Debbie’s Lockdown diary – Weekend 4th & 5th April – Skype Marathons.

The Lockdown has been extended until at least 26th April. We all expected it to happen – it’s absolutely necessary. There’s does seem to be a very slight glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel – the number of new infections and deaths has dropped for the 4th day running – it seems lockdown is working. We still have a way to go, but we can do this !!

I seem to have spent most of the weekend on Skype. If there’s one good thing that has come out of this crisis, it’s that we talk with, and contact our family and friends more. We are normally always “too busy” to call and can’t possibly spare a hour for a Skype call!! Material things aren’t so important anymore – it’s family, friendships and of course, our health that matter now.

On Friday evening, we had a virtual “Girls night out”. There are about 8 of us in our “girlie” group. A couple have upped sticks and returned to the UK so it’s been a while since we’ve all been “out” together. After a few teething problems (none of us were completely sure how to add so many people to the conversation), we were all chatting away and enjoying a glass of wine together. It was lovely to catch up with everyone and find out what we were all doing during lockdown.  Also, on Friday, Andy and I had a skype call with some old friends in the UK. We are booked to go on holiday with them late June but I feel that may not happen – but like I said, not important at the moment.

Saturday was Andy’s aunt’s 60th birthday (She a very young aunt and hates him calling her “Auntie” :)), so that was another Skype call. She took the call in her garden – bright blue Sky and brilliant sunshine in the UK and dull and wet here in Spain – something wrong there!!

On Sunday we had a family Skype call booked. It was supposed to be myself and Andy, my son, and daughter from their respective homes, my parents and my brother and sister in law along with my nieces however my brother and sister in law had to duck out at the last minute due to my nieces not behaving themselves – he said later that he had had to deploy solitary self-isolation :)). Lockdown must be hard for the kids, particularly the younger ones. Anyway, the rest of us carried on….and finished the call almost 3 hours later. We saw all the pets, Andy gave them a video tour of all his latest projects and we shared our latest recipe ideas. My kids weren’t happy when they found out that I was cooking a Roast chicken dinner and Nanny was cooking roast beef – Both my kids, and their Spanish other halves love a roast dinner – It’s always requested when then come home for a visit.

Another Skype call booked with more friends tomorrow evening…..