Well according to the recording in my diary.
101 days since the 17th March. 101 days of altered life.
Lockdown didn’t begin then. It started the following week, on Monday 23rd. But on the 17th I wrote in my diary , “Odd day. Sort of day one” . The day before there’d been a press conference discouraging us from all non essential social contact, recommending against visits to cafes, bars, theatres etc.
It wasn’t an order, not at that point.
On the 17th I had my hair done, by the 18th I began to hear of friends self isolating. Our walking group met for the last time on the 19th. Instead of the usual groups of two or three people of the same pace chatting together, we were a long straggly line. Friday the 20th we returned from the shops to find signs warning of Covid in the area*
And so it’s continued, through an often glorious Spring.
My May blogathon. Horrible word. Sorry.
Lots of baking
photos of DogS.
And now things are beginning to change.
We’ve had drinks with friends in their and our garden.
And we have plans to take our fortnightly quiz** “live” next time.
But it’s still baby steps, as it should be. And always with fingers crossed and touching wood. Though it’s science and hygiene that will guard against a second wave.
I’m looking forward to lots of things: travelling beyond the town to take DogS to the beach, enjoying tea and a scone at the outdoor cafe afterwards, visiting a garden. MasterS being able to visit. Meeting family and friends. Conversations that’s aren’t yelled.
I wish I could honestly say it’s all the simple things. But that’s not me.
I want to be able to travel further. To sit with a drink as the sun sets***, hearing a language that’s not my own.
But I’ll wait. Keep with the baby steps. Appreciate what I’ve got.
Resist the temptation to rearrange the acceptance mantra “it is like this”.
And now I’m off to bake.
Until next time.
* Yes, I have documented this before.
**We do this online with two other households, each writing a round of questions. For big money prizes. So weather permitting we’ll all meet up outside. And yell the questions at each other.
***we’re just past the solstice, the sun sets at around 10pm.