Lucy Kane speculates on life, love and leisure in her monthly column for Time & Leisure magazine
The Eye, April edition 2021
7 Lockdown Learnings
It’s been a weird world, adjusting to life under lockdown. As we’ve stayed home, blissfully hibernating with just the occasional birthday cycle-by, the world seems to have shrunk. Never before has it been so easy to tour Canada, learn Mandarin in China, visit the top 25 most popular paintings at the National Gallery, and finish up by dancing madly in the kitchen with our most loved friends, from all over the world, at a (virtual) birthday party, all in one day.
Whilst everyone else was achieving heady new heights of crocheting or upgrading their hobby cabinet, in #lockdown1 I was barely keeping my head above water and the cap on the gin bottle. But this time round I like to think I’ve got it sussed….
The weekend spa retreat is the ultimate escape from your inmates. I gave mine a week’s notice and booked out of household chores, and onto my very own online winter retreat. Going up: cold showers, steam rooms, meditation, yoga, facials, water, vegan food, rest, reading, laughter, walks, chats with best friends. Going down: booze, wheat, meat, dairy, cleaning, running around after others. I have to admit, at the end of it I felt blissfully smug – I’m amazed my inmates respected the winter retreat space – the threat of vegan curries may have largely helped.
Our oven has been churning out banana muffins on industrial levels, but a momentary flashback to childhood and we ditched the healthy sugar-free baking and pimped up left over oat flakes to make choco-choco crispies with an update of mini-marshmallows.
Kitchen parties & disco balls
Inspired by 80s pop star Jona Lewie, You’ll Always Find Me In The Kitchen At Parties. A sparkly rotating light bulb, a killer Spotify playlist, some homemade cocktails and tah-dah – kitchen parties are the new going out. The tricky part is how to surreptitiously take a break from the 90s playlist without showing your 90s dance moves are as worn out as you are.
Do you remember stepping out of your front door during spring lockdown, to be greeted daily by serene streets, bird song, and blissful blue skies. During the bitter cold winter months, only snow and sledges have tempted us outside, preferring hot dates with the sofa, takeaways and the steamy Duke of Hastings.
Who’d have thought meeting a friend for a walk would become the highlight of our social calendar? But it’s got competitive as to who invented the best pre and post walk warmers: mulled wine swiftly moved on to mulled gin, Irish coffee swapped for intimate moments with a hot white Russian…
Ordering speciality treats has been one of my favourite lockdown learnings; a tray of chocolate covered marshmallows, craft beer deliveries, or supporting a local gin distillery. My current obsession is locally roasted coffee, ground and time-stamped, lovingly packaged by a fanatical coffee connoisseur. Whatever your lockdown indulgence is, please support our local independent businesses to help them survive.
I’m loving online webinars. To avoid the inevitable embarrassing moments of video bombing inmates, I’ve learnt to adopt headphones on, video off and multi-task position, whilst learning a new skill or listening to an inspirational speaker. This month I’ll be hosting a special International Women’s Day event for women in business. Join me on 10th of March for lunch-time celebrations, give yourself a boost and get some inspirational confidence tips from top speakers plus a panel Q&A.
Lucy Kane is Owner & Publisher of Time & Leisure Media. Connect on twitter @lucykane or Linked In.