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12.06.2020- Lockdown Lunch #7- Olivia Purvis

Friday, 12 June 2020

Aaand, just like that, another Friday! It's now been a full twelve weeks of living in lockdown for me, and this week I made what felt like a huge step forwards in terms of embracing a new sort of normality- meeting my lovely friend Katharine for a socially distanced picnic! It was so nice (and super emotional!) to see a friendly face after such a long time, and for me getting out of the boundaries of my postcode felt like some serious personal progress too. Whilst none of us are sure about what's likely to appear on the horizon over the next few months, I'm keen not to let summer pass me by completely so would love to try and plan some more socially distanced catching up soon.

Alongside this, I'm really loving being able to carry on with this lockdown lunch series, and this week I'm delighted to be joined by the lovely Liv! I've been an avid follower of her beautiful blog for as long as I can remember, love tuning in to The Fringe of It and am a huge fan of The Insecure Girl's Club too. In fact, The Insecure Girl's Handbook was the first (and so far, only!) book I've finished reading during lockdown, and I genuinely cannot recommend it enough if you find yourself in need of a boost at the moment- or any time really! Step forward, Liv:

How are you coping with things at the moment? 

Oh goodness, I think it depends what day you ask me on! Today I'm doing okay thank you. It definitely comes in waves- some days I'll feel like I can walk downstairs with 'Another day of Sun' playing and feel really okay, and then others it's like wading through mud and total dread! I suppose there's definitely solidarity in knowing many of us are experiencing similar things, and being able to talk to so many people is such a comfort too. 

What are you missing most about life? 

My family and friends! It's cliche for a reason but I really, really just can't wait to have them over for dinner and cuddles and films. Ooft. I also said to Joe I was particularly pumped to go back to our local garden centre cafe and the Marks & Spencer's one on our high street- sometimes it's really the most mundane things that you miss the most isn't it? But I do love a Marks and Sparks cake. 

Which foods/recipes have you been reaching for? 

If I say The Anna Edit cookies does that make me a fully lockdowned cliche? If so THAT IS ME. They are sensational. Joe does most of the dinner cooking (he's far better than me), and has been doing lots of delicious pasta dishes, mac and cheese for comfort (which is every day really) and then The Roasting Tin for amazing fresh fish and vegetable recipes which make you feel like Gwyneth Paltrow (which might be the lamest thing I've ever said). 

What small things are making you happy? 

Tea in the morning. Maggie coming upstairs in the morning and licking my face (important note: Maggie is my dog). Opening the shutters to sunshine. Seeing it's rainy outside and instantly calling it a candles and film day. Realising my favourite Italian deli delivers as far as my postcode. The sound of our neighbours playing in the garden. The birds tweeting and owls cooing. Seeing the stars at night because it's so clear. Frustrating Zoom calls with family that I always leave feeling so grateful for. A sense of community. THE SOUND OF MUSIC! 

What's the first thing you're planning on doing when lockdown is eased? 

Having everyone over for dinner in our garden with lots of music, bread, dancing, laughing and cuddling.

I am so with you on The Sound of Music being a cure for most of life's sorrows! And it looks like it won't be long before we can all make a joyful return to the M&S cafe- even if it's only for a takeway cake. Or scones. Or both! Thank you so much to Liv for taking part- keep up with her (and Maggie's!) lockdown life on Instagram here.

(Image credit: Olivia Purvis, please do not reproduce without permission.)

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