Looking Back at 2020

I think it goes without saying that 2020 was a challenging year … and each of us had our own unique set of challenges to contend with.

Some got a crash course in home-schooling. Others had to discover how to pivot their business to something more pandemic proof or figure out how to balance work and life when the dining room table has transformed into the office. The extroverts had to learn how to deal with reduced social contact, and introverts like me discovered that socialising online could be even more draining than in person. We all learned how to use Zoom.

In the scheme of things, my main challenge was relatively minor: I found it difficult to write.

Don’t get me wrong: there was a lot of tea to power us through both lockdowns, the nature in our garden was entertaining (if occasionally gruesome), and I know that this year will certainly appear in future history books. But there was very little travel and travel is what helps spark my creativity: it shakes up my routines, exposes me to new sights and ideas, and forces me to step away from my business to rest my mind.

Yet much of the travelling we managed to squeeze in before Lockdown 1.0 (or between 1.0 and 2.0) I haven’t actually finished writing about. Instead, there are half a dozen unfinished blog posts languishing on my hard drive.

However, rather than dwell on my increasing to-do list, I thought it would be good to take a look back at what I did manage to publish this year:

And if you’re curious about what happened on the rubbish side of my life this year, you can check out all of the Off the Ground blog posts here.

As the sun sets over 2020, I wish everyone a bright and safe New Year! 

Autumn and Art

Autumn and Art View Post

MissElaineous and the Very Proper Adventure

MissElaineous and the Very Proper Adventure View Post

Touch Wood: An Interview with Simon Webb

Touch Wood: An Interview with Simon Webb View Post

A Walk on the Wild Side (Plus Sheep)

A Walk on the Wild Side (Plus Sheep) View Post

MissElaineous’ Adventures in Anime

MissElaineous’ Adventures in Anime View Post

Wildlife at the Tower

Wildlife at the Tower View Post

Musings on History

Musings on History View Post

CSI Garden Edition: Who newt this was a …

CSI Garden Edition: Who newt this was a cold-blooded killer … View Post

Down the Rabbit Hole

Down the Rabbit Hole View Post

Sneak Peek …

Sneak Peek … View Post

Marlborough Magic

Marlborough Magic View Post

A Series of Fortunate Events

A Series of Fortunate Events View Post

The Colours of January

The Colours of January View Post

LOOKING BACK, LOOKING AHEAD

LOOKING BACK, LOOKING AHEAD View Post

MYTHS, LEGENDS, AND LONGLEAT

MYTHS, LEGENDS, AND LONGLEAT View Post

A WINTER RETREAT

A WINTER RETREAT View Post

THE THREE Ms OF GLASTONBURY

THE THREE Ms OF GLASTONBURY View Post

TEA TIME

TEA TIME View Post
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