Well, where do I start? I suppose “How are you?” is as good a place as any. I really hope that you are keeping well in both body and mind during these, the very strangest of times.

Over the past couple of months I have considered myself so lucky to be used to working from home – with much of my time spent in isolation in a voice booth! Change and uncertainty have still been difficult to navigate though and it’s felt like each week has had more ups and downs than a mountain stage of the Tour De France. Of course, I had so many good intentions – filling all the gaps in my professional knowledge by diving into all the brilliant resources available, for one, as well as training my dogs to STOP BARKING AT THE POSTMAN and finally learning how to crochet. Funnily enough, those things haven’t really happened but blimey, I’ve learnt a lot about myself, my family, friends and colleagues! It has been an unexpected joy to feel and see the care in my home and work communities and I do hope you’ve experienced that too.

Another unexpected joy was working on a project that focuses on love, hope and believing. The lovely and highly talented Helen S. Michaelsen has created something very special with her book, The Call of Mektoub, and it’s been a delight to immerse myself in it by voicing one of her characters for the audio book. The first few chapters are being made available online so if you’d like to escape into a rather magical world, here’s the link…

I do hope that you too have found things to nourish and sustain you and, just as importantly, make you smile through life’s recent challenges. Take care of yourself – I shall leave you with just a few more of my favourite lockdown things 🙂