News from a ‘social distancing’ naturist. A week of working from home.

Coffee, nude on the balcony
Nude coffee on the balcony

Let me tell you that the last week (officially 1.5 weeks) has been an interesting one.

Working from home isn’t new for me, so that was easy to get adjusted to. Being able to grab a coffee and enjoy that naked outside is a new perk of this situation. I don’t do that all the time because we still have a very chilly spring, but in the afternoon this is definitely a very enjoyable possibility. Since I live on the fourth floor (fifth for American readers), I’m in a safe zone, away from other people, which is definitely good.

Laundry day
Laundry day, naturist style

Something else that I have found is laundry. Working from home means I don’t have to put on clothes. Which means the laundry basket is only filling up with towels and a few pairs of socks. Yes, laugh all you want but wearing socks means I don’t have cold feet.

And doing laundry naked is another good thing, although that’s not something new for me. Being a naturist, there is hardly another way unless it’s too cold to be naked. Let me add that I haven’t had the need to run a load of laundry since I started working from home. The few towels and socks don’t warrant starting the washing machine, which is a sign that naturism is good for the environment. No washing water, no detergent, no electricity needed for the machine or the tumble dryer (if you use such a contraption). Less wear of the clothes, so no need to replace those quicker either.

Work meeting
When I see the clothes, I shudder by now

A good thing too is that I don’t have to be dressed to join meetings. It’s simply a matter of not having the webcam on when I have to have a talk with a coworker or a customer. Who knows if the person on the other side is dressed or not. I honestly don’t care. We get the job done, and that’s what matters. I don’t need more proof that professionals can be naked and do their job; I’ve noticed that more than often in the past years. Clothes literally only add fabric, nothing more.

Perhaps you are new to working from home and it all feels a bit uncomfortable. I have found a link for you with a bunch of tips (32 of them!) that actually work. Because if you have to work from home, make sure you have the best setup you can manage.

And don’t forget: anything worth doing well is worth doing naked!

Cleaning windows, naturist style

Stay safe, everyone. Be naked, happy and responsible.

The Montagues proudly present… Book 3 of the Unsworth trilogy.

Yes. Unsworth book 3. Can you believe it?

Okay. It’s not just them. It’s me as well.

No More Unsworth Manor Nudes

Here you have it. The cover. Of the e-book. (Spoiler: the paperback will look the same.)

It’s scheduled to appear in the usual places on Saturday, April 4th. Yes, yes, of this year, I kid you not.

You may wonder about the title. As it is the last one in the Unsworth Manor Nudes trilogy, it makes sense. When you read the story, it will make even more sense, though. And yes, this is a teaser. Well, I hope it is. Otherwise I suck at teasers.

This was a long road to travel

This book took me over a year to get done. It was very hard. I have to thank Mr Ted Bun for his support and dedication to the craft; his words at times pulled me out of a slump. He’s also the person who helped iron out the bloopers in the story. Damn you, Ted, I worked so hard to get them in there, but you had to go and find them all, huh? 😀

In the end, though, the story came out well. Very well. I think so. Heck, even Ted thinks so. Heads up for the few people who will actually buy and read it: the last chapters may be a bit confusing. There is an epilogue, but that’s not the end. There is another short chapter, courtesy of Ted, behind that epilogue and it’s 106% worth reading until that end.

Thank you, everyone, for your patience, and your encouraging mails, tweets and other utterings of support for this story. I love the crap out of you and I’m proud to be part of this beautiful naturist, nudist, clothes-free community.

Paul

A good thing with a bad thing. The nude and the virus.

You’re most probably facing the same thing I am. The invitation of your (local) government to stay home as much as possible.

Yes. It’s annoying, depending on where you are. In many places of the world you’re simply forbidden to go outside unless there is a strict need, like grocery-shopping, medical attention, walking the dog, etc.

Here in the Netherlands it’s not that bad yet. We can still go outside for a breather. Groups are not allowed, and people have to stay 1.5 metres / 5 feet apart. I understand that.

Nude, coffee, sunshine

I’m making the best of it. Since there is no one in my home who complains about me not wearing clothes, I go nude as soon as the temperature is nice in the living room. (We’re having quite some night frost lately, which isn’t usual for March any more.)

And so I enjoy the morning sun, drink my coffee and do my work.

Yes, the restrictions that are in place aren’t the biggest joys ever, but doing it this way, it’s not a punishment for me.

It’s also interesting to notice that, for me, not very much changes in this pandemic virus situation. Of course, I don’t drive to work every day, which is different, but not being a very social person now has it’s benefits. I don’t have the need to meet many other people on a daily basis. Actually, meeting so many of them during a normal office day is very draining for me, so in a way this is a great relief! I’m fine with being alone – I’ve been doing that most of my life.

Working nude on the couch
Working on the couch. It’s a great experience, definitely when you can do it naked!

How are you coping with the lock down, if that’s applicable for you? Are you bored? Going crazy? Desperate to be around dozens of people, even from a distance?

I’m very curious how long all this will go on. China reports fewer cases and people can go out again. It took them 2 months of rigorous lock down. Let’s hope we can get through that with less strict rules, but we’ll see!

Have a good day, everyone, and stay naked if you can. Let your skin breathe.

A virus gets in the way of a vacation

Nude on roof Fuerteventura

This is me, this morning. Trying to catch a few of the early rays of the sun.

I’ve been on my vacation address since last week Friday. The first days were awesome, with nice weather and lots of plans for places to go.

And then… lockdown. We all know the problem. Covid-19, also known as the Corona virus.

That put a stop to all the fun. Spain went in lockdown, meaning no one is allowed to go outside any more, except for food, medical attention or when you have important work that needs to be done on the spot.

Yesterday we went out for food. It was great to be outside for a while, to walk around. A queue at the supermarket wasn’t a big surprise. People had to stay a metre (3 ft) apart. No more than 6 people were allowed inside the store at any moment. We had to wear plastic gloves. Some shelves were empty already (not the stuff we needed, luckily).

This is such an odd situation. So far it still looks like I can fly home again on Friday. That’s good. Let’s hope it stays good.

Take care, naked friends and acquaintances. Don’t overhype this virus, just be smart about it.

A nice break is coming up

Yes. A break. From work and the normal world

Next Friday I’m heading off for a 1 week vacation. One of the Canary Islands holds a special appeal to me, as some of you know.

Canary Islands Map

It’s where my girlfriend lives, and I’m going to see her there for a whole week. The weather is so much nicer there. Naturist style nice.

It’s been a while since I’ve been away for a break so I (and she too) think I deserve it. And even if I don’t, I’m going for one!

A relationship is rough, being 4000 km apart most of the time.

At the beach. Clothing optional.

Feel free to be jealous of me when you see this image. I don’t mind, hahaha! There is a risk that there’s no blog post next week – I’ll be away and my mind might not be with the blog – but I’ll be back. I am, however, not focussing on that ‘back’ part yet since I still have to leave!

One thing is already certain: we’ll have a lot of fun!