Once upon a lockdown

Whichever way you look at it, lockdown is coming to an end in England, and gradually elsewhere in the UK, too.  Non-essential shops are open, churches are open for quiet prayer, public transport is running, roads are much, much busier, businesses are opening up although everyone is expected to keep two metres apart and wear a face covering in enclosed indoor spaces.  It has been … Continue reading Once upon a lockdown

I have forgotten your fingertips

This is the first creative piece I’ve made for my Time to Write commission from Paper Nations which I wrote about in a previous post.  Paper Nations have asked for creative responses to ‘isolation’. I’ve used text from The Guardian newspaper and found natural materials from my garden.   I hope the text of the poem is clear in the image.  I’ve included it below: … Continue reading I have forgotten your fingertips

Lockdown Week 7: Quiet and Slow

Very little to write about this week.  Where I live, in West Wiltshire, there is a vague sense that something is about to change, possibly because of the government’s new slogan (Stay Alert!) and ahead of Boris Johnson’s broadcast to the nation tonight.  We’ve noticed more cars on the road and there seem to be more people on the streets, possibly walking in friendship groups … Continue reading Lockdown Week 7: Quiet and Slow

Corona Diary: One month in

It’s one month since we started lockdown in the UK and about six weeks since I wrote my first blog post about this time of the Covid-19 pandemic. People talk about not knowing what day it is, about time passing slowly, or quickly, or both; one day merging into the next, sleep patterns disrupted, routines and schedules in disarray. I can barely remember how I … Continue reading Corona Diary: One month in

Lockdown Conversations

I’m thinking about new things happening during lockdown and one thing is unexpected subjects turning up in conversation now that we’re spending more time at home and, for some of us, more time than usual with the same group of people.  I’m here in Wiltshire with Andrew, my husband, and our two adult children who’ve come home from university because of the Covid-19 emergency.  We’re … Continue reading Lockdown Conversations

Writing while cooking

Now that both of our university student children have come to live at home again during the Covid-19 crisis, I’ve given up my writing room (our middle reception room) to my daughter, currently revising for her final exams.  I’ve decamped to the breakfast room, the room directly next to our kitchen, and I sometimes sit here, as I am now in fact, writing or reading … Continue reading Writing while cooking

Corona Diary: Lockdown Continues

Last week started off gloomily with instructions from my local police force – and other police forces – that the UK lockdown meant people weren’t allowed to drive even a short distance to find open space to exercise.  The thought that I’d be breaking the law if I drove  somewhere nearby to stomp through woods and fields made me feel hemmed in, trapped and somewhat … Continue reading Corona Diary: Lockdown Continues

Birdsong

In this strange time of lockdown, I’m noticing more birdsong.  Are you?  We live on the edge of a semi-rural town in West Wiltshire, near to a road but not far from deep countryside, so birds are generally forthcoming. Recently, even more so. I was trying to assemble found materials from my garden last weekend to create a kind of arty garden film.  I collected … Continue reading Birdsong