89 Not Out: Day 25, Not The Day I Planned

S&C contributor and Pompey Politics Podcast host Ian Morris shares his experience of the lockdown, as someone with diabetes. It’s Day 25, and big plans to celebrate two major milestones need to be reviewed.

Thursday 9th April, Day 25 of 89 

Not the day I planned.

Today is a significant day, my beautiful wife Nicky turns 50, and on day 51 of the lockdown we will have been married for 25 years. As you might imagine, two anniverseries of such significance would merit some kind of memorable celebration. Late last year we mused on a cruise, or a long weekend away in the country as a rare treat. We have not been extensive travellers; in fact, the last time I used my passport for non-work travel was back in 1995 as we headed off to Malta for our honeymoon. In the intervening years my work took me all over the world and as Nicky had no urge to travel, we spent most of our holidays at home in the UK, but maybe this year was the one to go for the holiday of a lifetime. 

We never quite settled on what the big event should be which, with the beauty of hindsight, seems like a wise choice as whatever we had booked would now be furloughed until all this is over. Our fallback position for today would have been taking the hound for a long walk in the country followed by a decent pub lunch somewhere. 

One of the things the pandemic and lockdown has forced all of us to do is compromise, and luckily this last week has helped brighten the mood and given us a chance to enjoy the outdoors in some warm sunshine, even if it is only in the garden or on our prescribed exercise. We will secure some very decent steak from the local butchers, fire up the BBQ in the back garden and enjoy steak salads all round for tea this evening.

It’s not what we would have planned, but all of us will be together, healthy and well at this time – and we’ll take that. 


Don’t miss Ian’s diary each day, keep an eye out for new entries here, along with past editions of the Pompey Politics Podcast. How are you managing the lockdown at the moment? Get in touch with us over on Facebook or Twitter and let us know your experiences and any hints and tips you’re finding helpful right now.


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