It’s been a year since this pandemic hit us in the UK. I remember talking about it and saying how things might get a bit tricky. Val went out and topped up our store cupboards just in case and we prepared for a siege.
A week later, March 23rd, the UK went into lockdown and our world changed. At first there were lot of comparisons with the war. How difficult could it be to stay at home compared to what people put up with for five long, dark years? There certainly are some parallels to draw with the war but at least people shared that experience together.
After a year we know it’s a lot more difficult to stay at home and socially distant than we thought it would be. People are social creatures, we live in groups and isolation isn’t good for us. There are few things sadder than a single chicken or a lonely sheep.
Mental health does suffer in isolation – I know mine has. I don’t mean I’ve started talking to myself or anything but there are days when I feel very down and negative. Getting outside or even just in the greenhouse helps improve the mood no end.
Our fantastic vaccine rollout is getting us out of this. You can see in the statistics how quickly infections, hospitalisations and deaths are plummeting. I don’t think this is going to be over quite as quickly as we would wish though. I also think we may be facing some problems with our food supplies. I popped my thoughts on this in a post on my diary here.