Regular columns on allotment gardening, transitioning and health and fitness.

Our life through a lens

Our life through a lens

musings by Chris Richards. These are strange days, we’re living in today Like Robbie Williams wrote in his first solo single (except for his George Michael cover of “Freedom” – also pertinent!) these are strange days and I really do want to be “Old Before I Die”. This pandemic, lockdown, unprecedented time, however it’s being
Coronavirus crisis: New phobias in the time of lockdown (from the diary of a neurotic woman)

Coronavirus crisis: New phobias in the time of lockdown (from the diary of a neurotic woman)

by a neurotic woman. Phobias are not really something that I have ever suffered from previously. I really don’t like rats or mice but I don’t think that this would be classed as a phobia. I don’t have an irrational fear of them, I simply become a little hysterical should I discover one scampering around
Opinion: Life after lockdown

Opinion: Life after lockdown

by Martin Brisland. Since WW2 ended in 1945 we have talked about events being “since the war”. We are now at a new watershed, a line in the sand. Perhaps in the future we will refer to post 2020 events as being “since the pandemic”? I do not aim here to apportion blame for failings
Opinion: Home schooling tips and tricks

Opinion: Home schooling tips and tricks

by Laura Fewell @mathstuitioncovid19 It must be one thing for parents to be worried about their job due to the pandemic, but another to suddenly have a new one: teaching! I’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks that I’ve learnt over the years as a maths tutor that will hopefully help a parent adjust
Transgendered Substantiation #13:  Hormone Treatment

Transgendered Substantiation #13: Hormone Treatment

by Lucy Rose A few words before we start… Picture: Scott Chalmers Photography Firstly, I want to thank you for taking the time to read the latest entry of my series, Transgendered Substantiation. The series has been adapted from blogs I wrote for my website during my transition, based on my thoughts and feelings at
Coronavirus crisis: Life through the window (from the diary of a neurotic woman)

Coronavirus crisis: Life through the window (from the diary of a neurotic woman)

by a neurotic woman. I have never been much of a curtain twitcher. This is simply due to the fact that I discovered a long time ago that, usually, there is nothing of great interest to peer at furtively, unless one happens to enjoy the sight of people getting in or out of their cars
Transgendered Substantiation # 12: Changing Your Name

Transgendered Substantiation # 12: Changing Your Name

by Lucy Rose. A few words before we start Picture: Scott Chalmers Photography Firstly, I want to thank you for taking the time to read the latest entry of my series, Transgendered Substantiation. The series has been adapted from blogs I wrote for my website during my transition, based on my thoughts and feelings at
Coronavirus crisis: Scared of my shopping (from the diary of a neurotic woman).

Coronavirus crisis: Scared of my shopping (from the diary of a neurotic woman).

by a neurotic woman. I normally do my weekly shop quite early on every Saturday morning. Whilst I wouldn’t say that I actually enjoy it, I don’t mind it and am happy enough to walk purposefully through the store, making fairly automatic decisions about my purchases along with fellow shoppers. Now though I realise what
Transgendered Substantiation #11: The gender identity clinic

Transgendered Substantiation #11: The gender identity clinic

A few words before we start Picture: Scott Chalmers Photography Firstly, I want to thank you for taking the time to read the latest entry of my series, Transgendered Substantiation. The series has been adapted from blogs I wrote for my website during my transition, based on my thoughts and feelings at the time. They
Transgendered Substantiation #10: The Wasted Years

Transgendered Substantiation #10: The Wasted Years

by Lucy Rose. A few words before we start Picture: Scott Chalmers Photography Firstly, I want to thank you for taking the time to read the latest entry of my series, Transgendered Substantiation. The series has been adapted from blogs I wrote for my website during my transition, based on my thoughts and feelings at
Transgendered Substantiation #9: Seeking a referral

Transgendered Substantiation #9: Seeking a referral

by Lucy Rose. A few words before we start Picture: Scott Chalmers Photography Firstly, I want to thank you for taking the time to read the latest entry of my series, Transgendered Substantiation. The series has been adapted from blogs I wrote for my website during my transition, based on my thoughts and feelings at
Transgendered Substantiation #8: Red’s Choice

Transgendered Substantiation #8: Red’s Choice

by Lucy Rose. A few words before we start Picture: Scott Chalmers Photography Firstly, I want to thank you for taking the time to read the latest entry of my series, Transgendered Substantiation. The series has been adapted from blogs I wrote for my website during my transition, based on my thoughts and feelings at
Transgendered Substantiation #7: sex, exercise & relationships

Transgendered Substantiation #7: sex, exercise & relationships

by Lucy Rose. A few words before we start… Firstly, I want to thank you for taking the time to read the latest entry of my series, Transgendered Substantiation. The series has been adapted from blogs I wrote for my website during my transition, based on my thoughts and feelings at the time. They almost
Allotment column: celebrating sprouts and planning ahead.

