Will there be life after Lockdown?

Last year the lockdown was taken very seriously. Everyone really did stay home. There were almost no commercial planes flying over head , there was little to no traffic on the roads. But now, in the Third Wave and Third Lockdown people are more lax about it all. I think most people are still abiding by the rules but not all. The Covid numbers are improving slowly. . However, for the May long weekend some restrictions were loosened and certain outdoor sports could be indulged in . You could play golf or tennis and some parks allowed socially distanced picnicking. There were circles marked, on the grass in those parks, where small groups of people could sit on the grass and be the right distance apart.

Will we look back in ten years and laugh about having a picnic in a circle marked with white paint?

There will be life after lockdown but what it will be like is not exactly clear. How long will it take before we will feel entirely comfortable in crowds of unmasked people? How long will the vaccines be effective for? Will we need boosters? These thoughts bring me out in a rash of further questions. But what really matters?

For me what really matters is the loosening of lockdown restrictions mean I can have lessons with my coach Belinda Trussell. Lessons were not permitted during the lockdown. This was primarily to stop riding schools who have classes of several students in the same class . But for those of us who ride in private lessons it was tough. But now we can have lessons…outdoors. Lessons in the indoor arena will have to wait until mid June. No problem! The farm has a beautiful outdoor arena.

So look out world! Biasini and I will be back and posting about our progress!

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  1. Jeff Rab says:

    Everywhere is a little different and in our area, other than government employees isolating at home and wearing masks in stores, every one kept life up with as much normalcy as possible. Iโ€™m always interested in peopleโ€™s experiences because COVID greatly increased our work load, hours and business. Ready for the world to be normal again, whatever normal is… ๐Ÿ˜

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I agree. For me it will take a bit of confidence building to be relaxed in big crowds again.

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      1. Jeff Rab says:

        Totally understand. Itโ€™s like everyone of us, to one extent or another, is a bird with varying degrees of broken wings, and now weโ€™re all trying to soar high and free again.

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        1. anne leueen says:

          Jeff that is a fabulous image. I agree we have all had our flight feathers trimmed to some degree.

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  2. Camryn says:

    I’m excited to see your training progress!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thanks Camryn!

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      1. Camryn says:

        Your very welcome, have a great weekend!

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  3. David says:

    Life will continue on, but it will be very different. To a degree, we will continue with mask wearing, physical distancing and keep using hand sanitizer for some time. Moreover, people understand the vaccines, as they are, but we can’t keep taking shots every 6-9 months for the foreseeable future. People understand better than what the “experts” credit us with.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Sometimes I feel the experts, especially the ones in government positions, think we are too stupid to understand the truth. At least that is how I feel here in Canada. Thanks for your comment David.

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  4. Emma Cownie says:

    Outdoor lessons seem like a nice compromise (although your indoor arena wasn’t really “indoors” was it?)

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    1. anne leueen says:

      In the winter the indoor is all closed up so technically it is “indoor”. But at this time of year all the windows on the sides of the arena are open and there is a big garage type door on one side and it is open too So it is very”outdoor”. But Belinda does not want to contravene the provincial regulations as she could be in trouble if she did. There are people who might report her out of envy. So its fine we go to the outdoor arena.

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  5. dprastka says:

    I’m so happy you are back to lessons with your WONDERFUL coach Belinda!! That’s definitely a happy dance! Give Biasini a carrot or treat and a hug from me, Chloe and my new horse Murphy! โค๏ธ๐Ÿด

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    1. anne leueen says:

      AH!Is Murphy with you now? That is exciting!

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      1. dprastka says:

        He came early!! Within 2 days of calling for shipment they called me as there was a van leaving Kentucky heading for Oklahoma! (So much for a two week wait! Haha!) So he was picked up a week ago and he made it to California last Saturday night near midnight! I shared on last week’s coffee share which I was so busy I didn’t post till late Sunday night. What a whirlwind, EXCITING, I can’t believe he’s here and so far he’s doing GREAT!!!

