Lockdown creativity

Having lots of time at home has given me the opportunity to be more creative. It’s just a pity I don’t have more access to materials. This week I made some driftwood and string garden garlands, silk orchid hair clips and some shell garlands for the terrace.
My drawings and paintings are hung all over my little cottage. I can’t imagine anyone would ever buy one but they make me happy. I painted this one several years ago after I lost my 17 year old dog, so it reminds me of her and how I was feeling at the time,…a little bit lost without her.
I am a bit lost again at the moment without any potential to work as I am just not very skilled in the art of relaxing. I don’t watch TV (I don’t even own one) so I’m always on the lookout for creative opportunities and ways to re-use items I find on the beach.
Applying makeup every day also makes me happy. I enjoy playing with eyeshadows and lipsticks to create a new look using different combinations of colours and products. I know many women in their fifties stop wearing makeup but I cannot explain what a difference it makes to my mood for the day. A splash of vivid pink lipstick transforms my mood and energy levels for the day.
I’ve just returned from a very hilly hike to Scabbacombe beach which is wild, remote and totally worth the hip breaking ascent and descent to access the shore. Check out my story for the stunning views of the south Devon coastline today.
Have you been more creative in lockdown mode? What have you been making?

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Hot pink and Ginger

We had nowhere to go but that didn’t stop me putting on my favourite pink coat to hang out with Ginger in the early morning sunshine.
It felt good.
Do what makes you happy.
What makes you happy at home during lockdown?
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It’s an upside down world

I feel like the whole world has turned upside down.

This vicious minuscule invisible enemy which jumped on a plane, enjoyed a cruise and rode a train is causing the ultimate havoc and affecting everyone on this planet. I can’t help but marvel at the speed of its travel, the breadth of attack and the level of destruction it has left in its wake.

I now live in my shorts and wander around the house in underwear all day. I don’t really see the point in wearing clothes, other than to create more laundry to keep me entertained.
I’ve run out of chores, other than the ones I don’t want to do and never will. Such as sorting out paperwork and doing some filing. Turns out I’m behind with paperwork because I hate doing it, not because I don’t have the time.
My husband and I fight over who is going to do the laundry. It’s whoever can reach the laundry basket first in the morning wins the race and gets something to do for a few minutes! Whoever thought we would be fighting over wanting to do laundry?! I haven’t driven for 5 weeks, so my car must think I’ve died. I really miss driving to Totnes to visit the produce market on Friday, browsing the little boutiques, visiting food stalls – especially eating the best freshly made Indian dosa in Devon.

I’m feeling very positive and happy today as I know lockdown will not last forever. I am just reminiscing about market day and looking forward my next visit whenever that may be.
Life is just on pause.
Which weekly visit do you miss the most?

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Staying sane

So happy I decided to ditch the dye last year and grow my hair so that I could have some beautiful viking inspired braids! I love my hair like never before.
If you are waiting for the salons to reopen and wondering whether you should embrace your sparkles, take it from me you will not regret it for 1 minute.

Ginger and Bird are helping me stay sane through this period of lockdown. We have previously always had a large garden, but when we returned to the UK last year we moved into our little cottage by the sea which only has a small terrace. Having 2 hunting dogs (who normally get about 5 hours off lead exercise per day) and no garden sent me into a complete panic and mini meltdown when the lockdown started, but between the 3 of us we are providing them with all the exercise they need. We set off early in the morning and take very steep trails around the area which means we rarely see anyone else.
The sun has been shining every day since this all started. It has made confinement a little easier being able to hang out washing, scrub paintwork (seagulls like to decorate it for us!) clean windows (this is a new concept for me) and sit outside to eat my breakfast and enjoy the first coffee of the day.

Financially this business pause will be rough for us, as for everyone else. I feel so sorry for the seasonal businesses who worked all through the winter preparing for spring opening. So sad to see the beach cafes closed when the sun is shining and the sky is blue.

My lockdown meltdown lasted 24 hours, after which I accepted this is a challenge we can all get through. I am not a parent waving my husband and son off to war. Being shut in the house with my favourite people and two gorgeous ginger girls is the best confinement I could ask for.
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