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Goodness me….day 31. I never in my life ever imagined such a thing would happen ….although we can still go out for exercise etc, it still feels totally surreal.

Went outside forย  the 8pm to clap for carers and saw something I haven’t seen for quite some time….contrails. a plane!! I can’t recall seeing a plane for weeks now so was quite surprised to see this. I just read this article and I think we areย  certainly for the foreseeable future, going to see less planes than we are used to.


https://www.traveller.com.au/travel-and-covid19-say-goodbye-to-economy-class-as-the-golden-era-of-cheap-travel-is-declared-over-h1nkai

I got into a bit of a spat a few days ago about Richard Branson wanting a bailout….and of course I complained bitterly, especially considering he’s a billionaire…so today a friend of mine sent me this ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ the website is fake btw….

Brilliant ๐Ÿคช๐Ÿคช๐Ÿคช

So today was my 65th birthday!! ๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‰ and I am so surprised that I got this far ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ I’ve decided that in honour of this milestone I should keep a diary….so let’s see…I’m not very good at keeping a diary, but you never know…..

They my daughter and family, sent me a delightful box of decorative biscuits from biscuiteers…almost too good to eat

So pretty
Gorgeous tulips from the lady who does our shopping.

I got to chat to my daughter and grandson this morning and we had planned a virtual afternoon tea and cake via facetime, but the wee cherub fell in down the outside stairs and gashed his head….so instead they dashed off to A&E to get him checked over. So perhaps tomorrow…

A virtual birthday
Awwww ๐Ÿ˜ฅ๐Ÿ˜ฅ๐Ÿ˜ฅ๐Ÿ˜ฅ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿป

Other than that, a quiet day….had a snooze during my break and caught up with my paperwork, did my chores and that was it really.

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Happy Birthday Queen Elizabeth II 94 today…I was lucky enough to see her in Windsor for her 90th birthday, and have her walk right in front of me ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š the Queen.ย  Sadly there’s no gun salutes or Trooping the Colour this year…looking forward to 2021….

I found this awesome book for my grandson today ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€ Its amazing and since the theme in the nursery is space, this will fit right in.

The universe works in mysterious ways….I’ve been so worried about travelling next week and inadvertently contracting the virus and possibly passing it on, or the incoming carer bringing something in with her….so today I got a call from the agency to ask if I could stay on here for another 2 weeks as the incoming carer is ill (has a bad cold) and is self-isolating, as well as which my next job has been cancelled because that family want their carer to extend her stay as well. So there it is….no travelling next week, but sadly it also means I don’t get to see my family….

I saw this on one of the Camino pages today and thought I’d share it with you:

Johnniewalker Santiago posted the following on the Camino Discussion Group this morning. For those who might not have seen it, he has given permission to post his communication with John Brierly here. It’s well worth the read!

LETTER FROM JOHN BRIERLEY:
CORNAVIRUS AND THE CAMINO, OUR LAST WAKE UP CALL
Two years ago I asked members of the group to send me questions that I would put to John Brierley in the second interview with him Iโ€™ve published. Iโ€™ll re-post the questions and answer soon. We keep in touch with each other and I asked him for his thoughts on our current situation. This is his reply. He invites us to engage in a useful and loving dialogue about the issues he raises.

Dear John
You sound well and lock-down seems to be proving a creative time for you! So here is a response that might, or might not, stimulate some creative thinking amongst our pilgrim family.
โ€ฆ I trust that once the world comes out of this pandemic we will, collectively, want to do things differently โ€“ but there is much talk of getting back to โ€˜normal’ which would be a travesty. Consensus reality and the status quo is literally now killing many of us and the earth support systems on which we depend. At best we are looking at a severely diminished quality of life over the near horizon. We have to find a ‘new normalโ€™ by way of an elevated consciousness โ€” not only for us but crucially for the generations that follow. These are portentous, perhaps pompous and certainly presumptive statements. Even if you see them as holding some truth you might legitimately ask, what has any of this to do with the caminos de Santiago.