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        1. anne leueen says:

          WOW! How did I miss that post? I thought I had seen your coffee share last weekend. Maybe it was too late for me or something. Anyway this is very exciting and I wish you all the best with him and I hope I will nto miss anymore news about him. Have a great weekend!

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          1. dprastka says:

            Oh I’m so sorry it was late when I posted 9pm my time so at least midnight there! It’s just been such a busy time for me but I’m glad you found the post. Haha, it was one of the most rushed things I’ve typed up but I was soooo EXCITED I really wanted to get it done! Thanks so much Anne! I plan on writing more this weekend earlier than late night! Have a great weekend too!! โค๏ธ๐Ÿด

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          2. dprastka says:

            Or if you haven’t seen the post no worries too! I shared photos of his arrival near midnight. He stays true to his name!

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          3. anne leueen says:

            I will look for it. Thanks Diana.

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  6. J.W.S. says:

    Yesโ€ฆ.there will be such life. Carry on and ride on.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you! I will ride on.๐Ÿ˜€

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  7. How sad is humanity that a spot has to be painted in a park for social distancing picnic, I must say when this all started it was very hard to stand on a spot in a shop & not perform a song & dance.(like a stage marking) I often find myself grinning like a nutter on my own in the shops. haha. So glad it’s Spring & you can have lessons outside must be such a relief. It would’ve been great if you could have a skype lesson using an ear piece to listen to your coach during lockdown. Would be funny she could zoom in on yas if she needed. Now she can zoom in on you in real time, lol. stay well & have a saddle happy weekend ahead.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      My son sent me a photo of a Covid Security man , at least that is what his high viz jacket said he was, who was standing in a line up that was clearly marked as to where each person had to stand. He was standing about 6 inches behind another person and had no regard whatsoever for the designated standing spots. I had to laugh. You have an happy weekend too.

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  8. Thatโ€™s great. I donโ€™t think Florida has any restrictions, because everyone is in our area. Crazy busy.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I don’t think there have been many restrictions since the beginning in Florida. We were there when it all started and there was nothing. People we know there cannot understand why we have a lockdown

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      1. I can, because of family in England

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  9. Good to see the lessons in different location. And yes now covid is not taken seriously as before though number is increasing everywhere.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I am hoping that our numbers will continue to go down. If they do not we will have to remain in lockdown. But I would rather have that than another spike in Covid cases and deaths. Thanks for reading the post and commenting Rapala.

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      1. Maa I am Subbashini ๐Ÿ™‚

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    2. anne leueen says:

      Sorry Rupali not Rapali Predictive text!!!

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        1. anne leueen says:

          I am so sorry Subbashini. I was replying on my phone and i cannot write a reply and see who the person is I am replying to. Please accept my apologies.

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          1. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

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  10. sandyjwhite says:

    I’m so glad you are able to resume lessons. Every little bit of normalcy helps. Our mask mandate was lifted less than a week ago. I too worry about unvaccinated people acting as though they are and not masking up as advised. It’s quite a confusing situation, as individual businesses can still require a mask….like at my gym. We attended a baseball game last night…my first contact with a large mass of people for over a year. It was a bit uncomfortable, for sure. I really don’t want to be surrounded by strangers (lol!). I think it will take some time….

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I could not agree more!

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  11. Lesley says:

    Great that you can have your lessons again! The situation is much the same in the u.k. – restrictions are being eased, but there have been surges of the Indian variant in some parts of the north of England. I hope people will be sensible, as I can hardly wait for the riding stables to re-open. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I saw on the BBC ( via PBS in the USA) that the Indian variant was causing some problems in the UK so stay safe and well!

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      1. Lesley says:

        Thank you, Anne. Hubby and I have had both vaccinations, but we still need to remain cautious at the moment – careful but hopeful.

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  12. Look forward to seeing you and Biasini ๐Ÿ™‚

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  13. de Wets Wild says:

    Every bit of freedom we claw back is a step closer to the lives we carved for ourselves before the pandemic. I am glad you’re being given back the lessons you enjoyed so much, Anne!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you so much for this comment!

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  14. Yes! That is awesome news. Excited for you!

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