Strange times…

Haven’t these past three months been the strangest of times? We’ve gone from having complete freedom to do what we want, when we want, how we want to being told to ‘stay at home’ and follow government guidelines. I don’t know about you but for a few weeks, my whole day revolved around the Government briefings at 5 o’clock to find out what was happening next – and ‘what are we having for tea?…’.

We just weren’t used to living that way and it felt very odd in the beginning but as the weeks passed, we seemed to get more used to it and it became our ‘new normal’ as the media called it. What struck me was how soon I became used to this new way of being. I found my love of baking and cooking came back, along with trying many new crafts such as calligraphy writing and quilting, what a delight to have much more time to indulge in such pleasures and past-times! I’ve always enjoyed being at home and slowing things down so for me, there were lots of good things about lock down and it also enabled me to fully settle into my beautiful new home back in Melton Mowbray after a city life for just over a year in Leicester.

I wonder how you’re feeling at this stage of ‘lockdown’? We’re kind of somewhere in-between at the minute aren’t we, we can do this but we can’t do that. But what I’ve taken from this time is to do much more of what I enjoy, what makes me happy and that there are no expectations on me to do, well, anything really. Obviously work and family commitments continue, and they are an important part of my life, but once the commitments have been met then really, the rest is up to me. And that has felt liberating and I will continue to enjoy this way of being.

Obviously there have been some sad stories and you have to feel for those NHS staff and key workers who have worked throughout this to keep the nation going. It’s been a time to reflect and appreciate people, places…and well, just life hasn’t it.

Anyway, that’s me for now, I hope you’re staying safe and I’ll catch up with you next month, I wonder what that will bring….