From Snowy Slopes to Lockdown Blues

I don’t need to tell anyone that it’s a really really weird time at the moment right?  For everyone, the whole world!  Bizarre! I for one am quite happy to have said goodbye to the month of March and, like many wonder when this will all be over.

In February we’d obviously heard and were talking about the virus, and how terrible it was in China, but with it being so far away, we here in the UK got on with our lives whilst keeping a close eye on the news.  Late February, myself and Jon set off on our booked holiday, snowboarding in Canada.

Glad to be back

We had a wonderful holiday, I wrote about ‘The long haul to Sun Peaks and a book dilemma’, as we set off, but I’ve yet to write about our actual experience there, (I guess it feels strange to write about wonderful holidays at the moment, so I’m leaving it for a while).  We were due to be travelling back to the UK early March and although we were in our own little world, on top of a beautiful mountain in a small ‘out of the way’ resortIMG_7381 having a fabulous time, we were, of course catching snippets of the news, all of which seemed to be about this horrible virus, which was creeping across various countries at quite a rapid rate.  As we were sat in the local ‘Apres Ski’ bar, with other skiers and snowboarders after a great day boarding, enjoying our beers and nibbles, there was one TV screen with the news and one TV screen with Canadian curling matches, quite exciting I must say.  Our heads were switching between the two screens, but on the news channel we were catching snippets of how many cases of Covid19 were in the larger cities of Canada.  The virus was moving quickly and it didn’t seem so far away anymore and by then it was also in the UK.

Going home – boarding our first flight from Kamloops to Calgary

We expected problems with our flights on our return, delays checking in at the airport and holdups as we landed in the UK for possible screening, but none of that happened.  We had a great flight and were actually quite concerned that we weren’t screened at Heathrow, as we would have welcomed being checked.  They obviously didn’t have any systems in place as yet.

After being home a few weeks it became apparent that COVID19 was now affecting the UK and obviously we are now, in a ‘lockdown situation’.  Although we feel lucky that we had our holiday, it felt good to get home safely.  A couple of weeks after we left Canada, Sun Peaks ski resort closed down due to the virus.


If I’ve seemed a little quiet in the blogging and social media world lately, it’s probably because all this has made me quite anxious and very concerned for friends and family knowing that this can hit anybody.  At one point, I was struggling a little, feeling isolated, upset that I couldn’t go see my son’s or my mum, (I’d hurt my knee too which didn’t help). I couldn’t seem to focus or concentrate on anything, I was just watching the news constantly which was getting me down.  It was after speaking to both my son’s on the phone one day, who were brilliant.  They both gave me a good talking to and offered me some very good advice.  They both left me smiling, feeling more positive and proud at how they’ve both grown into such fine young men, able to calm me, talk total sense and support me when I needed it.  They helped me boot that anxiety away.

Our wedding plans

Some of you will know, we had planned to get married this year.  With money spent, services booked and the planning well on its way, it was with reluctance, but certainly no surprise that we had to postpone.  A big disappointment obviously, but of course there are many people with much worse problems due to this virus and hopefully we will still be having our wedding next year.


We are now in the strange situation where we are asked to stay at home, only to go out for essential shopping, only to have one form of outdoor exercise per day, stay away from people from other households including members of family and no unnecessary journeys to be taken.  That’s our annual Easter jaunt to Cornwall visiting family thrown out of the window, but that little disappointment is small fry when people are dying, people are losing businesses, losing jobs, struggling for money, missing family and I for one would not want to be taking any chances in spreading this virus to anyone, let alone close family members, why would anyone take that chance?  This virus is bigger than anything else at the moment and we are learning new things about it every day, for instance how long it can last on certain objects etc so we have to do as we are asked in order to save lives and to not spread it.  I’m finding it difficult not seeing my family, but we have to stay home!  Those hugs will come later after this is over.

