It has been a strange month. Like much of the world we have been in a lockdown because of coronavirus. Despite modern science we are faced with a pandemic without effective drugs, vaccines or treatments. Governments can only advise us to stay at home. In England this means we are only supposed to go out for essential shopping or exercise. To be honest this staycation is getting boring according to my google timeline I travelled a total of nineteen miles in March.
A U.K. blogging group I belong to has asked members to answer some questions to create a record of life in lockdown. I first answered the questions here a couple of weeks ago and they asked us to answer them again for a linky to see what has changed and to share how we are dealing with social distancing and all that implies.
1) How are you feeling/coping?
I think I am feeling less anxious. My routine although unwelcome has become the new normal.
2) What are you doing to keep yourself occupied?
I am glad I have a house and garden to look after. I am able to mow the lawn and wash the dishes. I have also been going for long walks and trying to take photos. I have been trying to avoid watching too much news but I have been reading some of my old nursing books to try to understand what is going on. I wish I was more interested in arts and crafts. I have never enjoyed colouring books or jigsaws and even in a pandemic my tastes have not changed
3) How are you dealing with everything at the moment – are you self-isolated, going out for essentials etc? Has this changed?
I am still going out for essentials and for walks. I find that more essentials have reappeared in the shops. I was able to get kitchen roll and hand sanitiser yesterday and all shops seem to have toilet paper. I am getting used to the sight of more people wearing masks and I am pleased to see more of my acquaintances out and about. Social distancing seems more natural. It is also getting more real. The latest figures are that more than a hundred people have died in hospital in Bristol where I live from the virus. Others have died in care homes or at home.
4) What advice do you have for others?
I think it helps to establish as normal a lifestyle as possible but to realise that other people might not be O.K. This is the time to check on your elderly neighbour or friend particularly if they live alone.
5) What have you bought this week that others might like? Especially if from a small business.
I bought a couple of BBC children’s magazines and posted them to my grandchildren. My grandson who I have not been able to see since the beginning of March has just learnt to ride his bike without stabilizers so it was good to give him a small reward.
6) How has your routine been this week? (Question by Don’t Cramp My Style)
As we are retired in many ways life continues as normal but without some of the treats. I miss being able to go out for meals or see our friends and family. Luckily we still have beautiful weather and we have been able to sit in the garden.
7) Have you planned anything for once lockdown is over in the past 7 days?? (Don’t Cramp My Style)
I was thinking of holidays and family meals. Now I am focusing more on a trip to the hairdressers so I look less like a sheepdog. I also regret not making a dental appointment to fix a broken tooth.
8) Anything else?
I know we are very lucky that as pensioners we do not have to worry about jobs or money. I am not sure I could cope if I had to stay at home the whole time and I feel very concerned about people with young children. It seems increasingly clear that it will be a long time before we are free to travel and socialise freely again. I hope that the experience will lead to a fairer society with essential workers getting wage rises.