Tomorrow is the day when I will be able to go out without needing a document. Shops and cafes will be open. And apart from everyone keeping away from each other and wearing masks then everything will be normal …..I don’t think so. But I need to pay my electric bill so I can carefully check out the reality. It might be anything…….but unless the virus is back in 2 weeks or so then this will be the new normal for summer. Designer masks and body swerves…….
For some unknown reason I only slept for 3 hours last night. At 2am I was so fed up I watched an episode of the “Durrells” which I had saved on my phone. What a beautiful series. Great characters and gorgeous scenery. Its like a happiness pill. Not however a sleeping pill.
So after making a vague effort to have a breakfast meeting with myself outside and managing only to write the days of next week …and” finish painting” , I thought I might do a load of washing so that I could have a clean start to my new normal .
My washing machine is like the rest of my house. Not quite normal.
It is in the fireplace behind a painted board that looks like the bottom of a cupboard. Its only partly plumbed in and it leaks. I don’t use it more than once a week and am always grateful if it works. I have a system for keeping the hose in the sink, otherwise it jumps out and the water goes all over the floor. I also keep a big torch handy so I can check if the leak is getting worse. But compared to washing everything in the bath when I lived in the countryside 15 years ago, it’s bliss.
I made another mask after that . Climbed up on a chair to see the yellow helicopter (.always scary as it is the air ambulance.) And listened to the church service which was being broadcast from above..
This week has been a lot about David Hockney and I watched some more short videos and then decided there was nothing stopping me going and fixing my big portrait that looks vaguely similar to some of his. That was fun. I now look like I am in somewhere not just in space. I painted the bottom a little darker colour and gave my feet shadows. I am pleased with it.
I looked up eBay to see if there were any cheaper Ipads. There weren’t so I found an app. for my phone instead and tried drawing on that. ( David Hockney used an Ipad for drawing on so I thought I would have a go.)
I may need some considerable practice. But it was fun.
And now I have written this outside tonight in my little bar. Am lounging in my brown plastic , fake basket weave chair , with my feet up on the other one and half a glass of wine for inspiration. Its been nice. I never used to sit out in the street as I was too shy. I would sit on the doorstep . But since making my garden I like it out here.one good thing to come from this time.
So will tomorrow be different……..we’ll see …..