Life as we know it..

11 Apr

I’ve agonised about the way this post should go, not wanting to add to the never-ending torrent of comment, opinion and speculation that surrounds this threat we all face: Coronavirus. There, I’ve said it.

Not only that, but I set this blog up to be a feel-good place, where I could share some of the highlights of my chosen lifestyle, and hopefully brighten the reader’s day a little by sharing some of the delights (and occasional, amusing catastrophes) that go with living on the water. It’s somewhere I can showcase my snaps of stunning skyscapes…

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Even the city sometimes…

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And, of course, the ever-present and wonderful  wildlife  that abounds on and around the waterways – all set to a soundtrack of birdsong.

But in truth, I can’t not mention it. It has had such a profound impact on life as most people know it. A scary new world where time stands still and hugs and socialising are a distant memory. A world where few cars clog up our roads and pollution is at an all-time low. A new quiet world. A world that is learning to think of and care for others and appreciate those who go the extra mile. BB salutes you. A world where one can take time to reflect and simply be.

Welcome to my world dear reader. Being an aspiring writer and living alone, my world is by nature a solitary one at times, where much of my socialising is done via the internet. So much of the current imposition doesn’t affect me greatly. I am fortunate to live in a super place among a fabulous community but feel for those who aren’t so lucky.

Right now, you find me at my outdoor work space…

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Enjoying the sunshine…

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Scary.

Where the cat and hose coil up…

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And daisies decorate the grass.

I get regular visitors…

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Thank goodness for this wonderful weather. It goes a long way to cheer us and keep away the gloom that could so easily creep into our heads.

We are all learning to adapt and embrace new challenges on a daily basis. Even my charmed lifestyle has been compromised, being deemed at high risk of serious illness or worse if I catch this thing, and am beginning a strict 12 week stay at home regime. But how hard can that be? My marvellous neighbours are rallying by fetching shopping and generally being there for me.

I, for one, hope this new-found community spirit will prevail and that we will all become stronger, wiser and more compassionate as a consequence. Hopefully society will adapt to the new normal too and that common sense will become a little more common, though I’m not holding my breath.

But for now, my friends, try to enjoy the moment. Be still  and make the most of these times. Many will have learned new skills and knocked off a lot of those jobs that have forever been on the to do list, or simply enjoyed having time to relax and reflect.

I will miss the cruising though…

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Stay safe xx

4 Responses to “Life as we know it..”

  1. sharonelaine1 at 9:41 am #

    Wow, good for you, someone not moaning and stressing! I feel exactly as you do and am spending this Easter Sunday as I always do, at home. I am loving not feeling guilty for doing nothing and sitting in the garden ! Stay safe, dear Annie.

    Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPad

    • Boatbird at 11:18 am #

      So pleased to hear your positivity. Much love, Annie xx

  2. Ken at 12:05 pm #

    Keep well and keep in touch. Anything needed, I am just round the corner.
    I like your blog.
    That is a phrase I never used till a few weeks ago.
    Regards Ken ( Florin )

    • Boatbird at 12:31 pm #

      Thanks Ken, that’s kind of you. I am still putting names to faces and people to their boats! First winter hibernation and now the plague keeping me tucked away!
      Glad you like the blog. We are all learning a new language I think!

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