Editor’s Letter: August 2020

Dear Neighbours,

With it officially being the school summer holiday, my younger son at least gets a respite from me nagging him to do sufficient hours of independent learning, (he calls it nagging, I call it encouraging!). It still seems surreal that he’s been home schooling for 4 months and equally surprising that our sanities are still in-tact (although he says that’s debatable on my part!).

This summer is certainly going to be different to the one my family originally had planned… our eagerly anticipated holiday has been cancelled, and results day for my eldest son’s A Levels will have a different atmosphere, and possibly outcome, as no exams were undertaken. The virus has impacted so many lives, in a variety of ways, but the important thing is to stay safe and well as we all adjust to a new ‘normal’.

I’m embracing the outdoors in this issue, with practical solutions for al-fresco dining, page 10; the perfect products for picnicking, page 18; and the best apps for outdoor activities, page 22.

If, like me, your overseas holiday plans have been cancelled, you could consider a staycation on four wheels, page 26; you may love it so much you’ll be taking our advice on the best vans for a camper conversion, page 30.

If you’re working from home for the foreseeable, you may need to invest in some key pieces; see our ‘tech for the new normal’ feature on page 36.

We also have finance information on page 38; beauty tips on page 46 and health advice on page 50.

And finally, Northamptonshire Health Charity would like to say thank you for making a difference throughout this difficult time. Your contributions have enabled them to support our local NHS staff and patients, details on page 54.

Until next month…

Zoë