Life As We Know It

C5B89F7D-2074-483C-B053-2547D2963377It’s horribly surreal.  Waking up to another beautiful morning knowing the proverbial shit is about to hit the fan.

Life as we know it is about to change.

I filled my car up with petrol yesterday.  The sizeable shop there is closed indefinitely and many of the pumps were already empty.  I considered myself lucky to get a full tank.  Although I’m not sure where I think I will be going in the foreseeable future, apart from taking Cassie the Blog Dog to the beach.  Although, I might be of more use to someone at some stage with a full tank, rather than an empty one.


Cassie the Blog Dog – St. Aubin’s Beach 18th March 2020

I have been keeping a low profile because I have auto-immune problems. I’m not taking any chances, I’ve already had one dose of ‘flu this year, but there are many others who are much more vulnerable than I am.

Self-isolating in the confines of our homes –  self-hibernating as one friend calls it – we need a long-term project to see us through.  One friend is looking at Open University courses, while another’s garden will be Capability-Brown’esque by the end of the summer.  

I thought I would be able to blinker myself from the world and finish my book in record time, but I haven’t touched it in over a week.  Instead, apart from walking, I’ve been spring-cleaning, which is totally out of character.  I’m not a great one for labels, but a ‘domestic goddess’, I am not. Yet, despite limiting myself to one blast of news a day, I still can’t seem to concentrate.

The fields around me were ploughed and planted with potatoes yesterday.  Superficially, life as we know it appears to be carrying on as normal, but a big, black underbelly of invisible menace is lurking, waiting to strike.

Stay safe.

Copy of The Covid-19 Diaries-2

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  1. “Yet, despite limiting myself to one blast of news a day, I still can’t seem to concentrate.”

    We’ve all had the proverbial rug pulled out from under us. And we each adjust in our own way, i.e., there is no one particular thing you should be doing right now. I would say be kind to yourself, allow space/time to locate your equilibrium. And maybe simply reread what you have written, without specific expectations about number of pages to write or revise, but perhaps just jotting notes on post-its or in a notebook. It gives you a way to re-connect to your work without being immediately demanding. Stay well.

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