Coming out of Lockdown

25 Jun 2021
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For me it’s emerging

from my hibernation cave

a stretch, sniff of the air,

walking around, delighted

that I can go out and about.

I would have loved to be

a bumblebee, flitting from

flower to flower, nosing in

collecting nectar to transform

Into lovely honey.

Living from day to day

I haven’t done much

planning, yet I have filled my

days. Time has zoomed by.

Yesterday I wanted to hug my

generous, thoughtful neighbour

who had bought us a pot

Of pansies, bedding plants,

mostly purple.

Reminds me of the poem

called ‘Warning’

by Jenny Jones.

Orangeblossom

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Little Lighthouse

June 26, 2021, 5:12 a.m.

The buzz of people masked up masks off, contradictory but a reality of this magnitude we're coming through.Will it be total freedom ever again or will we be having that forever present threat or our liberty taken away by those in power for our safety and we'll being. So we can continue with communicating, learn from our encounters, exercise caution and give plenty says dr cleg coming through lockdown

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Sally

June 26, 2021, 5:36 a.m.

Hi Orangeblossom, I liked your poem, with its line “ a stretch, sniff of the air”...and allusion to Jenny Joseph’s poem “Warning.” Which I reread and enjoyed again. She was only 28 when she wrote it! How nice of your neighbour. It has brought the best in lots of people, the ones I want to be friends with, anyway. The rude, dismissive ones I can do without!

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Little Lighthouse

June 26, 2021, 6:29 a.m.

Judgement creating a burning sensation around my head, dictatators on call watching our every move. Breath in breath out and watch the orange blossom migrate into her beautiful purple neighbourly wonderland. Thyme is the essence when we only believe and want nothing to say but follow on and dream.

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Dido

June 26, 2021, 7:05 a.m.

Great poem OB. What would we have done without the kindness of neighbours? I took posies to people I knew, flowers always uplift me so I hope a garden posy will pass on some of the kindness I have received. I still find this unlocking more difficult than the previous ones. Thank you for the poem *** Dido

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Leah

June 26, 2021, 10:09 a.m.

OB This is timely I have just gone into lockdown for 2 weeks. yes I know we are lucky. I will probably miss my grandchild’s birth as family live 5 hrs away. Good luck to everyone now out of lockdown.

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Orangeblossom

June 26, 2021, 10:49 a.m.

Hope that your Lockdown 2 weeks goes by quickly.

The Gardener

June 26, 2021, 12:19 p.m.

These sudden lockdowns, towns, regions or countries is why none of my family plans any get-togther at all, just can't risk being stuck in the wrong place. My poor son into 4th week in hospital, no visitors at all, of course. Just have to be grateful he is having such excellent treatment. Grand-son in Melbourne in and out like a Jack in the Box.

Sally

June 26, 2021, 6:46 p.m.

Sooo sorry to hear that, Leah. What a shame you’ll miss your grandchild’s birth!

Orangeblossom

June 26, 2021, 10:47 a.m.

Thanks for the very encouraging & positive feedback to my poem. Have been sorting out stuff & taking it in a big bag to the Climate Shop, a charity shop On College street. Have to psyche myself to get rid of stuff.

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Bubble

June 26, 2021, 1:57 p.m.

I’m the same Orange. I have been getting rid of stuff and it’s really quite hard.

Sue

June 26, 2021, 11:43 a.m.

lovely ideas in your poem, OB. I am finding it better than I expected although still coming out very slowly. I have done 3 shifts in the charity shop and two lunches out so far. My husband didn't want to eat out but having persuaded him to do so once he was OK about it. Still too hesitant to go away anywhere but hopeful we will be able to soon - we have relatives we have not seen for 2 years as it would mean staying away from home.

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The Gardener

June 26, 2021, 1:51 p.m.

Sue, uncertain of rules in UK. Are you fully free to stay with friends, relatives, in hotels? Has socially distancing finished? We still have it in church, and I think tables wider spaced in restaurants. Confusion reigns, in Australia in particular.

Sue

June 28, 2021, 8:19 a.m.

No, we still have social distancing but can stay with friends and hotels now. In church we are well spaced, in the shop we are only allowed 6 customers at a time, which can be quite difficult asking people to wait outside.

