These are unprecedented times. As I type those words, I cannot help but think of another unprecedented time when the world faced a different peril. I’ve often wondered if I’d been alive then, would I have had what it takes to be extraordinary…. just as those working in health care services all over the world are doing right now.
I have no medical skills to offer but maybe I can send a little cheer through words and photos taken at this time of year from the special places that I’m so privileged to say are part of my life.
and a tiny village where church bells tell the time.
Families were torn apart eighty years ago, their loved ones fighting a battle few could understand. Today the world is confronting a different menace, one that’s also difficult to understand. One that separates us, people feel isolated and scared, unable to leave their homes, bewildered by this unseen enemy.
But we can still connect with each other; social media and conference video tools allow us to see each other’s smiles across the continents and they’re free. Last night all across France church bells rang in a sign of unity. I was sent this from my lovely village of Lourmarin, where the bells I hear across the roof tops I see from my terrace (above) sung too, it was snowing, frozen tears of unity….
This morning heart was warmed listening to Australia’s Couch Choir created from over 1000 videos from across the world.
“There’s so many people feeling isolated at the moment … we can’t be near each other, and Couch Choir is a solution to that.” Astrid Jorgensen creator of Couch choir.
Inspiring ideas spread fast, even before I published this I was sent this link to a similar choir singing in Boston at the Berklee College of Music.
Many of us can still take a walk and feel fresh air on our faces. I’m so blessed with views like this, to be in a beautiful open space minutes from my own front door.
Take joy from the natural beauty that maybe you’ve never really appreciated before.
Everyone everywhere is asking the same question, when will it be safe for life to return to normal? I wish I knew. I wish I could wake up in the morning to a new day when none of this was happening. Everything looks the same but everything’s changed, for now….
It’s essential we all do our part, that we stop the virus spreading, washing our hands correctly, adhering to social distancing and quarantining if we become sick. However frustrating this might be if we don’t follow this advice someone might die, lots of someone’s.
Difficult times often bring out the best in people. Today I learned about a volunteer group #STUDENTSAGAINSTCORONA started by college students in England but now spreading across the world. Thank you to them and others; those who are shopping for neighbors, delivering them medications and essential supplies. Thank you to those who are still working trying to preserve important services, to those who have come out of retirement to support health care systems, and to those who have turned their skills to make things at home like much needed face masks. Maybe some of these people feel they’re only making a tiny difference but together they’re making a big one.
We have no one who can mobilize the English language and send it in to battle. Few leaders who clearly communicate, reassure and inspire us with hope for a brighter future. If we did, I’m sure we’d be told as I am telling you now that if each and every one of us does our part all will be well….. eventually and it will.
Stay safe, stay well, fight coronavirus. Hope still waits at the end of the rainbow.
Oh my dear, Caroline,
What a beautiful uplifting blog on a day when one’s spirits might well be sinking.
Thank you, thank you for the beautiful pictures and music. The world certainly seems smaller and it’s residents more unified when we are fighting the same threat. Perhaps this is the good that will come out of evil?
I am so grateful we had the chance to meet up before all this.
God bless and keep us all.
Im so glad it offered some cheer dear Lee. Yes These days are dire indeed but we will prevail and all will be well at some point.I’m so glad we saw you too and when this is over let’s do it more often! Stay safe and well dear friends xx
Always love reading your blogs…
Thank you Chris. I can only imagine how difficult this is for you and your business. Stay safe and well dear lady sending many hugs across the distance that divides us xxx
Thanks beautiful cousin for your post – I love the pictures but I especially love the 2 videos of Australia’s couch choir and the virtual orchestra. It filled my heart with warmth and joy (exactly what they were supposed to do!). Thinking of you and hoping all your family is safe and well. Love to all xxx
Thank you Michele, I’m so glad it bought you some joy in these difficult times. Thinking of you all too and look forward to when we can be together again in Provence
Thank you for the cheery blog, beautiful photos and reassuring message. 😉
Thank you I hope it won’t be too long before we can be together and I can take you to my special place in Provence. Stay well and safe
Thank you for sharing such lovely images and comforting thoughts.
Focusing on our blessings, and hope with intention, certainly aids us all in weathering these challenging times, especially when it means cancelling a trip to Provence and Lourmarin!!.
May we all stay healthy and positive.
Thank you Joane, how lovely to hear from you. I’m glad to spread a little joy in these troubling times. Cancelling our trips is heartbreaking, I should have been leaving next week for 3 months… I have my memories and photos to share until we can all be there once more. Take care and stay well
Hi Caroline … What a lovely blog! I enjoy your photos and in this edition, I especially loved the music! Hope you and Chris stay Safe / Healthy!
How lovely to hear from you, stay safe and well too and I’m so happy you enjoyed this post
Lovely, Caroline. Thanks for sharing. I didn’t know about the couch choir. That was emotional Xx
Thank you Carol, I saw the Couch Choir on the BBC News and thought it was so special I had to share it. Stay safe dear friend x
This was a lovely respite from the slings and arrows of life.
Thank you, I’m so glad you found it touching, keep safe and well
Hi Caroline Darling thank you for your usual sprinkle dust Of POSITIVITY. Wargrave clapped last night at 8pm for the NHS it was like a Mexican wave across the village. May you are your lovely family stay well during this difficult times. Much love Lorie ❌❌
Lovely to hear from you and to know that the fairy dust found you so far away. Much love to you all too, stay safe and well xxx
Made my day!!!
Miss you too and glad I made you smile x
What a beautiful and inspiration blog . Thank you Caroline for always saying the right things to lift our spirits.
Thank you Kris and thanks for sharing the Boston choir, a serendipitous moment for sure! Look after your lovely family and YOU XXX
From how slender a thread hangs all
that is most precious in life…… Nicky xx
How beautifully put, thank you xxxxx
Beautiful post Caroline! Thank you so much for your wonderful perspective and sharing gorgeous photos and heart-warming videos. It was the perfect way to start my day. I will revisit this post when I need a little pick-me-up. Xx
Thank you lovely friend, It makes me so very happy to know I bought a little sunshine to your day xx
Thanks for this lovely post, uplifting and encouraging. We could use a Churchill right now, couldn’t we? As Queen Elizabeth said so eloquently in her recent address, “We will meet again.” Wishing you and yours well.
So sorry for somehow missing this and yes never since WWII has a Churchill been more needed. Our dear Queen is an inspiration and funnily enough today I just heard a BBC radio broadcast about the inspiration of Vera Lynn. I had not realized that she was till alive, 103, nor that in 1952 she was the first British artist to top the US charts! Stay safe and well too x