This time last year we were in full lockdown, having the best weather - we were in a situation none of us had experienced before and were worried about how this was all going to turn out and trying not to get ill. Here we are a year on, the weather is not as good but we’re coming out of it at last! I remember I started sewing scrubs and face masks while I had started looking after my Dad following a fall in the kitchen. My whole house had never been so clean! I’d never had so much time off before and in many ways enjoyed my enforced holiday. What were your experiences a year ago?
It was (and still is a bit) a terrifying and confusing time, the enforced stay at home was quite nice in some ways, people baked things, clapped the NHS workers, did Zoom quizzes, felt a common hurt and a common goal ..... by the time the last lockdown happened though, it felt really different. Whether it was because of the time of year, or we'd all tired of being at home, it just seemed so tedious and we didn't make the effort we had done first time around to find activities - obviously we stuck to the rules and barely went outside except for one hour to exercise, but the novelty value had definitely worn off and some of the goodwill & sense of community also seemed to have evaporated.
Just hoping that the vaccination and social distancing will mean we get this thing under control and won't have to be confined to barracks again, it's a prospect I really don't relish.
I think that I am doing the same as last year. Lots of gardening, I have just about managed to remove a very invasive climbing plant that a previous owner planted. I think that it's a "mile a minute vine". Never ever be tempted to plant one. I am growing marigolds and nasturtiums. Plus a few veggies.
Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly.
I think I have quite enjoyed lockdown, I still got to see my kids when we had a bit of a reprieve last summer and as they all live far away, was not that different, apart from Christmas when we couldn't. But I wonder if people realise all those things they used to do, were not so important after all and real happiness is found within. I think being able to move in January took the bad taste of the 2nd lockdown away, as have been decorating, planning, gardening, so embroiled in doing my own thing that having to start doing other things, like entertaining and going places isn't exciting me as much as what I am doing right now.
The vaccine effort has been amazing. I'm wondering if there will be another wave though...
There is a lot to be said for being part of a group, and the support and friendship that is gained from this.