The View From Here? Gratitude and admiration all the way

Greetings from a very sunny Edinburgh.  As I look out from our apartment across the city and beyond, it is hard to take in the enormity of this global challenge that we are facing.  I am full of gratitude and admiration for all the key workers who are striving so hard in such difficult circumstances to keep us all healthy, fed and with access to essential supplies and services.  I am also inspired and heartened by everyone who has taken steps to support support of people in vulnerable groups and those who are self-isolating.

Even for those of us who are helping our communities in various ways, we must also remember that one of the main things we can do to help as individuals is to stay home and observe all the public health guidance.  It has been amazing to see the emergence of a huge range of opportunities for sharing, learning and keeping ourselves busy and entertained.  And helpful also to remind ourselves of the wide variety of existing resources available.

Here are some links which might be of interest/help in providing support, entertainment or perhaps simply a distraction.  Some of the information may be UK-access only, but hopefully it provides inspiration for people to search for similar links more locally.  I should also emphasise that there are no affiliate links here, just things I like and admire.  🙂


  • Mental health and wellbeing:  There is lots of help and support available online for anyone who may be having difficulties coping with the anxiety and demands of the current situation.  This site by the Scottish Association for Mental Health is en excellent example, including where to find 24/7 support.


  • Some organisations have said they will stream performances and concerts live in the absence of ‘in-person’ audiences eg:


  • I also noticed that you can access plays and other events through MarqueeTV, which has a free 30-day trial.  I haven’t yet tried this, but the available content looks amazing.



  • There many art galleries and museums around the world which have digitised their collections for browsing eg:



  • There are lots of great podcasts to listen to.  I found this one to be of help in trying to come to terms with all the anxiety around what is currently happening.  My most favourite, and most frequently listened to podcast is the wonderful Tea, Toast and Trivia, which I highly recommend.


  • A number of independent publishers are joining forces to host an online book club.  What a great way to share in a love of reading, and support small businesses too.


  • The Hay Festival’s HayPlayer costs just £10 and gives access to a vast array of magnificent interviews.


  • And finally, check out this tweet for a lovely chuckle.


I am sure there are plenty of other great links too – I’d love to hear about some of your favourites.  Meanwhile, stay safe and well. 🙂

19 thoughts on “The View From Here? Gratitude and admiration all the way

  1. A characteristically thoughtful post, Liz. Thank you. I share your gratitude and have taken heart from the many acts of kindness I’ve both seen and heard about. Covid-19 may have brought out the worst in a few but most people are looking out for others as well as themselves. Stay well.

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  2. Some wonderful opportunities there Liz. I feel very grateful to live in a micro-community (residence) which I usually exit to go walking, but now am walking in and around, seeing lots of interesting adaptations of normal, like a young couple training with boxing gloves, music and a stopwatch on an ipad screen in the carpark, another young woman on the daisy covered lawn doing weights, why even my own cat I discovered visiting another part of the residence hanging out with two unknown cats in their cat playground!! The wonders of opening our eyes to our own backyard. I look forward to my afternoon sortie to see what else is happening close to home.

    I do believe there is something good in all of this, that we are becoming aware of if open to it. Online and offline.

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    1. Yes, it was working fine when I published the post! Perhaps there is higher than usual traffic to the site and it has fallen over. Do keep trying though – it looks really good if they can get it running again. 😀


  3. There are lots of things away form the screen people can do. I have to continue working, I would have no problem filling my time with great and useful things. Do keep safe and healthy Liz.

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  4. I love that room with a view, Liz! As you know I am reading “A Gentleman in Moscow” which records the story of a man who was to live his entire life in a hotel. It is serendipity for me to be reading this at this time, for it mirrors our current circumstances. Here is a quote that resonated with me and had me thinking – “He had said that our lives are steered by uncertainties, many of which are disruptive or even daunting; but that if we persevere and remain generous of heart, we may be granted a moment of lucidity—a moment in which all that has happened to us suddenly comes into focus as a necessary course of events, even as we find ourselves on the threshold of the life we had been meant to lead all along.” Amor Towles, A Gentleman in Moscow

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    1. Wow, that’s a great quote. Isn’t it amazing how many quotes are emerging that are so very relevant to current times. I was watching an interview with the wonderful Robert McFarlane on the HayPlayer. He was talking last year about climate change when he said “An emergency is happening, and it poses vast challenges of representation, of articulation, of comprehension…..culture, perhaps of all things, feels most useless at a time of emergency. And yet occasionally it feels a very important thing to be doing too.” So very important for us all to keep sharing, learning and laughing! X

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  5. Thank you for this thoughtful post, Liz! I am self-isolating but so far have had lots to do trying to catch up with all the housework and spring cleaning. I hope to be able to get on with some gardening, weather permitting and reading and film-watching….. As long as I and anyone I know don’t get this awful virus, I might enjoy all the isolation!

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