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We’re on day whatever of lockdown – I don’t know the day or the date but it doesn’t matter. What I do know is that my iPad told me that my screen time has increased significantly week on week of lockdown. I’ve pondered this and refuse to worry about it. This is why my screen time has gone up –

  1. As I said last month we’ve been doing virtual quizzes with the help of the Houseparty app. Houseparty allows you to speak to your friends virtually – a great way to keep in touch. If anyone wants the 7 round quiz let me know as I’m happy to share it with you and you can host a quiz with your friends and family.
  2. I’ve continued to play Words with Friends. This is like online Scrabble with benefits of buttons that allow you to swap tiles and even a button that shows you where you can go. I have to admit though it allows you to play around with your words so sometimes you make a word that you didn’t even know existed! If you like Scrabble give this app a go or play the online Scrabble version. Again it’s a lovely way to stay connected with family and friends and I often have more than 5 games on the go. Brain games really help us to stay sharp says Dr Anne Corbett, a senior lecturer in dementia research at Exeter University.
  3. I’ve been doing yoga in my new studio and playing some wonderful music through the Spotify app. We’ve upgraded to Premium which means that 5 family members can all use our account and have access to literally thousands of songs, albums and artists.
  4. Continuing the yoga theme I’ve been streaming yoga videos from Movement for Modern Life; an online yoga platform which has some amazing teachers for beginners to advanced students. Perfect for keeping my mental health in check during these stressful times.
  5. I’ve been posting to the Beer Parish Council and Beer Regatta Facebook sites the newlsetters for the Beer Action Group who are doing amazing things to support the village during Covid-19.

All this has added up to more screen time however with the help of technology and Wi-Fi my isolation has been made easier. Having said that I’m really looking forward to easing off the virtual activities just as soon as I can. One of my friends posted a question a while back – what’s the first thing you’re going to do post Covid-19? My answer was giving my Mum a hug – the best things in life are free. What’s the first thing you’ll do……………?

1 Comment

  1. Cheryl & Karl Condliffe

    Hi Helen & Barry, You are absolutely right! The best things in life are free! The first thing that we will do when we are ‘free’ is to visit our three boys & Pepper & give them the biggest hugs out. We have missed them so very, very much. Stephen & Andy are planning a virtual family group quiz night next week. .. sssssooo… could I please ask if we could take you up on your offer of the seven quiz thingy mentioned in your blog. We so hope that we are allowed to come down, as planned, on July 5th, we desperately want to, but just daren’t think too much ahead either. See what Thursday brings!! If the Government doesn’t allow us then we will move our booking to another date. The thought of not seeing you 😪😪😪 This week I phoned Jean
    Bartlett & we have booked for next year (3rd July). Sure that you must have been notified by now though. It’s a good job I rang this week because we wouldn’t have got any June/July dates for both cottages together. Booking up fast. You both take good care, if you could send me the quiz info please that would be great and fingers & toes crossed we will see you in July. Love Cheryl & Karl xxx

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