Life in the time of coronavirus

The mist shrouds the summit of Dorset’s highest point

As the realisation dawns that coronavirus is going to have a huge impact on us all, I’ve decided to keep a journal during the lock-down.

I used to write an award-winning blog about an enchanted Dorset village where I’ve lived for nearly twenty years. I called it The World from My Window and I renamed the village Lush Places, after the nature column by William Boot in Evelyn Waugh’s satirical novel, Scoop.

I kept the blog going for twelve years and it was picked up by The People’s Friend, the world’s longest-running weekly magazine for women. Five years ago, I got an email out of the blue from the editor who said she liked my ability to write with humour about the minutiae of daily life, but with a touch of emotional depth, too. 

As a result, I now write the magazine’s Maddie’s World column.

Earlier this year, I decided to close the latch on The World from My Window for the last time. I felt I’d written all there was to be written, especially as I was saving the best bits for the Friend.

But then this terrible virus comes along and, suddenly – just like the rest of the world – Lush Places faces an unprecedented and uncertain future.

So I hope you’ll check in with me via this blog every now and then. We’re all in this together.

That’s about it.

Maddie x

By Maddie Grigg

Maddie Grigg is the pen name of former local newspaper editor Margery Hookings. Expect reflections on rural life, community, landscape, underdogs, heritage and folklore. And fun.

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