How are you feeling?

 It’s quite difficult to know what to say during these uncertain times when so many families have been affected by COVID-19 but I sincerely hope this post finds you and your loved ones safe and well.

I’m curious to know how you describe these circumstances. Do you see it as “Lockdown” or “Retreat”? This time is giving us a perfect opportunity to sit back and reflect on what it is we really want out of life. Are you enjoying the slower pace or are you aching to get back into a faster lane?

I have to admit that I’m getting very used to this new “normal” and prefer to call it a Retreat because that is what we’ve needed to do – retreat into the safety of our homes and ourselves. Of course our current spell of glorious weather is helping and I’m so grateful that we have a garden to sit in and some beautiful country walks on our doorstep.

It’s been wonderful to find an abundance of Bluebells in the local woods; I wish I could attach a Sniff App to this so you can smell these photos!

Tim is eager to embark on future camping coddiwomples when we are allowed out and about so he has been preparing for the time when we can pack up and go. So far he’s bought a new sun canopy/awning for Piggy 2 and has been practicing making stoves. It’s amazing what you can do with an old biscuit tin and an empty baked bean can or a large log!

As for me, I have been re-connecting with a slightly more genteel past-time from my childhood: drawing wildlife, or rather, birds. I used to spend hours doing this as a child, sitting at the kitchen table while Mum was cooking or doing chores. In recent years I’ve used drawing aids to help me be more accurate but I’ve been practicing my free-hand skills (if you can call them that!) over the last week or so. I aim to practice daily and have so far managed a completed drawing every other day. I’ve loved it, it’s so absorbing. I recommend having a go; don’t worry if you think you can’t draw. It doesn’t matter as long as you’re enjoying it. Pick a subject, grab a piece of paper and a pencil and away you go! There are plenty of free online tutorials to help you too. I’ve seen lots of posts on my social media pages where friends have discovered they have an artistic side they never knew they had!

Until next time I send you much love and hope you and yours stay healthy and safe. Please feel free to leave me a Comment below or drop me a line via my Facebook page The Coddiwomple Lady or email me on hello@thecoddiwomplelady.com. I love hearing from you.

Wendy xx