I have always believed that the camino holds a key to a fundamental re-appraisal of how and why we live our lives. It was this conviction that created caminoGuides and this remains its only raison dโ€™รชtre, it has no other purpose nor ever will. Providing my publisher doesnโ€™t go bankrupt (many may) a new guidebook to the Camino Invierno will go to print later this year. I attach a draft introduction which offers a reflection on the positive potential of the Coronavirus to help bring about the change that is needed if we are to learn to cooperate to face the challenges that are now on a global scale. (see below)

The real challenge is just around the corner and it is not coronavirus! I see this pandemic as just a wake up call that we may, or may not, heed. All the signs at the moment are that we are going to miss this opportunity just like we missed previous wakeup calls. We bailed out the banks in 2008 and now look set to bail out the oil and aviation industries with vast sums of public monies while offering paltry sums to small sustainable energy and business enterprises. As Greta Thunberg asks, โ€˜where are the adults?โ€™ Our collective thinking is juvenile at best and often infantile. Eldership is nowhere to be seen but we need to find it urgently and perhaps it lies closer than we thinkโ€ฆ in ourselves. Rabbinic sage Hillel the Elder asked the rhetorical question, “If not me, who? If not now, when?โ€

I was a little concerned at the severity of the draft (below) until I listened to an interview with David Attenborough yesterday where, for the first time, he says this is it โ€” no further chance to kick the can down the road. Coronavirus is our last gentle wake up call, the real threat to our collective survival is just around the corner. Pass on what you think might be useful to generate useful and loving dialogue so that we might better forge a new path going forward.

The Coronavirus brought with it much grief and its impact on many levels will be felt for years to come. This is no less true for the camino as in any other sphere of life. Pilgrim infrastructure and albergues that took decades to put in place are struggling to survive, some have already closed permanently and others will follow. The virus was named by the World Health Organisation as, ‘โ€ฆan enemy against humanity’. This is an unfortunate epithet because, from Gaia’s perspective, humanity itself has become the most destructive force on the planet. If the devastation that arose from this pandemic brings about a paradigm shift in human consciousness it may yet contain a blessing in disguise. For at least a generation we have, collectively, lived beyond the means of the planet to sustain us and all of life that surrounds us. We are not the only sentient beings that occupy the earth and we have wilfully and woefully ignored the plight of nature herself. Now, today, we can change the way we think and act. We can move from fear to love. We can choose to respect each other and the natural world that is our home. We canโ€ฆ but will we? Each of us is part of the whole we call humankind and artificial borders can separate us no more. Indeed they never have but only in our deluded and limited understanding of the nature of reality. Coronavirus taught us that we are all part of the same delicate balance of life on earth. Will we heed its warning or revert to business as usual โ€ฆ until the next crisis strikes again?

โ€œWe have yet to learn the simple act of walking the earth like brothers.โ€ Martin Luther King Jr.

The photo shows the medieval bridge A Ponte de Taboada. This is the point where the Winter Way joins the Camino Sanabrรฉs. Both, in turn, connecting with a larger network of caminos that link us with the rest of Europe and, by extension to every nation on earth. The great insight of the First Nations has always been to remind us that, Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himselfโ€ฆ we may yet find we are brothers after all.

Blessingsโ€ฆ
John Brierley

Certainly something to think about….do we really want to go BACK to where we were before?

I had a fab walk this afternoon…such a beautiful day

And I popped out quickly this evening to watch the sunset

And I can’t quite believe I’m still blogging 29 days later….๐Ÿ˜€ stay safe folks ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ

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Well, here we are….day 28 of lockdown. What a surreal 4 weeks this had been. I don’t even know what to think anymore.

I’ve pretty much given up watching the news because it infuriates me beyond measure. I simply can’t watch them trotting out the same excuses anymore.

I read an article in the Sunday Times shared by a friend, and truly the list of failures is appalling. I know Bozo considers himself to be something of a Churchill reincarnation, but truly, beyond both being racist….at least Churchill was decisive.

Johnson should have stuck to either writing witty articles for the papers, or continued his career as a travel presenter. His ‘finest hour’ came and went with the 2012 Olympics… He sure as hell is not a leader. Like the orange swamp thing across the pond he talks in sound bites….although we should be thankful we can at least understand what our clown says….

Talking of across the pond….it takes a serious level of stupid to behave the way those idiot protesters are behaving. One can only hope that Darwin’s theory is correct and nature will seek out the stupid….