Allotment column: celebrating sprouts and planning ahead.

by Sian Bryant. A new year and grand new plans for the old ‘lottie for 2020. After the relative success of a hit and hope approach last summer when we inherited our plot, a few plans have been forming over the festive break as to what heights we can hit with our produce this coming
Transgendered Substantiation #6 The voice & the walk

Transgendered Substantiation #6 The voice & the walk

by Lucy Rose. A few words before we start… Firstly, I want to thank you for taking the time to read the latest entry of my series, Transgendered Substantiation. The series has been adapted from blogs I wrote for my website during my transition, based on my thoughts and feelings at the time. They almost
Transgengered Substantiation #5 – hair & make-up

Transgengered Substantiation #5 – hair & make-up

by Lucy Rose. A few words before we start… Firstly, I want to thank you for taking the time to read the latest entry of my series, Transgendered Substantiation. The series has been adapted from blogs I wrote for my website during my transition, based on my thoughts and feelings at the time. They almost
Health and fitness column: health and fitness doesn’t have to be forgotten at Christmas

Health and fitness column: health and fitness doesn’t have to be forgotten at Christmas

by Gen Preece. Have you noticed the supermarket’s Seasonal aisles become filled with Christmas stodge earlier every year? This year I saw it on offer before Halloween had even arrived! It’s not always easy to say no to. Especially when times feel stressful and days are colder and darker. And that’s before tins even start appearing in the office.
Transgendered Substantiation # 4 Dressing

Transgendered Substantiation # 4 Dressing

by Lucy Rose. A few words before we start Firstly, I want to thank you for taking the time to read the latest entry of my series, Transgendered Substantiation. The series has been adapted from blogs I wrote for my website during my transition, based on my thoughts and feelings at the time. They almost
Transgendered Substantiation #3: Strangers, Friends & Family

Transgendered Substantiation #3: Strangers, Friends & Family

by Lucy Rose. A few words before we start… Firstly, I want to thank you for taking the time to read the latest entry of my series, Transgendered Substantiation. The series has been adapted from blogs I wrote for my website during my transition, based on my thoughts and feelings at the time. They almost
Transgendered Substantiation #2: Coming out

Transgendered Substantiation #2: Coming out

by Lucy Rose. A few words before we start… Firstly, I want to thank you for taking the time to read the latest entry of my series, Transgendered Substantiation. The series has been adapted from blogs I wrote for my website during my transition, based on my thoughts and feelings at the time. They almost
Allotment column: courgettes and manure

Allotment column: courgettes and manure

by Sian Bryant. It was probably the point where I realised my gardening gloves had developed a hole without me noticing, rendering me incapable of scratching my nose without smearing dirt all over my face that the realisation dawned that this ‘good life’ malarkey was far from glamorous. Standing in my plot, fork in hand,
Transgendered Substantiation #1: But how do you know?

Transgendered Substantiation #1: But how do you know?

by Lucy Rose. A few words before we start… Firstly, I want to thank you for taking the time to read the latest entry of my series, Transgendered Substantiation. The series has been adapted from blogs I wrote for my website during my transition, based on my thoughts and feelings at the time. They almost
Health and fitness column: stress part 2

Health and fitness column: stress part 2

by Gen Preece. If being stressed out is stressing you out, here’s how you can stop it snowballing (this does work!) In part one, we established what we need to remember, forget and recognise. Now we will explore how restoring balance can successfully minimise the effects and damages of stress, which I hope you find just
Health and fitness column: stress

Health and fitness column: stress

by Gen Preece. Stress: what we need to remember, forget and recognise Change your perception, change your response and watch the stress fade. Here’s how. We all feel stressed from time to time, whether it’s getting stuck in traffic, dealing with an annoying work colleague or bigger things, like unexpected life-changing events. I believe one
Allotment column: can you dig it?

Allotment column: can you dig it?

by Sian Bryant. For one of the first times in my life, I am in the unfamiliar position of being ‘on trend’. Sadly, it has nothing to do with my sense of style but everything to do with a small plot of land that I recently become the proud owner of. My accessories of choice
Health and fitness column: increase your energy, productivity and free time

Health and fitness column: increase your energy, productivity and free time

by Gen Preece. Most people I meet these days ‘firefight’ their way through the day, certainly most of the ladies that contact me about personal training or joining boot camp, who are struggling to juggle work, kids, home and family life. There may be a bit of structure there, eg the daily routine of rushing to get the kids