How have your months of Coronavirus iso been going?
Little has changed for the G.O. and me; at the best of times we are not social butterflies. Our own company and day-to-day finds us engaged sufficiently with the contentment that comes from living our #LiveSimpleHomeMadeGrownLocalCreativeBetter way of life… it’s like we’ve been practising for years for such a lockdown eventuality.
The G.O. continues his usual weekly excursions to visit with, shop, pay bills, fix things around the house, troubleshoot… for his 87 year old mum.
I have been going to town less than ever. My usual fortnightly grocery and errands run became five then six weekly, strictly business, no dallying and browsing. I hate slathering on hand sanitiser… useful in these #covid19 times but I think it’s nasty stuff and the smell invariably gives me a headache.
Far easier to stay home in my safe bubble.
After our lockdown restrictions were lifted somewhat, allowing limited visits to other households, the G.O. and I attended our neighbour’s small lunchtime birthday celebration. I felt trepidation at the thought of proximity with 3 other couples but it was fine, there was lots of hand sanitiser and we all enjoyed the distanced social interaction.
A recent necessary visit to our regional centre Coffs Harbour was quite a different experience, I had to navigate the large central shopping precinct where although most stores required use of hand sanitiser or disposable gloves, some were conducting their trade as shop fronts, and cafes had no or limited seating, there were many mingling people behaving quite as they would usually.
On the home front I’ve just now completed 90% of the Certificate IV Permaculture via Tafe NSW and the National Environment Centre flexible online learning course I began last July. Much of what I’ve been delivering is analysis centric to our property here in the village and its bioregion so I made a judgment call that the details would be of little interest to the blog world in general.
However, studying permaculture and applying an urban design process to our property has been worthwhile if a little testing of my time management on occasion… focus on deadlines tends to suck the joy out of even the best of things.
I’ve enjoyed the course immensely but I’m looking forward to getting my life back. Study has taken up more time that I envisaged and was indicated by the course prerequisites, nor do I have the necessary drafting or CAD drawing skills, inclination or time to develop them as became apparent I needed for the latest and one of the biggest tasks; creating the final design, report and corresponding supporting documents.
Our life in the village is oh so quiet… I have managed just two recent Insta #gratitude posts. For I am so very grateful to be here.
In my garden:
Spotify playlists. On Saturdays… All Out 60s. On Sundays… All Out 70s.
The soundtrack of my childhood.
“It’s oh so quiet
It’s oh so still
You’re all alone
And so peaceful until…”