Step Into Eco 

Some of you may know that I had started a small business as a distributor, selling eco friendly, chemical free and cruelty free household and personal products.  This is an online IMG_5547business as well as me attending a weekly local market as a trader.  I love doing the market and am looking for more to do, but of course the markets are now closed for the time being, which has been a big disappointment as I was just gaining regular customers and getting somewhere with that little sideline income.  Oh well, fingers crossed we’ll be back to normal soon…hopefully!  Income is a concern as it is for many, although I do still have the online store – Here.  Jon at the moment is still working, but it’s looking like he may be furloughed soon.  I’d never heard of that word until recently, now it’s bantered around all over the place.

Keeping busy!

IMG_4548Exercise –  Personally, I have to keep busy or I would be crawling the walls, so I start each day with my usual exercise routine of YogaBurn which I love and also my own little weights session, (I have a wedding dress bought, which I have to stay exactly the same size for so it fits me in a year!)  It sets me up for the day and puts me in the right frame of mind as well as dancing about as I’m tidying and cleaning the boat.  There are 14 YogaBurn challenge options which concentrate on different exercise and health areas, such as Zoe’s Booty challenge, meditation, total body sculpting to name a few.  I have the Total Body Challenge which as it says, works the whole body with theIMG_6620 use of a workout band which comes with the DVD, (you also have the option of downloading the workouts).  I also have the Trim Core Challenge, which I have just started, (I’m into week 3 and have already seen amazing results).  With any of the workouts ordered, you have free access to Zoe’s Instagram and FaceBook pages where she does daily workouts and offers some great advice and tips.  Zoe is amazing and it works for me 🙂

IMG_7645Gardening 🌿 – For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved gardening and growing flowers.  I’m sowing seeds and keeping our boat mooring as pretty as I can.

Cooking – As we’re trying to eat mostly plant based foods, both myself and Jon are experimenting with different foods and spices, concocting some great meals.  We’re really enjoying and of course benefitting from eating nutritious and fresh food.  My body is thanking me for it!

Wedding prep – Although our wedding is now over a year away, we’ve still lots to make, plan and prepare. More to be revealed on this later 😉

Writing stories – As a wannabe author, I’m dabbling with writing stories.  I won the Bloggers Bash writing competition 2019, with this story called, If you only had five minutes what would you save?  I was utterly shocked and really quite proud at winning, and it has spurred me on to write more stories.

Ancestry – I’ve been interested in my families’ ancestry for many years now.  I love history and from the moment I joined and added the family names I knew to my initial tree, the branches started to form, seeing names appear and which, with a little detective work were either added as our ancestors or not.  It’s a fascinating pastime and one which opens doors to many living relatives from all over the world, which you never knew you had, it being totally up to you whether you get in touch or not. It’s interesting to see where in the world your ancestors travelled from and what professions they had.  I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t picked it up for quite some time, but with a little more time on my hands maybe now is as good a time as ever to add more names and dates to my family tree.

If you fancy finding out about your ancestors, where you came from and having some fun with your detective skills, then click the links below. WarningCan be quite addictive 😉

🌳 Click if from UK  🌿 Click if from Australia 🍀 Click if from USA 🌱 Click if from Canada

Crocheting – I’ve had one blanket project on the go for so long now, which I’ve picked up every now and again, but with a little more time on my hands I have now finished it! Yeahy – My very first blanket 😀 I’ll be starting another crocheting project very soon as I’m hooked, (excuse the pun).

Finally, I heard an interview a few weeks ago on the Chris Evans, Virgin UK radio breakfast show.  Terry Waite was being interviewed and I had tears in my eyes whilst listening to him.  For those who remember his name, as I do, you will remember how he was taken hostage in Beirut, 1987 until 1991.  Almost 5 years he was kept prisoner with 4 of those years being held in isolation, mainly chained to a radiator in a small room.  For those who don’t remember his name, he’s worth looking up, reading about and learning from.  His book, ‘Taken on Trust’ was written by him, all in his head, whilst in isolation.  It certainly puts this ‘lockdown’ of ours into perspective for me.  Definitely worth a read.

