I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

This is my blog, a creative outlet to mess around and play with as well as a place that logs my thoughts and inspirations.

Work has started a steps challenge, made me actually get out the house and be active. Took this at the mid point of my walk.

Been playing around with the iPad and my old Apple Trackpad. It’s kinda cool, makes we want to get the Magic Trackpad 2 so I can truly navigate iPadOS while it’s connected to my big screen. I also hope that iPadOS 14 brings better external display support.

Clapped for the NHS at 8. For the doctors, nurses, paramedics, counsellors, and carers. Outside of CV-19 I’ve never been more thankful for our health system and the work that they do than I am right now.

Fun evening doing a quiz with the team from work via video conferencing. Worked really well, had a lot of laughs. I find Wednesday to be the hardest of the week for some reason, so this was good medicine.

I really wish Do Not Disturb in my Mac could be automatically turned on when I have a meeting. Seems like a crazy omission. I have discovered that Option-Click on the notifications icon in the menu bar is a shortcut to turn it on and off.

Ventured outside for the first time in a week today. It’s a really strange atmosphere, hitting me that people seem to be finally taking the virus seriously. I’m fed up of being on my own though, some in person human company is needed.

One perk of this whole lockdown situation: I’m finally sorting some of the stuff I’ve wanted to sort for the last 6 months 😂

I keep finding myself looking at the refurbished 2018 iPad Pro on Apple’s website. The price drop makes it incredibly tempting, as does the new mouse/trackpad support. I can see it becoming way more valuable now, especially for the Affinity apps…

From my trip to Rome at the end of November, when we could walk freely around a beautiful city.

Took this a few weeks ago when I was walking home one evening. It was peaceful then. Now when you go out at night it feels eery, but there is a kind of beauty to the emptiness.

You’d think having worked from home for 7 years I’d be used to it, but today has really dragged. I could really do with a walk, but trying not to leave the house and to isolate after some colleagues from work have shown symptoms of The Virus.

I’ve just seen pictures of what the London Underground was like this morning. What do these people not understand about stay at home!

Message from the Prime Minister that essentially puts the UK in lockdown for the next three weeks.

Ventured outside for a walk late this afternoon to try and alleviate the cabin fever. Everything was a lot quieter than normal, there is an eery feeling around the streets but I still saw pockets of young people gathered together. Not as bad as London appears to be, but still baffling.

Spent the whole day indoors today, in a kind of self-isolation. Noticed yesterday I was coughing a bit so made a precautionary decision to stay home alone. Started to take my inhaler yesterday and it seems to be working, coughed a lot less today so probably not the dreaded virus.

Decided to try and get going on my blog again. Been a long time, and the dreaded virus has caused me to want to find some way of communicating with the outside world while I work from home.

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

Author: Charlie Mackesy
Book published: 2019
Rating: ★★★★★
Finished on: 9/2/2020

Absolutely loved this book. Very inspirational and thought-provoking. A book that is firmly on the favourites list for a long time.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

Author: Heather Morris
Book published: 2018
Rating: 4
Finished on: 2019/12/29

I’ve wanted to read this for a while and finally got around to it. Whilst it’s a very sad story, there are moments of hope in there. We must all pray that nothing like it ever happens again.