For some weird reason, today just flew by…..I wasn’t particularly busy and I didn’t do anything out of the ordinary, but suddenly it was 9pm….I seem to have hit the jackpot lately with my client’s meals…she’s eaten just about everything on her plate the last 2 days. Its really gratifying when the people I cook for enjoy their meals, so its been nice to see a clean plate. I also hate waste and throwing food in the bin is anathema to me. Albeit into composting, its still a waste.

Unfortunately my brother-in-law is back in hospital with further chest pains, which apparently he is not meant to be having after they inserted the stent, so that’s a huge worry. I’m concerned for my sister…they’ve been married for decades and have been joined at the hip since they met….so this is particularly stressful for her. I had a look see for flights to SA in the event I need to go, but the UK is listed as a ‘high risk’ country and citizens are banned from entering the country…at least for now.

The irony of a 3rd world country considering a 1st world country as a health risk has not escaped me….

Shoe is on the other foot….

Its extraordinary to me that to date they have only had 58 deaths

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/south-africa/

I remember my scepticism when Ramaphosa put the country into lockdown….I’ve had occasion to eat my words. For such a poor country, and with so many millions living in close proximity to each other,social distancing is like as wishful thought…but he acted decisively, he acted fast and there was no mucking about with going out for exercise or walking the dog….it was Stay at Home or else….draconian perhaps but its worked. They’ve been on lockdown for almost the same length of time as the UK and yet their death rate is so much lower it doesn’t even warrant a percentage. “South Africaโ€™s lockdown was imposed before a single death had been recorded and has been ruthlessly enforced by the authorities ever since”.

However its not all rosy in the country and they’re experiencing severe food shortages and rioting…

Besides which the projections for Africa as a whole are not good. The worst is yet to come.

Anyhow, that’s me for today…I’m off to bed now. I had a restless night last night, so hoping I don’t have a repeat. As I’m lying here it’s so quiet out that I can hear a tanker hooting in the Bristol Channel….oh and I haven’t seen any shooting stars yet…I live in hope ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿค”

Take care folks. I’ll post the Sunday Times article right after I’ve posted this in the event you’re keen to read it. Be safe…..wherever you are in the world.

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Just another day in paradise….

Whatever you do….don’t forget the meteor shower over the UK this next week https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/18382169.lyrid-meteor-shower-visible-uk-tonight—see/?ref=fbshr

โ€œIt is the oldest known meteor shower still active and was first observed in 687 BCE. As they come through the atmosphere, the meteors reach speeds of 50kms a second, but most will burn up before reaching the surface of Earth.โ€ Thankfully the weather has improved and we have clear skies so I’m hoping I get to see this!!!

Actually it was a lush day after all despite a grey start. So much do that I went out for a walk and managed a decent 3.56kms.

Lush all round

My daughter phoned just as I got to the mound and it was amazing to chat to them again ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ and so thrilled to hear my grandson say “Granny!!” properly this time ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿป He is such a little charm. Cannot wait to see him again.

My little boo ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿป๐Ÿฅฐ

On my way back to the house I spotted some more free books, so added a few to the collection ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

I read so many interesting articles today that my head is swimming. Not least of which was about China. Seriously if the West doesn’t wake up soon, the Chinese government is going to own the world. https://news.yahoo.com/coronavirus-ends-chinas-honeymoon-africa-205217380.html?soc_src=community&soc_trk=fb

I’m thrilled to note that the chap, Chris, who is walking the coastline of the UK to raise funds for SSAFA has smashed his target of ยฃ100k ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

https://www.facebook.com/chriswalksuk/videos/655847218318343/

Absolutely brilliant. I’ve been following his story for some months now and he is so inspiring with his determination and goodwill. Magic.

Other than that, nothing much else happened really. Covid-19 is wreaking havoc and the debates etc etc etc rage on. The orange swamp thing in the WH is completely off the rails in the US, while in the UK Bojo is still in hiding while different ministers are being wheeled out of the cupboard, dusted off and trotted out to stand in front of the camera and say whatever it is that they say….none of it means anything anymore and most certainly, any trust that may have existed is gone. The results of their actions are becoming increasingly obvious and it’s an ongoing farce. Promises are broken quicker than they are made. Urgh.

Anyway, it will play out the way its going to play out…..life will never be the same again….

Oh wait….I found my favourite sweet at the shop today ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Bonus!!!

