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Today’s post is dedicated to Capt. Tom Moore; fundraiser extraordinaire πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Wishing Capt. Tom, now an Honorary Colonel, a very happy 1️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ th birthday.

Gosh, can you imagine first off reaching such a remarkable age, and then becoming world famous for walking 100 laps of your garden!! But he did, and he has.

Just a few short weeks ago, this tiny little old man, the quintessential grandfather, with a very definite ‘cute’ factor, appeared on BBC1 morning news via video link, to say he was planning on walking 100 laps around his garden to raise Β£1000 by his 100th birthday on 30 April, for the NHS to say thank you for all the care they had provided when he was recently in hospital.

By the time the interview ended, Β£400 had already been raised and he was ecstatic. From then on, it became a thing of history….within a few days his target had been smashed and was rapidly climbing, not by the hundred, or the thousand, but by the million…on some days increasing by over Β£2million between morning and night. Astounding.

And then it hit 10 million, then 15 million, then 20 million and it seemed unstoppable.

And this morning it hit Β£30MILLION whoaaaaa!!! I just checked and it has now reached Β£32,640,435. Incredible.

Along the way he has had 140,000 birthday cards,

had a #1 hit on the song charts alongside Michael Ball,

had a fantastic mural painted depicting him with a field of soldiers,

A Royal Mail birthday Postmark and Guard of Honour for his 100th lap

had a stunning bench gifted to him,

Received 2 Guinness Book of World Records entries

Had a special beer brewed and for him

a GWR train named for him,

a beach drawing from Jersey,

received an Honorary Title of Colonel and a birthday card from the Queen

and to top it all a BBMF flypast; we are honoured to confirm that the BBMF will send a Hurricane and a Spitfire to mark Capt Tom Moore’s birthday and his support for the NHS.

What an incredible story. Truly Capt. Tom has been a light in a storm.

I think it’s the life raft thing…in times of trouble, people need something to hold onto, something positive amongst the overwhelming negativity….people are fearful of what we don’t know, and his little venture became the life raft. He has given us hope.🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈 and it certainly helps that he has the cute factor πŸ₯°

May he continue to live a wonderful life and see in a good few more years to come. πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŽ

Please note that clearly none of the above photos are mine – they are either screenshots, downloaded from Facebook or captured off the tv….ergo I do not claim credit for any of them and have merely used them to share this amazing story.

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Gosh, I’ve been so weepy today, its absolutely ridiculous. I am tired, that I know for sure…working 35 days without a break, even though I’m not especially busy, is tiring. I’m really grateful I’m not in a more physically demanding position.

It all started off when I saw the photo of all Capt. Tom Moore’s birthday cards β˜ΊοΈβ˜ΊοΈβ˜ΊοΈπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ over 125,000 so far and they’re still coming….I’m guessing he won’t be reading mine then πŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺ

Image from Facebook..some of the birthday cards
Absolutely extraordinary

Then I saw the fantastic mural created by Bradley Scott Windows – it is stunning.

Capt. Tom Moore

After that I read an article that said he was definitely going to get a RAF fly-past for his birthday, which would include a Spitfire; not the Spirit of Kent, but close enough ☺️ https://www.itv.com/news/2020-04-28/raf-flypast-for-captain-toms-100th-birthday/

and then to add to all that, a photo of him with 2 Guinness World Book of Records Certificates….it seems he’s been accepted into the Guinness Book of Records for 1. Being the oldest person to reach #1 on the music charts and 2. Raising the most amount of money for charity – as an individual.

So much wonderful news in one day and I just cried. ❀❀❀

We’re so used to seeing sad, and shocking and terrible news these days, that any good news is overwhelming.

Had a wonderful facetime conversation with my daughter and grandson during my break today….he’s growing up so fast now and the changes are amazing. He always gives me the most beautiful smiles and that just makes my day.

Seems I’m a Trail Blazer πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ completed 9kms today and that takes me to 17kms down and 127 kms to go to the end of Hadrian’s Wall….its been raining today so I tracked my kms indoors instead of my daily outdoor excursions. Its amazing just how many kms I walk in a day when I’m working. At other jobs I’ve done well over 12kms on some days, and most of that is climbing up and down stairs πŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺ I forgot to put my phone in my pocket a few times today, so probably did more than 9kms, but hey, I’m good with that.

