P – “These are very challenging times for us mere human beings.”
“It made me think how important freedom really is to everyone. Things I’m finding hard is not seeing my grandchildren a
nd friends. Another thing I am missing is my sport and playing a round of golf. Isolation is not good for me either, but thank God there is social media. ( smiley face). Everybody has to adapt to this terrible virus and soldier on. But I feel there is light at the end of the tunnel. So, to all my friends and everyone, stay safe and things will get better for sure.”
D – “Isolation means to me and lock down means to me exactly that, how I feel, isolated. But it has also given me time for reflection, and time to stand still and look around myself look at the lovely nature we have, contact my friends and family through what’s app, is a really good way of keeping in contact with people, time for people, listening to others caring about others. This is what lock down means to me.”
S – “The past few weeks has made me feel distant from everything and everybody. I have to try to keep my spirits up no matter what is happening.”
T – ” Isolation itself is not a problem for me, when I was seriously depressed I was isolated and didn’t mix with anyone or go out for two years, didn’t want to go out. Isolation this time, after being used to going out, being involved with people and having a purpose, is difficult, in the respect that I don’t have a choice. Going to the corner shop is an exciting event for me as I see people and am able to talk to people, not having a choice is the hardest thing.”
David has recently been in hospital….
“It seems a long time ago that lockdown began. I was in hospital for a few weeks from February and lockdown began the week after I was discharged. Initially I was too weak to do any type of exercise and so it wasn’t until the beginning of April that I felt strong enough to leave my flat and take my first tentative steps outside. I started off by doing a certain length of time walking and then gradually increasing the distance day to day. I decided to try Lord Sheldon Way as my route… It was a lovely spring day. The first thing I noticed was just how quiet everything seemed. No cars. Hardly any people. It was strange to me especially as I hadn’t been outdoors basically since January. The next thing that became apparent was the difference in just how fresh the air felt when I breathed. It was a great feeling just to walk (slowly) and take in such fresh air. Then I became aware of just how clearly I could hear birdsong…. It was as though they had decided to all come out together to celebrate not having to be drowned out by noise pollution and chemicals. Nature seemed to have made a fantastic recovery in such a short space of time. My hope is that society will re-evaluate its priorities once a vaccination is found for this virus. Perhaps people will think more about the environment and nature in general more than they did before. Perhaps governments can move towards a greener economy. It will take time and a huge amount of will but the alternative doesn’t bear thinking about.”
An Update Post (04/05/2020) : A small catch up with some behind the scenes work at Making a Difference (post pandemic), plus a story from Janice about her recent adventures. It is good to note Making a Difference is still closed and any work on the allotment has been carried out following strict government guidelines:
Janice enjoyed a refreshing walk away from the confinement of the household and in an amazing woodland area she happened to come across just a short journey away. As a busy Project Manager, travelling in an automobile, she has missed admiring the beauty of the nature around her.
Our Manager has spent some time dusting off her gloves after promptly hanging them up. The allotment got some much needed preparation work done for when we return. The beds were revamped and onions were planted. Janice notes as nice as the visit was it wasn’t the same without the rest of us being there.