Click to visit the Siren Stories website and read more work by J.J. Barnes and check out her latest novels.

Click to visit the Siren Stories website and read more work by J.J. Barnes and check out her latest novels.

Miss Rose and I spent the Summer outside. We walked the dog, wandered round the park, played in the garden, and swam every day. We walked for miles, enjoying the fresh air, the warm sun, and the joy of being out.

Things have changed.

It is cold.

We are hibernating.

We still go to our playgroups, we still swim sometimes, and we do amble our way to the shops most days. But going outside is for the necessity of the destination rather than the pleasure of the journey itself.

In the Summer we would sometimes be found in ASDA at 7am, purely because we were up and alert and liked the walk. Now, thanks to Miss Rose’s new found love of sleeping, we are usually in bed at 7am. Rarely out of our pyjamas by 8. Rarely out of the house by 9.

In the Summer our hobbies were charging around chasing pigeons, walking the dog through the park, feeding the ducks on the river, and clambering over toys in the garden. Our afternoons were rarely spent anywhere near the house, taking hours at a time to just experience the world outside. Now our hobbies involve Netflix, colouring, blocks and cars. We eat toast whilst snuggled in a blanket and have perfected the art of tower destruction. I know every word to Monsters Inc.

In the Summer we were fit, active, lightly tanned and glowing with health. Our eyes sparkled in the sunshine, our muscles firmed and stretched. Now? We are squishy round the edges, pale, and inclined to sneeze copious amounts of snot in a Pollock-like splatter across the floor.

We are definitely in hibernation mode.

Photo credit Ebowalker

Photo credit Ebowalker

Part of me is keen to change that, get us back outside and re-establish our love of “outside”. The rest of me thinks screw it, we walk to playgroup, we walk to ASDA, and, when necessary, we open the windows because mummy set the fire alarms off again making dinner. That’s enough fresh air for anyone when outside looks like that and inside feels like this!

If you don’t see us, you know why… and you know where we are… now where’s the remote?

You can check out all my contact info an links on www.jjbarnes.co.uk, I’m on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so you can get in touch on there, as well as find links to all my work. There’s also www.sirenstories.co.uk which has all the work by both myself and Jonathan McKinney and loads of extra content such as background stories for different characters. If you want to subscribe on Patreon, its just $1 a month to help support our work and it also grants you access to our extra podcast a week, you can go to www.patreon.com/sirenstories.

Thanks as always for reading, and I’ll speak to you soon I hope!




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