Hello, well what has it been, ten weeks? I feel like my life now (the beginning of the end of the Covid19 lockdown) is so very different to my life at the start..
We started with people panic buying loo roll and pasta (I didn't)! Then realised there was absolutely no need to panic buy at all (I knew that). We walked daily, spring cleaned the cupboards, reorganised rooms and planned decorating projects. We rejoiced at having the family all together safe at home and felt excited about the money we'd save on not going out, not going shopping and not getting takeaways.
We started drinking at home again! My tipple of choice during lockdown has been a nice chilled blush rose. Then realised it isn't a good idea for the waist or sleep!
The weather has been surprisingly amazing, I am convinced the early heatwave was sent to us for a reason, was it down to less pollution or was it God's way of looking after us and encouraging us to stay at home? It has felt like being on holiday, which hasn't been ideal for encouraging people to go back to work.
So many small businesses have had to adapt how they work during the Covid-19 pandemic, many do not have websites and there are real people behind them still needing to earn a living. I have always enjoyed supporting small local businesses on my blog and have made many new friends from networking events and collaborating.
On this blog post I am bringing you the background story from Wendy who runs a gorgeous home based boutique in Maidenhead, called The Wendy House. Wendy is actually a bookkeeper but a number of years ago retrained and became a nail technician alongside her home based bookkeeping business. She then ended up buying and selling a few accessories to her nail customers and when she realised she had accumulated quite a lot of stock she decided to make a bigger leap, had a fabulous garage conversion done to use as her 'shop' and The Wendy House was born.
The Wendy House has a large selection women's clothes (brands include Cream, Red Button and Luella), gifts, accessories and scarves.
Whenever I get together with my girlfriends one conversation that always comes up is menopause and hot flushes. It used to be children and before that boyfriends then weddings ... oh how things change! So with the warmer months coming up I thought I would pass on the best solution I found to help with the pesky problem of sleepless nights due to night sweats and/or hot flushes. And one simple change you can make that really does work, I know because I have done it, and I have not looked back, is to invest in a wool duvet. Let me explain ....
The Covid-19 lockdown is continuing and even if we are seeing some small changes I think it is unlikely any of us are going very far from our gardens this summer! So the focus is very much on enjoying our homes, getting on with DIY projects we have been meaning to do for ages, making the most of the warm weather in our gardens and being creative with our social lives.
Because my blog is also about recording my own story, an online diary for my family, long after I am gone, I enjoy sharing parts of my personal history too. Like the Me at 20 post, or my thoughts on the lockdown and how I am coping. Back in 2017 I told you a little bit about 'my cottage in the woods'.
With this blog post, I am telling you a bit more about the history of our little cottage and sharing the details of a beautiful keepsake map I have just been gifted from Mapiful.
Welcome to Fifty & Fab, a lifestyle blog to inspire you. I am a blogger with a passion for writing about style, beauty, health and fitness with a focus on the over 50's. I am based in Marlow but work across London and the South East.
Hi, I’m Michelle and my blog Fifty & Fab is all about my journey into and through my fifties. I share style tips, health and fitness inspiration, I talk about my holidays and days out and I tell you about my beauty regime and my lifestyle. I hope you might pick up a tip or two and get some inspiration!
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