Five years ago I started writing my regular weekly column, Trish Takes Five, in the Lincolnshire Free Press. I suppose I should get myself a gift for my 5th anniversary. If it was a wedding anniversary I could expect a present made of wood, or, in modern anniversary lists, silver. I think I’ll choose modern. Bring on the jewellery or a smart set of candlesticks. Oh never mind – I’ll celebrate with a cuppa and a KitKat.
My blog, in the last few years, has become the place where I write about travel. All the other random stuff I used to include here in the early days, has now moved over to the newspaper column. Many of you won’t be readers of Trish Takes Five so I thought I’d share a few of my favourites from the last year. Some are silly, some serious and some actually about travel but always about 500 words.
On the death of Professor Stephen Hawking
When Professor Hawking died in March 2018, I felt compelled to write about what that meant to me, having watched my own father die of Motor Neurone Disease in 2011.
When the Aldeburgh Festival came to Ely
For the first time since 1964, the famous Aldeburgh Festival returned to the city of Ely for an Italian Baroque concert in the cathedral. This brought back memories of my dad’s childhood as I tried to work out where in the city my great uncle’s shop used to be.
Our rogue vegetable patch
Every year I fight a battle with our raised bed and the vegetables planted there. Last summer, with all that heat, things went a little crazy.
A day trip to Bristol
I didn’t get round to blogging about the wonderful week we had in the Cotswolds in August last year. Rory and his girlfriend joined us for a few days and were keen to have a day in Bristol. This coincided with a sculpture trail, Gromit Unleashed 2, plus the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta.
Bring me my bow…
On that same holiday in the Cotswolds Dougie and I tried our hand at archery and air rifle shooting. We had a superb lesson at The Cotswold Range. I can highly recommend them as we had so much fun in very professional surroundings. A hit!
Chefs cooking up a meal for the NHS on The Great British Menu
We loved watching this TV series last year, particularly the weird and wonderful creations which had more than just a nod to the NHS. Dougie had a lot to say about what real food tastes like in hospitals.
Joining an all-female choir
I’m sure I’ll return to AmDram at some stage, but in 2018 I joined an all-female choir, Mirinesse, and it’s brought back the love of ensemble singing, despite not being able to read music properly.
Postal deliveries going slightly awry at Christmas
Trying to keep track with postal deliveries – the emails, safe places and constant tracking.
Remembering a time of landlines and mobile phones like bricks.
Research has shown that time spent on landline calls has decreased dramatically. This sparked some memories of old telephones and the introduction of mobiles.
When you buy the perfect gift for someone
This year I chose a gorgeous mosaic angel for my mum for Christmas. She loves it so much, she’s ordered half a dozen more for friends and relatives. The angels are the work of Fiona Gurney, Box of Frogs Mosaics.