Bye bye lockdown, hello ‘new normal’

So here we are over halfway through 2020 and what a bloody disaster it’s been! Would be handy if we could just write it off and come back afresh in Jan 2021!! As we are well and truly saying goodbye to lockdown, it’s a chance for me to reflect on the past 6 months. It...

Boys will be boys (unless they’re girls)

I once lied about my children. Completely lied. All to save someone’s feelings. It started when a client happened to be passing through Chiang Mai. We got on very well so I was excited to meet her for a coffee. We instantly began chit-chatting and she mentioned that...

Goodbye to EleAid – our Asian elephant charity

Today’s a bit of a sad day. It’s the day Chas and I have decided we were going to close the Asian elephant charity we’ve been running since 2003, EleAid. Thank you! Firstly, thanks to everyone who’s supported us on this journey. It’s really been amazing! It’s been a...

Locked in or locked up? The trivial trials of lockdown

So… here we are, Day 6873(!?!?!) of lockdown and all is as expected at Begley primary. It’s taking every ounce of my strength to even vaguely follow the timetable the kids have from school and anything on top of that generally gets forgotten. I am not cut out for such...

Covid-19: Stay the f*ck at home

My mum’s just texted my sister and I. One of her friends’ daughters has just died from Covid-19. The text ended: …don’t get complacent. I love you both so much. This brought the seriousness of the situation home once more. I’m not being complacent, far from it, but...

Esther the Easter cat

So here we are, week 4 in isolation having just enjoyed a quiet Easter with the family. I’m learning a lot about myself including what perhaps my days before lockdown really consisted of. Basically, I spent much time in coffee shops, visited lots of non-essential...