Well hello! Here we are, almost a week into the strangest time of my life (and no doubt yours too).
I slept well last night, and woke feeling fine (so thankful for that!). As a precaution, we’re keeping ourselves apart from each other at least for today. But far easier than another couple we know who have had to divide their house in two so she can continue to support her elderly mother, while he recovers, self-isolates, and then returns to work in the health service.
(Unfortunately the headache and sore throat returned in the afternoon so precautions continue).
We are very aware of our good fortune.
I hope this finds you well too, and in as good spirits as you can muster in these difficult times.
It’s the weekend!
One of our early decisions was to make an effort to keep weekends different from weekdays. Otherwise the risk is that every day is the same and they blur into an indistinguishable blob.
Friday evening – last night was the first of what I hope will be a regular Friday night date – the Friday Cultural Fixture. Yesterday a group of us (maybe 9 in all?) ‘met’ to watch Peter and the Wolf, performed by the Royal Ballet School. The deal was we’d dress appropriately (whatever that meant to each of us), provide ourselves with interval snack and drink, and all watch it at the same time. What I didn’t realise was that Peter and the Wolf is only 30 minutes long. But it was a good 30 minutes – I’ve never been to the ballet IRL, and I loved it. Unfortunately I wasn’t feeling well so was confined to quarters and watched from my bed. However, Malcolm did us proud sartorially (think shirt and glittery ’80s tie…), and son and d-i-l sent a photo of themselves in the pre-performance front of house bar complete with beers.
I’ve proposed that we all ‘get together’ again next Friday evening, to watch the National Theatre’s production One Man Two Guvnors. If you haven’t yet seen this, I really urge you to join us (or have your own timing – it will be available online from next Thursday for a week). It’s a very funny play, an update based on the C18 Italian play Servant of Two Masters, by Godoni. And in this strange time, available free of charge. I’ll include a link later in the week.
I’ve suggested that those of us financially able to do so should consider making a donation to the arts organisations providing these cultural feasts. If they’re to survive this crisis they’ll need all the help they can get.
The other change I’ve made is to ditch the daily structure on Saturdays and Sundays. NO JOBS! (apart from any necessary ones – eg the daily cleaning). The only thing we have planned is a scheduled family group zoom meet-up on Saturday morning.
Today we began the weekend with an unexpected breakfast zoom call with our granddaughter (her parents may have been involved as well…). It was lovely to chat with her as she ate her breakfast and told us about the important things going on in her little world. We are so very fortunate to still be able to do this. Next week I will share a few more thoughts about how families and friends can stay connected.
I’m definitely planning to spend time with my crochet, my books, and R4. Plus (weather permitting) out in the garden and on the allotment. I’ve done 5 granny squares, and am very very pleased with the effect. I’m trying to find all the smallest bits of yarn to use as the centres, so this blanket should be a very effective project for using up all those odds and ends that accumulate in a crafter’s stash.
This weekend, here in Europe anyway, is when the clocks change. Which means that from tomorrow morning for a brief while it will get light an hour later than now. So – I’ve decided this is the perfect time to experience the dawn chorus. Which I’ve heard, due to reduced traffic and plane noise, is particularly good at the moment. So – either tomorrow or Monday I will get up early, make myself a nice cup of tea, and sit outside enjoying the sound of the birds starting their day. (More likely to be Tuesday, as I’m still in splendid isolation).
I hope you have a good weekend yourself. Do drop by and let me know how you’re getting on. I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas too.
With all good wishes.
See you tomorrow!