Six months on, I’ve written another, so grab a cuppa and pull up a chair.
As I type this, London currently sits in Tier 2 – High of the UK’s Covid-19 restrictions. This means we can no longer meet our family of friends at any indoor location. We can still meet outdoors in a group of six or less. Pubs and restaurants are still open but close their doors at 10 pm. We’re allowed to travel but are asked to minimise the number of journeys we make. We’re still allowed to stay overnight in an hotel.
What has this meant for us?
The Boy Child continues to go to school, which I’m grateful for, as I don’t want to even think about him being at home for another continuous 192 days. The Brainy One and I continue to work from home. Tilly’s daily walks have become longer, which she and I are both happy about. Weekend outings are now restricted to visiting our favourite National Trust properties (while they are still open).
What about those things I embraced back in late March?
Daily 10-minute Pilates sessions have become part of my daily routine. I’m ‘attending’ (via YouTube) a high-impact Step class every other day. I’ve cancelled my gym membership. Around 90% of everything I planted in the garden or in pots has survived. 🙂 Current gardening activity is mainly leaf sweeping and pulling up the most obvious weeds.
What about the things that used to be considered routine or ‘normal’?
I’m limiting my in-person visits to the supermarket and have a delivery every two weeks or so. My pantry has never been so well stocked. We’ve all been for haircuts and I’ve been to the salon to have my eyebrows done.
We’ve stopped going to the pub and out to eat. If I meet my London friends in person, we meet in the park and not in our favourite coffee shop. We haven’t been anywhere near a cinema and have decided not to book Panto tickets for December (the Panto has kicked off our family’s Christmas traditions for several years).
We moved our trip to Bruges to next Spring, with the option to move it again. We have not made any new travel plans (New Year’s Eve in New York City will have to wait for another year). We will not be hosting our annual Non-Christmas Christmas Drinks Party.
What about our emotional well-being?
The main thing to be grateful for is that none of us has contracted Covid-19. We are all well. We are able to stay in touch with family and friends by using social media and by meeting in person outside. Our world may not look like anything we’ve been used to, but there’s still an awful lot to be thankful for.
How’s your world looking right now?