Sofia's Blog

Sofia's blog

Lockdown: staying at home in April and May

Lockdown: staying at home in April and May

Well, what can I say about the months of April and May? The shock of the sudden lockdown in March gave way to quite a few content weeks where staying at home definitely felt safe and necessary. We settled into a routine with work and schoolwork for the boys, which had to be adjusted after…

Coronavirus pandemic, total lockdown and our emerging garden projects ….

Coronavirus pandemic, total lockdown and our emerging garden projects ….

At the beginning of March, we were following the global news reports on the spreading Coronavirus pandemic closely but were fairly optimistic that we were going to be able to run the first couple of tours at the beginning of the season, before travel would shut Europe down. We were not that lucky. By the…

A few days in London

A few days in London

We have a family tradition of visiting a new British city each February Half Term break. For the first time ever, Tim and I went without children! The two teenage boys in our lives preferred to stay at home, seeing friends and…. revising – yeah right. So, we took a break from planning the coming…

A quiet Christmas and a quick New Year’s escape to the Loire Valley.

A quiet Christmas and a quick New Year’s escape to the Loire Valley.

First of all, I hope you all had a lovely Christmas 2019 and that the beginning of 2020 has been a happy and healthy one! Christmas 2019 was the first year that the Ray family did not celebrate as a complete family – a sure sign that our ‘children’ are growing up and spreading their…

One of the wettest Novembers on record…

One of the wettest Novembers on record…

To be honest, November was a bit of a damp squib… I had lots of plans of spending crispy sunny hours in the garden, clearing, tidying and planning a few additions for next year but it all got rained away. There were terrible floods in the Midlands and some poor people had their homes and…

The People’s Vote March

The People’s Vote March

Well, this might be a little bit political but hey…. it is something we feel very strongly about in this family! Tim, Charles and I travelled to London early on the 19th October 2019 with a coach load of people from Norfolk for Europe. We joined a very large crowd of protesters, marching from Hyde…

Summer in Scotland and Stiffkey

Summer in Scotland and Stiffkey

August was filled with camping, walking, reading, swimming, and eating and drinking well with friends. We started with putting Charles on a flight to Bergen in Norway as soon as he had finished his school term in late July. In Bergen he embarked the tall ship ‘Maybe’, run and skipped by the same sailing company…

Alice’s graduation

Alice’s graduation

The highlight of July was a wonderful day spent in Liverpool for our eldest daughter Alice’s graduation ceremony at the University of Liverpool. She spent three fantastic years studying International Politics and Policy and enjoying all that this amazing city has to offer. The weather was perfect, the city full of buzz and champagne, celebrating…

Cottage garden update, university visits and a new baby Ray

Cottage garden update, university visits and a new baby Ray

The month of June saw some heavy rains and a lot of humid sunshine towards the end. Which resulted in quite a boost of growth in our new cottage garden bed. Now, we are not claiming to be anyway near gardeners yet, but we are quite excited! Buzz and I tend to have a little…

May in Provence and the Loire Valley (again!)

May in Provence and the Loire Valley (again!)

My very lucky husband spent three weeks in France in May. We had a ‘public’ tour to Provence at the beginning of May and then our happy gang of Texans arrived in the south of France for a ‘private’ tour consisting of 6 couples who travel together regularly. The fields of wild flowers against a…

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