Editor’s Letter: July Issue, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

I hope you are continuing to keep safe and well during these challenging times. Lockdown has certainly given me time to reflect on life and I am more appreciative of things, that I’ll admit, I previously took for granted. I’ve spoken before about life whizzing by in a blur, as I rush from one thing to another… school runs, work, my sons sporting commitments etc. When everything came to a complete halt, it was a shock and I initially struggled with the situation. However, this unexpected period has given me more quality time with my children than I’ve experienced in years. Walks with my dog became leisurely, rather than rushing to fit it in. Just having some time to sit and read or listen to music has been therapeutic. And most importantly, time to reflect and count my blessings, of which there are many. As restrictions gradually lift and we adjust to a new ‘normal’, I’m determined to take the lessons I’ve learnt from this situation and move forward with an enhanced level of appreciation.

We’ve all had to adapt to a new way of living; the lack of sport for my sons and social interaction has been a real concern, but I’m proud of how they have adjusted. One son has actually become my own personal fitness instructor (and he’s a hard task master!). I needed it after weeks of binge-watching Netflix! Being active is essential for mental wellbeing, as discussed in our health article ‘Get Moving For Mental Health’; page 12.

If you’ve spent time making your outdoors look great, it’s time to enjoy the benefits with our gadgets for summer days and evenings; page 26.

We take a look at upcoming car features that could transform the way we drive; page 34. We also have advice on protecting your money with a Lasting Power of Attorney and Will; page 40.

And finally, with our recipes, book recommendations and puzzles, we have lots this issue to keep you busy! Until next month…

Zoë