All the best folks stay safe

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And another day down, another day bites the dust – will this ever end? Not for a while apparently…its so bizarre.

The numbers are just escalating and the number of people who are infected is frightening….somewhere, somehow, we are all going to come into contact with this thing…and no-one has any ideas….

Our politicians; not just the UK, are all just marking time and making noise….because no-one has a clue.

So lockdown till mid-May ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ I simply cannot imagine how people are coping. I really do consider myself to be one of the very lucky ones…I’m working, getting paid, in a safe (for now) environment, I have food to eat (paid for by the client) and I don’t have to venture out unless I choose to. I have books to read, a window into the world (my phone) and my family are safe. I am totally blessed.

I spoke to my daughter today via facetime and watched my grandson playing in the garden 100s of kms away, heard him say Granny for the first time ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ and chatted briefly to my son-in-law about his job. He was wearing a pair of wellies I bought him some months ago and apparently he was walking sideways at first trying to get used to them. ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™ He’s such a funny little boy, so intent and so focused….when he sets his sights on something it’s like a laser….and he will not be diverted. He sometimes walks with head down, his hands behind his back and absolutely focused on getting to wherever he decides to go…looks like a little old man ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ They’re safe and healthy.

Finally my walking poles arrived….but not to where they were addressed….no, instead they arrived at the ‘return’ address ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคช which fortunately I thought to have added as it’s my daughter’s address. So I shall soon be reunited with my trusty walking buddies. Gemini, I have missed you…wish you were here.

I finished reading the 8th book since I arrived here just 2 days short of 4 weeks ago…it was a different world then. This has been a rare luxury and I haven’t read this many books in such a short period of time for decades. Literally decades. I used to read vociferously in SA, and although I’ve read plenty of books in the last 18.5 years, I’ve not read 8 in 4 weeks ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ a bit of a record.

An unexpected but satisfactory ending

Just before I hopped into bed I leaned my head on the windowsill to listen….to the sounds of silence. No cars, no bikes, no barking dogs, no TV, no music, no people talking….just pure palpable silence. Bliss.

I’ve been on Facebook for much of the day ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค” bloody hate it, but it’s so addictive. I follow a few Camino pages and every day I’m astounded at the number of people who seem to think that they can still walk the Camino this year. A common question is: “my airline has cancelled my flight for June, should I book for September?” Seriously, these people are living in lala land. If they could pull their heads out their proverbial….they might just realise that Spain is not going to be remotely able to deal with a bunch of tourists…pretend pilgrims. Ignorant…!!! So many people who are involved with the Camino have posted on the pages about the devastating effects of Covid-19 and how the infrastructure is struggling and yet these ‘pumpkins’ just don’t get it. Gahhh.

Talking of pilgrimage….I bought the April edition of Countryfile a few weeks ago and am just about to delve into an article about Holy Island and St Cuthbert’s Way. On my list of walks to do….I’m guessing that the Camino I planned for 2021 is going to be on hold…instead I’ll look at walking a few of the long list of UK walks I want to do, 3 of which are pilgrimages following in the footsteps of Saints.

Nothing much else to add really. I didn’t go out again today, had a snooze instead which is a treat. But I think I will make an effort tomorrow. I only have another 8 days here so want to make the most of it while I can. I’m booked to return in July for 3 weeks, and hopefully by then the lockdown will be lifted and I can venture further afield.

I’m looking forward to the return of blue skies….

Stay safe folks……

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So I jumped from 18 to 20 and 19 didn’t get a look in ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ actually I did pretty much nothing at all yesterday besides my usual on duty duties of cooking, cleaning, making the bed, washing, a bit of ironing, hoovering, dusting, tracking down a specific sponge and shouting at the tv….especially the bits where they report that Johnson is “so thankful to the NHS for saving his life” ๐Ÿคฎ๐Ÿคฎ๐Ÿคฎ Seriously. He’s going to get well, back in the saddle, and when this is over, he’ll go back to vetoing any pay rises for nurses et al and proceed to sell off the NHS….without batting an eyelid.

I also managed to get in some reading yesterday during my break and between chores…..and finished the 6th book I’ve read since lockdown…3 per week is not too bad. This morning I finished the 6th book after reading till after midnight….a real page turner: ‘Monday Mourning’ by Kathy Reich….

