Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Amstenrade in Corona days

The Castle of Amstenrade, just a few 100 meters from our house.
It's Tuesday now, I made the drawing last Sunday. Two days that feel like ages, all due to the deepening crisis of the Corona contaminations. The numbers of victims and the deathtoll is rising quickly.
Schools are closed, streets far too quiet, me working at home. Everyone tries to avoid personal contact. We are even avoiding visiting my mother; as her age is in the second half of 80. Afraid to pass something on, which we don't even know we have. Tough dilemmas, but she is okay with it. There are good alternative ways to communicate these days.
And in the meantime, after weeks of continuous rain, the weather gets better. Trees blossom, flowers start to colour our garden, birds are suspiciously eying our cats, squirrels make the branches dance.
It seems out of tune with our own feelings. Strange days.


Michael Lukyniuk said...

Nice sketch, Rene. It’s good for you to keep drawing. My sketching has fallen off recently because of a small renovation that I’ve undertaken at home. I hope to start again when the weather gets better. It is warmer now (6 C) and it rains frequently but there is still a lot of snow on the ground outside the inner city. Like the situation in Holland, things are discouraging here - schools have been closed for over a week, restaurants are closed unless they provide takeout, most employees work from home, the borders are closed except for commerce (80% of our fruits and vegetables come from the US or Mexico), etc. We have few deaths so far but have been told to act as if everyone is affected. The best thing is to stay in contact with family and friends, exercise a little, and rest. Take care.

Rene Fijten said...

Thanks for your encouraging words. I hope you and your family are in good health. Stay safe!