The pandemic has caused many problems beyond a lingering dry cough and fever. Many people have died, lost employment, and had struggles with mental health due to prolonged isolation and uncertainty. Sadly, my friends, another effect of the pandemic situation has hit animal sanctuaries very, very hard.
The majority of photographs I have shared on this blog come from Buttercups Sanctuary for Goats in southern England. Set in the beautiful countryside, this haven is home to 140 goats making it the largest sanctuary of its kind in the UK. At present, they are appealing for any help possible to help keep the sanctuary afloat while they cannot accept visitors due to COVID-19. Please consider sending them a donation – no matter how small – for the goats and for the sanctuary to carry on.
One way to share kindness is to reach out and share something that you enjoy with another person. Sharing these experiences can bring you closer together and really let the other person know that you care about them.
After two months of social distancing, we are feeling the quarantine fatigue. However, this week my son and I have been sharing the experience of painting. I am no Michelangelo by any means, but using some scrap cardboard and acrylic paint I am passing it forward by sharing with you my creation for today’s goat of the day!
It is easy to get lost thinking about what the world will look like after the COVID crisis is over. Maybe stop and think what you will remember most about this time. What will stick out in your memory – the panic-buying of toilet paper? Busses circulating empty through the cities? Or maybe, the collective kindness that emerged throughout neighborhoods and communities to help those in isolation get what they need? Keep a journal, remember your thoughts, it will be therapeutic in the present and valuable in the future.
Anyone else Zooming these days? Of course I don’t mean down the road and off to a destination, I am referring to digital meetings! I always freshen up, put on a nice (ish) top, set up my lighting just right so the top half of me looks like I would at the office. However, unlike at the office, I am usually in yoga pants or sweat pants on the bottom. Although meetings are exhausting, it is wonderful that there are so many ways we can stay in touch and carry on through this crisis.
I am happy to share a photograph I saw yesterday on View from My Window. Taken from a colourful vintage airstream, Cate in California shared this amazing view of a goat! Many thanks, Cate!
One of the things that has been hardest for myself and my family about lockdown is not being able to take full advantage of the glorious spring weather the past month. It can be cruel to think that you have to hibernate as the world comes back to life after a cold and windy winter, but here we are. My heart is filled with gratitude though for our home and our digital windows to the rest of the world.
Happy International Workers Day everyone. Especially in these uncertain times when the world is reliant on grocery store workers, delivery drivers, stockiest and the many people supporting supply chains solidarity with your fellow workers has never been more important. Show them you care by supporting initiatives to support people staying at home, keeping transmission low and people’s rights to collective action and bargaining. We are all stronger together.
Just a friendly reminder that you actually don’t have to learn a new skill or be mega-productive during lockdown. It is perfectly fine to ride it out your own way – if that means you learn a new language or discover a new law of science fantastic! If that means you watch a bunch of TikToks and take a lot of naps that’s fantastic too! The global situation is emotionally taxing for us all and we all have different ways of coping – and that is completely ok.
It is difficult to see other people not social distancing. However, sometimes doing the right thing is difficult and not the easiest choice. When you stay inside and avoid others, you are helping the world fight against the virus. You can’t control what others do, but know that what you are doing is helping. Plus there is an internet full of goat pictures, cat memes, and hilarious videos to tide us over until it’s all over!