Two schemes to repair a flat tyre and gain a spare

There has been a lot in the news lately about the government’s new drive to address the growing number of overweight and obese adults and children. Alongside a new and improved obesity strategy, they have launched a pilot Fix your bike voucher scheme to help the public get on their bikes while GPs have been encouraged to prescribe cycling as a way to help their patients lose weight. At the same time, we are being urged to Eat out to help out by another government scheme that wants us to support our local restaurants and cafes. Presumably, the only way to do both is to cycle to our dining destination. But is that really going to help us lose weight?

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Virtually lost fuelling an ultra

I am sure I am not alone in letting my mind wander to the point of distraction while running and it is no different in the time of coronavirus. However, as I weave around other runners and walkers while trying not to trip on any rebellious dogs that defy social distancing rules, my thoughts tend to revolve around one topic. Where am I going?

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A perfect picnic in a pandemic?

Perhaps it is a sign of the times but the other day I had to remind myself of what day it was and I wasn’t entirely sure I was right. In the 10 weeks since the Coronavirus lockdown began it has felt like time has not exactly stood still but that the days have become increasingly melded together in a never-ending sameness. It has only got worse since the weather has improved because now every day feels like it’s a long weekend. Which is not entirely a bad thing because who doesn’t like a holiday? But ever since the lockdown regulations changed to allow more time spent outdoors it seems that everyone has fully embraced their new freedoms. With so many families outside relaxing in the sun and playing, it makes it much harder to convince myself that it’s still a workday. At least the sunny days have given me the opportunity to start trying out some more warm weather themed recipes and what better way to enjoy them than on a picnic.

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When Lockdown leads to panini pressure

Week 6 of the Coronavirus lockdown and I detected a bit of tension among my 3 captive children. They had been bearing up pretty well until now despite their new home-based routines. The elder two, whose courses had been cut short, had mostly adjusted to living full-time with family members again rather than with their uni housemates. Like most students, they had gotten used to living with different standards of hygiene, tidiness and cultural norms. To be fair, cleaning up after yourself is hardly a priority when you are studying for a degree and who remembers that at home, full-scale burping can reverberate beyond a bedroom wall? Luckily, we already avoided their bedrooms so it was only in the shared areas of the house where there had been some slight clashes. Particularly, in the busiest and most often populated room of the house – the kitchen.

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Stir crazy

What a long 3 weeks it has been in the Coronavirus lockdown but I am slowly becoming accustomed to the new normal. Like many families, it was a bit of a shocker at first to suddenly have a full house again after the schools closed down. Balancing work with family life has become slightly trickier with everyone working from home but my main challenge at the moment is actually feeding everyone. With the big eaters from uni now back 24/7, the demand has ramped up exponentially with no plateau in sight. As for the supply, I have had to rapidly up my game by buying and cooking much more food to slow the perpetually emptying fridge. But that’s easier said than done. In a time of Coronavirus, the usual weekly shop is more like a secretive slow-motion game of tag.

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