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Little Lockdown Lessons

I know that there has been an incredible amount of suffering and disruption since March 2020, and I would like to pause for a moment to respect those affected. But, for a lot of people, there has also been some really positive experiences – from the small to the potentially life-changing. 

Initially, I was in a state of panic when life dramatically changed in late March 2020. Then after a few weeks, I began to reflect on what was happening in my own world and how I could potentially improve my life in the short and long term. As April moved into May, I began sharing some of my thoughts and experiences with others – thoughts which I felt may be perceived as inappropriate. Yet, it became apparent that a lot of others were on the same wavelength. 

In the last three months, I honestly believe I have become a better person; to myself, my family and for Treasure Trails. 

For our latest feature, we want to share the positive changes we have experienced ourselves or heard about from others. We’ll put the spotlight on a different element each week, all wrapped up in the headline of ‘Little Lockdown Lessons’.  

There’ll be a puzzle for each topic to sharpen your Treasure Trails clue-solving-skills, to get you ready for your next Trail adventure

There are seven weeks, and seven features, all reflecting our seven highlights as follows: 



Little Lockdown Lessons 1: Setting Free our Inner Creative  


As a parent confined to a small space and one ‘leave-the-house-outing’ per day allowed, we were forced to get creative. There have been some pretty silly things which we have done which have created some great memories, and some pretty impressive things we have heard others have done, which we want to share with you! Hopefully, they will help you to reflect on what you yourself have achieved, or think of what you may wish to tackle over the summer. Let’s face it; life is most definitely not back-to-normal! 

Helen's daily doodles capturing her lockdown memories
Have a read of our awesome article here. 



Little Lockdown Lessons 2: Connecting with Family & Friends 


‘Physical’ social circles changed from 30-40 people to perhaps four or even just one for most of us. During lockdown, I turned 40, and my dad 70, and we had some pretty cool online parties. Family members that I only ever spoke to at Christmas all of a sudden became a regular contact. And the four members in my household… well, we created some pretty crazy events and lifelong memories as I spent a year’s worth of time with them over just two months (I’m not sure they saw that as such a good thing as I did!). 

Spending precious time with family

Have a read of Volume 2 here.



Little Lockdown Lessons 3: Food for Thought 


Food became quite a topic (as did toilet roll). Availability of online deliveries and fear of malnutrition were soon replaced by thoughts of local produce, foraging, and growing our own food. There were some pretty creative dishes made with limited ingredients (but at least that 12-year-old pot of pickled onions finally got eaten!). 

Having fun with food

Have a read of Volume 3 here.



Little Lockdown Lessons 4: Rebranding the Family Walk 


I’d like to think we were masters of this already, what with our immersive storytelling and eye-opening Treasure Trails. But the whole nation started to focus on the one-a-day allowance of a walk, with it becoming the daily highlight for lots of us. So many people revelled in their discoveries of new, local routes that they never knew existed, and some even spotted often unseen British wildlife roaming around as they wandered. Suddenly, a dash of adventure started to get sprinkled all over family walks (or was I the only one who rocked up in fancy dress and starting hiding cryptex challenges for the kids?!). 

Discovering new places close to home

Click here to read our ‘Rebranding the Family Walks’ ramblings!



Little Lockdown Lessons 5: Writing Treasure Trails


This one leads on rather nicely from rebranding the family walk since so many Trailers (and a few TT Towers team members) decided to kick it up a notch. We’ve had a lot of people contact us to say that they had been inspired by a previous Trail they had been on and had decided to give it a go! They stuck on their thinking caps and tried their hand at writing a treasure hunt or trail around their home village, or even their garden, as they really wanted a fun way to document what they had discovered – which, was a whole lot more than they thought. Someone said to me just yesterday that they had re-fallen in love with where they live. 

Creating our own Treasure Trails

Read all about our local discoveries here.



Little Lockdown Lessons 6: Embracing What We’ve Learnt 


Homeschooling was an interesting one, but something which was so magical at times as we took our own creative spin on things. But, it’s not just the kids – so many life-long dreams of things people have wanted to embrace or learn have been achieved. It’s not all about new languages or playing the guitar; sometimes the tiny things mean the most. 

We've all learnt new skills!

Find out what we’ve all be learning here.



Little Lockdown Lessons 7: New routines to keep 


As someone who reveals in routine, when these were turned upside down, I broke out into a cold sweat. A short while after, I realised this was a great opportunity to set some new temporary routines. In fact, some of these routines I quickly came to see were actually an improvement on my old ones, and I hope to keep them for years to come!

They are small and silly, but I feel better for them and that’s the main thing. My personal highlight, which everyone is bored of hearing about, is cold showers, which then led to cold water swimming. 

A cold water swimming obsession

Read our final set of Little Lockdown Lessons here.


