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
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
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
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
I’m not sure if this strange time had a proper beginning and I certainly can’t see its end. This week I haven’t wanted to be online much even though there has been an explosion of people offering online workshops, readings and classes. I’ve been slightly ill and still feel under the weather but I’m sure (more or less but who knows??) it’s not Covid-19. I’ve … Continue reading Corona Diary: Possibly Week 3 – but are you counting?
Things I’ve done this week for the first time in my life: attended a webinar about what older women want to read (unfortunately I kept losing my internet connection). went to my writing fiction class via Zoom (never heard of it before). Overheard comments: “I should’ve worn make-up!” “I’m not switching my camera on because I’m not fully dressed.” tried to learn a TikTok dance … Continue reading Corona Diary: One Week In
Hello out there, dear readers. I thought I’d share with you how I’m getting used to living in the new normal of a global pandemic. As yet, our household of four adults isn’t showing any signs of having the virus – no continuous coughing or high temperatures. Our daughter is a student at Oxford University where there are, I think, nine (or possibly more) confirmed … Continue reading Corona Diary – Day One