My Lockdown Larder list of menus is now starting its 15th week and cooking has kept me both sane and occupied…
It first hit home when my boyfriend, who was working in Switzerland,
had to make a dash for the border to get back to the UK before travel restrictions
were imposed. That was back on 15th
March! Since then, the two of us have
been fortunate indeed to be holed up in his thatched cottage in a beautiful
little hamlet in Hampshire.
As per most households who are lucky enough to have a garden there are
now no weeds to be found, cupboards have been cleared out, we have played
multiple games of Gin Rummy and enjoyed some wonderful walks. My 'Lockdown Larder' list of menus is now
starting its 15th week and cooking has kept me both sane and occupied as sadly,
like for so many others, work has gone south.
We started lockdown wearing woolly hats, thick sweaters and waterproofs
and then the sun came out and suddenly it was t-shirts and shorts. I was literally caught 'short' as all I had
with me was a bag of winter clothes!
Fortunately, I managed to scrounge a pair of my boyfriend's shorts
otherwise I would have boiled...!
Needless to say, one of the hardest parts about this pandemic is the
effect on family and how everyone copes with the day to day challenges. For me, the arrival of spring and spending
time outdoors embracing the elements helped create a sense of calm and optimism. Vibrant colours, birds tweeting, and a little
sunshine can make all the difference!
Here are a few of my favourite pictures taken in our parent's garden - I
say our parents as I have two sisters, Alison of Cortona International being
one of them! These pictures were
especially poignant for us as a family as they gave my sisters a glimpse of my
parents and home during the lockdown.
Fiona Koetser, 26/06/2020 10:14:03