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Pandemic photo diary / June – September 2020

Pandemic photo diary / June – September 2020 Posted on 14/09/20203 Comments
Ahoy, hello! My name is Jenny. I am a thirty-something human female from Manchester in the north of England. I enjoy rainy days and sad songs, custard donuts and salt & pepper chips and beer, lentil dhal and fried okra, X-Files and Twin Peaks, fierce fat heroines and mental health advocates, dogs and cats and otters and a very special beirdo. To paraphrase Sylvia Plath: "I blog because there is a voice within me that insists on writing lots of ridiculous chuff".

[blinks into the digital daylight] Hello world. It’s been a while, hey?

I’ve been on a rather long hiatus. There was a pretty perfect storm of Things that led to an extensive period of complete zone-out. The pandemic, the lockdown, work stresses and strains, my diabetes, the general trash-fire state of the world, and some very difficult and ongoing therapy work around my childhood and trauma and other stuff. My mood hasn’t been too great. In fact, it was pretty bleak for a while, but I knew I needed that long period of isolation and retreat to recharge a bit. I’m not quite feeling the best at the moment, but I now feel able to DO things beyond basic maintenance of my human form. I don’t know about you, but when I’m under my glumbrella, I lose interest in almost every non-essential activity. There is eating, sleeping, bathing, cleaning (an untidy home is DOOM to me), and dog walks. And that’s about it. No reading, no sewing, no painting, no gaming, no journaling……hiding from the whole world as much as possible. I have mindlessly consumed enormous quantities of true crime documentaries on the telly.

But here we are; it’s September, and the world is turning nice colours and making me think cosy thoughts. I’m already gearing up for Halloween and Christmas because I love both and they make me feel happy and actually want to Do Things. I thought I’d take advantage of this rare moment of creativity/productivity and share a few photos from the last few months.

I made and ate some nice foods, had some nice walkies and pulled silly faces, enjoyed some leaves, bought myself a nice book, and rescued a hedgehog (!!)

There’s really not much else to report…. My bike was also stolen (boo) but then replaced with a lovely new model (hurrah) though claiming on the insurance is a bummer. I’m still struggling with lockdown and therapy and food and health, but I’m as always I’m trying to muddle through. I am so very ready for the winter months, dark nights, chilly weather, and autumn baking, and my Pinterest boards and bullet journal reflect that. I hope that you are all safe and well and coping as well as you can given the semi-apocalyptic circumstances. 🙏🏻


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3 comments

  1. I know the feeling, and am now definitely going to use the term ‘glumbrella’, which I love.
    Our seasons are turning into spring/summer/summer/summer/never ending why is it so hot the sun why does it burn always summer… which is the most part of the year. I am grateful that we did have an actual proper winter this year (by Brisbane standards) .

    1. Oh that doesn’t sound fun at all :/ We definitely don’t get winters as cold as we used to, and summers do seem hotter, but we at least have four distinct seasons!

  2. That is such beautiful food! It has been such a hard time for so many of us. I’m quietly hoping for a truly dramatic winter, because we’ve had two years of almost no snow and if I’m going to keep working from home all winter I would like to see the white stuff a lot more. It’s growing darker here, though, and the dark season is the hard part for me. Still, I understand how the turn in the seasons can be energizing! The winter means I get to have my oven on again, and after a summer of no casseroles I’m really looking forward to that.

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