So 2020 was a hell of a year, even before the horrendous virus covid struck down the world.
Even the start of the year sucked with the UK being struck by a bunch of storms, which made my work commute an absolute nightmare. My one commute took almost 2 hours the one day and it seemed like it would never end.
There was,thankfully, light at the end of the tunnel though because since the September2019 , I had been organising mine and Michele‘s trip to London and Edinburgh. The main decision for the trip was because our favoured actor Richard Armitage was to be in the Chekhov play ‘Uncle Vanya‘ in London’s Harold Pinter theatre from January til May 2020.
Funnily I didn’t really want to go so early in the year-i was a bit worried about the wintry weather affecting our travel plans, but it suited Michele much better and TBH i am very grateful because we just missed the UK and USA being turned upside down by Covid-19.
Even nicer ,for me, was a local friend also wanted to go and see the play, so we had a short weekend trip end of January and lucky old me got one of the few stage door selfies with Richard Armitage. I did a guest post here on Michele’s blog.
Next up at the end of February was my trip with Michele and we had a wonderful time. In London we got to see Vanya twice and met some other lovely ladies from the fandom-I took them for proper pie and mash at Pieminister!
Michele and I then took the Flying Scotsman railway route up to Edinburgh in Scotland where we stayed a few days. We followed many of the filming locations for North and South, did a chocolate making course, walked ALOT, spent the day at Edinburgh Castle and had amazing afternoon tea in a library.
Work-well 3 months was spent in lock down. That was weird, it’s the longest time I’d ever had off work because I’ve never had kids or traveled the world! I spent the time paint stripping the banister in my house whilst listening to Richard Armitage narrate David Copperfield (by Charles Dickens). I also did lots of zoom webinars related to work the dental industry trying to get its head around what’s going on and how we can move forward and get back to treating patients.
I also started this blog! A certain somebody had kept asking me when I would do my own blog and for a long time I couldn’t see the point. I didn’t want to write a purely Richard Armitage blog and I never wanted to do a super personal blog. Then it occurred to me that I had started doing a lot of crafting, i mean I’ve always done bits and bobs but my crafting had certainly increased after joining the Armitage fandom. So i figured the blog would be a good way to document all the bits and bobs i make.
So, eventually I got back to work. Work was really quite different to before. Patients not allowed to be in the waiting room, reams more PPE than previously, and all hand scaling. I am grateful that both practices i work at gave me space to come back-many dental hygienists didn’t come back for months later than I. I am also grateful they allowed me to dictate how long I wanted for appointments. It’s been odd, and we’re definitely in a routine now but it’s hard and most nights I’m pooped.
It was a sad year on the steampunk front, especially as we had the tragic death of a beloved member of the South West steampunk tribe- a wonderful woman called Nikki. She was intelligent, funny and had a real zest for life. I think the full impact of her passing will only be really felt when we go back to attending steampunk events.
There were only 2 steampunk events this year, first was in January before everything went crazy- a group visit to Cardiff Museum to see Dippy the Dinosaur and have a genteel mooch around the other parts of the gallery.
In early September we took use of the good weather and decided to have a socially distanced picnic in Chepstow, Covid numbers had gone down and it was allowed to meet in a socially distanced group outdoors at that point.
I’ve been lucky that no family members have been struck down with covid, though a good friend Tracey was one of the first group of people struck down in March and was hospitalised for 3 months and ventilated. It really was touch and go, but we are all so thankful she is still with us. You can read her story here at Hooks and Dragons (a good crafty blog to follow as well)
My chap and I only took one proper day trip out-to Southerndown beach near Cardiff. Easy to social distance as there large wide open spaces. I just needed to get away from home/work.
Middle of the year was the annual Armitage birthday auctions, to which I contributed my Astrov Cross stitch and a DVD copy of Cold Feet and a little pair of budgie smugglers!
The later part of 2020 was pretty quiet, my chap and I did plenty of walks but i miss the gym. I’ve not participated much in zoom calls. I saw my family once. We’ve been up North to do some organising for a property rental. Did a little more cross stitch. Tidied my house a little and recycled a lot via Freecycle-this is where people come and take stuff of your hands for nothing. This was very easy to do as we have porch, so I would put the items out just before the allotted pick up time so there would be no contact.
Christmas, well we’ve not seen anyone. Just a couple Whastapp chats with family. I did join in with the #RichieHolidayCardSwap on twitter. This is a Richard Armitage based xmas card swap where you can make cards (or not) and send them around the world. It was fun especially as I received more cards than I ever expected (you only actually have to send a card to the person below you in the list).
One last note to end the year and have it turn full circle was that Sonia Friedman Productions filmed Uncle Vanya during the summer in the empty Pinter theatre and it’s just been shown on BBC4 and is also now available on BBC Iplayer (and hopefully very soon across the world).
So it’s been a quiet year. I try not to compare to other people, because many people have done a lot more with their time. But at the end of the day, we’ve been in the middle of a pandemic. It’s a horrible situation, very stressful and most of us just want to hunker down and hide away from the world and hope it goes away.
Resolutions? I have to admit I never do them, but I have decided not to discuss politics at work anymore!
Well I hope you’ve all managed to stay safe and continue to do so and that this awful situation gets towards being resolved this year. Thank you for following my blog, I really do appreciate all the comments and interaction!
Have you made any resolutions?