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Archive for March 27th, 2020

How absolutely wonderful it is to wake up to the sound of birdsong in the morning. Although I wrote a separate post earlier today, it has really stuck with me the whole day. Its such a privilege.

Pretty much a quiet day. Got all emotional watching the footage from last nights 8pm #clapforourcarers initiative on the news this morning. So amazing. Our NHS staff seriously are heroes in all this…them and all the other support staff: police, ambulance, garbage disposal services, street cleaners, postmen/women, and all the other people who provide the services that keep a country running. The UNDERPAID people/workers who keep the country running.

And of course ‘Breaking News’ – Bozo…I mean BoJo the clown has got a ‘mild’ case of the virus. Seriously. And did you notice that coward, Dominic Cummings literally RUNNING away from #10? So much for his ‘herd immunity ‘ theory. Coward. The skittles are falling….sadly we are now forced to watch that despicable dishonest creepy Gove delivering updates. Seriously. I can’t watch him. I switched off the TV. Even if he was announcing the arrival of the undead and giving us advice on how to escape I’d still switch off the TV. I’d rather slit my wrists. BoJo get well soon…all is not forgiven but I seriously cannot watch that horror….

As for Richard Branson. Krist!! What a greedy capitalist he is!!! Last week he tells his staff to take 8 weeks unpaid leave and now he’s asking for a bailout package for Virgin Airlines. I swear to God, if our government bails him out with money from the public purse I will never pay another blue bloody penny in tax. They can put me in jail, but will refuse to pay. The government is providing funding to small businesses and employees who lost their jobs and self-employed, but the money is on loan, its not a gift…so if they bail that greedy bastard out it would be immoral. ðŸĪŽðŸĪŽðŸĪŽðŸĪŽ But then again…it us the government after all. Urgh- moving on before I burst a blood vessel ðŸĨīðŸĨīðŸĨī😂😂😂😂

The weather is really stunning at the moment although today it turned quite chilly with a stiff breeze.

I took a different route to the castle during my break; along Butcher’s Lane and then through the fields uphill and eventually into the castle grounds. I encountered 2 stiles enroute – my nemesis when walking The Pilgrim’s Way in 2018.

The countryside out here is really beautiful and again I have to remark on how peaceful it is without constant traffic.

It was very windy on top of the mound today, so I just walked the lower perimeter and collected some more tufts of wool for crafting with my grandson in years to come. Them nosy sheep came trotting over to see ‘who goes there?’ when I clanked the gate shut. Or maybe they want their wool back 🐑🐑🐑

Talking of my grandson….a total highlight today was a WhatsApp group call with all the grandparents of the wee cherub and his parents. He’s ever so cute and blew kisses to all of us. I do miss him so much and can’t wait to see him again after this is all over. My daughter and her husband are struggling a bit. She’s self-employed but only recently having converted from a PLC to self-employed due to changes in her company and future direction. Previously a social media training company she’s started focusing more on her photography business which was starting to expand and she lost a lot of commissions with this sudden coronavirus development. So lots of stress there. And of course she doesn’t qualify for the government offer due to the timing. On top of that, Baby fell yesterday and scraped his finger and despite careful cleaning, by this morning it was red and inflamed and required a trip to the pharmacy…in these times, a stressful excursion

I’ve been reading a lot more, trying to not watch the news. I did some scrolling through the channels…seriously is anyone else pretty much sick of game shows and Flog It et al? There’s absolutely nothing to watch. Krist I sound like a grumpy old lady today 😂😂😂ðŸ‘ĩðŸŧ😠😠

Hope you’re all well and keeping safe. I’m glad I don’t live in South Africa….you’re not even allowed to walk your dog there. Not that I have a dog, but still. And no alcohol!!! That is not going to end well. My niece and her family live in Qatar and they’re not even able to get out for walks due to restrictions there. I think we in the UK are pretty lucky.

Folks keep well, keep strong and be safe …..and if you see folks like this lot, remind them they’re meant to be practicing social distancing 😉ðŸĨīðŸĨī

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This whole scenario is beginning to feel more and more like the height of the 1960s Cold War ….we’re fighting an invisible enemy and looking suspiciously at anyone we come into contact with, avoiding contagion at all costs, taking extraordinary steps to avoid the virus.

‘Careless contact costs lives’

This will be a short blog (possiblynot 🙄🙄ðŸĪŠ), but I wanted to share this video with you. There is so much information about this virus already and loads of articles about avoiding contagion.

But they mostly deal with you; washing hands, sneezing tissues, social distancing etc….and not your groceries. So when I saw this video I felt I really needed to share it.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=sjDuwc9KBps&feature=youtu.be

Well before lockdown and social distancing etc I took my grandson to the park….he loves to swing (takes after his Granny 😉). In the bottom of his pram was a bottle of disinfectant spray and paper towels and a glove. Before I put him into the swing I sprayed it down and wiped it off.

There are so many opportunities for contracting this virus that we simply must become absolutely paranoid about what we touch. That plastic bottle of milk has probably been touched by at least 3 people before you. When I look back now at the shopping we did when we got home a couple of weeks ago, I shudder and I’m amazed that none of us have so far contracted the virus.

I’ve just been out for my morning supplies and when I got back it was all sprayed with flash, rinsed off with hot water and wiped down with a separate all purpose cloth before drying and packing it away.

Supplies sprayed down and washed with hot water

I also sprayed the coins in my change, soaked in boiling water then dried with a paper towel. I’ve kept a foil container for this process and put aside separate cloths for washing and drying.

Sprayed with flash

I’m happy to be paranoid about this thing. I plan to be able to go back to my family after this current assignment.

Covered with boiling water

My hands have not been in contact with the coins or supplies….

#beparanoid Be safe….as much as possible

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The very best thing to come out of this current situation is that the earth; nature, is getting a chance to breathe.

Every morning now I listen to birdsong outside my window and I can hear even the tiniest of birds.

I can hear them at noon when I’m out walking and I can hear them settling at night.

I found this poem on Google, it seems quite apt

Miranda Renea May 2016

Birdsong Have you ever heard the birds sing?
Everyone is always listening to
Lifeless steel hanging at their side;
It follows as they switch their hip
And walk on by. Sometimes, I wonder,
Why haven’t you heard the birdsong?

No cars rushing by, no trucks or vans….just the gentle breeze and birdsong. Long may it last.

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