June 8, 2020

So, I started this blog to deal with living through a pandemic, to help me make sense of how I felt and hopefully, what was going on around me.  I am not sure it has achieved either of these things, but, as we are moving through a government process of easing the lockd...

June 1, 2020

May 15th - 33,998 people have died, 384 in the last 24 hours.  So, how to exit lockdown - and when?  Two crucial questions that worry me.  It feels as if we are back at the start, well at the end of March anyway, when we just wanted our leaders to agree on a concerted...

May 31, 2020

I am running out of DIY tasks to keep my husband occupied.  Both he and my son are upstairs at the moment wrestling with a recalcitrant shower door.  I am not their favourite person - 'nuff said.  Then it soon becomes apparent that I have made a bit of a mistake - the...

May 20, 2020

It feels as if the world of man has fallen into a fairy story, as if we are under some magical spell.  As in 'Sleeping Beauty', all is suddenly stilled, it feels as if we have stopped for the first time, slowed to an unconscious rhythm. Nature talks now and we listen,...

May 2, 2020

So, we have taken a small football out with us on our walks now – practising passing it to each other, keeping it going between us.  This has been an added bit of ‘entertainment’, but today nothing is right...

‘You kicked it in there, you get it out...’, my husband is t...

April 29, 2020

On April 8th 'The Guardian' online had the attention grabbing headline 'UK daily coronavirus death toll surpasses 900 for the first time', taking our total to 7,097 deaths.  As I read these daily fateful figures all I can think about is the individuality of loss and gr...

April 26, 2020

Ok, so we are back from our walk, back from what has become a near daily routine of pushing our son into a hedge, desperate to create more distance between him and people who insist on walking side by side down a small, narrow lane.  Even more so today when a couple I...

April 22, 2020

It's the early hours of Monday morning.  I am awake listening to the weather build in energy, grow in ferocity outside.  I can hear voices, screams, in the wind...like banshees.  It had started suddenly this evening, the wind seemed to come out of nowhere, unbidden, wi...

April 16, 2020

Sunday lie in.  Lovely.  

My husband then wanted to watch 'The Lord of The Rings' trilogy so we all sat on the settee watching the destruction of trees as the land fell to furnace and war...  'Somehow' I get the feeling that Tolkein feared an age where nature was d...