Over the weekend I found some time to catch up on sorting photos, and emailed some to Pemba (we swopped hats - I think I got the best deal!) who was one of our porters on the trek to Langtang, Nepal, last Winter. Pemba is studying at an Indian university so I was very worried about his safety.
This morning I was delighted to receive a reply from him, and to hear that he has made it safely back to Nepal. Sadly he hasn't managed to travel all the way to his village because of the lockdown, but I hope he will be safe where he is for now.
As I read Leonie's book, Marram, https://www.amazon.co.uk/Marram-Memories-Sea-Spider-Silk/dp/1913207102/ref=sr_1_1?crid=YJK4UB4LBBPA&dchild=1&keywords=marram+leonie+charlton&qid=1586163752&sprefix=marra%2Caps%2C164&sr=8-1, (which I am rationing as it's so delicious) I am constantly reminded of how we are all connected.
Friends and neighbours names appear as I read of their connection to Leonie and with every turn of the page I feel a bit closer to her.
I've been thinking about starting a book group for carers, and wondered what you think? Maybe we could have a virtual meeting every couple of weeks, to share something about a book we are reading?
Please let me know what you think. You can leave a comment here, or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
So, with my thoughts being with my friends in Nepal, I want to share a lovely article that was in the 'Nepal Times' - 8 ways to keep well during a lockdown - https://www.nepalitimes.com/here-now/8-ways-to-keep-well-during-a-lockdown/?fbclid=IwAR1aGdxztOcgEvg2a6n1R9GuWR1V8uw4l6dQU86DV8iU6UIljYC4IV7J_2E
As my fourth week of working from home starts today, I feel that we will all need even more support to keep us well in our heads over the next few weeks. I read an interesting post by a friend about how he has always been 'disconnected' so finds the lockdown easy to cope with as it's not much different to his normal life. But for most of us being connected is the normal, so don't let those threads of connection break right now. Keep in touch.
And here's a picture from happier times - 2 Pembas jumping for joy in the Himalayas. I hope it makes you smile too.
Just look at that blue sky!
I have lots of prayer flags waiting to be strung up in my garden, which I should probably do while the trees are still bare.
Our Zoom virtual coffee morning is tomorrow from 10.30am - 11.30am so please get in touch if you'd like to join in, and I can send you the link. I can also do a one to one session beforehand if you're not familiar with using Zoom.
Look forward to hearing from you.