Locked Down But Not Out

A Covid 19 diary by Gillian Jones-Williams.

A beautifully written account of Covid 19, its challenges and heartbreaks all documented in this diary.

Gillian shares her experiences of living through the pandemic as well as fighting hard to save her own business whilst the world changed in dramatic ways that we could never of  envisaged.

She has filled each page with daily events,statistics and informative reading covering all aspects of the pandemic.

‘Locked down but not out’ pays tribute to our outstanding Nhs, remembering those who are sadly no longer with us and those who have fought so bravely for us all and continue to do so.

All proceeds from the book go to the HWF families programme which helps provide for bereaved families of NHS workers.

❤x

*This book was gifted to me,all opinions are my own.*

Nobody said it was easy

Single and trying to navigate the world of online dating was never going to be easy.

Dating apps are everywhere and the same faces tend to pop up on them all~including mine!

This particular email made me chuckle when I saw it in my inbox ‘Natalie they meet your expectations ‘.

Expectations? That word has huge meaning ,anyone would think that I am sitting here with a long list of expectations for any suitable male to have to wade through!

Besides that~I’ll be the judge of who meets my expectations thanks very much and trust me it will take more than a photograph and a few typed out words that’s for sure.

Maybe that’s why I’m still single haha.❤x

The girl with the rose tinted glasses.

Do you ever wish you could see yourself through someone elses eyes every now and then?

During a conversation this weekend,  I was told I view the world through ‘rose tinted glasses’ interestingly this is something I have been told before in a few different ways, I don’t feel that’s a bad thing, its true I do try and find positives where I can~although when the hoover decided to throw its entire contents across the landing tonight~positive vibes were definitely failing me!!

I have decided I like the title ‘the girl with the rose tinted glasses’ so I’m claiming that,even though I’m 43yrs old! ❤x

Mother’s day and everyday

In this ever changing world we find ourselves in ~one thing that never changes is the love that holds us all together even during times that we must be apart.


Today and everyday~we celebrate the love, the memories and the wonderful times ahead.
In a year we have said goodbye to our wonderful nan ,we have also welcomed new arrivals and one of my beautiful nieces (I am blessed to have 3) has become a Mummy for the first time too.


I simply cannot wait for us all to be together to hug you all and to meet my new great niece and nephew.

Happy Mothers day everyone.❤ x

Hump Day

Today definitely felt like hump day quite literally.

Try as I might I just couldn’t summons any motivation.

Fortunately after several coffees and a break in the rain,we left the house for a walk and a cheeky coffee.

The fresh air was much needed and I was very happy with my pics that I got too.

Happy hump day~I hope its been kind to you.❤x

Dating Disasters..

‘So~how was it?
I want to hear all about it!’

Hannah was sitting in front of her friend nursing her second coffee of the morning.
Well she began it went something like this….

‘I rushed home from work, was super organised and had already sorted my outfit~even down to the shoes and handbag!’

‘After a quick shower~ hair and make~up done, I was ready to leave.
I decided to put some false nails on and that new lipstick I brought last Saturday when we were in town, do you remember?’

‘Oh yes Sally replied ‘the dark red one,you said you thought it might be too dark for your skin tone but well sod it, you brought it anyway saying and I quote ‘ its about time I tried something a bit more adventurous’.

Hmm that’s right Hannah mused~swirling her spoon around in the hot coffee,watching the ripples it was making. Followed by me saying ‘ life doesn’t get much more adventurous than trying online dating whilst hanging on to my thirties for dear life!’

‘Anyhow’I snap back into the room,stop stirring my coffee and continue..

‘I arrived 5 minutes early, I was nervous but I really shouldn’t of been, he looked exactly like his profile picture, we had loads in common and laughed and chatted all night. He text me when I got home and asked me if I would like to go for dinner on Saturday night.’

‘Obviously I said yes and now you need to help me decide what to wear for date number 2.’

Sally’s eyes were wide open, looking incredulously at me across the table.

‘What’s that face for I asked?’Is it that unbelievable that someone would want a second date with me??’

‘No of course not,don’t be daft I just can’t get over the fact that

a). you were on time and

b). You have agreed to go for dinner with him.’

Try as I might,I just couldn’t hold the laughter in anymore, my coffee went down the wrong way and my eyes filled with tears and the effort of trying to regain my composure in the middle of a packed coffee shop (where it has to be said one or two of the baristas may of caught my eye on arrival).

Finally I pulled myself together and said ‘sorry I just couldn’t resist, the date went nothing like that at all.
Let me get another coffee and I’ll start from the beginning…….

To be continued tomorrow.❤x