I tried reading one of her earlier books, Fatal Voyage, but there was just too much detail and wayyyy too many acronyms that I gave up after the first chapter and whizzed to the last 10 pages and boom…done…I got the gist of it without the gristle. This book, thankfully, was a lot less on the overload and a big improvement in enjoyability.

Reading is one of my favourite things to do and has been since I was about 4 years old. If my mother couldn’t find me, a look behind the curtains and there I’d be, lost to the world. I’ve often worked in houses where the only books are, mostly unused, recipe books, so 8ts been a real treat to find a house not only filled with 100s of books, but mostly books that I enjoy..

Some of my favourite authors live in this house.

So, since I’m here for another 2 weeks, I plan to read as many as possible.

Tomorrow will be 3 weeks since I arrived at this booking, and although the first 5 days were hell, the last 2 weeks have been lovely. It’s not often I agree to stay longer than 2 weeks, which is the normal length of our bookings, but of course Covid-19 made its appearance and lockdown occurred…so here I am. I’ve pretty much walked every route within reach of an hour or 1.6km and back…so now I’m staying in, albeit going a bit carazzzyyy….and reading. I have however, on a few evenings, popped out at 7.30pm while no-one was about

The weather has been amazing and really beautiful, but too hot for my liking, so staying in hasn’t been too difficult. Its given me a perfect excuse to sleep and read ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜‰

Pretty much where I’ve spent my 2 hour breaks

Actually the weather has brought to mind my Camino in 2017 (gosh nearly 3 years ago ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ) I remember the heat in Portugal and how it used to absolutely drain me. Although I’m not a ‘morning person’, on the Camino I used to leave before sunrise so I could escape the midday heat….worked most days.

On the Covid-19 front, I’m guessing the lockdown is going to be extended. God, the statistics are terrifying and my heart aches for the families who have lost their loved ones. I can’t even imagine how heartbreaking its been for them, and especially for the families of the NHS staff who’ve succumbed to this horrible virus. I do hope this thing is under control ASAP.

Although it doesn’t quite seem appropriate with the current situation, Happy Easter folks.

My grandson’s first Easter bunny ๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿ‡

My daughter is trying to discourage a sweet tooth do the bub doesn’t get much by way if sweets and chocolate but she conceded for Easter and got his this teeny tiny little bunny…he loved it. I’m still chatting to my grandson on a daily basis and it’s an absolute delight to see him running about the garden and the little play area his parents have made for him…he’s just loving the water play and sand pit. Hes getting to the age now where he latches onto a favourite book and insists he gets read to a dozen times a day. My daughter had to read We’re going on a Bear Hunt 30 times the other day ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ I can’t wait to see him.

Other than that, life here has been quiet, I see and greet the locals that I see thanked the postman and the trash collectors for keeping us up to date. Lord, imagine if the trash wasn’t being collected!!! We’re very very very lucky and privileged in this country. Although we love to complain about all manner of little inconveniences, our infrastructure and services are par excellence and we really do not have much to complain about.

Oh, did you happen to see Charlie Steyt interviewing Bill Gates? Theres a lot of controversy surrounding Gates lately that has shocked me to the core….what do you think? I have to investigate further because I had no idea…..

Anyway folks, take care, stay home and please be safe….not a statistic

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Whoops…when I logged on tonight I realised I’d forgotten to post last night…no loss really since I didn’t really have much to say. Of course by now we all know we’re on an extra 2 weeks of lockdown, and that’s no bad thing as far as the virus goes. Not so good for small businesses and self-employed and people struggling to make ends meet. Brilliant for nature though.

Its also really encouraging to note how many people are now being respectful and observing the travel restrictions and staying at home. Of course there are still plenty of numbskulls about….

Talking of numbskulls, ut seems our esteemed PM is on the mend and moved off of ICU….frankly I’m totally angry with him. He’s shown a total lack of responsibility by shaking the hands of the Covid-19 patients back in March. Not only did he contract the virus, pass it on to others, but he got that ill that he ends up in hospital taking up a bed that could have been used for someone who accidentally contracted the virus. He deserves a bloody good slap.

