Lauren Simon tells us what makes her mad, and happy

PUBLISHED: 09:49 05 October 2020 | UPDATED: 10:04 05 October 2020

I have discovered a new brand, Rhaika London, for my daily exercise and it's sold at Adiva, in Hale, which is handy!
Photo: Lauren Simon

I have discovered a new brand, Rhaika London, for my daily exercise and it's sold at Adiva, in Hale, which is handy! Photo: Lauren Simon

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The perfect morning pick-me-up, from California Coffee and Wine
Photo: Diana CorvilleThe perfect morning pick-me-up, from California Coffee and Wine Photo: Diana Corville

Autumn – season of mists and mellow fruitfulness... Usually I love autumn – the colours in our Cheshire parks, Hallowe’en, Bonfire Night. And Marbs – still sunny, but out of season when the kids and tourists leave, is fabulous fun. However, this autumn looks set to be a challenge for a social butterflies like me, as I am really now locking down and following the strict rules in place for Trafford and Spain – that is after I got over the shock of finding out that technically I live in Trafford not Cheshire!

It makes me so angry when a minority of selfish people don’t stick to the rules – annoying as they are. I like a good crowd and a Cheshire party as much as the next girl, however it’s everyone’s responsibility now to help each other so this disease is controlled and we can get back to events and fun times. I would be furious if someone passed on Covid to my mum, for example, by flaunting the rules and socialising when they shouldn’t. Normally I love breaking a few rules myself but even I am being a good girl...

I have been missing my dad terribly and there is a huge hole of support, personality, love and fun missing from our family in his absence, but we are trying to come to terms with a new normal on a personal level as well as due to Covid. I have been on my exercise and healthy eating merry-go-round again now the summer is over and filming is ongoing – plenty of juices, exercising and dog walking at a social distance with my friends. My favourite exercise app is Les Mills; the body combat leaves me exhilarated and gasping for breath – and not much does that at the moment for a singleton...

It’s not so hard ‘suffering’ restrictions where I live, to be fair. I have been enjoying fabulous coffee and the odd bite of brunch in a new favourite haunt, California Coffee & Wine in Altrincham. It’s an amazing independent venue for coffee, California-style brunch and early evening drinks, run by the flamboyant Justin Orozco and his lovely wife Diana Corville. We all need to support these wonderful independent places that have been hit so hard and need to survive. And I need no excuse for a great coffee – or a great wine. These small, owner-run places look after their customers so carefully we need feel no fear of social distancing or hygiene measures being inadequate.

Let’s all hope that if we behave ourselves now the results will become obvious in another month and we can all dust off the Christmas decorations, enjoy the festive season with family and friends – and see out 2020 with a bang, not a whimper. u

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