Look Up To The Sky.

So that’s it; week one of social distancing completed. I would be lying if I said it has been easy, although I’m sure I am not alone in this sentiment and this is the case for most people.

The disruption to daily life has led to the creation of new routines. For myself, keeping to a routine has helped keep me sane. I have tried to fill my days with at least one activity whether that be baking, drawing, gaming etc. Its amazing how something so simple can help ease an anxious mind that could wander to darker thoughts.

One thing I do miss the most (so far) is being able to freely go out to green space. I am unlucky in regards to what I have local and I have to say I am envious of people who have the countryside on their doorstep, I really hope they appreciate it. I have joked to an acquaintance that once normality has resumed I will be running along the Malvern hills like Maria in the sound of music.

I am very aware of why we are doing this and remind myself often of the bigger picture. It is quite easy to internalise when you suddenly have lots of time.

The clap for carers event that occurred this week was a joyous occasion that rang out around our neighborhood and lifted my spirits no end. It was a stark reminder of why we are doing this and that we are not alone. I found the experience a little emotive as people came together to say thanks, banging pots, shouting gratitude’s and even fireworks were heard from my area.

I will take this moment to say my own THANK YOU! to the brilliant NHS staff, cleaners, maintenance staff, store workers, police, fire brigade and many others that are out there working throughout these turbulent times. I really hope that they are recognised and rewarded for their tireless efforts throughout all of this. THANK YOU!

Looking to the skies, particularly at sunset, has offered stunning sights and although the views from my house are not exactly beautiful, the skies have offered hope. Nature continues regardless and will be there when all this is over.

Has anyone else noticed an increase in activity with wildlife around them while lock down is enforced? In my garden alone I have noticed many more bird visitors, although the brighter weather could also be a contributing factor.

The night skies have been brilliantly clear this past week too. I have managed one lunar capture of the waxing crescent phase, or as I will always refer to it as; a Cheshire cat smile moon.

I plan for the coming weeks to practice my astro-photography as long as the night skies are clear. So hopefully I will have some interesting shots to offer in future posts.

How are you coping with these current times? What tips would you share that help get you through the day? Is there anything you are hoping to do now that time is no obstacle? I’d love to hear from you.

I wish you all a great week, until next time.

Strange Times

I have to admit I have purposely been avoiding mentioning the current situation that we are facing in the UK at present. There are already so many voices on this subject and in truth I don’t feel qualified enough to give any real opinions on the matter.

These are strange and uncertain times that we are living through, schools have been shut, people are panic buying (without the real need to) and if you speak to anyone it is in the forefront of their minds.

Each passing day there is an unease as to what measures will be brought in next. How long will the isolating have to go on for? Will we be in full lock down soon?

I am at present following the current Government advice and isolating. I am trying to stay positive, the old adage of trying to make the best of a bad situation. Although I have to admit I am daunted by the thought of having to stay home.

I have spoken in the past about how soothing nature is for me and my recovery, but this isn’t just about me. Its about protecting those who are most vulnerable.

Plus the more that people take heed to the advice and do their part then hopefully the shorter this will continue for.

There are rays of hope throughout this whole scenario, I have seen Facebook groups set up with the aim to deliver supplies and ensure that those in need aren’t left without, many creators on the web have set up live shows to keep people entertained and keep spirits high. The blitz spirit lives on, even if we are not physically able to come together.

I look forward to when some sort of normality is resumed, I will definitely appreciate getting out and about with the camera a lot more.

My hopes throughout isolation is to try to be creative in other ways; practice drawing, learn new editing skills, read more etc.. I am looking at this as a time to reset not as wasted time (trying to negate the negativity I could feel)

I wish I had some pictures to add to this post but as I mentioned in my last post my laptop is currently out of action (I will admit, I spilled coffee over it and at present it is dead). I am not sure when this will be remedied but I will continue to write each week. I hope you still enjoy what I create and I wish you all a good week.