Lockdown – 2020 – 20 – Happy Easter

Happy EasterIn the spirit of the holiday weekend, we opened a bottle of prosecco last night and I spent yesterday afternoon watching Pride and Prejudice, the musical, online, on facebook.

In the range of things I didn’t ever expect to be able to lay claim to, watching a musical of Pride and Prejudice on a computer is high on the list. For much of my life, there has been no facebook and online refered to the washing. However, I enjoyed it hugely. The stream of facebook postings down the side was mostly irritating, but occasionally entertaining. I thought Mary Mattison was very watchable as Lizzie and I’d love to hear two of her songs again. The song refusing Mr Collins was fantastic and the one when she begins to see there is another side to Mr Darcy was also very good indeed.

Today will be an Easter Day like no other for many of us. Through the wide range of reasons from lockdown to bereavement, there will be a lot of unhappiness, restlessness and in some households, misery. We’re in this together and, sadly, for a longer time than many of us first thought.

Warmest thanks are due to those going into work to look after us, to feed us, to keep the transport moving, to service the utilities and to police the few who just aren’t getting it.

Many churches have their services online. My own, Mayfield Salisbury have done that. You can access the words and music here

I did do some writing, take a walk in the late afternoon and e-mail a few friends.



Lockdown – 2020 – 19 – Bursting Bubbles

On the Boil

In fact, the bubble isn’t bursting, but there is a sense of things coming to a boil.

I enjoyed a short chat with one of our medical neighbours yesterday as she sat outside with one of her children. Before long, I found myself saying, “Of course I’m living in a bubble’. It’s an apology of sorts for the fact she, with children, is going into the front line and I am staying at home writing a blog about staying at home.

Doing what appears to be nothing is frustrating. Even when one understands why it’s being asked, it’s frustrating. However, deep breaths, we must carry on staying at home and thereby contribute to the best end result the country can achieve.

A Quality Product

Great call with some of the family yesterday. DH won at bridge, including a small slam achieved by his partner. Wrote!

Took note of things to tell you about:

On Facebook, pointed out by Kate Blackadder, What’s Onstage are streaming the live UK premiere of the musical Pride and Prejudice. Find that here 

Music by Paul Gordon

The Royal Scottish Academy, RSA, is having a virtual annual exhibition. That’s here

News of that came from a friend in France!

Capital Writer Jennifer, writing as Jo Allen, had a cover reveal for her third title from Aria books, Death on Coffin Lane. Pre-order here

This book is the third outing for Jo’s DCI Jude Satterthwaite.

There was a short and uplifting service from Mayfield Salisbury yesterday to mark Good Friday. Find that here

Short sermon by Revd Helen Alexander. Readings by Walter Thomson.

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