Well, very gradually and slowly, things are starting to open up over here in England. This week has been quite an exciting one for me (!). First of all, a very good friend of mine, of some 50 years standing, came and sat in the garden with me for a couple of hours. She has been shielding, so hasn’t left the house for four months, so it was a big day for her as well.
We always used to see each other once a week, to either go to the cinema, or out for a meal. So this past four months has been a long time for both of us. We have been video chatting, which is fine, but just not as good as the real thing. Obviously, still social distancing, and no hugs!
Whoever thought that something like this would ever happen. It’s all so alien to the very fabric of our lives, isn’t it?! After all, what have we got, if we have no human contact.
The second exciting thing, is that I actually put my jewellery on once again (!) and went out to lunch with another good friend, TO A RESTAURANT!! How lovely it was to eat a meal cooked by someone else, after all this time. Everything was very well organised and I felt very happy and comfortable eating inside. The Pub\Restaurant is a favourite of mine, and only five minutes away. It was good to go along and support them, as they were only able to open again last week. What a time it has been for the hospitality industry - as well as so many other businesses and venues, of course, that haven’t been able to open their doors since March.
Then - yes! I told you it was an exciting week!! - I met another girlfriend for coffee at our local Garden Centre. The Cafe part was only able to open last week. Again, I was very impressed by the whole set-up. We were met at the entrance to the Cafe and our full details were taken for contact purposes. It was table service only, and a one way system was in operation.
What a trying time it is at the moment for businesses, large and small, as they try to meet all the standards required of them, due to COVID 19. I really do take my hat off to all of them.
Apart from missing my family during this time, of course, not being able to meet up with my girlfriends is what I’ve missed the most. I think a lot of you know that I’m an only child, so my female friendships have always featured prominently in my life. Most of them I’ve known for 30, 40, and 50 years, which is a long time. True friendships are to be treasured, and, yes, nurtured.
I have been blogging for ten years now - I’ve actually stuck at something for once 😁🙈 - and I’ve made a lot of friendships during that time, from all over the world. We might not have actually met each other in person, but I know we all feel that we do know each other, and it would be great fun if we did actually meet up! We have seen our families grow, we have shared the happy times, and we have tried to all support and encourage each other through the bad times, which we all have to go through at some stage, for that is just part of life’s rich tapestry.
So, little peeps, as I close again for now, I wish each and every one of you, friendship in abundance.