The official website for Tessa Barrie and her Alter Ego, Sally Edmondson, or is it the other way around? Home of the forgetfully funny Dotage Diaries and squibs about my life to date and how I've survived it.


You can always expect the unexpected here, but of all the subjects I would unlikely to write about, Life under the Cloud, AKA The COVID-19 Diaries, would be at the top of the list, but we are living through unprecedented times.

At the beginning of the pandemic, writing a COVID-19 diary helped me keep some sort of perspective on the chaos unfolding around me.

By mid-April, my cloud had started lift and I began to re-focus on the writing I love, but here for posterity is my record of the unfolding crisis.

4th April 2020                                            Silent Sunny Saturday

1st April 2020                                            Heads will Roll

30th March 2020                                      Lockdown

29th March 2020                                      How To Get My (Writing) Mojo Back

27th March 2020                                      In Appreciation of Healthcare Workers Everywhere #ClapForCarers

26th March 2020                                      Into the Eye of the Storm

25th March 2020                                      The Beating Heart of the Community

25th March 2020                                      They Road to Becoming a Domestic Goddess

22nd March 2020                                    The Wind of Change

20th March 2020                                     Baby Boomers

19th March 2020                                     Life as We Know It

18th March 2020                                     Bringing out the Worst in People

17th March 2020                                    A New Dawn

15th March 2020                                    Mental Preparation

14th March 2020                                   Under the Cloud of Covid-19

Black Friday 13th March 2020             Getting Through the Coronavirus Crisis

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