Editor’s Letter: April 2021

Dear Neighbours,

It’s taken me a little time to adjust back to the routine of school runs after home-schooling for so long, and I’ll admit I did on one occasion (ok, two!) get a text message from my son at the end of the school day asking where I was, (I had completely forgotten he wasn’t studying in his room and was in fact waiting for me to pick him up!). That certainly lost me a few brownie points on Mother’s Day! I’ve finally just got back in the flow of things… but now it’s half term!

If, like me, you don’t know whether you’re coming or going at the moment, take a look at our best picks of apps to help you stay on top of all of the things you need to do; page 18.

Hopefully over the Easter break we may get some warmer weather so we can make the most of outside. If your lawn is in need of some spring maintenance, Pippa Greenwood has advice in our gardening feature on page 10. We also have some great gadgets for cleaning everything outdoors on page 16.

Our motoring feature this month looks at what premium fuels are and whether they are worth it, page 34; and we have financial advice for parents or grandparents wishing to financially help out younger family members, page 36.

Also this issue, we have books to uplift, inspire and help you to move forwards, page 48; and our health feature looks at the top five supplements people take in the UK and what they are taken for; page 52.

Finally, with lockdown restrictions gradually easing, why not consider a change of scenery this summer with a UK city break? If centuries of history, exquisite architecture, tranquil manicured gardens, and beers by the riverside all sound like your type of holiday, the university town of Cambridge could be the perfect base; page 58.

Stay safe and well.

Zoë