Genimate Alex Daw over at the Family Tree Frog blog has challenged fellow geneabloggers to write about their lockdown experiences in a series of blog posts on Sundays during National Family History Month in Australia.
See what Alex has to say about the challenge here:
As someone who is always up for a challenge I will try to post on the topic Genealife on Lockdown each Sunday in August. Following is my second post of five.
Thanks to Carmel Galvin's voice typing post from the first week of the Genealife in Lockdown Challenge I have dictated the draft of this post on my Android smartphone. It seems to be working rather well so all I have to do when I have finished dictating is to open the draft on my laptop, edit the text and add a few images.
In March 2019 we were getting ready to go on a three week cruise from Auckland around the Pacific Islands but, as Covid-19 was rearing its ugly head, we cancelled the journey a few days before our scheduled departure. The cruise did manage to sail from Auckland but was forced to turn back after just two or three days at sea.
Since then we have had a number of journeys cancelled, we have missed a river cruise from St Petersburg to Moscow, a small group tour of Scotland, a genealogy event in the UK, a cruise from Oslo to London, a cruise from Tokyo to Toronto (postponed, rescheduled and postponed again), two short cruises out of the US followed by a road trip to Death Valley and a trip to Norfolk Island for a genealogy conference this month. Most recently we have postponed our September cruise from Darwin to Broome which was to be followed by a motoring trip down the West coast of Western Australia. During the last 18 months or so, as our wings have been clipped, our lovely fat passports have not seen the light of day. I fear they will reach the end of their 10 year life with many empty pages.
Checking my digital photo album I discovered that I have only taken 1236 images with my new camera which will be outdated before I give it a good workout. That's a lot of empty pages in my digital photo album.
I have previously blogged about the diary that I keep in a Google spreadsheet. Sadly since mid March there hasn't been much exciting to report in my digital diary. My social life seems to consist of zoom sessions and a few face-to-face meetings at a local family history group. We have been lucky enough to see a few family members on their birthdays and celebrate with them in between lockdowns but we have also missed many family events.
|Christmas morning smiles|
Another place where I have many empty pages is my personal blog jillballau. Currently my children aren't too interested in my antics but I imagine that, in coming years, they will want to know more about their parents' lives. I have been using my time at home to dig into my photo albums and memories to add some retrospective posts to this blog.
|A retrospective posted yesterday at jillballau|
While Covid has created blank pages in my life the good news is that my forced incarceration has given me time to concentrate on my own family history. Although I haven't
managed been inspired to tidy and toss things out in my geneacave I have been slowly going through my database and updating research done last century with new sources and information.
In spite of the restrictions placed on us during Covid we have been able to live in comfort . We live in a beautiful environment with access to services and enough money in the piggy bank to sustain us.
BUT....when the Covid curse is tamed we'll be grabbing our passports and cameras and taking off in an Olympic effort to fill those empty pages.