Week 4 – Furloughed frolics….

Another week has rolled around. Pretty quickly actually as I have been intending to write at the weekend and it’s Monday already. Apparently time flies when you’re….pretty limited on things to do! This was my first week on furlough from work and I have to say I’ve really enjoyed it. I made myself a list of activity options with the intention to choose two things each day – one exercise option and one other (list features things like learning Adobe Premier Pro, learning sign language and baking or drawing amongst others).

I have added my name to a list of people on my street who have formed a volunteer group to help anyone in need ours and surrounding streets. I’m waiting to be assigned to specific houses and will then be on standby for shopping trips or similar – feels like a good thing to be a part of. I’ve also applied to a volunteer telephone befriending service for elderly people in Brighton and Hove. Time to Talk are an award winning service and it’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time but not found a service that actually needed people. I think about being alone when I’m old (weird I know and possibly borderline morbid!) and how isolating that could be, so I hope I can do some good.

I mentioned sign language. In an effort to make sure I make the most of this time I’ve signed up to an accredited online sign language course for levels 1 & 2. I’ve known the alphabet for years but it feels good to be learning more. My only intention at the moment is to learn enough that I’m confident to actually use it to say the basics to someone who is deaf but who knows, maybe I’ll really enjoy it and take it further…. *thinks back to the time she said that about that aerial circus skills course…..turns out, not for me thank youuu*




I’ve also been a bit arty this week. I used to draw a fair bit when I was younger but I guess it’s one of those things which you don’t make time for as an adult. I’m really enjoying having a little sketcheroo while the TV is on. Here’s Gerald for your viewing pleasure.




I’ve kept up the exercise this week. I muuuust get running but have been doing long walks and workouts in the house most days. One of the things am enjoying about going on walks is the small interactions it’s still possible to have with other people. I walked past an older lady who was just coming out of her block of flats to post a letter and she said how beautiful the day was. She said it reminded her of an old song, which she gave me a little burst of and it stuck in my head until I got home. It’s those little interactions that make all the difference I find.


I borrowed a puzzle this week from someone on a Facebook group and it has taken up a LOT of time – I haven’t done a puzzle since I was a kid and I can’t believe how addictive it is. Every time I walk past it I intend to put a couple more pieces in and before I know it I’ve lost half an hour. It’s a great pastime though and something I think I will try to keep up after lockdown. Such a lovely thing to be able to actually borrow in this day and age. I don’t know the lady I borrowed it from, we just communicated through Facebook and she left it outside her flat for me to collect and I will return when I’m done (hopefully this side of Christmas!). I love how trusting people in Brighton and Hove are, there’s a real sense of community. I’ll hope to post the finished article next time….


In other news….. it had to be done, it was getting to the point where, when I wore shorts, my leg hair was catching the breeze (hashtag sexy). Nowhere near as good as when Cora does it of course (check out The Serenity Room when this madness is over!) and I should get at least a silver medal for some of the positions I had to get in, but I am at least now less ashamed to get my legs out, so, every cloud.


That’s me for now, later hosens.


Week 3 – Free time & acceptance

End of the third week (well, since I started documenting) and I’m still managing to remain pretty balanced. It’s been the second week of working from home and Microsoft Teams has been a lifeline in keeping us all in touch – we even had a Friday beer together over Teams which was fun.



What else though…….FITNESS

Outside of work, I’ve been keeping pretty busy. I’ve either walked or cycled every day and have a little route which is about 4 miles in total so I am trying to do that most days (almost hit my 10k steps with that walk!). The midway point is the stunning bandstand which I’ve always walked past but never been on. It’s such a beautiful landmark.



Community drinking…On my walks I’ve been having a bit of a giggle at the amount of empty alcohol bottles in people’s recycling boxes – definitely no judgement! It’s a clear representation of the area you’re in though – plenty of middle class red wine and gin around here (hehe). There are also a few comedic references around which allow for a little smile in these fairly dark days…

I’ve also discovered the app “Down Dog” which is free at the moment (yay for generous companies) until May 1st and includes Yoga for Beginners, HIIT, Barre, and 7 Minute Workout – I’m really enjoying it. If you’re a teacher, student or healthcare professional, it’s free until July 1st 🙂

Additive viewing….. Also this week, seemingly like most people, I discovered the Tiger King on Netflix. Honestly, if you haven’t, do. Even if just for Joe Exotic’s war with “That bitch….” (if you know, you know). Take it with a pinch of salt, as I’m sure it has been hugely sensationalised but wowzers it was addictive viewing. Oddly reminded me of Making a Murderer – and had me flipping between feeling sorry for Joe Exotic and pure disbelief at any of those involved being allowed to do what they are doing. It actually also sparked me to get on with a project I have been thinking about for a while around animal welfare law, but more on that another time.

Lastly this week, the garden has been mostly sorted and is at least habitable for some (hopefully) upcoming sunny days – feeling very lucky to have that option. There’s been quite a lot of growth from the horse chestnut tree my Mum planted last year for me, I made a tiny snail friend and read a book with a cuppa in the garden – all things I wouldn’t have done or noticed yet if I hadn’t had all this spare time on my hands.

Next week will be the first week of furlough for me, which while slightly disconcerting, will give me a huge amount of time to do things I wouldn’t normally do. I am going to try and really make the most of it as when else am I ever going to get this sort of time to myself – almost certainly never. So I guess the moto for this week is “every cloud”.

Stay safe folks.