Bristol life in a lockdown part two

Paper mache eggs in a tree.

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.

A close up of a bluebell
My garden is covered in bluebells

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

Raindrops on apple blossom
Apple blossom in my garden with a promise of pies in the Autumn

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.

Heidi a maine coon in rabbit ears for Easter
Spending Easter with my cats. This is Heidi.

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.

Author: Anne Fraser

Hi, I am Anne, I am a retired nurse from Bristol in South West England. I am married with five grown up children, four boys and a girl , a grandson and a cat. I like History, travel and reading. I hope to connect with other people with similar interests.

20 thoughts on “Bristol life in a lockdown part two”

  1. Hi Anne, Your answers are very interesting. I am always curious how people are coping in other parts of our planet. A sentence I would not have seen three months ago “Social distancing seems more natural.” You made me smile on looking like a sheepdog. I can relate. Great photos! Love this post!

    1. According to government plans hairdressers are going to be open in July at the earliest. This is a time when we really need a women prime minister. Thanks for visiting and commentating.

  2. Covid-19 has succeeded in uniting the world…These days I am constantly humming the song ‘We Are The World” as I go around within the rooms of my house in Western India. Take care and hope to get the beauty treatments soon.

  3. Hi Anne, I love the bluebells and apple blossoms. For me life hasn’t really changed too much except for not being able to hug my grandsons. We have been keeping in touch via Facetime and my grandson and I have been setting each other challenges to find things starting with a different letter of the alphabet each day. I’ve been working on finishing my Fitness Certification and running a 7 day Eat healthy for life challenge in my FB Group. Life is still full but I’m also taking time for more beach walks and just enjoying the moment. Thank you for sharing at #MLSTL and take care.

    1. It looks as though we are through the worst. I have been more aware of what I have been eating and trying to eat healthily. I really want to visit a coffee bar for a Danish pastry and a latte when they reopen.

  4. I must admit I can’t wait for the hairdresser to be able to open here, because I am NOT good at cutting hair and we are all going to look like by products of the 80’s at the end of this.
    Glad you are less anxious, I am feeling ok this week too! I need to get some BBC magazines. My kids would like those!

  5. Hi Anne, thanks for sharing your world during this pandemic. Mine (and probably most of us reading it) is quite similar, and like you, I’ve been trying to keep the variety in my small world, as I live alone. Yesterday I made bread for the first time, and it actually turned out well. Now I have to figure out what to do with it…two loaves is a lot for one person. 🙂 But it was fun. Take care and be safe. #MLSTL

  6. Hi Anne, It’s always interesting to see how others are coping around the world. Life is different for all us now and I wonder how we will go when things start opening up again. I enjoyed your post and photos and have pinned for #mlstl

  7. That was a post I connected to readily thanks to also being retired. Our shops in Australia are almost back to normal supplies and as the shopper in our family I did find some of the expeditions challenging in the early weeks. We are definitely advised to stay home unless we need to leave the home for essentials (food, work, medical etc) …well, it was week 6 after my last haircut and yesterday I got to the hairdresser who opened under govt guidelines and the difference i feel today is the best! Lovely autumn days here still so being outside is very pleasant.
    Take care
    Denyse #mlstl

  8. Hi Anne – your lockdown sounds a lot like ours – except we don’t have any cases of COVID in our area and no deaths (a few recovered cases now). I’m starting to get a little bit frustrated with the extreme measures and hoping for a bit of a rollback soon. We aren’t allowed to travel 2hrs to see our children or grandchildren still and that eats at me more than I expected it to.
    I’m very grateful that the shops are well stocked, we’re allowed to walk outside, our weather is beautiful, and life is pretty darn good overall (although I’d like my husband’s work to start picking up again!)
    Thanks for linking up with us at MLSTL and I’ve shared on my SM 😊

  9. I would say you are very successfully taking photographs. That apple blossom photograph is just stunning. All of the subtle colors in the petals of that bloom. The very prettiest pastels.

    We are settling into a new routine, although it is rather shaky and still changes about every 3rd day. I am a creature of routine and habit and like having a schedule.

    I have a number of hobbies I like to do but the first weeks of this pandemic, I was too paralyzed to move off the couch and away from the news on TV. These days I am beginning to wean myself from hours of news reports. And have begun to enjoy some of the hobbies I never found time to do when life was faster and fuller.

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