Hoorah…making progress

Now if only I was walking the route for real. Post-lockdown goal….watch this space πŸ‘€πŸ‘€πŸ‘€πŸšΆπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ‘£πŸ‘£

The only other person I’ve spoken to today besides my client and my daughter was the District Nurse. Poor girl nearly jumped out her skin when she wanted to close the door behind her….as she went to put her hand on the latch I shouted “don’t touch that, I’ll do it” 🀨🀨 I’ve kept the virus out the door for 5 weeks now, I’m not having anyone touch anything in this house if I can help it.

The 1 minute silence at 11am to remember the many, 140 plus, NHS staff and Carers and other frontline staff who’ve died, was so poignant and very sad, my heart aches for their families πŸ’”πŸ’”πŸ’” Their deaths have all been totally unnecessary and completely unacceptable. This government has much to answer for. I wanted to shout at the TV when they showed those hypocrites Johnson and Gove et al standing there with their heads bowed. Bloody hypocrites. They’ve been cutting funding and selling off the NHS for years, refusing to increase junior doctors pay just a few years ago…and now they stand there for all the world as if they are innocent. Gahhhh. I hope there is a hell….

Other than that, it’s been a quiet day. I’m trying to not watch the news anymore and I definitely cannot watch the daily briefings🀬🀬🀬….the TV is not mine…and I can’t afford to replace it….

I read that New Zealand and Australia have tentatively lifted the curtain slightly on their lockdown….let’s see how that goes. Hopefully no 2nd wave as predicted.

That’s it for today. I’m quite impressed that barring a few days, I’ve kept up my journal this long. I’ve never blogged this often before…

Goodnight and stay safe

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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 πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ’šπŸ’š the Queen.Β  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 πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ 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 I’ve published. I’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.
… I trust that once the world comes out of this pandemic we will, collectively, want to do things differently – but there is much talk of getting back to β€˜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 normal’ by way of an elevated consciousness β€” 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 d’Γͺtre, it has no other purpose nor ever will. Providing my publisher doesn’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, β€˜where are the adults?’ 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 think… in ourselves. Rabbinic sage Hillel the Elder asked the rhetorical question, “If not me, who? If not now, when?”

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 β€” 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, ‘…an 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 can… 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 … until the next crisis strikes again?

β€œWe have yet to learn the simple act of walking the earth like brothers.” 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 SanabrΓ©s. 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 himself… we may yet find we are brothers after all.

Blessings…
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….πŸ˜€ stay safe folks 🌈🌈🌈

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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

β€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.” 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 πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯° and so thrilled to hear my grandson say “Granny!!” properly this time πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ’™πŸ‘ΆπŸ» He is such a little charm. Cannot wait to see him again.

My little boo πŸ’™πŸ‘ΆπŸ»πŸ₯°

On my way back to the house I spotted some more free books, so added a few to the collection πŸ˜‰πŸ€£πŸ€£

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 Β£100k πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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 πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Bonus!!!

All the best folks stay safe

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This thing feels interminable….today was one of those days that I felt squished…so I just acknowledged the feelings and avoided Facebook as much as possible and kept the TV on any channel except the news. 5 USA is getting a good airing 🀨🀨🀨 I don’t actually watch or listen but it’s just comforting to have voices in the background.

I communicated with my sister and brother-in-law first thing this morning….just giving them support… He’s doing well and impatient to get up and start walking and looking forward to going home on Sunday. My sister is having a bit of a wobble which is to be expected…so she’s making macaroni cheese for supper. Sensible girl. It’s a staple of our childhood and one of our favourite ‘Mommy’ meals πŸ₯°πŸ₯° I too make it as comfort food, and often make it for my little family when I visit.

I spoke briefly with my daughter…giving her some hints on making, what is in my opinion, the perfect bowl of porridge πŸ˜‰ I caught an even more brief glimpse of my grandson before he whizzed off…busy busy as usual. πŸ’™πŸ‘ΆπŸ» The parentals weighed him today…he’s 24lbs now….started life as scrap of a thing at 7lbs ….its so extraordinary how humans develop. Its been fascinating watching him go from that tiny helpless little being into the bustling little toddler he is today …apparently he’s learned to say Daddy πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ’™πŸ‘ΆπŸ» and runs around the house shouting Daddy Daddy Daddy πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚β€

The result..looks good to me πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹

Okay….Wowwww. I checked Capt. Tom’s justgiving page…its smashed through the Β£20million ceiling….oh my gosh. Its gone crazy….Β£20 449 435.47 and growing. Thats a Β£4million increase since I checked late last night!! 😯😯😯😯 It’s a phenomenal amount of money and so uplifting!! I do feel for all the other elderly people also doing amazing things to raise funds for the NHS…something about this little gentleman has touched a chord around the world…

Earlier today- Extraordinary

They’re now considering a Spitfire fly past for his birthday πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ Imagine if they could give him a flight!! That would be amazing.

