Today was the day.

Today was the day I have been counting down to for over a year. Today was the day I have told everyone about until they’re bored of me talking about it. Today was the day Joe and I were supposed to set off on our adventure around the world for the foreseeable future.

4/20 spending it together at home

Right now we should be on the plane to Toronto, Canada with our one way ticket out of the country. Since I wrote the last blog post 50 days ago, everyone’s lives have been turned upside down by the global pandemic, Covid 19.

I was due to leave my nursing job at the start of April, I wanted a couple of weeks off prior to make sure I had spent time with my nearest and dearest, making lasting memories until we met again. Instead I am back working full time on the acute ward throughout this uncertain period. I love my job but this is not what I had envisioned April 2020 to be, no one did. Joe is also back working full time which we are grateful for, we know others have not been as fortunate.

My job role as a nurse makes me so proud, even more so that I work for such an incredible organisation as the NHS. My heart has been bursting with the story about Captain Tom Moore completing 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday at the end of the month, raising over 27 million pounds, which continues to rise. It really shows unity and a pride in our healthcare service, long may it continue once Covid 19 is a distant memory.

The ward I work on has had endless gestures from kind strangers, friends and family members. Showing their appreciation for the work we do. It really does boost morale and perhaps a dress size or two. I have ate more sweet treats in the past month than I have in the past year!

Someone kindly made us handmade headbands to attach our PPE, helping it to prevent rubbing on our ears

Throughout these difficult weeks it really has been a time of reflection; I am grateful for my health, for my family and friends health. I am grateful to have a beautiful home with a garden. I am grateful to still be earning an income, I am grateful for Facetime, to be able to stay connected with loved ones. I am grateful that we are not stuck in lockdown in Canada or America, away from our home comforts and routine.

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My favourite past time, foraging in woodlands

I have had time to focus on hobbies such a baking and foraging, Joe and I have found so many new walks and great spots to find new edibles. Our chilli plant is thriving and I am able to plant my sunflower seeds I dried last year, it really has made me appreciate the small details in life.

I know sometime in the future Joe and I will start our travelling journey, whether that be a month, six months or even a year, it really doesn’t matter. As long as we have our health, we have everything. 

Thanks for reading x



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