KEEPING BUSY IN LOCKDOWN

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all safe and well and in good spirits. We’re still on lockdown here in my little corner of the northeast of England. This lockdown will surely slow down the spread of Covid-19.

We’ve had a lovely couple of days weather wise. The temperature yesterday was 15C and pure sunshine all day long. What a shame the kids are on lockdown and cannot take advantage of the glorious weather with wild abandon as they usually would. The small play park across the road from my home is empty. The swings are still. It looks very sad indeed. Today was a little misty at times but plenty of sunshine.

The purpose of this post is not to moan but to reassure you all that you’re not alone. We’re all in the same boat. And once the dust settles and we don’t feel so distracted by the newness of the fear and panic, we should all take stock of what we’re doing without and whether we can eliminate it for good. I miss the social aspect of my life. I generally live a quiet life nowadays but I miss not gathering with other like-minded people a couple of times a month and catching up with what’s going on in the world. I learn so much from others. I don’t consider myself to be anti-social in the least.

Yesterday I mentioned that I felt quite distracted. Well I have heard from a couple of friends, male and female and they have confirmed that feel much the same. My friend Veronica described it as having birthday money and not knowing what to spend it on. That’s such a great description. We are confronted with oodles of time at home when we can finally play in our sewing rooms to create beautiful things but not knowing what to create. I’m not giving up hope that in the next few days I shall find the on button for my creative side to emerge and produce something splendid.

In our time of isolation, it’s important to stay connected. Most of us have the internet which helps everyone to stay in touch. My neighbour phones me everyday to make sure we’re alright. And I have a weekly phone coffee date with my creative buddy at 11am on a Thursday booked for the foreseeable future.

So, what am I planning on doing once I stop feeling distracted??? Well I managed to order some new garden tools …..

Trowel and Fork

My old garden tools had seen better days. They were ancient and the trowel was taped together but finally gave up the ghost recently. I kicked off the gardening season last week and I plan to get my garden up to scratch in the next couple of weeks. It’s something I can do without danger of encountering the current invisible enemy.

Do you remember I posted about finding feathers everywhere recently? Finding said feathers has been happening for some time now. Well, I came across several pictures of a feather quilt in different websites online. So, I tracked down the pattern and ordered it …..

Feather from heaven

Arctic Feather

I have pulled and chosen fabric for this project which I hope to be able to concentrate long enough to get it rotary cut and start stitching the patches together. It’s a long time since I’ve worked from a pattern because I design my own quilts but this feather pattern was calling my name. So, watch this space for progress reports.

After my morning routine was done, this includes walking my Maisie dog with my Sarah, I disappeared into the kitchen and baked a batch of cookies. I used the very last of my flour. I shared our cookies with my neighbour. They were soooo good. I hope to be able to buy some flour soon as I would like to make a lemon drizzle loaf which I plan to share again. I haven’t baked in some time but the whole process today kept my mind busy and we ended up with a nice treat.

Oatmeal Cookies

So, my friends, if you would like to pop in and tell me how you have been keeping busy or indeed are able to concentrate on life in lockdown, please do. We’re all in this together.

So, my friends, I guess that’s my report for today. Rest assured that Sarah and I working on conquering this new way of life. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing things that you truly enjoy doing. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

8 thoughts on “KEEPING BUSY IN LOCKDOWN

  1. Hi,
    All the photos and news sound wonderful. I am happy to hear that you have so many friends.
    I just came in and there was no food for my cat, he is special and has to have special food.
    So all of us, are in this boat…I hope everyone has a paddle..
    Enjoy all your food, take care.
    J.

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    1. Oh Joanna,I’m so sorry you couldn’t get any special food for Basile. It feels like this pandemic will never end. I have a three week supply of food for Maisie she doesn’t eat special food but its not available everywhere. So I guess I had better start searching for it now. I hope you manage to get a hold of Basile’s food soon. Thanks for popping in today xx

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  2. Another day, another comment, but hopefully this one won’t disappear into the never, never as yesterdays did. We are much the same as you in lockdown & although we do a bit of socialising, it’s only occasionally. I’ve also had a tough time getting flour & I’ve always baked our own cakes & biscuits, so most annoying. Like you, I just can’t concentrate & we both have plenty of hobbies to keep us busy. Keith & I missing our jolly jaunts out as we can’t venture more than 2kms in the car except for something vital. I’m more scared of not seeing our kids, grandkids who are scattered in Oz & UK. Learning to grocery shop on-line to with delivery to our door. I’ve a feather pattern in a magazine somewhere, but as you say we mostly design our own quilts. Please take care Lucie, stay safe & hugs from down under.

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  3. Hi Lucie, Sarah and Maisie pup! So pleased you are doing well in these strange times. I am a key worker so am one of the few allowed out to go to work. The roads are eerily quiet yet a joy to drive and the office is less busy yet peaceful as many of my colleagues with caring responsibilities or vulnerable health conditions work from home. To wind down on an evening, I read books or craft magazines and am working on a little needlepoint project using a cross stitch pattern. Please keep the posts coming Lucie. I always enjoy reading about what you girls and Maisie are up to. Please take care and stay safe. Karen x

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