Lockdown

25 May 2020
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So over 8 weeks in to lockdown here in the UK I wonder when life will return to normal and what normal will be.

 I have hopes for a world where people still respect others personal space and carry on to show love and respect for strangers they pass. Maybe I'm dreaming that society will have learnt a few lessons of life, I'm not talking about complicated things - simple steps like washing hands frequently , not going out if you are feeling slightly unwell, respecting others personal space when out ( how many times in shops has someone pushed into your space or hit you with a trolley when queuing) .

What I have seen is clean streets, blue skies birds and butterflies everywhere and bird song to be heard all day long .

 

Lockdown is hard on all of us but with any luck positive things will come from this . At least I hope .

Mandie

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Molly

May 26, 2020, 1:29 a.m.

Hi Mandie My cynical view is that it will be almost forgotten as things return to normality but that might not be a true reflection of how I feel as many lives have obviously changed forever. I haven’t experienced the whole picture to be fair. That’s because I suffer with agoraphobia. What has happened for me is I find it easier to go to the shop as there aren’t many people or cars about. It all does make one think though, as I write this I’m thinking I would like to live in a quiet village somewhere. All it would need is a shop and a pub!! They would preferably be open though :-) Molly xx

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Lex

May 26, 2020, 4:40 a.m.

Hi Mandie Reading your blog, I thought it would only take a slight shift in some people's behaviour to make a lasting, positive change to the Nations and to the Nations of the World. There's a curve used to describe, "the difussion of innovation." This acknowledges that there is a predictable pattern when a new idea, piece of technology, new product, new service begins to become part of the mainstream. I'm of an age group that can remember cassette tape becoming part of the greatest music revolution (innovation) of my era - the Walkman. When other people copies Sony's idea, we still called their model's our, "Walkman." Vacuum cleaners and, "Hoovers," are simillar. Then Sony was thrust to a lower position in the market by the iPod and then the iPodesque iPhone. I wonder, then, if the same is true for the cultural changes you'd like to see. If enough of us decide we don't want things to go back to the former ways, it only takes a relatively small group of the population to begin the revolution/innovation in behaviour. If the pattern is followed, more and more people will join the new wave of behaving, and eventually it becomes the norm for most of a population. We can hope. But we are not alone. So many of us will not want to get that close to other people who we don't know and don't trust to be honest about their health. Many of us will want new kinds of work. And many of us will travel most often only when necessary. I think this most unusual period in history will change enough people's minds to make a difference. Oh, and I agree with Molly. A village. A pub. A shop. Open, of course! And for me, further West! Thank you for your blog! L'x

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Molly

May 26, 2020, 2:12 p.m.

I’ll meet you there Lex xx

Lex

May 26, 2020, 4:12 p.m.

Sorted!!! xx I'm beginning with Bridport!

Liz

May 26, 2020, 5:21 a.m.

Hi Mandie, for me nature has had more of a shifting to a higher platform in order to be heard, which can only be a good thing. The birds can give warning calls to each other and communicate better now that the hum of the traffic noise has lessened. I've become less "consumerist" (not that I ever was before) but even more so. I hate food shopping - that will never change - but aside from wearing a mask and having people jump out of your way almost (isn't it strange that with a mask their behaviour changes towards you!) I love the space and the peace. I love walking around a half-empty supermarket.... bliss. I feel guilty going out and depending on what I put in my basket, feel like I am being judged sometimes... not sure who by. My life was strange before lockdown.. I don't see that many people unless I do a service (and now numbers are massively reduced) so my "circle" is small. I think some people will revert back to type - those that see the world owing them a living. For the rest of us, I think we will give back and keep giving back to the world. I hope so. x thank you for your blog

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Oli

May 26, 2020, 7:16 a.m.

Hi Mandie. People don’t change (all the evidence from history shows it) but our culture might change — a little bit. The lockdown is lifting and I guess most people will want to return to the life they remember. Most people haven’t seen the disease. They haven’t seen it because the serious cases have been hidden inside the COVID wards and the mild cases, well, they just look mild. Lockdown is lifting and if our increasing social contact brings a second wave of infections which is visibly worse then maybe our culture will internalise some of the principles of infection control. So that might be a bit of change. If I were to hope for just one cultural thing to come out of this it would be an end to the attitude where we tolerate people who are clearly ill turning up to work. Every year it’s the same: some irresponsible “hero” comes into work and tries to pass their behaviour off as “soldiering on” instead of what it really is: needlessly infecting others. And so many of us just say, “hope you feel better soon,” instead of “what the **** do you think you’re doing? Go home!” Thanks to the coronavirus we have the cultural acceptance of (1) video calls, and (2) work-from-home. I hope we also have, (3) infection control principles. And I ain’t shaking hands with, or hugging anyone ever again! Happy days! :-)

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The Gardener

May 26, 2020, 8:23 a.m.

