It has been wonderful seeing where people have ended up working – all sorts of fascinating home working spaces have been posted, so here is mine, to join the fun and to take seriously Nick Baines’ Radio 2 Pause for Thought this morning not to forget about delight! I took delight in the sunshine, in blue tits trying to get into the bird box without scaring me (!!), in brimstone and peacock butterflies out enjoying the flowers, the smell of the Clematis Armandii that is coming to an end for the winter, and the sense of order you can bring to a garden by giving the lawn a single good mow.
So here is my office in the sunshine. Today I spent an hour writing a blog (to follow soon), another hour learning Dutch with FutureLearn, an hour reading and preparing for a piece of writing I need to do, an hour writing e-mails, texts and WhatsApp messages to friends and family in various countries who I want to know are safe, and the best part of two hours working at a linoprint that is my most ambitious yet. Not a taxing morning, but a delight in the sunshine. Exercise will follow later this evening, and whilst I am still quarantining myself, no shop visit till at least Saturday. I hope that this weather will add to the creativity that we all need while experiencing these VERY strange days.
It could be worse. We could be in Brazil, where we could get is a little flu, or in the US, where capitalism is refusing to give in to the need for public safety. Or in Jordan, where I have been trying to track down friends today, where the most draconian lockdown is in force. We may not have the wisest leadership (we really don’t!) but they do at least have functioning ears when medics and life scientists speak into them, eventually.