Whew. I slept so well last night. What a blessed relief. I felt much much more human today, and able to do some of the things that had slipped through the net last week.
One of which was sending round my Friday Night Culture email to a group of friends. I’m pasting some of it here, in case you feel like dipping your toe in to any of the offerings (just bear in mind time differences if you’re not in UK)
- Friends have recommended the latest NT release – Barbershop Chronicles
- The Met in NY has nightly releases of past performances. Malcolm tells me that, for the Wagner fans out there, the Met is releasing a star-studded production of Lohengrin on 19th May (bear in mind time differences – I assume this will be 20 May over here). They are also releasing Gounod’s Faust on Saturday (I guess Sunday for us?) – I for one will be interested to see a different production of what we saw in Bath earlier this year (or was it several decades ago?)
- R pointed out that many of the art galleries have excellent online offerings. I’m planning to visit the National Gallery soon (one of my favourite places to visit IRL), and I think the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam s good online as well. Richard particularly recommends the National Portrait Gallery where he went a few days ago (B and R – when I visit there I’ll be remembering our real life recent visit there)
Our Sunday morning coffee ‘outing’ this week was to Stockholm (and the little island in the archipelago where we spent a couple of nights) for fika (very culturally appropriate today – Malcolm baked another batch of cinnamon and cardamom buns and brewed coffee). We visited there a few years ago, and have good memories and fortunately lots of photos to remind us what it was like. We had thought we might take them out for a picnic, but in the end comfort and inertia set in and we sat indoors, saving the outside for a walk later in the day.
Another week begins tomorrow so this feels like a good time to reflect back on the week just done. In which I started with great intentions, and ended feeling wrecked (well, until today). Nonetheless, I did get done much of what I hoped, especially on the allotment which as ever is a blessing as all it demands of me is that I’m awake and upright – no major brainpower or alertness needed. I did a few important and relatively urgent admin-type things. I made 2 protoptype face coverings. I cooked a few meals, and baked a cake and some bread.
What I didn’t manage to do this week: get out for a walk every day (though I was very active every day). No yoga (at all). No mass-making of face coverings (or anything else). Does any of this matter? Not at all, because tomorrow’s another day, and next week is another week.
Malcolm has invented a new acronym for these times. I suspect it’s not catchy enough to catch on, but it sums up what those of us who are fortunate enough to be able to count ourselves as the ‘haves’ (rather than the ‘have nots’) need to be focussing on now: not FOMO, but A(ppreciation) O(f) W(hat) W(e) H(ave). AOWWH, I’m not even sure how you would say that. But we can still live it.
I hope you’re well, and I look forward to seeing you again tomorrow xx