It’s hard to believe it’s only a week since the corona virus really kicked off here in Ireland. I was fairly calm but I’m finding the news (and fake news) quite hard to deal with and I go from being calm to being slightly panicky.
I knew I had to go out today so I was awake in the middle of the night worrying about: covid, shopping, covid, touching a shopping trolley, covid, the covid test, people getting too close, covid, the covid test and my nose hurting thinking about the covid test.
It was grand actually being in town. The hardest thing is trying to keep a distance from others in the supermarket, I found myself darting here, there and everywhere to try to avoid them.
Sligo town is very quiet. Most of the shops are now closed, although there are the supermarkets, chemists and some other shops including clothes shops and vape shops open.
I went to Lyon’s Bakeshop who are selling bread, pastries and some of their famous salads to take away. I had a lovely chat to the folks there – at a 2 metre distance of course. I think one positive in this is that it has made people slow down.
I also went to the Holy Well, which is one of my ‘go to’ places when I need to relax. Near to the Holy Well is a lovely garden centre so I got some plants and again had a chat with the owner of the centre. The plants gave me the encouragement to sort out my hanging baskets. There’s something calming about the feel of soil and the smell of the earth, grounding in the most literal sense of the word.
It was a nice day all in all and not worth the sleepless night worrying about it.