I am sitting on a Friday afternoon, with a dog on my lap and a cup of tea by my side. In my garden I can see daffodils, tulips, primroses, forsythia, camellia, grape hyacinth, and fat buds on the clematis that climbs up our old apple tree.

It is an hour's drive from the coast, but there are noisy seagulls sitting on the roof of the flats next door. I can hear smaller birds chirruping in nearby trees and a collared dove trying to woo a lady dove to nest on our satellite bracket.

After the first ten days of the lockdown there is very little road traffic and hardly any air traffic to notice. It is very peaceful sitting here - almost perfect - except the dog just broke wind. :-(

Opposite me on a sofa sits my husband, doing a crossword and next to him two cats, blissfully asleep.

We are getting quite fit, taking the dog out for a long walk everyday, though I miss my swimming. The outdoor pools use in the summer would have opened on 1st April - at this rate I won't be able to go for most of the season. It closes 31st October.

I count my blessings that, where I live, I have space and can enjoy all of the above. We speak to our daughters everyday and have set up a Whatsapp group with wider family, to exchange news and amusing photos or videos.

I feel more at peace than I have for a while, life can be taken at a slower pace.

I do hope that fellow Moodscopers can find rays of light in this enforced stay at home time.

Take care everyone.

Love and hugs,

Another Sally
A Moodscope member.

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