The Gardener

June 26, 2021, 1:48 p.m.

The situation here I describe as 'Sod's Law'. Just looked it up, 'mocked by fate'. Restaurants could open terraces three weeks ago, the weather turned Arctic. Now, fully open most of us are building arks. If I did not live on a slight hill I'd be moving the furniture upstairs. The irony is, while shut, restaurants were subsidies like all other business forcibly shut by Covid. Now, fully open, they should be recuouping with full restaurants. Never known weather like it. 24 hours non-stop rain, some of it very heavy. Sitting indoors, sewing, which I hate - turned central heating off, but have electric fire on. Took electric blanket off, it is June, after all - now get cramp at night with cold feet. Looking at my old blogs 'Reasons to be cheerful' name one!

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Bubble

June 26, 2021, 1:53 p.m.

Socks?

Bubble

June 26, 2021, 1:59 p.m.

Lovely poem, thanks Orangeblossom. I will look up the poem you mention.

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Patty

June 26, 2021, 2:18 p.m.

Gardener, we have had the opposite in weather. Crazy hot for us here in Western Washington. Supposed to be 100 today, then 108 and then 103. We just had pouring down rain a couple of weeks ago. Most people in our area don't have AC. Enjoyed your poem Orange Blossom. Thank you.

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Valerie

June 26, 2021, 3:45 p.m.

Hello O.B.It sounds like you have been forced to fully shield if you are only now feeling safe to come out. I was reminded of a badger coming out of the sett,sniffing the air, checking for danger.I really hope that the vaccinations will make you feel safe and ready to explore your old territory! Hugs xx

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Sally

June 26, 2021, 6:51 p.m.

I thought I was alright going out....but a few times now, I’ve come home legs shaking ..Why IS this? I’m not afraid as far as I know...unless it’s buried deep...

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Oli

June 26, 2021, 7:36 p.m.

"Legs shaking" -- I don't know if it's any help Sally but I often think it's useful to get highly specific. Work out what's going on physically. Work out what's going on emotionally. Notice what cued the responses; see if they're repeatable. I remember going on stage in front of a large festival crowd and my legs were a bit wobbly but that was just excess adrenaline as if my legs were excited! Maybe you're excited! :-)

Sally

June 26, 2021, 9:17 p.m.

Or can stress cause it Oli..? The amount of " exposure to society" after hibernation? Thanks for taking the time to answer, Oli. I really appreciate that.

Oli

June 26, 2021, 7:47 p.m.

Late to the party on this one OB. I'm glad you're enjoying the feelings of freedom as the restrictions seem to be lifting. For me there are some mixed feelings. I'm certainly glad that people can have more contact because I can see how it has been affecting some people. I'm not hugely looking forward to playing live again -- first rehearsal coming up next week. I'm only going to do it as a last hurrah; I want to prove I still can. There's also a bit of me which thinks I need to re-engage. Thanks for the blog OB. xx

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Orangeblossom

June 27, 2021, 8:23 a.m.

Hi everyone, thanks again for the encouraging feedback.I did remove a verse about having two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine as I thought it might upset those who couldn’t have the vaccine due to an allergic reaction or didn’t want it. I had my first dose on 19 February & my second dose on 7 May. My OH & I had our 2nd at the same time. His was exactly 12 weeks between & mine 11 weeks between the two doses.

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Orangeblossom

June 27, 2021, 8:23 a.m.

Hi everyone, thanks again for the encouraging feedback.I did remove a verse about having two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine as I thought it might upset those who couldn’t have the vaccine due to an allergic reaction or didn’t want it. I had my first dose on 19 February & my second dose on 7 May. My OH & I had our 2nd at the same time. His was exactly 12 weeks between & mine 11 weeks between the two doses.

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Orangeblossom

June 27, 2021, 8:23 a.m.

Hi everyone, thanks again for the encouraging feedback.I did remove a verse about having two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine as I thought it might upset those who couldn’t have the vaccine due to an allergic reaction or didn’t want it. I had my first dose on 19 February & my second dose on 7 May. My OH & I had our 2nd at the same time. His was exactly 12 weeks between & mine 11 weeks between the two doses.

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