So today we start the first full week of Coronavirus lockdown. I usually work at home on a Monday and Tuesday anyway, but this feels different. I still can’t quite believe the magnitude of this virus. Dr Jenny Harries, (the excellent deputy chief medical officer), says that it could be six months before life in the UK returns to normal, a timescale which is hard to imagine.
I’m fortunate. I’m here with my fiancé and my children. We live near some lovely outdoor spaces and we have a garden, albeit small and unfinished. (And by unfinished I mean not actually started). My heart goes out to those who aren’t with their loved ones, and those who are alone with young children and no garden. But I cannot begin imagine what it must be like for those completely on their own, I’m just glad it’s not winter. It’s so important we phone, FaceTime, message or even write to those on their own. It could be a lifeline and their only contact with another human. We should pay just as much attention to emotional and mental wellbeing as we do the physical, which brings me nicely onto my sweatshirt.
I’m wearing my “Working from Home” sweatshirt from Pickle London. They kindly sent me one of their famous “Happy” sweatshirts almost two years ago. I liked it so much that I bought two more designs, including this one. Pickle London is run by friends Alison and Frances. They make uplifting, fun casual clothes, which are ethically produced. A proportion of sales goes to Mind Charity which seems more relevant than ever. They have some super leggings as well as hoodies and tees, so if you need some more staying-at-home clothes, take a look. I have some of their star leggings which I’ll wear later in the week.
I hope you are all having a good day. I did some admin and I touched up some paintwork around the house which had somehow become spilled upon. We had our daily walk too, this time around Skipton Woods which is where we took these photos. Despite having been around the woods countless times, it was the first time we saw this lovely Kingfisher bench. (Of course, we wouldn’t have stopped to take photos had that particular part of the woods not been deserted. We wholly respect and adhere to all of the social distancing guidelines).
This made me smile…
We saw this sign in a shop window on our way which made us smile.