It’s 26th March 2020 and today is the third day of the UK Coronavirus lockdown. Because I’m not working in practice, I have time to write a short daily blog post about the previous day. This is what I did when I first started my blog almost seven years ago; a short post about what I did and what I wore. An online journal. A weblog.
Yesterday was a beautiful spring day. The sort where you’d walk to a bar to sit outside for a glass of wine. Thankfully we have a few bottles in the fridge to keep us going. Ian and I worked in the home office while Poppy and Harry did university and schoolwork respectively. I had some parcels to post so Ian and I walked alongside the canal into Skipton. It was eerily quiet. Usually, the canalside is bustling with dog-walkers, school children, joggers and tourists. We saw very few people, all of whom went out of their way- quite literally- to maintain the recommended two metres of social distancing, as they did in the post office queue.
I made a curry for dinner, a Jamie Oliver recipe that I’ve used for years. I enjoy cooking, but haven’t cooked anywhere near as much I used to. The reason for that is twofold. First is lack of time. Second is that Ian is a brilliant cook, so much better than I am, so it’s a pleasure to have him cook when he’s here. Ordinarily, Ian spends part of his time here working remotely, and the rest working away. One positive of being in lockdown is that Ian is working here full time and that we’ll both have time to cook.
This made me smile
My parents have lived in their house for more than 30 years. The majority of their neighbours are of a similar age and stage in life. They had a note through their door yesterday from one such neighbour who has a drone. He invited them all to stand in their gardens and hold up a poster or message to shoe a united front, but one that respects social distancing. This is what my parents made to hold up.
My mum’s a retired midwife, so the NHS is incredibly important to her. I think it’s absolutely lovely. The same neighbour, (while excusing the pun), is hoping the short video will go viral. This is the link. I think it’s wonderful- it gave me goosebumps. Spot my parents at about 1 minute 26 seconds in!
Top: Warehouse 2017
Lift, Slim and Shape Jeans: Next 2019 (still available)
Eyewear: Coach at Luxottica, (gift) 2019 with Essilor X4D varifocal lenses (gift)
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Hi Liz , sounds like a nice relaxing day. Such a lovely idea of your parents’ neighbour! I could see your mum and dad clearly … I can imagine how you felt! Rosemary xxx
Oh Rosemary, it was so so lovely to see them in the video. It gives such hope when neighbourhoods get together like that xxxx
Hi Liz, It is strange at how quiet it is out there isn’t it?
Love the video your neighbour did and the poster your parents made was fantastic! We all enjoyed going outside last night to clap for the nhs to say thank you xx
It very strange Kareema yes. Clapping for the NHS is such a brilliant thing to do. It is amazing how communities have come together in this way to show support. Love to you all xxx
What a lovely sign your parents made <3 Love the video your parent's neighbour did! Such a thoughtful and positive idea bringing the community together and uniting during these uncertain times, that video brought a smile to my face, thank you for sharing it Lizzy 😀 <3 xxx
It’s so lovely isn’t it. Such a heartwarming this to do and then to watch xxx
Oh what a beautiful video. It was so touching. I’m going to share it now <3
Thank you Suzy. It’s lovely isn’t it. I was so emosh watching it xxx