I actually took these photos about three weeks ago. The fires roaring, the cloudy grey skies, and the monopoly game left on the table give these pictures a very useful time stamp. This was the point of our lockdown when it was still chilly enough to warrant a fire, and when we were having a grand time playing monopoly for hours on end.
Though this is the "formal" room of our house it has found a place as an all-purpose room for all of us. The real estate brochure described it as a "great room" but I think that's too modern a term for how it functions and feels.
We call it "the big room". This is where we read, visit, draw, paint with watercolours, and work. The dining table is my home office during normal times, though with Gabby still living at home and working remotely, it's really become her home office.
I've been doing the absolute minimum of admin work, in fits and starts throughout the house: on the stairs, in the second floor nook, on the kitchen counter. The lockdown has left me with a permanently distracted mind, and for some reason entering phase one of easing the lockdown has increased my distraction and anxiety.
I just have a general feeling that I have no idea what is happening. Of course this is baseless, at any moment I can turn on the news or read a newspaper. I think it is the uncertainty of our future which is driving me slightly off-kilter, always one for plans I find myself now unable to really make any.
Making plans is a great illusion anyway, the truth is none of us ever really knows what the future holds for us.
|Joan's family chair.|
|MrBP's favourite chair.|
|Empty bottle of champagne.|
Best room for drinks!
|Giant fur ball Scout.|
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