My move date was March 30. I had been packing and purging since January.
And then the pandemic hit. I was afraid that my movers wouldn’t be allowed to work and I would have no place to live. But they came through on that rainy Monday morning. “Social distancing” was a new concept and we got it mostly wrong. But a few hours later, I was transported to my new home in Harbord Village, near Kensington Market.
Once my books were unpacked, I felt better.
I had been following the news from my friends in Italy so I had an idea of what was coming.
Here all is so sad. It is not real, the only thing you can hear the sirens of the ambulance cars.
Buy plastic gloves! please wear them always when you go out, have 3 m distance from all people, and don’t Touch tour face, no mouth, no eyes, no nose, nothing and when you put away the gloves wash your hands. Marcie prepare yourself to be a long time alone. Streets will be empty, no noise of cars, planes, nothing….. the plant earth is angry a little virus stops everything….we are all nothing…
Here is nothing. Marcie it is terrible. Only Police. Only supermarket 3 hours waiting to come in. You can stay only at home. Buy things to do your cards, to read, to make gym at home.
here is a link to a drone tour of Florence during the height of the crisis:
And thanks to some wonderful ex-pats I met in Lucca, I have been kept up to date about how life fares there. I watch the numbers every day, thanks to Jim Corcoran, Administrator of the Facebook group English Mondays In Lucca. This has brought me both comfort, and distress.
My new neighbourhood has some amazing street art!
and despite all the sorrow, spring slowly makes itself seen
and I need to share some of the food we have created! The sourdough starter was like having a baby to care for, so I did not proceed.
Before the pandemic, I enjoyed a daily writing practice. My memoir was starting to gel. But now, I can hardly read a book, let alone watch a movie! So I do what I know best. When I can’t write, I make art. And sometimes it frees me to continue writing…. or at least to have some original cards around !
Part Two of My New Life is coming at you soon! Do you want to see more photos? Please leave me a note in the comments section and let me know how you are doing!