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Month: April 2020

A Different Perspective

I imagine the COVID-19 pandemic has touched all of our lives in one way or another and forced as to look at everything with a different perspective.

Instead of going for a run last night I went for a leisurely stroll. No longer rushing due to time constraints I was able to amble through my local village and enjoy the peace and quiet that the reduced amount of road traffic has created.

I smiled as a saw a number of skips on people’s drives as only last week our dustcart drove past as it was full to overflowing. It did return a while later explaining that as so many people were clearing out their garages there was a lot more refuse than normal.

I also raised a grin when I saw a lady jet washing her paving and a gentleman painting his fence. Oh my, what lovely clean and tidy homes we will have by the time the lockdown comes to an end.

There was another chap hacking at a hedge. I’m not sure if this was out of sheer frustration as there didn’t appear to be any rhythm to his attack on the innocent leafy bystander.

With our beauty salons closed for business, manicuring has a whole new meaning, as I witnessed endless lawns mown and strimmed to within an inch of their lives.

I have to admit that Staying Home has provided endless opportunities for me to titivate our house and garden. There is barely a weed to be seen in the allotment and my tatty garden furniture has been given a whole new lease of life with a coat of Neptune Old Rose eggshell.

Similarly, paint that I bought for the garage at the end of last summer has suddenly emerged from the depths of the cupboard. The wooden exterior is now a lovely rich barn black whilst the window frames are F&B’s Light Blue gloss. Even the garden gates and picket fence that I had condemned look brand new after a lick of black paint.

I have taken delight in the fact that I no longer plan according to the day of the week but more according to the weather forecast. So here I am today back in my “she shed” catching up with paperwork as the raindrops lightly water the newly planted beans and sit proud on the freshly painted chairs.

Stay Home – Stay Safe

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Now that our local recycling centre is closed I have not been able to dispose of my grass cuttings. I learnt recently that these can be used as a mulch around trees, shrubs, roses and even amongst some vegetables. Apply in thin layers and top-up weekly to suppress weeds.

It’s Black & White

Social distancing – self-isolation – staying at home.

Terms that we had rarely considered before are now everyday expressions.

The message is clear – it’s black and white – we have to put into practice these disciplines when required, to keep ourselves, and our fellow human beings safe.

With Easter looming we would normally be looking forward to family gatherings or trips away. This year, however, there has never been such a good excuse to stay at home and eat chocolate!

There’s always an upside!

With my spirits lifted I restyled this dining room to accommodate the change in season. The longer days and mild weather inspired me to take down the heavy interlined curtains and replace them with unlined grey linen ones.

A similar colour table cloth from Sainsbury’s Home adorns the dining table whilst a matching runner, cut from the generous width, dresses the sideboard.

Citrine napkins from Also Home add a splash of sunshine, as do the freshly cut tulips and daffodils. Maize table mats, old-white plates, and cream coloured handled cutlery, keeps the scheme light and pared back.

The occasional pop of deep red provided by the Hellebores adds warmth to the scheme whilst hessian bunting and crackled glazed egg shape candles provide this year’s Easter decorations.

So whilst there won’t be an Egg Hunt for the children, nor a massive Sunday lunch to honour this holiday weekend, we will take comfort in the fact that we remain safe.

Surely that in itself is reason enough to raise a glass and celebrate life?

Happy Easter!

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