I feel I’ve been cheating, posting poems, but to be honest there’s not much else to say!
Like most of us in France (there are those, as everywhere, who don’t take notice) we are in lockdown, which basically means that you can’t go out more than once a day, for no more than an hour. And only for shopping, essential working, exercise or essential care work. We’ve not struggled too much with this, because we have had our work and a big house to spread out in, but we do feel for others who have found it much more difficult. But, even so, I don’t think that the fact it is a challenge is any excuse to endanger other people!
It really ticks me off to see people thinking that rules don’t apply to them (although I do have to admit that, on occassions, I have been out twice a day – once to buy bread, and once to feed the Poor Cats. But I didn’t meet anyone second time round.) and getting together for parties, or going out for picnics, or sunning themselves on the beach. There was even a group of people flying out to France in a private jet, to stay on the Cote d’Azur!
We’ve been supporting the restaurant next door – our Easter dinner was a delicious asparagus-and-morilles-in-a-wine-sauce with risotto – and otherwise eating reasonably healthily, until it all goes to pot with chocklit in the evening!
I was starting to get a bit “stir crazy” by the end of last week, but one of my students made a comment that made me realise that I’d spent 12 straight days mostly working in front of a computer. Yes, I’d popped out for my early evening walk most days, but with preparing a Power Point meditative Good Friday service, and a Power Point to start our Easter Sunday service as well as lessons by video conferencing, I hadn’t had a proper break from computer screens. So on Saturday morning, I tackled the balcony – emptied the disgusting litter tray, cleaned it up, emptied pots of dead plants, brushed up soil, litter and who-knows-what, and generally made it a pleasant place to sit again. There is a cat basket in the shade which Pomme and Jasper both like, and a “second class” box in the shade, which the loser sits in! Sadly, there’s no plants (except the parsley and chives that survived the winter) as we can’t justify driving to one of the bigger garden centres (they’ve been given permission to open) to buy plants, and our small garden centre isn’t open. But I’ve put out a few artificial plants, and tried to make it look nice. If anyone would like to knit or crochet me some plants, then feel free!!
We really need to tackle the courtyard next – that really IS a mess, but neither of us feel that inclined! It was so lovely to get out and just breathe! In fact, I sat outside on the balcony reading for most of the afternoon! On Sunday we had our Zoom church meeting and then in the afternoon I just relaxed and read…and created another PPP for the beginning of next week’s church! I actually really enjoy putting them together, so it was relaxing.
My MiL’s friend, who has been in a nursing home for a couple of years, with dementia has succumbed to this bastard virus. He’s my only personal link to someone who has died, but I fear there may be more before the end of this time. My mum is at home with my sister, and my brother is doing shopping and delivering it, so neither of my sister or my mum need to go out to more risky situations. With mum at 91, we really don’t want her exposed to risk.
Stay safe, dear Friends, stay safe.