Operation Oysterhood: The Missing Days

OYSTERHOOD is reclusiveness or solitude, or an overwhelming desire to stay at home.

— @HaggardHawks

Oudrif. A long weekend of calm, at least on the outside. Once you lose your inner equilibrium, restoration requires patience and time. I am working on it. Returning to Oudrif with my love was part of the journey. Especially at a time like this.

There were friends – human, canine and feline – books, a flowing river after the rains, the soothing light, flowers galore, stories, walks, dreams, and the ultimate chocolate cake (from the fire).

One of those days was the 500th day of lockdown.

Today was a day of harsh and wonderful everyday realities. No matter what I do, I cannot escape the tired heaviness that follows me around. But I am in a warm bed with a loving furry family around me. And my brother has moved into his new flat in Salzburg. And Topolino has new shoes. And we are reprinting books. And people continue to be kind. There is so much to be grateful for.

Be kind. Wear a mask. Support local.

“Physical distancing remains one of the key strategies to curb this pandemic.”


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