Hi Oli. A grandson's 'new' (8 months) charming American wife, works world-wide, has been told she will work from home till January. May be a good thing, but no sociability will turn us into a nation of zombies.

Valerie

May 26, 2020, 8:39 a.m.

Hi Oli,I was talking yesterday to a man who worked in care, stayed in touch with ex-colleagues.Apparently some went to work when feeling unwell,and turned out to have Covid. A lot workers are on minimum wage,zero contracts etc.If they don't work they will not be able to pay bills,buy food.I can well understand how they could feel pressured to take the gamble.The people you are talking about of course would have no such fears,so there is no excuse. I am not condoning irresponsible behaviour,but I can't judge either.x

Molly

May 26, 2020, 2:35 p.m.

Hi all, some good points here. We were always frowned upon if we called in sick for having a cold. The “just get on with it” attitude. Before the virus I mean. The amount of times I struggled to get to work with depression. If not possible, one was better off lying, having the s**** was a good one, not much they could say about that! ***

Oli

May 26, 2020, 3:21 p.m.

@Molly, @Val, these are great points: people are guilted/ threatened/ impoverished into showing up when infection control “common sense” says stay away from people if you are infectious. The scariest b*tch ward sister I ever knew was not afraid of shouting at consultants if they didn’t follow infection control procedure. Her ITU was as good as she could get it. She was not a b*tch at all. Every rule that she enforced was in her heart. She cared deeply and she valued the safety of her patients and her staff. I’ve never forgotten her. (Still pretty scary though!) But that’s where it needs to come from: following procedure out of care.

Orangeblossom

May 26, 2020, 7:43 a.m.

Hi Mandie, thanks for the blog. I reckon that the questions you ask are very relevant. Outside the Westminster Bubble, I’m sure there are a few people who are caring & considerate. I know that there are here in West Wales. Thank you for raising these pertinent questions.

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Valerie

May 26, 2020, 8:22 a.m.

Hello Mandie, I think some things may change a bit,with mixed results.More companies allowing work from home for example,which is good for reducing traffic,but bad for the economy and retail trade.Sadly,there could be more school-phobics,and parents giving very inadequate home schooling. People never change much.During Covid,good people have continued to do good,more than usual,and scumbags have exploited the situation and preyed on the weak,maybe more than usual too. Overall,I don't think anything good will come out of this-sorry! xx

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The Gardener

May 26, 2020, 8:27 a.m.

Valerie, how I wish I did not agree with you. My town resembled a rolled-up hedgehog during lock-down. My neighbour who criticises everything is even more critical instead of rejoicing in minor relaxations. xx

Molly

May 26, 2020, 2:44 p.m.

I so agree as well Val, there are many selfish people out there and the non selfish are the ones who have been stepping up to help others ***

The Gardener

May 26, 2020, 8:31 a.m.

Thanks Mandie. I am SO blue today. No news of my Indian 'daughter' ill last time I heard. Concern for a grand-daughter and HER daughter, fragile in the job market. Obsessive re: Trump - does nobody realise he will be the new Hitler? With even more power? His followers resemble the hysterical followers of Hitler. (sorry to the Americans I know are on here). Current excessive heat reminds us of global warming, Brexit rows still to come. I need cheering up! My flowers do their best, and they do get TLC as thanks. xx

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The Gardener

May 26, 2020, 8:43 a.m.

Determined to 'self-harm' via the news I see that we have an official drought, and it's not yet June - x days without rain, heat above seasonal normal. Now I can worry about food prices later this year!

Valerie

May 26, 2020, 8:48 a.m.

Hello TG.What is the situation now in your area,can people go out freely,are shops and cafes reopen yet? I am deeply sceptical of the "science" behind a lot of the lockdown,and personally can't wait to get my hair done,go out for a meal, see people in a normal setting.I think respect for politicians of all nationalities and parties is at an all-time low.I don't know how you have coped,keep talking to the flowers,they are probabaly more sane than most of us humans.Big Hugs,***

The Gardener

May 26, 2020, 9:52 a.m.

Hello Valerie. We can travel 100 kms. Take more exercise. But no idea yet when restaurants, bars, church or mairie will open. I watered plants on Mr G's grave a few weeks ago without realising it was out of bounds!

Molly

May 26, 2020, 3:10 p.m.

Imagine being arrested for visiting your husbands grave Gardener! You might have made headline news! I wish I could cheer you up. I’m pretty low myself today. Socialising is so important for you I do hope it’s not too long before you get some connections back again. Hugs xx

Dido

May 26, 2020, 9:32 a.m.

I am enjoying the sounds of the 2 children next door, 9 weeks and they have hardly had a bad day. A few tears but generally a happy well run happy home. Considering I live with all my doors open and am very sensitive, I rarely have to take action and shut myself away. Mind you we had bar-b-q Monday here yesterday and the air was blue front and back as most of the houses fired up! Still it's only one day.

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Hugo

May 26, 2020, 12:46 p.m.

