Heading back home for Christmas

I wanted to post an apology as well as an update, for the lack of content in recent months. This is largely due to me staying inside to limit the risk of catching the virus before seeing my family, and also a big loss of motivation as a result.

Maybe this lack of motivation has helped me behave and stay indoors for as long as I have. So I can’t be too mad at it.

But the time has come to head home. I have had lots of holidays that I haven’t taken this year, and for this I have the rest of December off. I will stay with family until the end of the month, and head down to London again on New Years Eve.

I had a breakfast, double checked I had my things and headed to Kings Cross.

When I say breakfast, I actually broke my year long McDonald’s ban. Got so close to a year without a single meal from here!

But it’s what I needed to get me up and out, and walking through Kings Cross was surprisingly quiet. I thought more would be making the journey back home. The Harry Potter attraction was back, as was the photographer. I chatted to him for a few minutes, he told me a few businesses had to sadly close in the station, and that of course the lines for the 9 3/4 trolley was no where near what it used to be. I of course had to take a selfie, pretty standard routine now.

I wore a mask throughout, and didn’t want to risk travelling closer to Christmas as it could be very busy. My train is very quiet thankfully. It is a dilemma for me as I do not want to promote travel or reckless behaviour that could increase the spread, but I know that I haven’t been out during the easing of the second lockdown, despite it being allowed. I have also had two negative covid tests. London only went into a full lockdown yesterday, but I refrained from going out to ensure I was safe on the journey up, as well as for my mum and sister and everyone I may encounter. We are also sticking to the three-house bubble the government has recommended the country sticks to.

I am going to post here at least once a month I think. This will be achievable and enough time to get enough content to post about, if next year starts how this one ends. There will always be things to post about in London even if we are still forced indoors, so I don’t worry about that. However I apologise for not having much on here recently.

But I hope every single one of you has a wonderful Christmas and New Year, and please stay safe and sensible!! It won’t be easy for most of us and we have to tread lightly, but let’s all think forward to how great 2021 could be and not dwell on how bad this year was.

Thank you to everyone that reads this and continues to view my posts, I really appreciate it.

Love to all!!!

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35 thoughts on “Heading back home for Christmas”

  1. Happy Holidays Sam!

    Enjoy your vacation and family time – which is always a great reason to travel – of course doing so respectfully and responsibly- as you are! ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŽ‰


  2. Glad you’re back Sam! I enjoy your photo-reports, especially Platform 9 3/4! ๐Ÿ™‚

    You really must travel to Costa Rica sometime, especially if you like nature!

    ยกFeliz Navidad!


    1. Thank you! It is nice to be back and I appreciate the warm welcome ๐Ÿ™‚

      I really would love to visit Costa Rica. I think I would prefer a nature holiday over any other right now! A great way to unwind. And I can imagine it is stunning.

      Thank you so much, and I hope you have a great Christmas and New Year ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. Glad you’re ok, Sam. I think we retired people have it the easiest….no jobs, no mortgage, & in our case, we’re both loners so we don’t socialize at the best of times.
    Pleased you’re going to see your family. Our son got the ok to travel here to be with us, despite the travel ban. He’s single, & has kept away from others to be able to come here safely.


    1. Thanks Pat, it is lovely to be home and I am really happy your son will be coming over to see you over the festive period. I hope you have a wonderful time with the family over Christmas and look forward to being on here more in the New Year.

      Stay safe and well ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. Glad to see you back, Sam! It’s understandable that you had to take time off for personal reasons, and it’s all the more exciting when you return to blogging! Do stay safe with everything that’s been going on, and I hope you enjoy a wonderful holiday season with family!


    1. Thanks Rebecca, it is nice to be back on here after so long and I look forward to posting in the New Year.

      I hope you too have a wonderful Christmas and New Year, stay safe!


  5. Glad to hear you’re staying safe over there and get to visit family for the holiday! It has certainly been a tough year even in the blogging world; while I’ve managed to continue my once a week post it seems that the amount of time/motivation lacks at times. You would think staying home more would mean more time to write, but I think the brain drain from work/life in general makes it tougher this year. Here’s to a brighter/more motivated 2021!


    1. Thanks Tracy, I get you, even with more time to write, the motivation dwindles. Such a shame! However we can only hope for a brighter and more upbeat 2021 and with that more motivation.

      Have a lovely Christmas and New Year ๐Ÿ™‚


  6. Glad to have you back. I certainly understand how the virus brought your adventures to a pause. Had to cancel three trips but looking forward to a better 2021. Have a great time with your family.


    1. Aw thank you. And I am sorry to hear you have had to cancel trips, hopefully you can get back onto them in the New Year. Thanks for the kind words and I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. Thank you so much, I do hope you also have a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Sorry you are limited to a virtual visit, but hopefully 2021 gives us much more freedom to do things ๐Ÿ™‚

      Stay safe and well!


  7. Just happened to stumble upon your blog. Hope you had a great Christmas with your family and a happy new year! Everyone is feeling drained from lockdowns and quarantine in one way or another, but things will improve soon! Look forward to seeing / reading posts about your adventures in the near future. :]


  8. Hi Sam! It’s been awhile. I was busy with other things and was hardly on WP not as much as I used to be but still I do 1-2 post in a month or so. How are you? I hope things are getting better there in London or did you leave because of the big lockdown before? Take care regards!


    1. Hey Vinneve! Lovely to hear from you. I am pleased you have been able to keep posting throughout lockdown.

      I am still in London, still working too. Things are opening up here (and getting very busy again) however I just needed a break for my mental health really. I am sorry I haven’t been around for more updates, but I hope to put a post out there again soon.

      I hope you are well, and things are okay where you are ๐Ÿ™‚



      1. Looks beautiful!! And there isnโ€™t a better place to be right now than NZ is there?! So jealous!!


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