Days in Lockdown: 11

I need to be careful that my daily blog on not going out, isn’t inadvertently turning into a daily weather blog on the sun not coming out. But here goes. It’s STILL raining here! It rained all night. And it has rained all day. Local flooding, again, has been reported in nearby Los Alcazares, the residents of which are still only just recovering from the last devastating floods.

Floods, Coronavirus. We’re reaching that point where we are all just nervously waiting a plague of locusts to finally seal our doom.

It could be argued that this is perfect lockdown weather – who wants to go out in this weather anyway? At least we’re not forfeiting days at the beach or evenings dining out alfresco. But equally, a little bit of warm sun, a few cold beers and a lockdown barbecue is surely just what we all need right now.

I am sure this adverse and, almost certainly, temporary weather must be perversely lifting the spirits of our friends in the UK. Following the not overly successful, little dummy run lockdown there last weekend, they awoke this morning to some much more stricter restrictions on their free movement. Too late? Still not enough? A debate I am sure that will go on until only time tells.

The important thing now is that the UK gets behind it, to get through it. As an 11-day old seasoned ‘Lockdowner’, I thought I’d share my recently (and to be honest, hastily) compiled 5-point plan to surviving a lockdown:

1. Embrace the unexpected little pleasures that a lockdown can present; the trip to put the bins out, heavy drinking on weekday mornings, binging on chocolates and all things sugary and staying in your PJ’s throughout the day. In the interest of balance, I should probably mention that others instead choose to eat healthily and exercise. That is of course, entirely your own choice.

2. When you reach Day 10 (the ‘10th-Day Downer’), avoid the entire world and instead stay in bed. All day. And all Night. I promise you, it will pass.

3. Write a daily blog. Topics could include ‘Not Going Out’ and ‘Staying In’. You’ll undoubtedly find Copy and Paste quite useful.

4. At 8pm every evening, go outside and clap and cheer to show your support and gratitude for all those keyworkers putting themselves at risk for you and your family. It’ll simultaneously make you feel good, proud and embarrassingly stupid all at the same time.

5. Enjoy the extra quality time with your family (but pay attention to point #2 above). Check on your neighbours and friends. Help each other to stay safe and support one another to get through this together.

I hope this helps.

After yesterday’s less than jovial post, I wanted to lighten the mood and boost everyone’s morale today. But unfortunately, I am not sure I can do that. Even if the sun had shone bright and warm, there would still have been a cloud hanging over us all here today as we learned of the sad passing of one of La Torres longest and best-known residents. His advice and local knowledge welcomed and reassured many a nervous new ex-pat, easing them into their new life here in the sun. We have lost a valued member of the community he helped create.

His passing wasn’t related to the coronavirus. But the isolation because of it meant that his wife of 48 years was unable to see or visit him in hospital in his last few weeks, until that very last, final moment.

Of all the points above, take particular note of #5.

Hopefully the sun will shine brighter tomorrow.

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