Little Lockdown Lessons


We’d love to hear from you


Our hope is that you’ll share your stories with us. The longest conversations I seem to be having with people are all about ‘change’ and ‘new things’. We’d love to hear from you so that we can start to incorporate even more positive change into our lives. 

20th July 2020

Posted In: Ideas


Welcome to the Seventh Edition of TT Strange Times!

News, ideas and inspiration from us in these strangest of times.

Hello and welcome to the seventh issue of TT Strange Times!

Regular readers of TT Strange Times will hopefully know by now that we wanted to offer a fun resource for puzzles, games, ideas and information to help us all through these uncertain times.

I must admit, I used to find the idea of staying in the UK for my annual holiday uninspiring and unappealing. Big mistake! In more enlightened years I have come to realise my good fortune in living in the UK, with its huge range of history, culture, landscapes – and weather! No longer is a UK-based holiday viewed as the runner’s up prize.

Even before the unprecedented events of spring/summer 2020 many more of us Brits had begun to forego the annual holiday ‘abroad’ for the delights of a UK-based holiday. For some this means literally staying in their own homes, but for others this has a wider meaning – staying away from home but still at home in the UK. We are enthusiastic advocates of the advantages of making the most of living in the UK and therefore our current issue is proudly dedicated to…

A Staycation Summer

TT Strange Times - A Staycation Summer - why travel abroad during lockdown when we have such amazing destinations right here on our own doorsteps?
TT Strange Times – A Staycation Summer – why travel abroad during lockdown when we have such amazing destinations right here on our own doorsteps?

Travelling abroad was not without its challenges even before the recent developments, but now, in the summer of 2020 it seems that many people are making the UK the focus for their summer plans. If you are among them and are looking for ideas for how to spend your time, read on.

For our Inspirational People for Inspirational Times section, we look at Patrick and Joan Laurance, the late founders of the charity Family Holiday Association.

For this issue’s dose of FRESH AIR FUN, what better idea could we recommend as a way of getting fresh air and exercise, and getting to know your surrounding area than a Treasure Trail?

For Getting YUMMY With It… Just because you aren’t holidaying abroad, it doesn’t mean that you can’t eat as if you were!

TT Strange Times - A Staycation Summer - Okay, so we may not all be able to eat on a glorious beach at sunset but we can still eat as if we were on holiday...
TT Strange Times – A Staycation Summer – Okay, so we may not all be able to eat on a glorious beach at sunset but we can still eat as if we were on holiday…

Our TOP Five… this time around looks at our choice of the best FREE things to do whilst enjoying your UK-based staycation.

Once you are done with that, do you fancy having a go at this issue’s competition? It’s a cryptic wordsearch about places in the UK! Submit your entries to us and you could win a gift voucher to use on your next Trailing adventure.

Finally, if you fancy a little puzzle to do at home, why not try our latest Virtual Trail?

As always, we hope you enjoy – and don’t forget to share this with friends and family.


Stay alert – and STAY SAFE!

Editor-in-Chief, Tristan.

TT Strange Times - A Staycation Summer - Rock. That great British tradition of tooth breaking, blood sugar level spiking, salty aired delicious mintiness...
TT Strange Times – A Staycation Summer – Rock. That great British tradition of tooth breaking, blood sugar level spiking, salty aired delicious mintiness…

Inside this edition of TT Strange Times…

Inspirational People –
For Inspirational Times…

A closer look at another inspirational figurehead…

>> Click here to be inspired!

Get Moving…

Whether you’re inside or outside in your garden, try these fun ideas to keep your mind and body busy!

>> I want to get some FRESH AIR FUN…

Getting YUMMY
With it…

With a different recipe or foody suggestion for each issue, there’s no need to get food bored!

>> Yummy, yummy, get in my tummy!


A pick of five top items for this issue, ready for you to delve into…

>> Show me the TOP five items now!


Why not enter our themed competition? You could win a Treasure Trails gift voucher in preparation for when we can all get back out there!

>> Don’t leave me out – I want to win!


Exercise your mind as well as your body with our selection of quizzes!

>> Stretch my mind please…

Our inspiring quote for this issue:

“I sat on a toilet watching the water run thinking what an odd thing tourism is. You fly off to a strange land, eagerly abandoning all the comforts of home and then expend vast quantities of time and money in a largely futile effort to recapture the comforts you wouldn’t have lost if you hadn’t left home in the first place.”
Bill Bryson – Neither Here Nor There

Some awesome upcoming dates…

4th July = American Independence Day

7th July = World Chocolate Day

14th July = Bastille Day

18th July = World Listening Day

30th July = International Day of Friendship

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3rd July 2020

Posted In: Free Stuff, Ideas, Info, Puzzles, Quizzes, TT Strange Times

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