My daughter has been talking to me about 'Blogging' over the years and if I am honest, time has never allowed me to get round to it. Lock-down has changed this predicament, so here it is...my first Blog!
I imagine my past few months have been pretty similar to most people, lot's of being indoors and watching telly! Though I must say that I have been able to amuse myself with a few hobbies too.
As-well as performing and writing music, some of you may be aware that I am a keen lover and breeder of Siamese cats. My last litter of Kittens gave the household lots of joy and amusement, especially as the world went into panic mode. Watching the kitties play and grow into little personalities was such a nice distraction.
My darling Chocolate point girl Xena, named by my daughter may I add, is a wonderful mum. She is also a great escapologist, and can open doors and cupboards...we have now nicknamed her Xeeny Houdini. See her posing, quite un-staged, during one of my daughters photo-shoots, for her Millinery Design!
All the kittens have now found loving homes and I get wonderful photo's and updates from their new families.
A more therapeutic activity has been knitting...in particular scarfs! Whilst watching the news updates each day, in anguish as the pandemic unfolded, I managed to knit 50 of them! A plus side is I have Christmas gifts sorted for this year, ha ha! We are creative household here, music, art and fashion all going on under one roof. This has been a life saver and I am so thankful that we can lend our minds to being creative. My daughter stitched together this chap...named Lock down Larry...and after a request from my granddaughter made another named Harry! As I said...creative household!
We have managed very well as a little family here and lucky that we are able to be together. Even more we have kept safe and healthy. Each day I see a Doctor, who lives in my building, return home and drop his bike off in our blocks bike shed. I would often talk to him from the window, the look on his face showed what he and his front-line colleagues have been dealing with. He at times was candid about the struggles at the hospital he works at. One day, as he returned I dropped a box of chocolates I had bought for him, out the window, to show my appreciation A small token as how can we ever be thankful enough!
During this time we all reflect on the world as we have known it and what it means for the future. It's important to have idea's and projects to look forward too. I am working on archiving my photo's to produce a book...a project in the works. I very much look forward to one day get back to gigging with all my musician friends and performing for audiences again. It's was already a tough time for live music and theatre's, but maybe 'missing' it will bring on a revival...once it is safe for everyone.
Until then, keep safe and keep love and music in your heart
Singer and Recording Artist since the 1960's.