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Published: June 30th 2020
100 days who would have thought it ? Not me for sure . 100 days - almost one third of the year gone . 100 days drifted away in a mist of uncertainty, anxiety and frustration . Wind back to the middle of March and I didnt see it coming . Or perhaps I did but I did not expect my life to be put on hold . Nor did I think I would always use the word normal in inverted commas. What is normal? I dont know any more . I locked my desk , I put my cup in my locker , I said bye to colleagues and with a cheery "Have a good weekend - see you next week " I left the building . I have not been back .
I was due a weeks leave . The weather was set fair . We were out in Gabby or at least that was the well laid plan. However that pandemic I was convinced would burn itself out hit us with a vengeance . No work . I could have special leave until kit arrived at home and then I could home work . Boris encouraged that
. He shut all pubs, the heritage properties who were allowing people into the parks shut abruptly leaving us all wondering how we would do our daily one hour exercise . Swimming baths closed - surely chlorine would kill any germs known to man - wouldnt it ? Gyms shut their doors . We could not shop. Not that we are shopaholics . We were told to stand 6 metres apart , not to go to doctors surgeries . They would contact us if we needed a consultation . We could pick medicines up but not go to the dentist , the chiropodist nor the optician . Banks had shortened their opening hours . Normal - the end of March and through April was anything but normal .
The weather see-sawed between being too darn hot and too darn cold . We had sunny weather sitting outside weather through the fourth month of the year . I was walking every morning . I was learning new things . I had not had time to get bored . Football was put on hold . No cricket over the summer . Every event was cancelled from the Grand National to the
Rugby Cup Final . There was a vaccine being researched . We would be another year before it is finally ready for use.
As I walked this morning I looked around and thought that I had seen Spring come and go. Early summer had virtually gone and in a few days we would be in high summer. I had seen the daffodils and early spring flowers come and go. The Lilac, the roses . 100 days of listening to silence to now hearing car noise again. Pubs closed . Pubs might re-open . I used words like furlough, shielding , bubbles . I had joined the on-line library . My peas had grown and I was now eating them .
2 metres had shrunk to 1 metre plus . Masks were the norm. Forms needed to travel . Boris on the TV occaisionally telling us about massive infrastructure spending . House prices shrinking by 10%. Uncertainty in the markets . Second waves . I saw no-one on my walk to share my thoughts with . Not that some of my thoughts would have been worthy of sharing .
The days have been long and drawn out. I
cannot remember the last time I filled the car with petrol . It has been washed many times . 100 days - 99 walks . July is just around the corner . Repeats of programmes on the TV .
I returned home . I had found the number 100 I was looking for . Coffee . I drink more now than ever . I sleep less probably because of the coffee. Corona virus has changed lives . I wondered if I would be still writing the same old story of Covid 19 in another 50 days . I hoped not .
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