At the start of the year I stopped writing this blog because I never seemed to have enough time, I but missed it and returned later saying that I’d write only at weekends. Then came lockdown and there was time to spare so I began writing more often. Now, though life is far from the previous version of normal, it is, to some extent, filling up again and the past week has passed by in a whirlwind. Now is the time to revert to the ‘weekend blog’, though I’ve no doubt that there will be the odd extra post thrown in.
I have just returned from a few days in Bedfordshire with my daughter and family. We packed so much in (some of which involved cake!) and I also altered two pairs of curtains (promised in March but this has been my first opportunity). Daughter and I had a lovely meal out – just the two of us – which doesn’t happen often nowadays. I also managed to watch several sessions of snooker and have watched the penultimate session of the final this afternoon. I guess as I have no interest in sport in general, I am an unlikely fan.
Anyhow – onto the subject of today’s post. I have dilemmas regarding the gym and Slimming World. Regular readers will know that I have long been a member of a ladies’ gym. It is now open again but I’m reluctant to go back yet. I understand about balancing safety with the economy and that by not doing things we are responsible for failing ventures but I feel that since I am back at work pretty much every one of my three days a week now, (fortunately mostly alone), I’m already stepping out of my safety zone to a degree.
Although the word ‘gym’ conjures up a specific picture, Gymophobics is not a traditional gym. The social aspect is equally important as the exercise for many members and if I am absolutely honest, for me, meeting my friends there is the reason I go rather than the physical activity. One session around the gym circuit tends to equate to at least an hour of coffee and chat. Another benefit is that I could just turn up when it suited me and I knew that someone would always be there ready to put the world to rights over a coffee. We each knew which days and times friends tended to be there and could fit our visits around other commitments.
Right now they are taking bookings only, and the coffee area is closed, so the two key reasons for me being a member are not available. However, if we all think like that then there will be no gym to return to. Numbers had already fallen off a little in the past couple of years. Am I, and similarly minded members, now I am contributing to its total demise?
Similarly, Slimming World is returning to real classes this week. I will not be going. There will be a raft of safety measures in place, of course, but I simply cannot understand how thirty people (who all come from different households) can be allowed at an inside meeting when my daughter’s wedding reception of 22 people was not allowed outside. Furthermore, they are talking about 1 metre distancing. As one of the other members (a frontline nurse) pointed out, the rule is still 2 meters, with one meter acceptable only when unavoidable. Everyone seems to have forgotten this point. It’s a shame as I have probably lost my post of weighing clerk which I really enjoyed, but so far as I’m concerned, it isn’t a necessity.
The summer flowers are all but over so hooray for repeat flowering roses!