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/kent/news/spirit-of-kent-spitfire-to-honour-nhs-fundraising-veteran-225836/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook

Was watching Channel 5 – Stonehenge: Digging Up Britain’s Past. The history of this island is absolutely fascinating. I find it endlessly interesting. We’re so lucky to have so much history to explore. I’ve had the amazing experience of standing in a 5,000 year old burren in Ireland…..beyond description really.

I watched a bit of the news this evening, just to catch up, and I really feel so sorry for the religions; Judaism and Islam, and others that require people to be buried a particular way…within 48 hours of death…they can’t do that now and it must be so hard. 😭😭😭😭😭 This virus has affected us in a myriad of ways that are almost impossible to comprehend.

I read something really interesting yesterday….the Japanese custom of putting their hands together and bowing developed after the Spanish Flu in 1918….a way of avoiding contagion by touching another person’s hands…..the shame is that we Westerners barge in and expect them to shake hands….perhaps we need to develop the same customs….πŸ€”πŸ€” I wonder what changes we will see in the future? Its certainly going to be a different world 🌍🌎🌏

So yesterday I read that we could expect to see a meteor shower over the next few days…..I got all excited and hung out the window last night, but didn’t see anything…a tad disappointed but never fear its here till next week…except what did I wake up to this morning?? Yup, you guessed it…rain!! Seriously, why am I even surprised. If there’s a hint of an eclipse or a meteor shower, you can almost guarantee it will rain 🀨🀨🀨 anyway here’s the link just in case

https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/18382169.lyrid-meteor-shower-visible-uk-tonight—see/?ref=fbshr

Rain rain go away…

So that’s it really. Day 25 winds down and the world has been turned upside down.

I hope you are all well and still healthy….lets hope this nightmare ends soon. Take care and be safe πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸŒˆπŸŒˆπŸŒˆ

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Wowww, what a way to start the day…Capt. Tom has now raised over Β£12million for the NHS πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™ that’s Β£2 million overnight….extraordinary. what a wonderful initiative to uplift our spirits.

In the darkest times, there is always a light to guide the way πŸ•―πŸ•―

πŸŽ–πŸŽ–πŸŽ–πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸŒˆπŸŒˆπŸŒˆ

If you’re keen to show your appreciation, you can send him a thank you or 100th birthday card

Thank you and happy birthday πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŽˆπŸŽˆπŸŽˆπŸŽ

So here we are, day 24 and no real end in sight. I saw an article this morning that indicated social distancing could last until 2022. 😱😱

Meanwhile the plastic pollution has increased exponentially with people discarding their single use plastic gloves….in the feking streets 🀬🀬🀬

Seriously, come on people, surely you have more common sense or understanding that you should throw them in the trash!!! Or probably not because the type of people who do that are the same people who toss the cigarette butts in the street, plastic bottles in the grass, and candy wrappers in the gutter. They are disgusting. It infuriates me beyond belief. For years we’ve been fighting against plastic pollution and these morons just increase it without a care.

Frankly I think the fact that Covid-19 lasts for up to 5 days (or more depending on which ‘report’ you read) is an argument for ditching single use plastic. Of course that would also include PPE which is mostly plastic….so its tricky. But if we stop plastic willy nilly, then PPE wouldn’t be an issue and could be manageable. It also begs the question…is the NHS having their plastic incinerated? Does anyone know?

I saw this in the paper this morning 😁😁

I love how the English language keeps developing and evolving. Its a fascinating language and I love playing around with words…and of course Scrabble is my favourite leisure time game….just wish I could play it more often. I always totally admire foreigners who speak English because it’s not the easiest of languages to learn. Take the word spit for instance…it can be an action or a description. Its something nuckleheads do because they can’t keep their gob in their mouths and the distance between their ears is narrow and doesn’t leave enough space for brains 🧠 or it can be a narrow (see there’s that word again πŸ˜‰) piece of land jutting out…usually into the sea, which is where I’d like to toss the yobs who spit 🀣🀣🀣🀣

One of my favourite exercises in school was listing words spelt the same, but with different meanings. These days I keep myself occupied with word searches and the previously mentioned polygons. However, I don’t like crosswords…😝😝😝

On the home front I got to see my grandson again just before lunchtime and watched him busy busy in the garden. Geez, that boy doesn’t sit still for more than 5 seconds at any one time. I took loads of videos of him when he was a baby (which I watch frequently), and even then while still barely out the womb, he was always moving moving…legs, arms and head…every video. The only time he was ever still was when he was asleep πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯° and how much I loved just watching him sleep…so precious and so tiny.

