I usually have a couple draft posts waiting for me to finish and publish but, in the current situation, they no longer feel appropriate.
Normally, we would be planning our return to France, at the beginning of April, but this is obviously out of the question. Strangely, this doesn’t bother me, as much as you might think, because I would rather be in the UK, close to my family and dearest friends.
Yes, we have friends in France but it is on a diferent level to the connection with people here whom I have known for a very long time.
So, how am I filling my time now that dance classes are cancelled and social distancing is taking place?
Keeping in close contact with friends and family.
I have several friends who have self-isolated because they have underlying health issues, some of them live alone so I am on a mission to phone them on a regular basis. Social media is wonderful for keeping in contact. I’m a fan of WhatsApp and FaceTime and both of these are free but sometimes there’s nothing like a good old phone chat (which can be done through the apps I’ve already mentioned) especially with elderly relatives, for example. My aunt and uncle are both in their nineties and I am phoning then more frequently at the moment.
This is a no-brainer for me. I love the two dance based classes I attend every week but I have found alternatives on line. YouTube is brilliant for this.
Walking is something that I love and I can go a bit stir crazy if stuck indoors for too long. At the moment, I am walking every day and there are plenty of routes to chose from in the beautiful Surrey Hills where I live. I am only too aware that I’m very fortunate to have a garden where I can always sit and have a cup of tea when thoughts start to spiral out of control; not everybody has this luxury.
Mr FF has also decided to become my personal trainer. This could end badly…
Learning something new
Here’s my proposed list:
*Yoga – there are some brilliant examples on YouTube. I have also started to do alternate nostril breathing; very good for anxiety and lungs
*Language Learning – I have always maintained my French. At the moment, I am watching some excellent French films etc on Netflix. My Spanish (O level!) is sadly weak at the moment, so I will return to using Duolingo, an excellent language learning app.
*Cork Crafting – over the years, I appear to have amassed a rather large collection of wine corks! Luckily, one of my Christmas presents included a glue gun and I am intending to make lots of wonderful items with my corks. Pinterest has lots of helpful suggestions.
I shall also be:
Reading – I have always found solace in books and now’s an ideal opportunity to read, in the day, without guilt! Recommendations welcome but nothing too dark, please. I have some book reviews in previous posts, should you be interested.
Spring Cleaning – Somewhat less appealing but necessary.
Blogging – both writing posts and reading other blogs. I find the blogging community inclusive and supportive.
I’d love to know how you are occupying your time!
Stay safe x