A Brief Respite From Lockdown

Since last Saturday, the whole province of Ontario has been put into a more strict lockdown. A third pandemic wave has hit us and case numbers are going up everyday with Toronto being the worst affected. Around 50% of cases are attributed to the British variant which is highly transmissable.

Luckily, the weekend before this came about, we were celebrating a postponed Easter lunch at my sister’s Florinda’s country abode. Her daughter and family had been in quarantine for two weeks and us older adults had been vaccinated a few weeks ago so we felt that it was safe to gather together for lunch. It was the most exciting thing I have done since I returned from Rome! The weather was glorious, around 20C and we ate lunch in the garden. The Forsythia was in full bloom and the garden was full of daffodils.Florinda and her husband Mirek went all out with the food and we had roast chicken with chestnut stuffing, barbecued lamb, an array of vegetables, followed by cherry pie.

It was wonderful to be out in the country and see the fields being prepared for planting and the trees just coming into leaf. A few cherry trees and magnolias were in full bloom. We went for a walk to Big Creek National Wildlife marsh area in Long Point provincial park where I saw this sign for maintaining social distancing. I think only people in the country would really know what it means to be 2 loons apart! We saw lots of Canada geese as well as a couple of herons. We also went for walks in the forest which was a welcome change from my usual walks tramping around city streets.

Too soon it was time to return to the city and a few days later, we were faced with new lockdown restrictions. I’m so glad we managed to get a brief respite as we have been told to stay at home except to buy food, medicines and for exercise. The reason I’m writing this post is so that those of you who have not been able to venture too far from your homes can at least enjoy the pictures.

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