Coming Home from Work Without Leaving my Space

My virtual office since 27 March has been at the top of the stairs in my open plan living space where I can enjoy the view of the treetops as well as monitor the comings and goings from my eyrie, while enjoying the sounds of wildlife in the middle of Westville.

That is the upside and it’s a BIG plus for which I am extremely grateful. The downside is I don’t leave the office.  There is no door to close, lock and walk away from and so making the transition from work to home requires a shift of consciousness (without wine).

What’s on the tele isn’t doing it for me and since I mostly work with words, by the end of the day, I don’t always feel like reading.

There are a few rituals that have kept me sane – walking the dogs, which enables me to get a few steps in, top up my Vitamin D, as well as a chance to look for inspiration – and keeping a Lockdown diary.

It’s become a habit to sit down at the end of the day and instead of picking up my customary glass of red wine, to pick up a kiddies water colour palette and a pen and sketch or write about something that struck a chord, or discord, a moment of gratitude, a memory, a private joke about the neighbours, sometimes a recipe that I want to remember so that I can repeat it.

Here is a glimpse of my life in lockdown.

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