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Coming out of Lockdown

Isobel Cosgrove - Tuesday, July 07, 2020

This week, I feel a little like a bear coming out of hibernation, after a long winter of staying inside. Where do I go for food? How do I meet with mates? And where and how is safe to play? 


black bear near trees

There is so much uncertainty within most aspects of our lives. Will there be a second wave? And how do I do social distancing with 1 metre instead of 2 metres apart? There also seem to be so many decisions to be made. When will I go back to working in the clinic? How many people can I see in a morning? How will it be to work wearing masks? These are all questions that I have been asking myself in preparation for the movement from digital treatment and supervision back into face to face contact. 

However, coupled with this is the joy of being able to see family and some close friends; of sitting together in gardens, in the park together, having picnics. It feels so very different being able to connect in person, instead of on screen.


people on green field


At home, I am now eating my courgettes I planted this March, picking peas and broad beans that are ready to eat and add to

dishes. The broccoli and kale are still growing though, as they are harvested later in the year, and we have to watch for bugs and caterpillars, which are getting in first if we don’t keep a close eye on them. 


green and black caterpillar on green leaf


As we move into July, Summer energy is in full swing. Gardens are in bloom, with roses, hydrangeas and lilies opening everywhere. Because of recent warmth we have enjoyed, rowan trees have their orange berries appearing, and there are early signs of blackberries, indicating that late summer is slowly edging into view. There will be more about this transition next time. For the moment, enjoy the long days, beautiful sunsets, and early dawns with birdsong. 


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