Day 19 – Curfew – Saturday 11 April 2020.
The skylarks were flying high in the bright blue sky over the fields off Doebank Drive, Astwood Bank this morning. I love the fields here; more so because they are almost deserted.
The patterns made by the tractor are noticeable in that some are circular and some are huge wide tracks – almost as wide as a motorway lane. Everything is budding, blackthorn is in flower and I note the blackberry bushes are waking up; I look forward to picking some fruit when it arrives later this year.
On the way home I spotted our village peacock – Percy – he’s in full feather and the turquoise coloured feathers are absolutely stunning.
Taking my daily walk with Martha I am reminded of a book I am reading by Ruby Wax (an American comedienne) who returned to University in her more mature years to study psychology. You may wonder what this has to do with ‘curfew’ – read on.
Ruby suffers with her mental health and discovered mindfulness helps her to take charge of her own mind, to help control/limit her depressions. It doesn’t actually cure depression but, after reading her book, I understand how mindfulness can help.
Fortunately I haven’t suffered with depression or mental health problems personally. After reading this book, I believe I have been blessed with good amounts of dopamine and serotonin: strangely enough the book made me realise I have always practised mindfulness (without knowing what it was and therefore ‘labelling it’) and this is key now that we are all unable to have ‘real contact’ with others.
Focusing on what is good, noticing everything that is around you, being thankful for the positives in your life (the weather just now, for one) and dealing with the negatives by changing which negatives you can and accepting (but dealing with) those you can’t is what will keep us going…or not!
I have spent the day fully occupied. Firstly by recording a ‘Seated Pilates’ session – inspired by my almost-90-year-old-Mum, then with my book; sitting in the sunshine, listening to the super-singing-at high-volume blackbird that sits in a tree next to our conservatory has been bliss.
After a tasty lunch (a very easy recipe called Shakshuka) I enjoyed a few video-calls with various family and friends.
The prize for ‘going stir crazy’ has to go to some of our best friends who appeared on screen dressed up. The two females, ‘D’ and ‘L’, were in hats (‘D’ also wore a string of pearls channelling the Queen) and one of the men, ‘B’, wore (apparently) nothing but a bow tie. Ooh-la-la!
Supper consisted of a pizza for Tom and freshly made cheese-scones with a side of a sausage sandwich for me!! Yes, an odd combination, but I just didn’t feel in the mood to cook.
Taking it easy…It’s (becoming) this Girl’s Thing.