Hello. How are you? I just thought I’d check in and say hi. I wasn’t sure whether to write a blog post or not, given the situation we all find ourselves in, but I thought it was worthwhile to try and retain some normality, to keep calm and carry on blogging, if you will.
So much has changed again since my last post, the sheer scale of what we are faced with seems overwhelming, and we will all be having our own unique experience right now and coping in our own individual ways . All I can do here is share mine.
As things stand at the moment, my other half is now at home, on furlough. With no football to watch and no pub to go to, he now has time to do all those jobs around the house he never had time for before – every cloud has a silver lining, I guess !
I’m classified as a keyworker, so work is continuing as ‘normal’ for me. I work in industry and social distancing in a team environment is a real challenge. Those that can work from home do, but for those of us who still need to go on site, all daily meetings have been cancelled, breaks staggered and temperatures are checked twice a day. In recent days, the shift pattern has now also changed, which means I no longer work Fridays and can stay at home to enjoy a longer weekend. It’s been quite an intense and stressful time and I’ve seen the full range of human emotions on display – from team spirit and positivity to anxiety, frustration and anger. If I’ve learnt anything this week, it’s that us human beings are incredibly resilient, hugely adaptable and capable of finding solutions. I find strength and hope in that.
As you probably know by now, I do take comfort in my little garden and I know many of you do the same. As I’ve been busy sowing seeds, I did panic a little at the thought of running out of compost. All the garden centres are closed and I didn’t relish the thought of queueing for it at any of the larger supermarkets. And while I fully appreciate compost is not essential, it’s pretty high up on the list for me ! Thankfully my local hardware store has come to the rescue and delivered some bags to our door this morning – all paid for over the phone and no contact required. The store has been going since 1962 and I’m sure it will survive this crisis too.
The other little luxury helping me through this is cake ! I’ve a bit of a sweet tooth but my other half keeps forgetting to order anything sweet in our online grocery shop. A local bakery, Belfast Bakehouse, has set up a delivery service and I made use of that during the week to order some sourdough bread, lemon drizzle cake and sticky toffee pudding. I have to say, it was the highlight of my week when that box of homemade loveliness was waiting for me when I got home. It’s at times like these too when I think our local businesses can make a big contribution to the communities they operate in and I try to support them whenever I can.
Who knew little things like compost and cake would become such luxuries?
I guess the other little luxury in this new world we find ourselves in is soap. Washing our hands is a regular and essential ritual for all of us these days and I just wanted to give a shout out to another local business The Honeysuckle Bee and Me who make the loveliest bars of soap. I also highly recommend their lip balm – it’s the best I’ve used !
As always, I’ll leave you with a few shots from the garden….daffodils bringing a welcome ray of sunshine, delicate little alpines and pops of vibrant blue from the periwinkle.
Stay safe everyone and enjoy a restful Sunday x