Just one more thing…

I just wanted to give a massive shout out to our fabulous National Health Service and all who work within it, for their amazing work in caring for all affected by the Corona Virus here in the UK.  They are truly wonderful and are, more than ever, so appreciated right now and forever.  Also, to all the frontline workers who are carrying on working in various roles to keep our country going at this difficult time, you are all amazing – Thank you! 

Stay Home. Stay Safe

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38 thoughts on “From Snowy Slopes to Lockdown Blues

  1. I’m pleased you had a good time in Canada and got home safely before all the serious lockdowns. Looks like you are keeping busy which is good. We are OK here in Spain, following all the rules. Stay safe!!

    1. Thank you Darlene, yes we were old to get back and after a little wobble, I’m making good use of the time. Take care and stay safe x

  2. Glad to see you’re in a more positive frame of mind, Sam. What’s happening at the moment isn’t fun for anyone, but if we do what’s asked of us, it’ll be over a lot sooner than if we don’t. And the chances are it’ll be a good while yet, even if we toe the line. Take care of yourself!

    1. Thank you Graeme, yes I had a bit of a wobble, but keeping busy now and doing as we’re told, as you say, will hopefully see an end to this. Like you, I believe it’ll be a long time yet, but we’ll get there I’m sure. Take care and stay safe!

  3. Sorry about your wedding, but I have a feeling it will seem all the more special when it happens because of the obstacles you’ve had to negotiate. Fingers crossed your new business will pick up again when things get back to normal. It’s good you’ve got the web outlet. Cooking and gardening are among my top activities at the moment. Writing should be… need to give myself a nudge there. Take care and stay safe.

    1. Thank you so much George for your kind words. Yes it’s strange how many people are saying the same thing about losing their writing mo-jo, I need that same nudge 🙂

  4. A truly excellent post Sam! I put my family tree together as part of my first degree many years ago. Yes, it is truly addictive! It’s fascinating to discover narratives of origin and the significance we should attach to them. I am glad you had a good holiday! You have given some great ideas here on how to occupy ourselves in these unprecedented and truly weird times. I remember Terry Waite and yes it puts our lockdown into perspective! I remember watching the news on the day of his release. Thank you for this post! Stay well! Blessed be! 😊💕

  5. The good news is you aren’t alone- we’re all in this together and that gives me the strength to follow our country’s dictates. Sorry, you had to put your wedding on hold. If this carries on for long maybe a virtual celebration is in order?
    Take care and stay safe!

    1. That’s right, Jacquie the whole world is in this together, I think that in itself is quite incredible. I’m truly hoping 2021 is a natural disaster free year. You never know, we may, (along with many other postponed bride and bridegrooms’ weddings) just be able to say, “I do” as planned 🙂

  6. Yes, I’ve missed you and I’m really happy to be able to catch up with all your news. It looks like it’s been a hectic time, you’ve certainly been busy. Boy do I understand ‘the boys’ as my two have also been great. We chat through Facetime and they’re telling me all about their online games and quizzes they play with various friends around the world – this is all new to me.

    Glad you’ve been able to pick up your crocheting – I’ve never been able to do it, or knitting and sewing lol. But I can cook, and we’ve been trying to eat plant food – we’ve had some amazing dishes. But hubby still misses meat or fish. I could happily live on pulses and veg 🙂

    Glad to have you back and looking forward to reading more.

