Thursday 19th March
Seriously? We’re nearly a whole week into quarantine and I haven’t yet done half the things I wanted to do to make the most of my time indoors! Hopefully I still have a while yet…
I started the day with another fitness class on Instagram. This time I had the marvellous yet obvious idea to fill my rucksack with ankle weights which made it a lot easier to manage! The milk cartons still got used as dumbbells though, getting crushed into all sorts of funny shapes in the grip of my sweaty hands. I’ve probably turned the milk sour!
One of the great things about doing workouts at home on the blind side of one-way video is that I don’t have to worry how I look. I can do the class in my sports bra without worrying that I’m exposing too much jiggly flesh. I’m not sure the neighbour opposite would agree though! I don’t know how long he was watching me from his terrace because I was concentrating on trying to keep up, but maybe I should try and sell him a ticket next time!
Later, I went out to the supermarket on the corner to buy two 1.5 litre bottles of water to use as dumbbells. Obviously I got normal water as well while I was there. And wine. Obviously. I put on a pair of latex gloves to go shopping and noted that most other people I saw out had done the same. Inside the supermarket the staff all wore latex gloves and face masks.
Remember that one metre minimum distance rule? While I was paying at the checkout, the next customer came and stood right up behind me. I turned around and politely asked him to keep his distance and he acknowledged but only took a small token step back. Then before I had finished at the till a British-looking couple came into the store – together, which is prohibited – and stopped a hair’s breadth away from me to admire the bakery! They were already far too close and totally oblivious so there was nothing I could do but squeeze past them as quickly as possible to get back outside into the fresh air.
I visited a couple of other shops while I had my gloves on and still there were other couples walking around side by side. Apart from the fact there is a direct law to only go out individually, two people walking side by side on the pavement leave no room for another person to pass them on the pavement, and it’s impossible to keep a metre away while doing so! Of course, because they don’t give a damn about breaking one rule they don’t give a damn about the other rule either and each time I encountered a couple walking towards me I had to strategically step out into the road to avoid them.
According to reports I’ve read, the police and military are going to get a lot tougher with these rebels now the first five days are over. I really hope that’s the case because there’s really no point in quarantine at all if everybody doesn’t abide by it!
This evening I ordered my first food delivery of the quarantine: a pizza delivered to my door by a young man wearing a mask and gloves. Then I ate it from the sofa on my terrace with a glass of wine while watching the sun set.
I was still on the terrace at 7 o’clock when the whole neighbourhood broke out in applause for all the workers who are risking their own health to keep us all going during this difficult time. The 7pm applause has become a daily event and each day it’s stronger, louder and lasts longer, as more and more people participate. It’s heart-warming to witness and even more so to participate in; a community coming together for just a few moments to show appreciation for the people who are out there working for the benefit of us all.
I cannot end today’s quarantine post without this wonderful video from Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. The current situation really does feel like a zombie movie at times and these talented guys have drawn that parallel with their classic cult movie “Shaun of the Dead” to give us the most perfect coronavirus video I’ve seen. Enjoy!