Lockdown Diary: Day Nineteen.

A friend calls. She calls the lockdown the lockup, which for some reason makes me laugh. ‘All this lockup,’ she says. She tells me about her great-aunt, who kept bantams during the war. ‘They lived in trees,’ she said, ‘so she didn’t need a coop or anything.’ She tells me about her grandmother, who usedContinue reading “Lockdown Diary: Day Nineteen.”

Lockdown Diary: Day Fourteen.

Events seem to be accelerating at lightning speed. It seems a hundred years ago that the Queen came on to the television and spoke her graceful and reassuring words, yet it was only twenty-four hours ago. It’s as if the space-time continuum has become warped. I was thinking of all this and feeling rather overwhelmedContinue reading “Lockdown Diary: Day Fourteen.”

Lockdown Diary: Day Thirteen.

In the very early days of lockdown, I saw a rather melancholy mother tweet that her young daughter was not going to be able to have much of a birthday party. Twitter showed its magnificent side and rose as one, sending hundreds of lovely birthday messages and pictures. I sent a picture of the redContinue reading “Lockdown Diary: Day Thirteen.”

Lockdown Diary: Day Ten.

I’ve just been out to see if I could hear the clapping for the NHS and the carers and the key workers, and my fingers are so frozen I can hardly type. But I’m going to try and write something, because I want to remember this always. I live a little way from the village,Continue reading “Lockdown Diary: Day Ten.”

Lockdown Diary: Day Nine.

The sun shines. I wake from no bad dreams. I have hope again.  Then I see something terrible on the news. I press the emergency button on my telephone. (This is in fact the number of my friend on a sheep farm in Wales.)  ‘Have you got a moment?’ I yell. I always yell whenContinue reading “Lockdown Diary: Day Nine.”

Lockdown Diary: Day Seven.

Today was the day I went into the wall. Felt physically weak and emotionally drained. The Blitz spirit voice in me says this is a shocking dereliction of duty. But I’m getting anecdotal reports from friends and friends of friends that they are having a bit of exhaustion and a bit of a weep andContinue reading “Lockdown Diary: Day Seven.”

Lockdown Diary: Day Six.

In the world, blithe and brilliant Sicilian twins are playing a Coldplay song on their violins. They are so funny and happy and talented and comical that I think their video should be sent to every household as a cheering up exercise. Somewhere else in the world, the musicians of the Rotterdam Philharmonic are playingContinue reading “Lockdown Diary: Day Six.”