    Caz x

    1. Hi Caz, lovely to hear from you! Yes it seems like yesterday when I was nurturing my two bundles of joy and now they are living their own lives and giving me a nurturing nudge when I need it 🙂 I’m loving the plant based food I’m learning to cook, in fact I’ve never enjoyed cooking so much. My fiancé still craves meat, but as I’m the main chef in the house, this spurs me on to create things he’ll love to eat so he doesn’t have to think about meat. I do recommend jackfruit, it’s so versatile and I’ve also learnt how to make black bean burgers which Jon really enjoys. If you’re online, then look up the Bosh brothers/ Bosh recipes, they make some fab Vegan food and very simple, they do some amazing things with mushrooms! Also Pinterest is a great place for some new and exciting plant based recipes or ideas 🙂 Have fun, Stay safe x

      1. Hi Sam, I’m so glad I had boys 😉 Brilliant, thanks for the tips on where to get recipes 🙂 I’ll let you know which of them I like and cook. Jackfruit sounds interesting 🙂 You stay safe and well. x

  7. Sam, I think writing up about your holiday is a brilliant way to keep that anxiety. I’m trying not to look at the media regularly it becomes too much.

    I’m training for a half marathon and using a local athletic field as my training area. Around and around that oval I go. Listening to music helos and social distancing is easy as lots of space when someone else arrives. Though not a popular spot for some reason 🙂

    The repercussions of this virus are only starting to be felt. It will take years for our economies to recover.

    On a positive note you and Jon have a positive future with a wedding to look forward too. I could chat on though better finish now as it’s getting lengthy!
    Stay safe and healthy you both and your furry friends X

    1. Thank you for this Suzanne, you’re a star! Yes I’m keeping my news intake to a minimum now, it was getting me down. I agree, the fallout from this virus will be challenging us all for years to come. Let’s hope for a vaccine soon. Unfortunately, I have hurt my knee, (Rosie our collie, ran into the outer side of my knee at speed and jolted something in there) so unable to exercise the way I usually do at the moment, which is annoying and incredibly frustrating as I was enjoying my fitness. I’m still doing my Yoga though, as much as I can). A half marathon, that’s brilliant and wonderful that you can use your local athletic field. Stay safe Suzanne X

      1. Sam, sorry to hear about your knee. I’ve a daily exercise for my hip/knee. Stand straight holding the kitchen bench lifting one leg sidesways up and down, keeping leg straight, repeat for the other leg. Like a ballerina 🙂 It’s done wonders for me.

  8. Wonderful post Sam, I enjoyed getting to know a bit more about you and how you are spending your days during this strange time. I do look forward to hearing about your snowboarding trip one of these days. P.S. You look beautiful in that business photo.

    1. Thank you Suzanne I will have to get it written, I have a few other posts to catch up on too. Oh you are kind, I was blinking freezing in that photo and it was my first day on the market, so very new to the job. I developed quite a lot since then, including warmer clothes 🙂 Take care x

  9. Glad to hear you’re well, Sam. Like you, for the first week or so of lockdown, I was aimless, couldn’t stay focused and felt terribly isolated from and anxious about my family. But I’ve settled and have become a bit more productive. I read something the other day that said rather than think about lockdown as being confined at home, think about it as being safe at home. It will make it easier to bear. Might even have been Terry Waite.
    Stay safe Sam.

    1. Thank you Wendy, yes the first few weeks were strange, I guess it was adapting to something new and out of our control, but as you say, with time, I’ve also developed into making the time count to be productive. I heard that same saying Wendy, safe at home, it does make a difference to think of it that way. Take care x

  10. Hi, Sam – I’m glad to hear that you are home, safe, keeping busy…and get excellent advice from your sons.
    As soon as you have that Canadian post done, and are ready to publish it, I will be reading it eagerly!

    1. Hi Donna, we did have a wonderful time in your fabulous country, (I’m sure I was Canadian in a previous life as I have such a love and feeling of belonging for the country) and on the slopes, Sun Peaks is stunning. I’ll be tapping the blog post out soon 🙂 Hope you’re keeping well, take care 🙂

  11. You timed your holiday really well Santo be home before travel restrictions were enforced. It’s a difficult time for all but we will get through this. Looking forward to hearing about your holiday when we get to the other side

    1. Thank you Jennifer, yes the timing was lucky, it was a close call. Let’s hope for a vaccine soon. Stay safe 🙂

  12. Such a traumatic time for everyone isn’t it? Pleased you had a great holiday and that the trip back was smooth, so many people got caught out and have had horrendous journeys home. I think you are so right about keeping busy at the moment. Filling days with hobbies and exercise is exactly whats required. Plus not watching the news too much.

