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Confinement Notes

Out for my allotted walk early Friday morning, I made a sharp dive left into the bushes to put plenty of space between me and an older lady and her whippet.

“Thank you for distancing!” she called out cheerily.

It was ace to get thanked for something that’s previously been called a character flaw, ha ha ha.

So, comrades. How are you? I always mean that sincerely, but I mean it even more now. I hope you and your families are okay.

I’ve been at home since the 14th, and the UK has been on lockdown for a week now. On the surface it would appear not much has changed. Gareth’s still been out, making whisky for the future. I’ve been working from home as usual.

But like everyone, it’s a daily trot through an encyclopedia of emotions. An undercurrent of unease, hope, worry, gratitude.

It feels strange that for many of us our primary task right now is to stay home, when so many have to go out to work at great risk, to help those suffering and to keep the wheels turning for the rest of us. Not to mention those that don’t have the luxury of somewhere to shelter, nor water to frequently wash their hands.

So my head is a mush of feelings and I appreciate the indulgence of these wafflings. But this old blog feels like a calmer place than social media. I spent an hour this morning catching up with the everyday lives of blog pals in my Feedly reader like it was 2005. The quietness of it felt good.

Notes from the last two weeks


  • Working, haphazardly at best
  • Distractibaking: hot cross buns, malted chocolate chip cookies, bread rolls
  • Zooming of friends, especially the extroverts
  • Reading articles on How To Work From Home, despite having worked from home for the past six years
  • Yelling at Sternly instructing mother-in-law to stay inside (“Oh yeah, and happy Mother’s Day too!”)
  • 2/3 of a Zoom yoga class (watched the rest from on the couch with a cuppa).

Soothing things:

  1. Jacinda Ardern’s clear communication
  2. Sam Neill reading poems and bedtime stories
  3. Neil Finn’s daily mini concerts. Perfectly imperfect with the tunes you know and love.

(Whoa dude… three calming Kiwis!)

If anyone is out there… how are things in your corner of the world? Let me know how you are doing today. This hour, even, as things are subject to change!

P.S. If you need a smile: Aussie Astrophysicist gets magnets stuck up nose while inventing coronavirus device.

Into the woods
V lucky to have these mini woods a short walk from home. Sitting on a tree stump and listening to the rooks argue is current favourite thing.

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27 thoughts on “Confinement Notes

  1. It’s so lovely and calming to read a blog post from DG!!
    I’m cooped up with children trying to do my PhD (was always going to do most from home…the extras at home i did not count on!).
    Feeling blessed Dean and I are in jobs that are safe.

    1. Kids + PhD! Now that is a doozy! Glad you and Dean are okay on the job front. Ace to see you, Lisa! 🙂

  2. Thank you for what feels like a blast from the past. You’re right blogs are calming and calming is what I need. I also need a whole lotta sleep….. but my brain does not seem to compute!
    I’m just worrying constantly about either:
    – our eldest son still in Brighton ( uni)
    – my elderly/ vulnerable parents – my heart hurts every time we chat as I’m frightened it will be the last
    – all the children, parents and staff in my school and how the hell I’m going to maintain the home learning momentum along with the support for our key workers kids ( my 5 yr old son told me he wished he was a lock worker not a key workers child…. as then we could stay home!)
    Ah well…. thank you for allowing me a safe place to get this off my chest.
    Take care and stay safe

    1. Oh Kerry, feeling for you… that is a lot of strands of worry. Your son’s words too! Words feel inadequate in these situations… thinking of you comrade xxx

  3. The astrophysicist story was a blast – thanks Shauna! These are such strange times but there’s a lot of humour around! Keep well. xxx🥰

    1. “At this point I ran out of magnets” <-- quote of the week 🙂 Hope you are keeping well, glad to see you're painting up a storm!

  4. Love this, Shauny baby. It’s true the quiet and gentle feeling of reading thoughts over quips in blog format is so welcome right now!

    I am worried about what is to come – I want to balance the home schooling with some earning, but have already had to reduce hours. Who knows what will happen, but am damn annoyed every time I see people clearly flouting the rules in our neighborhood and just not getting that it’s for their protection and everybody’s.

    1. That’s such a worry Momo, and the not knowing makes it so much harder! So maddening about people just not getting it… makes you want to get a big f*ck off megaphone and start bellowing at them!

  5. Oh this was a lovely read. I think you are right – this is the time for old school blogging. You’ve inspired me.

    Also, what is it about truculent parentals who won’t stay in the bloody house?

    Waving from a socially acceptable distance xx

    1. I know right!? Though I have to admit, telling someone off is kinda satisfying on some level, I can see why The Mothership enjoyed it back in the day *ducks*

  6. Glad to hear all is well with you (or as well as you can expect in these strange days) – I think those who are used to working from home are in a better position to adjust. I have gone from 1/2 a day a week at home to 4 1/2 days a week with a child which is a bit of a challenge. And I never thought that I would see the day when Melbourne seems as remote from family in Geelong as when I lived in Scotland! What an odd world we live in. Yay for old school blogging! And for feline company!

  7. Thanks for the lovely post! I love seeing how everyone is faring in these strange times.

    Yes please to the return of old school blogging! I’ve been delighted to see a few favourites reappear.

    Slowly adjusting to the remote working – the most challenging bit is everything that surrounds the enforced hibernation. And trying to manage a team that is going ever-so-slightly stir crazy.

    Otherwise just trying to bunker down and enjoy the quietness – at least we’re headed into winter so the weather will be optimal for this!

  8. Howdy Shauna from across the Forth – lovely words and think we are all just keeping on keeping on. I am eating and drinking and dabbling in gardening in between anxiously scrolling and watching the news.
    Longer daylight is a good thing though- even under the haar


  9. In catch up mode, as always.
    Three calming Kiwis, much more pleasant than nasal magnetics!

  10. I’m late to the party. I loved reading this and can’t wait for the others to read. You nailed it. as to the weirdness of time and feelings and thoughts. I talk in my head to plants. I really think they ‘hear’ me. I ‘ve got a brown thumb so I apologise to them . I moved some hosta shoots to new places and there are new shoots. I cheer them on . Rocks talking -I’m sure and need to listen. Old school blogging…hmmmmm. I have a lot to say .

    1. Yes Diana! Old school blogging, go for it! 🙂 Hope your hostas are doing well. Ours seem to be coming back to life but they always get chomped by slugs at a certain point, arrgh!

  11. (Hi, first-time reader here.) I’ve been feeling nostalgic for the 2000s, so i went looking for some of the old blogs i used to follow. Most are long-defunct, but Jennette is still active, and her old PQ archives are still online; clicking through random posts led me to DG which redirected here. This post resonates.

    I, also, hope this leads to a resurgence in old-school blogging (and maybe give me a chance to finally try my hand at writing).

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