23rd March 2020
Being in solitary confinement sounds more like paradise than punishment.” – Unknown.
Having decided to use a calendar to tick off each of the thirteen weeks of solitary self-isolation (I began isolation ten days before everyone else), I was looking forward to the celebratory weekends and ticking off another week on my calendar.
So when I heard that the supermarket shelves were beginning to empty of alcohol due to our government’s Friday decision to close all pubs, bars and restaurants, I wasn’t happy. I’d already had a dry week (sort of) and the thought of not being able to celebrate making it to the weekend was sobering. I needn’t have worried; on Saturday evening eldest daughter Victoria popped her head around our connecting door with a pouch, yes, a pouch, not a bottle, not a box, but a two bottle pouch of Malbec. My celebratory weekend was saved!
Yesterday was Mother’s Day in the UK and amongst my Mother’s Day gifts were a couple of bottles of Malbec and two triple bottle wines boxes! Is this panic buying?
Also amongst my Mother’s Day gifts were boxes of chocolates, three beautiful bunches of flowers, a pretty box of notelets, a gorgeous display of violas, kitchen roll and a box of tissues! Oh, and politician John Bercow’s latest book; he’s not to everyone’s taste but I like him. Besides, my son does a brilliant impression of him and this is one book I shall take great pleasure in reading. A few short weeks ago, just as the virus hit the UK, my girls invited me to the cinema to see the film Emma, I politely declined and said I wasn’t going anywhere where other people were sitting so close. I warned them the cinema would be a perfect breeding ground. Yesterday one daughter admitted that mother knows best!
Mother’s Day weather was beautiful, it was typically spring-like, sunny and mild, and whilst many were floundering about the government advice to not visit mothers on Mother’s Day, I came to a decision, and no longer kept the family in suspense. Son-in-law Simon brought out my wooden picnic table from the barn to add to my kitchen patio seating, and throughout the day, my family minus the youngest grandchildren used the side gate and carried out staggered visits.
Sitting outside enjoying the sunshine, we seated ourselves beyond the acceptable safe distance, each of us approx three metres apart (almost 10ft), something that wouldn’t have been possible indoors. Later, during the PM’s briefing, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer confirmed that for the sake of our mental health it was acceptable to enjoy fresh air at home with family if we maintain the two-metre distance. This will be our family contact for the next three months, providing the weather is suitable, oh and Facetime and Zoom.
Last week the UK government announced that all schools will close for the foreseeable future. This is not true, schools are open, but only to the children of Key Workers and those who are vulnerable at home. My son and two of my daughters work in schools and our plan is that during this first week of the new way of schooling they will contribute to my blog and let us know how this is working in practice.
Editorial Comment: The controversial politician John Bercow, retired as Speaker of the House of Commons on 31 October 2019, having become one of the most recognisable and iconoclastic figures in British politics. For 10 years he occupied a ringside seat during one of the most febrile periods in modern British history.
PS. Did you know that cardboard absorbs the virus it will not live on the surface and is safe for food delivery etc. Phew… am I glad they brought ‘Wine boxes’
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