Things are definitely looking up! Here in England the sun is shining, and lockdown is gradually lifting. We can now meet a few friends, albeit only outside. Spirits are lifting and after what was for me a somewhat gloomy March, I’m feeling a lot more positive about life.
I must confess to falling prey to lockdown lethargy these last few weeks. I’ve been more or less confined to the house for a year. In the whole of the twelve months the only day out we’ve had was in late August on what was essentially a research trip for “Blood follows Jane Austen” when we travelled to the village of Chawton near Winchester which I described in my blog last September.
We also took the opportunity to have a very pleasant lunch in the beer garden of the village pub – the only meal I haven’t prepared for myself in the last seventeen months! Not that I’m complaining. Afterall, we could have gone out to eat at a local restaurant last summer or ordered a takeaway at any time. I exhausted my usual repertoire of menus long ago and I’ve tried varies new ideas so now I’m really looking forward to going on holiday and my lecture cruises. It will be great to have someone else not only to work out the menus but to do the washing up afterwards. (And I can’t wait not to have to worry about cleaning the shower each day!)
I have no cause to complain about lockdown. We live in a house with wonderful views over a lake with the downs rising on the horizon. I have a husband to talk to though we see little of each other during the day as my study is downstairs and his is upstairs. Thanks to zoom, I’ve actually ‘seen’ more of our children and my brothers and their families scattered all over the country than I ever did before, despite our family gatherings in normal times.
The reason for me feeling at a low ebb was the problems I was having with the current novel. I’ve whittled my potential murderer down to two possible characters but I’m not happy about making either of them a ruthless killer who will stop at nothing to keep the past a secret.
I still can’t see a solution, but I’ve had to put the novel aside for a couple of weeks as an exciting new development has needed all my attention. It still may not come off so I’m keeping it a secret for now. If it does, I’ll tell you more in my next blog!