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Grounded in my garden instead of holidaying abroad

Donna Deeney


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'When I sat down back in January to plan our summer holidays, which this year included a surprise five-day city break to Bordeaux to celebrate my husband's 60th birthday, I could never have imagine that the furthest I am likely to get is my own back garden.' (Jordans Creal/The Wildlife Trusts)

'When I sat down back in January to plan our summer holidays, which this year included a surprise five-day city break to Bordeaux to celebrate my husband's 60th birthday, I could never have imagine that the furthest I am likely to get is my own back garden.' (Jordans Creal/The Wildlife Trusts)

'When I sat down back in January to plan our summer holidays, which this year included a surprise five-day city break to Bordeaux to celebrate my husband's 60th birthday, I could never have imagine that the furthest I am likely to get is my own back garden.' (Jordans Creal/The Wildlife Trusts)

When I sat down back in January to plan our summer holidays, which this year included a surprise five-day city break to Bordeaux to celebrate my husband's 60th birthday, I could never have imagine that the furthest I am likely to get is my own back garden.

As well as the trip to Bordeaux in south-western France, I had also booked a week in June to Valencia in Spain and a week to Split in Croatia in September, thinking I was making the most of the inexpensive flights for early shoppers.

I also booked and paid for our accommodation using Airbnb, who were amazing and refunded me when I had to cancel.