Livin’ la Vida Lockdown

So, by now, the Coronavirus global pandemic is not news but I’ve finally got round to dusting off the blog and putting pen to paper (or finger to screen in actual fact)!

I thought I’d treat you to a day in the life of lockdown in France chez nous. I should mention that we moved from Vence to Antibes in January 2019 and then to St Rémy de Provence in August 2019 where we now live permanently in our own little house (more news on that in a separate blog post coming soon…).

So the dog (oh yes, and we adopted a dog in November 2019) wakes us at around 7.30am and one of us lets him out and brings a cuppa back to bed. Rich then gets up and makes breakfast and brings mine upstairs (yes folks, I am living the dream with breakfast in bed every day)!

Rich fills out a government form to allow him to leave the house and he takes the dog for his morning walk while I do a 20 minute workout thanks to Gaby Pimentel!

For Gaby’s Quaran-tin workout I only need 2 tin cans and a chair!

After my workout I shower, dress and join Rich downstairs for coffee and a read of the local paper.

That’s Logan, our rescue dog!

If we’re running low on food, Rich fills out another government form and drives to the supermarket or walks to our local shop.

In the early days the toilet rolls were the first items to sell out.

Before you know it, it’s time for some lunch so we have a filled baguette and watch a bit of TV.

After lunch Rich will invariably go into the garden or do some DIY…

Strawberries & dahlias (fingers crossed)!
Trimming the viburnum tinus.

Then, around 4pm we both fill out a government form and take Logan out for his afternoon walk together. We’re only allowed an hour and we must stay within 1km of our house. Luckily we are blessed with some gorgeous walks nearby.

The local canal is just down the road.
We have actual Roman monuments right on our doorstep.
The streets are deserted.
I’ve never seen the town square so empty!
We live a stone’s throw from where Vincent van Gogh spent a year in a mental hospital.
I sometimes turn our walk into a treasure hunt for interesting signs or features.

While we are walking, we discuss what we will have for dinner and, these days, I’ve been researching recipes and trying to expand my culinary repertoire from jacket potatoes and toast to more substantial meals and treats too…

From meatloaf to muffins, cottage pie to cinnamon buns!

The evening invariably sees us settling down to watch something on Netflix but occasionally we join in with a virtual quiz. I recently got together with around 20 ex-colleagues from Hong Kong for a brilliant quiz hosted by my friends Brendan and Krista. We had a couple of hours of fun and laughter and it made the reality of the pandemic recede into the background for a little while.

Photo thanks to May.

I realise how fortunate I am to be in a lovely house, with a garden, a dog and a wonderful husband. I am not home-schooling or working from home and we don’t have the pressures that many are feeling around the world right now. We are both healthy and trying to stay that way until the threat of this virus diminishes. I just wanted to let my family and friends know that we are doing well. I hope whoever is reading this can see a brighter future ahead. Stay healthy, stay at home, take care.