Dersingham Evening

What was your reaction when lockdown was announced?What have you missed most, apart from family & friends?What have you been doing? Have you learnt something new or unusual?Has lockdown been difficult or easy, could you get used to this way of life?What is the first thing you will do/like when life is back to normal?Anything else you'd like to say about your lockdown experience?
OFFS! *** (Apologies - but you did ask). I'm self employed and went from full time employment and income to zero overnight.Being served tea and cake in a cafe!

Sorted the house from top to bottom - lost three rings in the process (as in, have "put them somewhere safe"). Learned nothing new.

Did start the Couch to 5K app but not because of lockdown.

For me, it's been difficult. I realised I was not ready for retirement any time soon (although a friend did remind me that usually when you are retired you can go out and visit places). Hug friends (and I'm not usually a huggy person).I was looking after three people in the village and was disappointed to realise that the highlight of my week had become a trip to the supermarket (a place I detest as a rule). Especially when I was using this timeto do their shopping in three different supermarkets (their preferences) just for the fun of it! I did enjoy driving on empty roads.
Initial panic about not being able to travel to see my elderly and frail Mum on the Kent coast, but I then seemed to accept it. Panic that my husband or I or anyone I knew would get it, that we'd be "trapped" at home; that we'd not be able to get certain items of shopping. Fear of going shopping or going anywhere where there may be people!Not being able to just go out without having to ensure that I've got mask, hand-sanitizer and ensuring I don't need to use a public convenience! Regularly going to church, singing hymns. Visiting garden centres and having a cuppa and cake in their cafes.Gardening, gardening and gardening! Bits of our garden, which isn't huge, that we'd not touched since we moved in nine years ago have now been weeded and cultivated.Difficult in not being able to just meet up with people or go anywhere there may be people but otherwise, both of us being "homebodies" it's easy and I could definitely get used to this way of life. Being "introverts" has, I think, made it easier for us as we need time away from people to re-energise; being with people, even when we enjoy ourselves is very draining!After visiting my Mum (now in a care home near my sister), having coffee and cake in a teashop and meeting up with my old schoolfriends who all live a long way away.I think it was better when it was a total lockdown, my anxiety levels rose ever higher as restrictions were lifted and now that restrictions are tightening I thought I'd be feeling better but winter is coming with colder weather and more time kto be spent indoors and less gardening needed