You will have read by now that the population of France has been confined to their homes since noon last Tuesday. Extreme measures in order to stop the spread of the Coronavirus! President Macron announced a 15 day period in which people are to stay indoors, and I have a feeling that this may be extended. We’ll see how effective it will be, and how people are going to be able to live with this perceived loss of liberty. Personally, I am not particularly bothered. I have everything I need at home, and plenty of small projects to finish, books to read, etc. I’ll have time to telephone friends and family, write e-mails, and catch up with all kinds of things. I might even be able to start work again on my long-shelved cook book project!! Now, wouldn’t that be something?? 🙂
People will be allowed to leave their homes to go to work if they cannot work remotely, or are working for one of several essential services (electricity, water, medical, food, etc.), to go shopping for essential supplies, to visit their doctor or pharmacy, for imperative family visits (childcare or care of elderly relatives), and for physical exercise or dog walking, the last two are to be done in strict isolation. The food shops will remain open, and no doubt the shelves will eventually be re-stocked with pasta, rice AND toilet paper!! 😀
It will certainly be challenging for people who live in France’s big cities or areas where population density is high. In Saint-Chinian we should be OK – people are pretty well spaced apart to begin with, and if contact is limited so should be the spread of the virus.
Last Tuesday morning, as I took a quick walk around my garden, my eye was caught by the blooms on my tree peony. Seeing the sparkling water drops on the gorgeous blooms brought a smile to my face! I cut several stems to bring home with me, so I could admire them for a few days. I hope you’ll enjoy them too!
So, it might be au revoir for a little while. Rest assured, I’ll write again as soon as inspiration strikes or whenever I feel I have something worth telling you about! Until then, stay well and safe, and smile! 🙂