As for people who need a good slap….I saw this post on the BBC Facebook page yesterday, and frankly it bloody annoyed me…

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10157648038407217&id=228735667216

How dare they now offer ‘advice ‘ – I hope that people in Wuhan can learn to NOT eat wild animals and to stop treating animals in such an appalling way in those shocking wet markets. Stop and ban the dreadful trade in wild animalsโ€ฆ.then you can offer advice to the rest of the world.

Other links I found informational:

1. Social distancing for runners and cyclists….please take notice of this, its so important

https://medium.com/@jurgenthoelen/belgian-dutch-study-why-in-times-of-covid-19-you-can-not-walk-run-bike-close-to-each-other-a5df19c77d08

2. How the world became quieter

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/04/coronavirus-is-quieting-the-world-seismic-data-shows/?cmpid=org=ngp::mc=social::src=facebook::cmp=editorial::add=fb20200409science-seismicquietingcoronavirus::rid=&sf232513804=1

3. BCG and Covid-19

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/04/08/bcg-jabs-mean-six-times-less-likely-get-coronavirus-study-finds/?utm_content=telegraph&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_source=Facebook#Echobox=1586441634

All quite interesting. We all had BCG innoculations as children in South Africa and of course my grandson had his here. I wonder if its possible that having had that, we are less likely to contract the virus.

I wonder, did anyone watch the Horizon Special last night on Channel 4 about the coronavirus? Totally fascinating and terrifying. It moves so fast and transmits so easily. If I was paranoid before, I’ve upped my game even more. I’m halfway through my current assignment and I want to remain in good health so I can see my wee cherub in a few weeks time.

Gosh its been way too long….I miss him so much. Its brilliant though being able to facetime and I love that he blows me kisses when we say goodbye ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’™ He is the light of my life. He’s also grown so much and getting quite tall. His sign language is coming along really well too…very impressive.

My daughter had some colourful foam tiles that they put out in the courtyard for him to play on but not enough to cover the whole area, so I made contribution and she ordered another batch and now it looks amazing. Plenty of space for water play and his little sandpit.

I haven’t done much walking the last couple of days. With the warmer weather more people are out and about, so I’ve stayed in and read or watched TV or snoozed. I have though gone out for a short walk at about 7.30pm and invariably only see 1 or 2 people. Usually dog walkers.

Last night’s sunset was just beautiful and tonight I walked a slightly different route and gazed across fields so green they’re almost fluorescent.

Reminds me of the Camino

So that’s it really. We did the Thursday night clap for carers and its brilliant that this has been kept up. I can’t even begin to imagine how hard and exhausting it must be for them all, and how tragic their losses amongst the staff. This virus really is a game changer……

All the best folks and happy Easter

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At the start of this lockdown, we were told it would be 3 weeks; 21 days, and therefore we would have been 5 days from the end…but with the number of deaths mounting and the daily number of infections increasing day on day, I very much doubt we’ll see the end of this before end April.

Personally, I’d be quite okay with another week or two of lockdown…it’s giving nature a chance to flourish and the planet to repair itself. However, the impact of this is going to be horrendous for small businesses. So many sad stories emerging…and its only going to get worse. Frankly I think it’s going to be a long uphill struggle for years to come and many are going to fall through the cracks.

Meanwhile, trying to distract myself from the TV and the news and bloody Facebook ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿคจ๐ŸคจI’ve been reading a lot….did I say ‘a lot’!! Bit of an understatement really ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ I finished the 5th book today. I thought I’d read 4, but no….its 5 in just over2 weeks….hmmm. Although this job started off really badly, things have settled down and now I have more free time, so I’ve been reading…a lot

Talking of the job, I’m halfway through and from tomorrow its countdown and I’m on the downward slope.

Andddd talking of slopes ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„ I didn’t go out today during my break; too many people about, so instead I had a lovely long snooze and went out for half an hour this evening at sunset. I walked up the hill and onto the ramparts of the castle where I saw a stunning sunset. Not many people about thankfully, just a few dog walkers.

Sunset over the Quantock hills

I did another quick video for my grandson so he could see the sunset where I am. The Bristol Channel looked a fabulous shade of blue on the horizon and of course I could see the coastline of Wales in the distance.

