It is a beautiful day here in North Wales, the sun is streaming in through the windows, the trees in the garden are looking green again as the Spring growth is replacing Winter’s sleep. It is Friday morning and normally I would be on the road by now, driving alongside the coast waiting for the moment I turn the corner and see Snowdonia lay in front of me. I am sure this morning the sunlight will be bouncing from the peaks, perhaps a little of the snow is still on the top like frosting on a cake. Sadly I will not be making that journey for some time.
A few weeks ago, self isolation, was used only in terms of those introverts amongst us, and I admit at times I do have these tendencies. To stay home with a good book, what can be better? Overnight our language has changed, panic buying, isolation, social distancing, this is now normal life.
Yesterday I did my last session in school, health concerns for me and my family mean I am to stay home in safety for many weeks. Luckily I can work from home, the world is electronic, we can all communicate, just in different ways. We have food enough in the kitchen, and a lovely house. We have got this, it won’t be hard.
My first afternoon and I had the disinfectant out. Manically scrubbing every surface, I want to wipe away the outside world, make all new and safe inside. Hubby seems somewhat confused, it is not normal behaviour from me. I have always subscribed to the the ‘good enough’ mode of housekeeping, but not any more. The threat of a virus sitting on surfaces has sent me into meltdown. On waking this morning I was struck by how clean everywhere smells. This is good thing.
The day progressed well enough, lots of work to be done, people to talk to, to reassure that even in this new world order, they won’t be forgotten. Tonight we get the news that social places are to close, I am glad for that, the sooner everyone retreats into safe places, the sooner we will get a hold on this.
We have at least another twelve weeks of life apart together, keep safe everyone, keep washing your hands!!