I started writing this blog almost seven years ago. In the early days, I wrote a short daily post about what I was doing and what I was wearing. It was, in the truest sense, a blog. Since then, every aspect of my life has changed and my blog reflects this evolution. It documents the changes in my personal life, my career and my family. It documents the superficial changes too: my hair, my make-up, my wardrobe.
It’s day two of the UK Coronavirus lockdown which was imposed less than 48 hours ago. I won’t be working in practice, (apart from being on-call tomorrow for emergency and urgent cases), until things return to normal. Poppy is home from university, Harry is off school and Ian is working here from our home office. It’s suddenly become a very full house and that in itself will require each of us to adapt. We’re all still incredulous about the seriousness of this most unprecedented situation. Corvid-19 will dominate our lives for a considerable time.
I should have been flying to America today for an amazing work opportunity I was looking forward to seeing somewhere new and to sharing the experience here on my blog and on Instagram. I bought clothes, shoes and accessories for the trip. None of us will be going out or socialising so I probably won’t wear them until we go on holiday. If we go on holiday.
Writing is what I love, so I’m going to make the use of the additional time at home and try to write a blog post every day, just like I did in the early days. This will give my day some some structure and, more importantly, it will document this rather crazy period we’re living through. I won’t be wearing any new exciting outfits, nor will I be straightening my hair like I do on work days. (I want to look after my hair as much as I can, because I won’t be able to go for my usual six-weekly cut). Some days I’ll wear cosy leisurewear, others, I’ll wear jeans and a casual top. If the weather warms up, I may even wear a dress. Either way, it will be real. It will be my experience of Coronavirus lockdown.
Yesterday, 24th March 2020 was the first full day after Boris Johnson imposed a lockdown. It was also Poppy’s 19th birthday. She had a big party for her 18th birthday so this year was always going to be quieter. We didn’t realise just how quiet. Ordinarily she’d have a big family celebration and another with friends. This time, it was just the four of us. I did a big spring clean during the day, tidied out the food cupboard and fridge so I could see exactly what we had, and I baked her a chocolate cake. I think this birthday will be just as memorable as her 18th.
Striped pompom top: Boden 2019.
Polka dot cake stand: Emma Bridgewater, several years old.
Hooray for the good old days! These are exactly the kind of blog posts I used to enjoy when I first discovered your blog. I’ll look forward to tomorrow’s!
Awww, that’s lovely of you to say so Rebecca. Thank you xxx
Such info I circumstances but its lovely that you’re going to write a daily blog again! So looking forward to reading it and commenting .. take care, love to you all, Rosemary xxx
ps Poppy’s birthday cake looks delicious 😋
Ahh, thank you so much. I’m looking forward to it. I do miss having the time to write more frequent blog posts so this is a very good opportunity. I hope your son had a lovely birthday too. Lots of love to you and your family Rosemary. Stay safe xxx
Oops typo … should read … Such unfortunate circumstances
Isn’t it strange times we are living in! I have a house full with my two kids who still live and home, my daughter her hubby and three kids plus my hubby. We are having a good time, but feels really odd. Thanks and take care. Jacqui x
Oh my! That IS a full house!!!! It’s lovely to hear you’re having a good time though, and yes, it’s very odd isn’t it. Take care and lots of love to all of you xxxx
Bekated happy birthday to your daughter, Lizzy! We’ve been in lockdown for a few weeks now (because we discovered we might have been in contact with the virus early on, but neither of us have showed any symptoms thankfully), and we’re ok. It’s weird having hubby at home all the time though!
Stay safe and well, Lizzy
Thank you Suzy. It was a very different birthday for her but just as memorable! You must be so relieved to have remained asymptomatic- fingers crossed you won’t get it. Take care too and stay safe and thank you for taking the time to comment xxxx