CV19 LOCKDOWN WEEK 2.
Deadlines know no lockdown. Here I am still running against the clock.
Saturday 21 March – Friday 27 March (Writing this Friday morning.)
As I said last week we are doing the “arse-in-the-butter” form of lockdown where I am living. I cannot and will not complain for a second. Yes it is serious. No it is not like in so many other countries. Our government tells us every day we cannot let up for a second in the way that we have to live out lives right now. Money will start to be paid out next week for those suffering loss of income. Our shop falls into that category. Social distancing has been in full swing for the last two weeks and and starting to show some positive results maybe, the predictions and cases matching what was suggested at the beginning. There are idiots. There are corona parties. But it is at this point a very small percentage. Some people are as dumb as wallpaper.
My husband went out and bought me hair clippers last Saturday. Yes, that is an essential item. I have been planning the hair buzz for the last couple of days, and am about to do it. Today, 28 March at 18:30 CET live on Instagram. Drop in since you will all be at home anyway. Of course I am terrified, but the fear of my hair being too long outweighs it.
It was five years ago this week that Vero launched the two Rozys in Milan. Memories came up in my FB feed. (One of the terrible side effects of the lockdown is that I have reopened my FB page.).
Tara brought to my attention that David Goggins was gonna do a 60 minute live-on-social -media workout on Monday. We did it together. It was hardcore to say the least. Squats, lunges, jumping jacks, sit ups, push ups. 10 second breaks if you needed one. It took me two days to recover properly. We are going to do it again tomorrow. After we had finished the workout, we chatted briefly about David Goggins. Tara told me how inspirational his book was and that I should read it. Yesterday when I came home from a run, I found a copy of the book in my letter box. Tara had a copy sent to me. I cried, really. It changed my whole day and cheered my soul. Love in the times of Corona. That kindness will remain with me forever. I had to put the book down to write this post.
I made cookies during the week to share with the supermarket ladies and friends.. Baking makes feel I have some sort of control.
My mother kept journals for the last twenty-five years of her life. Each year’s journal has a large envelope that is full of the postcards, magazine and newspaper cuttings, letters, birthdays cards along with it. I have about fifteen years of the journals here in my home and the other ten years or so are still in the UK. I brought the suitcase that I keep them in up from the basement and am starting to re-read them. She wrote them all exactly how she spoke, and it is a great joy. It is particularly interesting to see that she wrote every single haircut she got down. Sometimes with a little drawing of the new cut, and always commenting as to whether Jane or whoever had done a good job or not. Those who know me will find that hilarious and haunting!
Some of Mum´s journals.
I started to run this week. Have not run in twenty years. And I am smugly satisfied that I have not peed myself yet.
The UK is now on lockdown, and about time, and Boris J is immersing himself in his Churchill wanna-be role. The country pulling together in that oh-so-British way. I would expect nothing less. I hope it is not too little, too late. Having talked with people in NYC via Zoom, I just cannot imagine how terrifyingly bad it is there.
LOCKDOWN PERFUMES OF WEEK 2.
I am still wearing perfume. L’Artisan Passage d’Enfer. Neela Vermeire Mohur. Hermès Musc Pallida Oil layered with Cèdre Sambac. Chanel Boy. Chanel N°19 Pafum and Lutens Iris Silver Mist in the evenings.
I have never been bored in my life, and I am not bored now. My main concern is do I buzz my hair 20mm or 15mm?
Yes of course I know how bloody serious this all is. It is a pandemic. I am not stupid.
How has your week been?
“It’s the end of the world as we know it (time I had some time alone), It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine (time I had some time alone)”. REM.
There were around a thousand deaths in Italy over the last twenty-four hours, and nearly as many in Spain. I dare not look at NYC. I have Italian friends who will have to lockdown even longer. My heart breaks.