27th April 2020


It’s been a sad day. It was my aunt’s funeral today, and of course I couldn’t be there. Instead I sat and listened to the music that was to be played and remembered her. The music choices were beautiful and fitting, and I found Bach’s Cello Suite No 1 and this rendition of Crossing the Bar by the Longest Johns particularly moving and left me in tears.

I spoke to ____ this evening, but we had difficulty lifting ourselves out of our stress about the general situation, our concern about how long it will last and what our lives will be like over the next weeks, months and years, probably not helped by our respective grief.

The rest of the day was work mainly. I think the day went reasonably well, and feel we are getting a bit better at knowing how to react when F gets fed up or frustrated (and when I say ‘we’ I mean all of us including F).

I baked some soda bread, and tried my latest batch of kiwi & gin jam – which I rather over “jammed” so it’s more like a kiwi caramel than jam!

Singing usually helps me cheer up, so I decided to record the latest song I’ve been working on. I love this song, so I hope I’ve done it justice.

Stay safe, stay strong.