About time is what I say! Aboard Areandare we’ve been ‘locked-down’ since I returned from Barbados on 16th March, crossing appendages that this pesky virus doesn’t find it’s way here to attach itself to any of our alveoli. It’s long been a fear of mine, the “not being able to breathe” thing. So when I read about the symptoms of Coronavirus I have to admit I freaked a little. I’m ashamed (yep, ashamed, for a number of reasons) to admit I smoked for over 30 years, finally stopping (as Alan Carr said, there’s nothing to ‘give up’!) in April 2004 when I started the process of gaining a New Zealand ‘Work To Residence’ permit. Best thing I ever did. Stopping smoking and emigrating to NZ of course! However I’m well aware my lungs are permanently damaged – the slightest whiff of tobacco smoke or those dreadful E-things and I cough and splutter.
Anyways, we’re doing the best we can with what we have and what we know to avoid getting it or passing it on. Let’s hope everyone else takes this seriously too so we can look forward to a ‘new world’ in a month or more …
More Valuable Than Money
What’s that then do I hear you ask?
It’s TIME! Time to sit. Time to reflect and reframe. Time to read those books on the bookshelf. Time to talk (we still have internet). Time to share and care. Time to bake – my sourdough hasn’t worked that well, but it’s early days! If anyone’s got any hints or tips please comment below. I followed a Jamie Oliver recipe. It’s a tad ‘heavy’ …
Time to get some fresh air and exercise (albeit ‘only’ once a day). Today I started gentle jogging.
Time to learn how to meditate. I dip in and out of meditation. I’d love to say I have ‘a daily practice’. But I’d be lying! I love to do a mindful meditative walk in nature. I find sitting with my eyes closed, breathing deeply, stilling my mind, very helpful. One of the best ways of learning this amazingly relaxing way-of-life is through Apps. A firm favourite of mine is Headspace. Check out the link, they’ve got some suggestions for navigating this period of time …
Avoid Mind-less TV
We consciously chose not to have a TV on board. In fact neither of us even know how to work the newfangled ones with a zillion channels and remote controls! Our grandsons think it’s hilarious. The last TV we had only had four channels. We do occasionally watch series or films on iPlayer, Netflix, or Amazon Prime (that reminds me, time to watch another episode of the new series of Outlander soon!).
I’m also going to start watching from one The Top 100 Documentaries We Can Use To Change the World. A friend in NZ posted the link to this. Looks like it could be a great way of ‘spending’ some time soon …
Unsurprisingly we had an update from Richard Parry, the Canal and River Trust Chief executive last night. CRT have been encouraging people to use the waterways as their place to wander in the fresh air and get some exercise. Not all boaters are so keen on this. They’ve been feeling a little like it could be risky for them to have an increased number of people nearby. Totally understandable!
We were right to move back to Nantwich yesterday afternoon, as it means we don’t need to do any more ‘non-essential’ travel by boat for a while. Here’s a snippet of Richard’s announcement.
“Following the most recent announcement from the Prime Minister regarding the UK’s response to the coronavirus crisis, we are asking leisure boaters to stop all non-essential travel. As a result, and to help those who live-aboard (along with those who would need to travel to their boat in order to move it) we are suspending the requirement to move every 14 days. The suspension will be kept under review in line with revised government guidance, applying initially until 14 April.” – Richard Parry CRT CEO 2259hrs Monday 23rd March 2020
Who’s Out there?
I know we have readers all over the world. Well that’s what our stats through WordPress and Google Analytics tell me! We often get people passing by informing us they read the blog. Or that this blog, and other waterways related ones, inspired them to move onto the waterways to live or holiday.
What we don’t get are many comments. It would be so heartwarming at this time if you could comment. Below. Not via Facebook. Or Twitter. But here. Introduce yourself. Let us know where you are. Have we met? When and where? What’s going on in your part of the world right now? What opportunities (not problems thank-you) are you seeing from this ‘unprecedented’ time (I’m embracing this word, it so sums it up!)? What will you do to make the most of this enforced ‘down-time’?
Let’s thrive together as we do much more than ‘survive’ what feels like a movie set …