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!