.  Although 2021 is not starting great, positive thinking it can only get better.

This time last year, who could have predicted what last year had in store for us all.  Even when it all started none of us thought we would still be going through this pandemic still.

A very different Christmas

Like many of you, Christmas this year was very different for us.  Usually, around the festive period, we will meet up with friends for a festive night out.  My husband always meets up with his friends around Christmas Eve, while I wonder around the shops. There was none of that this year.

For years my inlaws have been coming to us Christmas day, which meant we could all celebrate together along with my parents (who we house share with).  After my Father in law died a few years ago, my Mother in law started staying with us for a few days over Christmas.  This year, was the first year we did not have her stay, and it felt very strange.

A lovely Christmas Day

Although very different, we had a lovely Christmas Day.  We all got up around 9.30 and C came down and we opened presents together.  C was over the moon with her new tv, which she went back to bed to watch, once my husband had set it up for her.

During the afternoon, me and my husband went for a lovely walk to get some air. Being in Tier 4 there was a lot of traffic on the roads. My husband always cooks Christmas dinner, with me helping.

Last Tuesday, I woke up to having no taste and realised my sense of smell was not right either.  A huge panic set in and I rang to book a test.  What an experience that was, we have a testing site 2 minutes down the road, could I book there no they wanted to send me 50+ miles away.  I end up on the phone, and arranged a home testing kit, the results came back positive.  So we are all in isolation, with me not being able to go anywhere near C.

New Years Eve

We had originally planned to go to the Southbank Centre in London with friends, to dress up and party the night away.  This obviously was cancelled, so we then looked at a hotel stay and dinner and drinks with our friends to see New Year in.  Again this was cancelled, and with me having a postive test, we would not have been able to go.  Instead we saw the New Year in, on a zoom chat.

I always get a little emotional on New Years Eve, and as that is the anniversary of C’s first crash 5 years ago at 11.45 she came to me saying she was not well and in pain.  That is when all our lives changed. It has been a real rollercoaster, I will do an update on her in a separate post.



Photo by Jude Beck on Unsplash

We had a lot of plans for 2021, in two weeks it is my husbands 50th birthday.  Last January I booked a cruise for us to be away on his birthday.  This has been cancelled and rebooked for May, when hopefully things are back to some normality.  If not we will move the dates again.

For my 50th birthday, my husband made it very special with various trips, nights away etc, and we had so many planned.  Everything is now on hold.

No one can predict when things will ease up, all we can do is take one day at a time.  Forget plans, and just stay home and stay safe.

Hope you all had a good Christmas and New Year, how are you finding the start of 2021?

Happy New Year



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  • Claire Lomax
    4th January 2021 at 5:21 pm

    I am so sorry to hear you have tested positive and are now isolating, I just can’t believe the world still feels so upside down.

    Christmas was very quiet which is an odd feeling but kinda nice to.

    Take care and I hope you’re better soon x

    • admin
      5th January 2021 at 12:10 pm

      I was shocked I got a positive test as had not been out the door. Christmas was very quiet but it was very relaxing as well x

  • Rebecca Smith
    4th January 2021 at 10:04 pm

    The beginning of 2021 is already a little crazy isn’t it? Hope you are getting over coronavirus now – its awful isn’t it?

    • admin
      5th January 2021 at 12:10 pm

      It definitely is a crazy start to the year, thank you am starting to get some taste back

  • Sim @ Sim's Life
    4th January 2021 at 10:21 pm

    Oh gosh, I am so sorry to hear you tested positive, I hope you are feeling ok now! How shocking you couldn’t get a test at the place literally a stone’s throw away! Sending you 50 odd miles away instead is damn right ridiculous. Glad you were able to sort out a home test, not the point though, all this should be easier, especially at this stage! Christmas and New Year was definitely very odd and certainly didn’t pan out the way anyone expected, however, we need to keep looking forward to all the Christmases and New Year’s yet to come. We can do this! Sending you big hugs… Sim x

    • admin
      5th January 2021 at 12:09 pm

      It is stupid there are local testing stations but not able to go to them, that surely does not help keeping the cases from spreading. It was a strange one this year, lets hope it was a one off

  • Mellissa Williams
    5th January 2021 at 10:40 am

    How worrying to have a positive test. I hope you are feeling ok. I am finding it hard not having anything to look forward to as we are big travellers and we have a travel blog. My husband doesn’t get any support either from the government. Still it could be far worse. I hope you get to celebrate your husbands birthday in the future. it’s my bug birthday this year too.

    • admin
      5th January 2021 at 12:07 pm

      I think that is what a lot of people are struggling with, not having anything planned to look forward to. We have moved his birthday cruise to May but have a feeling that may be moved

  • Rhian Westbury
    5th January 2021 at 1:02 pm

    I hope you’re feeling better after your positive test, that can’t have been a nice experience. Christmas was a strange time, we were in tier 4 as well so I know the feeling of not being able to see any family, but I hope you guys had the best time you could x

    • admin
      5th January 2021 at 2:39 pm

      The test was not a nice experience and my words after doing it, was I am never doing that again. Strangely it was a very quiet and relaxed Christmas x

  • Anosa
    5th January 2021 at 5:57 pm

    Last year was an unusual year, to say the least, but hopefully, this year will be better and you will celebrate your husband’s birthday in style.

    • admin
      6th January 2021 at 10:00 am

      It was an unusal year, we are in lockdown for his birthday but lots of plans for when we can celebrate


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