Isolation #15

This part of Suffolk, is a seemingly ideal place to spend these days of isolation. But friends here have expressed their concerns about Londoners having moved in to their second homes with all the consequential pressures and anxieties that brings. Moreover they are a self-employed couple and since their catering business is closed (except for deliveries of which there are few compared to the bustling business they normally run) their economic worries are significant. Add to that the frustration of not being active and about their business, family life soon becomes something of a pressure cooker.

The dark side of couple companionship in isolation is domestic violence, as some news items have already revealed but of course it could also lead to greater intimacy now that families have more time for each other. As that old chestnut of a quote goes: “the family that plays together, stays together”. Keep playing!

For as long as I'm well, am posting a pic a day to enhance these Covid-19 times of isolation and lockdown

isolation #14

“From you have I been absent in the spring,
When proud pied April dress’d in all his trim
Hath put a spirit of youth in every thing”…

W. Shakespeare ~ Sonnet 98

Not only is cabin fever beginning to effect many of us but isolation means a total lack of companionship, especially for people like me who live alone.Thus the Bard speaks of not being able to enjoy the Spring because of an absence from a friend/loved one. Nevertheless I try to relish all the delights of new growth that comes with this time of year. Happy April 1st and no fooling!

For as long as I'm well, am posting a pic a day to enhance these Covid-19 times of isolation and lockdown

isolation #13

You’re never alone with a phone – and whilst we are physically isolated our mobiles are becoming more than just a distraction. I’ve enjoyed catching up with friends where contact is usually infrequent and family members who live at a distance. Moreover, it has been a helpline to my daughter who lives nearby and who can provide doorstep deliveries where necessary.

For as long as I'm well, am posting a pic a day to enhance these Covid-19 times of isolation and lockdown