Goodmorning dear ones, how are you doing in your part of the world? In the Netherlands things start to loosen up a little. The following text is copied from the Government website: The Netherlands’ approach is aimed at keeping the virus under control as much as possible in order to protect vulnerable groups and make sure the healthcare system can cope. Thanks to people complying with the measures, the situation has improved since March. The figures show a positive trend. This means we are past the first phase of the outbreak. Now we can move step by step towards enjoying more freedom in the ‘1.5-metre society’. The government will start by relaxing restrictions at local or neighbourhood level. That will not make public spaces much busier. The government will then relax restrictions at regional level and finally at national level. First small gatherings will be allowed, and later larger gatherings, so that everything remains as manageable and orderly as possible. Restrictions can only be lifted if the virus remains under control. If circumstances require, any decision to relax measures can be reversed.
Last week, however, the ‘relaxion of the restrections’ led to crowds in parks and shopping streets; as positive as the above seems it may turn out to be a mistake to lift restrictions already… I’m afraid there’s a second virus-wave coming and it may be here sooner than one thinks… I still stay at home as much as possible. My friend Lena Schreijenberg – who takes those wonderful photos – does so too, she goes out for long walks at dawn when everyone is still sleeping and that’s why her photos don’t show any people.
stuiven verraderlijk mooi
over de stranden
|large flakes of foam blow
over our beaches
The seafoam may look wonderful, it can be dangerous too. Last week five young men died because of it…
I submit this haiku to Recuerda Mi Corazon where our lovely hostess Rebecca brings us all together to share a haiku on Friday: Haiku my Heart
While a storm blew over my island, I created up a storm inside my atelier…
The Chronicles of Marit 2020 – Week 19
At the bottom is a little note-card that came with a beautiful bouquet of flowers, my son and daughter-in-law send to me for Mother’s Day and I received the postcard from my friend Mandy, a beautiful photo of old books ‘because you miss your work at the Zeeuws Archief‘ Ain’t that sweet?! I stuck a plastic pocket to the page to keep the postcard. Here’s how it looks when taken out.
There’s a creative project (or two) waiting on my desk so I won’t get bored this weekend, I hope you find something nice to do too. Relax, stay healthy and stay safe!
such a sad story for those who followed their surfing passion into the sea. i grew up on the beaches of san diego and i understand the siren pull of the enchanting sea.
i too am continuing with my stay at home lifestyle. i have found i am a recluse at heart! content to work in the garden and paint in the studio. to wear the same coveralls day after day and forget to even brush my hair! it is eye opening to realize some of the “props” of life are more about our response to the greater outer world then a true need. i have never been a consumer but these weeks at home have helped me realize i can live with even less!
hugs from afar! xo
Magical Mystical Teacher says
Beautiful sea foam—and its beauty will last only until the next waves come surging in…
Hello, dear Marit! Thank you to you and Lena for the haiku and photo. I understand the gravity of it, however, and I’m reminded that I need to continue to hone my abilities to listen to my body and the earth. Our restrictions are loosening here as well and I do not want to add busy back into my life. I want to live in rhythm and listen. And move from that place of interconnectedness. As always, I love seeing your artmaking and the card from your son and daughter-in-law celebrating you! Love and hugs to you my friend!
Cathy Keller says
Wonderful descriptive words in your haiku! Thank you. I hope to finish a prayer shawl this weekend that has been waiting for some time! Thank you for the encouragement!
“Treacherously beautiful” reminds me of A Dangerous Beauty.
I didn’t know seafoam could be on the sand; always thought they’re on the water.
Lisa at Greenbow says
What a wonderful friend to give you photos that bring us not only the pictorial beauty of nature but your emotional response in haiku. Have a great weekend.
Perfect. All of it. I always like coming here and staying awhile. I too, am still staying in. I have always been a sort of loner, so the quarantine doesnt bother me too much. My hairdresser emailed me that he is back at work. Yikes. I am afraid to look in the mirror, it’s been so long. But ok. I’m happy with whatever is. He will have to wait awhile longer for me.
A ShutterBug Explores says
Marit ~ thank you for your lovely haiku, gorgeous photo and wonderful artwork `~ Xox
Be Well, Be Safe,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)
At least you have a responsible government in the Netherlands that is taking things slowly and attempting to open society back up in a gradual and responsible manner. We have a president who is determined to open up EVERYTHING in a very short time-frame, “come hell or high water”, and who is NOT following the science-driven data about the virus or listening to the experts. All of this simply because he would like please his conservative base, and to get re-elected as the US President in November, no matter how many more American lives are lost to the pandemic.
Your seafoam photo is amazing, like clouds on the beach. Hope it washes out to sea without mishaps.
We are in phase one of loosing measures here in T&T🇹🇹 the hardware are opening, and reatuarants for only curbside pickups
Be safe. Thanks for dropping by my sumie Sunday
A beach littered with sea foam sounds very appealing right now. Unfortunately, we are still under stay-at-home orders because of the pandemic.