    1. Yes we were lucky with the timing, It’s been terrible for such a lot of travellers. After a bit of a wobble, I think I’ve got the hang of making the time count as I’m being a lot more productive now and I’m limiting the news. It’s a strange time. Take care

  13. Hi Sam, it’s good to see you’re putting our time to great use. I feel the cabin fever (although not as much as you I suspect), working from home is all very well but it’s still being cooped up. I like the blanket and keep up all your good work and keep writing 🙂

    1. I’m just getting my mo-jo back now Simon, have a wobble, weird because it’s not like me, but the first couple of weeks coincided with me hurting my knee badly so exercise was also out of the question. I’m ok now, learnt to hobble fairly quickly haha. Yes, I do need a kick up the backside to get writing! Hope you’re all well!

  14. I am so glad you had a great holiday and arrived home safely Sam. Life is a bit surreal at the moment, but Terry Waite’s experience, and those of others less fortunate than ourselves put it all in perspective. Stay safe. xx

  15. I can just see you bouncing off the walls as some new exercise routine. How did you do the knee? That bloody snowboard?! Glad you’re coping with your own company and if you crochet Jon a poncho we need to see it!! Be safe

    1. Haha. I spent ten days hurling myself off steep snowy mountains on my trusty steed (board) and was as fit as a flea, got home only to be taken out by our demented collie, otherwise known as Rosie. She spun in excitement and went full pelt into the side of my knee, sending something inside my knee to be somewhere it shouldn’t be, (still to figure out how bad it actually is, don’t know until swelling goes down) hence the crocheting projects. Hmmm a crocheted poncho, now there’s a thought…

  16. You certainly are keeping yourself busy, Sam, I admire your energy! Nothing like a wedding dress to keep you in shape, even if postponed. Keep up the good work! I miss my gym, for me there is nothing better than my elliptical workout there for total body fitness, I’ve taken to YouTube for fitness. Like you, I’m so glad we managed to enjoy our winter road trip before the pandemic closed everything. Here in California we are close to reopening slowly and with caution. I’m thankful most of my family is still working, including myself and hubby. Things could be so much worse!

    1. We still have a lot to be thankful for a Terri, it’s just adjusting to change which has been thrust upon us which can be a challenge 😊 keeping fit and healthy is key and busy of course. Take care x

  17. I had no idea you and Jon were getting married? How did I miss that great news? And you have your own business as a distributor? Again, I had no idea, Sam.

    Glad you got home safely from your holiday. It looks as if you made it back just in the nick of time. It seems strange to look back and think that four weeks ago we were all living life as normal, but keeping one eye on the news. I’m glad to hear that your two sons helped you get over the anxiety you were experiencing. It really is good to talk and keep in touch at times like this.

    Good on you for keeping busy. I think it’s the key to getting us through the lockdown situation, Sam. Keep up with the writing, too. I recently lost my mojo to write, but discovered what it was that made me lose it and made some changes to regain it. So far, it’s working.

    Love the rainbow coloured blanket.

    Take care Sam, and carry on in keeping safe.

    1. Thank you Hugh, yes from what had been a very busy few months prior to this virus, with my new business & wedding plans to just all coming to a standstill, it’s been a strange time, but of course for the majority of people. I just have to hope my business will pick up again and I’m sure there’ll be wedding bells next year.
      Yes it was an eye opener for me to have my sons get me out of whatever it was weighing down on my shoulders. They were superstars.
      I can’t believe you of all people had lost your writing mojo, Hugh, I’m glad you found it again and are back on track.
      I’ve always naturally been a busy person, but actually finding things to keep myself busy with and focused I found strangely difficult, but I’m fine now and well, looking forward to getting back to normal.
      Take care Hugh x

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