There are more and more events getting cancelled further and further ahead – today’s latest casualty being the Edinburgh Fringe in August. It’s one of those events I’ve always fancied going to but never have gotten around to. I’m loathed to write a list of things I want to see when reality returns – but it’s tempting. For me lists like that either speak to dissatisfaction in your own life or they make a slave of your future self. I kind of started one with Isaac when he was very young – and stopped fairly soon as it just seemed I was trying to find cool things to do for the list – instead of focusing on him having a ‘cool’ life more generally.
Anyway if they’re now cancelling events in August it looks like the Greenman festival won’t be far behind it. Which along with Glastonbury and the now annual trip to CentreParcs means all my holiday plans are no more… Which again (a frequent phase in these times) is all a bit surreal. I can’t remember ever not having some trip on the horizon to look forward to…and it’s hard to make definite plans with an indefinite lock down. We’re all assuming that after a few months of this it’ll be back to normal… but will it?
The government are already floating 6 months for how long disruption to life might last. Vaccines probably won’t be available for the general population until 2021. These are short term measures.
And what impact does that have on us, out culture, our ways of doing things?
On a call in work today they were discussing the mass mobilisation of home working – 1300+ people now distributed across the country all logging in remotely. And it struck me – what happens after 6 months of home working, why would you pull people back into offices. Could businesses realise considerable savings by having the majority of their staff home based and having fewer far smaller offices. How will that change the corporate culture, how will that change the social role that work plays for a lot of people – does it exacerbate the creeping disease of loneliness?
Interesting times and whatever happens I think the world we step out into after all this will be very different.
Covid-19 Symptom Check
So far so good – all fully fit…well apart from a couple of hangovers
On our time out in Cornwall I was determined to visit a few gardens as when we get back home that is one project I need to crack on with. So of the two places I fancied visiting (Eden and gardens of Heligan) the changeable weather meant we headed for the Eden project.
I was slightly worried that Isaac would get a bit bored with just looking at plants – but as the Eden project is an educational charity they really put a lot on for kids. The highlight for Isaac probably being a surprise visit by Mr Bloom where he was right at the front, singing and dancing along. Oh and a huge wall of old fridge doors with magnetic letters where he could practice writing his name.
It was a great day that also taught me a good lesson – always check
online for a discount. The ticket prices were steep (worth it but steep) but we could have saved 10% by booking online! How did I miss that!!!
Time away is always good and this year I’ve not doe enough of it so far – things have been way too busy.
The best thing I find away from the normal grind is that it gives time to reflect of things and where stuff is going. Maybe it’s the Emily thing as well, but there are too many days just passing on by and not being enjoyed to the full. I’ve always struggled finding a point of this blog, outside of just tracking my butterfly like interests from one project to the next but it’s time to start taking things seriously – time after all is fleeting, Isaac is growing up and my memory is starting to get selective.
So here’s to reflections from Looe – designs for life and general motivation for the months ahead…
well as weeks go it’s been fairly good…
I’m back into blogging – back drawing – back working towards hitting a few goals.
However, the highlight has to be Isaac picking his first strawberry from the garden:-
So all good!
I think the aim for the coming week is to sort out the lights in the front room and the sink in the downstairs toilet. Both simple and straight forward jobs, but both needing some application and fitting it around everything else.
On the blogging front it seems I’m continually hitting memory issues which are causing the dreaded ‘White screen of WordPress death’.
Although there is a work around that invovles turning off certain pluggins to edit or post anything new I don’t think this is sustainable in the long term.
I need to be able to edit php.ini but this is only a read only file in the current hosting environment – so….it looks like I might have to raise a ticket.
Isaac brought back two things from his visit to his cousins Dia and Teifi’s.
1 – a stinking cold
2 – a cool kazoo
…but the funniest thing about the kazoo wasn’t Isaac’s almost natural grasp of the kazoo playing technique, but his mothers inability to make any noise. Continually blowing through it in puzzlement over why everyone else could play a tune.
Isaac loves going up north to visit Faye and Jonathan – or Shay and Non Non in Isaac language. One of the reasons he loves it is they always think of great activities to do while we’re there and on this visit Isaac got to see lions at the local wildlife park.