So we are in the midst of the most incredible times of our life we are having to learn to social distance from our friends, family and the rest of the community. Covid 19 has completely changed our way of live, how we work and how the Country is operating. I had never given social distance a thought before, what a different world we are living in.
Sadly, we have had to temporarily close our social enterprise, which means our Hippy Shop has closed it’s shop doors and the online shop too. We have also had to stop both our weekly community groups, the Arty Folk and Friendship Group and Digging Deeside too. This has affected some of the most marginalised members of our community.
In order to keep contact with people, Sarah and myself have taken it upon ourselves to telephone, message, text and email the people we support in order to offer a friendly point of contact at this very worrying time for us all. More recently we have started to host weekly Online Socials using the incredible Zoom software, which has proven a great hit. Many people have joined in over the past couple of weeks in various different ways, from sitting chatting, to playing musical instruments and we even had a music quiz the other week. It is so nice to “see” people and keep in touch, it gives me a sense that we are all in this together, helping each other.
On a personal note, I have started to take regular exercise each day, whether that is a YouTube workout and even a ballet session (yes me and ballet)! I have also dusted my push bike off and got it roadworthy after years of no use. Now I am enjoying the freedom of a little fresh air whilst cycling around my local streets every few days too. As a family we have been growing lots of fruit, veg and flowers in our garden and encouraging others to do the same. I have even started blogging again!
It is really difficult to look for the positives when we are seeing thousands of people are dying every day from this horrific virus. However, I am remaining as positive as I can and making the most of lockdown time that has been forced upon me. I hope you are too. Stay home and be safe. Sue.