Apologies to my readers for a very long hiatus. It’s not that nothing has been happening though it’s been less than usual given our Covid restrictions . Somehow, the isolation as well as the vigilance required to engage in social encounters, left me with a feeling of apathy and lack of motivation. Perhaps not unusual in these strange and disturbing times.
I actually had a pleasant summer. I spent some time at my sister’s cottage in south west Ontario close to Lake Erie where we made trips to the long and sandy beach at Long Point and enjoyed the bountiful harvests of her vegetable garden.
Her 6-year old grandson was very excited when he heard that I had a tent and insisted that we set it up in the garden and sleep in it which we did. There was a downside in that I had to retire for the night by 9pm but in the morning, coffee and breakfast as well as the bathroom were just steps away, unlike when camping in the wilderness.
Covid in Toronto has encouraged lots of people to get on their bikes so as to avoid taking public transport and the city has increased its provision of rental bikes. I have always biked in Toronto but for me the best part was that the city created more bike lanes on busy streets so cycling is now much less fraught with danger. In order to facilitate outdoor dining, restaurants were given space on the road by the placement of potted plants thus reducing streets with four lanes to two. Not ideal for motorists but it did allow for more greenery and created a more social atmosphere on the street.
Luckily, since many of my friends have gardens, I was able to visit with them outside which was very pleasant. We were even able to have lunches, dinners and celebrations with a small number while still maintaining a reasonable distance. The parks were used more this summer than I remember in previous years and it was nice to see people enjoying their activities and socializing there.
Sadly, summer has come to an end and there has been a surge of cases in Toronto in the past two weeks which is worrisome. I returned to Rome a week ago and have to be in isolation for 14 days so I don’t really know what’s going on in this city but I will tell you in my next post.