The Lockdown Blog, Day 20

Wednesday 1st April

The days run into each other. They are full of online news, sewing, cooking, baking, writing, walking, sketching…and, luckily, picking up a small hairy white dog and giving him lots of hugs. He is roughly the size of a baby when they’re still very portable, so it’s the work of an instant to scoop him up and cuddle him. He doesn’t object and seems to like it.

Today I make more masks. These ones are fancier than hitherto, and I remember I have more gorgeous fabric in scraps far too small to make anything else from them. I am going to embrace wearing one and far from trying to make them look medical, I am going to enjoy the patterns and colours I once chose so thoughtfully for skirts and things.

I make bread. Between putting it on, forgetting to take it out of the machine when it’s kneaded, waiting for it to prove, turning on the oven and forgetting it’s come up to heat, then baking it and waiting for it to cool down…it’s never ready by lunchtime. This means that delicious hot bread comes out of the oven around the 4 or 5pm mark, which in turn means people have spoiled their appetites by dinnertime.

I write my book on drawing expressive people, and I sort through my images for the book. And I sketch, of course, the high point of every day.

I cook, and everyone enjoys a lovely time around the dinner table, as long as we (by which I mean Marcel and I) steer well clear of politics.

I walk up the road with Reuben, but far less than I should, and far less than I did before “all of this”.

It’s a dreamy time. I haven’t been further than the village for two weeks. And to my great surprise, I wouldn’t mind keeping it that way.


  1. Deborah Rehmat

    April 3, 2020 at 8:53 am

    Fancy masks are a hit – I know, I’ve been giving them away – I’d dug out scraps of Liberty print from my hoard of 40 years or more and they’re causing delight rather than dread! Thanks to my quoting your epiphany-moment on my Instagram post I’ve got a lot more people enthused with the whole idea. And I love making them! Post pictures of your new fancy ones, and keep it up, it’s great.

    • Róisín Curé

      April 3, 2020 at 9:38 am

      Hi Deborah! Great to hear you’re making use of your lovely scraps! We knew what we were doing when we kept the tiny bits, didn’t we? And I am very proud to think that I may have played a small part in you passing them around! I love making them too and would do it all day but I have a small matter of a deadline… 🙂

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