Before I get into this one, I need to state that I’m originally from the UK and the Queen’s speech is an annual Christmas ritual that I’ve never missed. That doesn’t make me a royalist by any stretch of the imagination – she’s more like a piece of family tradition that ends with ‘oh doesn’t she look for good for her age’ followed by a glass of plonk.
Her address is only the fourth time she’s spoken to the country outside of the Christmas broadcast. It’s a departure from the day-to-day, a mark in the history books of the pandemic, but also a national call to cope as a nation.
Together we are tackling this disease, and I want to reassure you that if we remain united and resolute, then we will overcome it.
Niamh referenced this article in her piece on slowing down and I’ve shamelessly stolen it. The article is well worth the read, and allowed me personally to let out a sigh of relief for not trying to write the next Moby Dick or Snail and the Whale (two very different books that shouldn’t be confused when it comes to bedtime reading for kids).
Finding small pleasures helps, too. Mr. Bailey offered one suggestion: ‘Get yourself some Indian food and drink a bottle of wine with your spouse. We’re going through a lot and we all just need to take it easy.’
Being in lockdown has made us all experts of our own homes. All of a sudden having an outdoor space is a luxury that we can all luxuriate in as the weather gets fine. Monocle’s little video in praise of balconies is a wonderful reminder of how good architecture and outside space makes our lives all the better. Be it coping or living, a slick balcony feels like a must.