How are you all doing?
How are you all doing? Loving the sunshine? I do hope that you are all healthy, keeping active and staying safe by observing social distancing rules. For those of you who have experienced the virus I trust that you are recovering well and that your nearest and dearest are looking after you. I do know that there are a couple of our families who have lost a loved one to this virus and to them I offer my most sincere condolences and say we are all thinking of you at this sad and difficult time.
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With families in lockdown, within our individual household units, we will all be feeling the pressures of being together 24/7, and therefore, I thought it might be useful to share some information, links and tips that might be of help to us all, both emotionally and practically, during these unprecedented times.