The Bristol Channel

I had the best delivery from the mailman today….a postcard with a photo of the cutest little Easter bunny you ever did see โ˜บ๏ธโ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿฅฐ

The cutest bunny ever โคโค

We also had a very brief hello via facetime earlier this evening and it’s such a joy to see that gorgeous little smile. He’s such a little busy bee and doesn’t sit still for long before he’s off…here and there. Apparently they had a bit of a drama in the garden this morning…he was walking about with barefeet in the grass because he’s outgrown his shoes, and poor wee poppet stood on a thorn ๐Ÿ˜ช๐Ÿ˜ช๐Ÿ˜ช ouch. Too painful for words. Children give you grey hair ๐Ÿ˜‰…..worth every one.

I was delighted this evening to get a reply from the albergue in Arcade where I stayed one night on my Camino. I’ve been really concerned for Miguel and his family but thankfully they’re all well, although really struggling with the terrible situation in Spain. I’m looking forward to seeing them again when my younger sister and I walk the route again next year.

So other than that, nothing much happening….I’ve got the grandparents WhatsApp facetime tomorrow to look forward to, which is always fun….4 adults all talking over each other due to time lags and the grandson looking bemused ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Its so quiet outside and just before I got into bed I stood at the bedroom window and just enjoyed the pure stillness….all I could hear were the faint sounds of the farm animals and the rushing water in the nearby brook. But what amazed me was that I could smell the very strong perfume of honeysuckle….not sure where its growing but the perfume was so strong. The benefits of no traffic….

Folks, I hope you’re all well and keeping safe. It was lovely to get a message from America on my Instagram today ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Take care everyone…wherever you may be and remember – April’s distance is May’s existence. Be safe

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The village where I’m currently working is located in a very rural area surrounded by lots of small farms.

On the top of the hill, known as the mound, are the ruins of the Norman motte and bailey and a flock of sheep graze the fenced in area. On my daily walks I usually take a spin around the perimeter and collect tufts of wool from the gorse and brambles that the animals have brushed against.

I’m collecting the wool for any future projects my grandson will likely have to do at school….or maybe even at home. ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿป

I’ve cleaned, washed, bleached, softened, dried and baked the wool and now it’s ready to be packed away for future use ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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As we enter the 2nd week of lockdown it seems that finally the message is getting through to the last of the laggards. People are staying home ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Thankfully I love reading and although I was only expecting to be here for 2 weeks, I brought 3 new books with me. I can’t tell you how often in the past I’ve worked in homes bereft of books!! How do people not have books to read??

As it turns out, I’m going to be here for 5 weeks!!! And bonus…unusually for me there are hundreds of books in this house, and most are by authors that I enjoy…so I have a huge selection and choice to keep me going.

I finished the 1st book a couple of days ago and started reading another of my favourite authors…Lee Child. The Midnight Line features Jack Reacher and as with others in the series it doesn’t disappoint. I read until 11.30pm last night and until I couldn’t see anymore ๐Ÿคช๐Ÿคช๐Ÿคช it’s a page turner.

I had the joy of a facetime call with my grandson this morning ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’™ He’s ever so cute and developing so quickly. Apparently he’s started calling me nan nan ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ…still finding it difficult to say Granny ๐Ÿ‘ต๐Ÿป Its an absolute joy to watch his development and I’m in awe of how much he has grown and changed in the last 14.5 months. From a tiny, helpless baby dependent on us for his every need, to an adorable toddler with a very determined mind of his own….and if he’s deterred…he has a bit of a meltdown…a real drama llama ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ It’s so cute.

I had a fabulous walk today. I retraced my steps from yesterday and went a wee bit further. The weather was perfect for walking. What a beautiful area of the country….although my time is limited, the Quantocks are right on my doorstep and I am so lucky. I only passed about 8 people today, we all waved, said hello and asked if we’re doing good…all in very good spirits. The path I followed runs right next to a bubbling stream and at one stage I was inspected by a very energetic little dog who had no clue about social distancing ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Countrywide the news is not good. This horrible thing is spreading so fast now and as fast as its spreading so our government is lagging behind. You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all the people all the time. If nothing else, being in lockdown gives us a better chance to scrutinise what our government is doing and they’re not doing too fantastically. The medical profession are begging for PPE and other supplies, and the current spokesman stands there and talks ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ’ฉ. The current crisis is fully in their hands.

So here we are, at the end of another day and I am thinking more about how much I have to be grateful for….others feel the same way too

Take care folks, stay safe

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