Hi Mandie, a part of me wants to believe we will be better but there is another part where I think people might become more selfish. The way people have to also adapt to this new way of living is not normal or natural! 2m apart, wash your hands millions of times, clean surfaces after every use, virtually communicate, no touching...there is nothing normal about this and companies/people have to adapt because they just do, never mind the social impact on us all mentally. It’s evoking more dystopian than blade runner. I’m not convinced but I hope I’m wrong

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Lexi

May 26, 2020, 1:38 p.m.

Hi Mandie, thanks for the blog today. I am developing an anxiety being around groups of people. Yesterday I went to a local nursery to pick up flowers for my front planters. Everyone was wearing a mask but no social distancing! Narrow aisles and people were just passing each other with no care. I had hope social distancing would become a permanent thing, but only a small group here in my town seem to think it's necessary, and those of us who do are the ones who have been sheltering in place, wearing our masks, washing our hands, etc. So I abandoned the shop with no enforced social distancing and instead went to one which did. I hope the enforced social distancing continues for awhile. I think that we will see a second wave of cases and having my father go into the hospital this past weekend that is already full with patients makes me nervous. xo

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Molly

May 26, 2020, 3:59 p.m.

Hi Lexi, sorry you are struggling. What a time for your dad to have to be admitted to hospital. I’m not surprised you are worried. Hugs xx

Lexi

May 26, 2020, 11:33 p.m.

Thanks sweet Molly xo he's home now. Diverticulitis. That's what he gets for having a red wine/steak diet every day! I see lots of leafy green veggies in his diet which he will NOT be happy about!

Molly

May 27, 2020, 12:53 p.m.

Glad he’s home Lexi! Xx

Patricia E

May 26, 2020, 2:41 p.m.

Hello Mandie. I think there will be change that endures after the majority of the current restrictions are lifted. Some will be good and some bad. For example, we will continue to be more dependant on technology - a mixed blessing socially and economically. This will directly impact the most disadvantaged in our societies, perhaps leading to a new way to exclude and discriminate. I am not sure if the positive behaviours we are seeing will endure; I hope that those who are enjoying feeling more engaged with their communities will continue to behave in a way that gives them that pleasure. For me the thing that I hope will persist is that I am far more aware of the value to my wellbeing of the good relationships in my life, and am giving them a lot more time and thought. I've been surprised in a couple of cases to find that relationships I thought were good and nurturing are actually not quite as I thought they were, now that in these present times I am not as 'useful'. Perhaps the thing I hope will endure is that we continue to be more thoughtful about what we do. You've really set me thinking today Mandie. Thank you x

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Molly

May 26, 2020, 4:26 p.m.

Hi Patricia, yes I’m nodding. Not only with the virus but in other difficult times, you do find out who your friends are. I had already distanced myself so I’m partly to blame, but generally I have found people aren’t as much in contact as they were before even though they have more time on their hands. I guess they are busy doing other things! Molly xx

Patricia E

May 26, 2020, 2:43 p.m.

And p.s. Molly and Lex - I'll see you at the pub. My word, what a discussion we could have. X

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Molly

May 26, 2020, 4:31 p.m.

See you there Patricia! Apparently it’s going to be Bridport. Lex will run the pub and I will run the shop. We will need assistance though. You can stock the shelves in the shop or change the barrels in the pub. Which do you prefer? Gosh I’m so kind! :-) xx

Patricia E

May 26, 2020, 5:44 p.m.

I'm pretty good at bookkeeping and do a fine cashflow forecast! But I'd love to look after the pub garden and do all the hanging baskets at the front of the shop. But whatever needs doing really. Goodness, happy days!

Molly

May 26, 2020, 6:09 p.m.

Blimey, well done, you have sold yourself very well, you have the job!! :-) xx

Mandie

May 26, 2020, 5:01 p.m.

I'm so glad that my thoughts have been met in such a receptive way and that they have spurred a discussion ongst members. Maybe e can in fect society with the positives from this experience, so much we take for granted and so little of our world so we really see.

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Molly

May 26, 2020, 5:52 p.m.

So true Mandie but being realistic, I think many people have their own lives to look out for, some selfish, yet some just struggling. But either way, neither will change that. We all take things for granted sometimes and I had to remind myself of that every day before this virus. But mostly, whatever people are missing now, and took for granted, will be forgotten. I really can’t see most individuals saying “well I appreciate this now since that pandemic we had”. They might at first, but life goes on xx

Molly

May 26, 2020, 10:16 p.m.

The last two days I have woken up with depression. Not for any reason, the ****** was just there. Both days it has eased a little as the day goes on. What I find with my depression is that everything then starts bothering me. I still can’t get to grips with the fact that those things are manageable usually. I guess depression magnifies everything. Even having a lot on my plate, depression doesn’t seem to mind for a while and leaves me alone. Then it pops up and makes things much worse. This is just a personal comment and not directed at the blogger or the subject. Molly xx

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