In limbo

For Colleen’s photo prompt.

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No one eats here any more, the blinds

are down, glasses washed, put away.

Only fiaschi hang, like


Christmas lights, waiting

for the sunny

days of post-



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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

31 thoughts on “In limbo”

    1. Nothing much will change for us except you need a written signed attestation each time you leave the house, and it can only be for certain things like essential work, visit to the doctor, to do the shopping, brief exercise as long as you have no contact with anyone else, and walking the dog, which is a nice touch I think 🙂

      1. Ha ha. We have a tremendous chain of stores here called Noz (their sign is a stylised nose) and they sell bankrupt stock from all over Europe. One of their most interesting items is wine. It comes from all over the place, not just Europe, really good stuff and it’s dirt cheap. We have a big stock in, enough for a year at least.

    1. It’s a wake up call. We count too much on having too much. What is unsustainable is overconsumption and the consumption of junk. Maybe this is the time to get used to living with less and rethinking every aspect of the way we live. I hope so.

      1. In some countries we have the means to over indulge. It’s that that needs to change, for people to understand that they don’t need as much as they’ve been used to having, and letting that starving world have a fair crack of the whip.

    1. Like you, I’m focusing on what’s going on around me. There’s no reason to go into town except to food shop and that’s only once a week. As long as people respect what we’re learning to call the social distance, and stay at home if they feel unwell, we should be fine.

      1. Some are so stressed and are buying everything!. Shelves are bare. Wonder how it will all play out. Hope it will be as you say. Have a good day Jane.

    1. Noz is a great place. They have a scatter gun policy of product organisation is there isn’t one. They mix wine, chewing gum, Italian biscuits, make up, scrubbing brushes, flea collars for cats, all on the same shelf. When the children come to visit they all go to Noz. It’s where they bought most of their Christmas presents. The wine is special though because it’s the kind of stuff that never gets into the supermarkets, and being foreign, not into the wine merchants’ either. And it’s so cheap! Terrible for cancers but we’re not there yet…

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