Oh to live in New Zealand (or Denmark, or Germany) where the virus was tackled vigorously, effectively, and early. Instead of here where it will rumble on and on and on…. and that’s if we’re lucky enough to avoid another major catastrophe. Because however the government spin it (a success!?! – with upwards of 60,000 people dead, and many many more left with life-changing and long lasting after-effects) – this is a catastrophe. Both in human terms and in economic terms (and of course the two are one and the same – the economic devastation will be borne by ordinary people, and the poorest hardest).
But. Here we are, beginning another week in lockdown. We just have to make the best of it that we can.
Today I spent most of the day gardening. Weeding, planting out the rest of the bedding plants I raised, moving things from here to there, repotting things, and generally tidying the place up. It was such a calming way to spend a day. In between times I did a few admin jobs I needed to do, some bits of indoor cleaning and tidying, and walked down to the local post office to send off a package. And from time to time sat reading Wolf Hall and knitting a dishcloth. All normal, ordinary things.
There was another salad from the allotment – tonight it was mangetout peas, broad beans, asparagus and rocket. After a delicious ‘fridge soup’ – some chicken stock plus all the various leftovers (tonight it was rice, potatoes, cooked carrots, chicken, plus the onion and carrots that were boiled up to make the stock). It was really good.
I’m really pleased with how this terrace outside the kitchen door looks and feels this year. That fence will eventually be covered by the jasmine coming from one side and the clematis from the other, and there are sweet peas growing up in between. It’s a perfect spot to sit with a cup of coffee and plot and plan what to do next. Also, I’m learning, slowly, just to sit and be, and not need to be always doing. Sometimes that’s really what is needed.
Tomorrow there’s a walk planned, as well as some more planting on the allotment. After a good night’s sleep.
Stay safe and take care of yourself. See you tomorrow xx