My brother-in-law has had his operation in Cape Town and is out of surgery and doing well…thanks be that it wasn’t any worse…. They’re also fortunate to have (and pay a lot of money for) private medical aid, so instead of going onto a waiting list, he had the operation within 48 hours after the heart attack. I’d love to have private medical aid again like I did in South Africa, although it was expensive, it was still affordable, but BUPA charge a small (large) fortune with all manner of caveats and restrictions and limits….so what’s the point. I’ll work an extra 4 days each month just to pay for it and likely get declined when claiming…. insurance companies…they like to keep as much of your money as possible. So yeah, NHS for me and frankly, that’s no bad thing. I’ve only had occasion to use a hospital twice, maybe 3 times in 18 years, so I’m good.

Talking of hospital, I think Matt Hancock looked like he was going to have apoplexy on the Piers Morgan show this morning 😏😏😏 Jeez, he got burned and nailed to the wall. I may have mentioned before that I’m not a fan of Mr Piers Egotistical Narcissistic Morgan, and usually switch over to something else rather than listen to him, but by golly I’m enjoying watching him hang our ministers on a hook and make them squirm. I know I shouldn’t laugh, and they’re coping (not quite) with an ‘unprecedented’ situation atm, but I just wish they would stop bloody playing politics and be honest…say what’s happening. Don’t flubbergust and prevaricate and tell 🐷🐷🐷🐷ies when they KNOW the truth will come out. If they just stopped dancing around the issues and avoiding straightforward answers and admit they fΒ₯cked up, you could have more respect for them. We don’t expect them to be perfect or have all the answers, but just for once be honest. 😑😑😑

Okay I’ll get off my 🧼🎁 now 😎😎😎😎

One last word on Piers….besides enjoying the daily πŸ”₯πŸ”₯ he’s giving the government ministers, he’s pushing for Capt. Tom to get a Knighthood….he does have a ❀ after all 😁😁

I had a fantastic conversation with my sister in Cape Town this afternoon. She and her hubby have been involved with mountain search and rescue for a couple of decades now, both there and when they lived in Ireland. She was regaling me with tales of some of the ridiculously stupid situations people get themselves into on Table Mountain. Its unbelievable….reminds me of some of the people who go walking up Mt. Snowdon in sandles, no maps, no food, no water, no emergency items and no warm clothes. Seriously. πŸ™„πŸ™„πŸ™„

As for walking….I just read this article… so that looks like my plan to walk the Camino again next year with one of my younger sisters could be out the window…. we’ll have to wait and see. I doubt anyone can predict how anything is going to work out in the next few months. https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/covid-19-test-results-and-later-on-vaccination-will-be-required-for-schengen-visa-application/

I’m not particularly heartbroken about it…but I was looking forward to walking the Portuguese Camino again, this time with my younger sister, but hey ho, there are so many walks I want to do in the UK, so I might just concentrate on those instead….especially for the foreseeable future.

Clap for Carers again tonight and I get the feeling that enthusiasm for this is escalating in our street…nice turnout. β€πŸŒˆπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™ Neighbours wave, looking this way and that…”are you out”? “Yes, hello, nice to see you” rings out along the street. A real sense of community, coming together in a time of crisis, although we feel far removed from any hint of a crisis. Day to day, except for the unusual stillness of the day, and the lack of busyness…cars, bikes, trucks…hardly seen nor heard, you’d never think that our country is in the midst of a pandemic. I’ve never felt more remote…. Next week, being my last Thursday here for the time being, I’m going to take my client’s great big bell and ring it like crazy πŸ›ŽπŸ›ŽπŸ›ŽπŸ›ŽπŸ›ŽπŸ›ŽπŸ›ŽπŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰ just for fun

Ding ding ding

I leave the following Monday so can hide away till then πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

I didn’t go out for a walk today… simply didn’t feel like it…..instead I snoozed and read and chatted with my sister….tomorrow as they say, is another day…

So just before I end off for the night I had another peek at Capt. Tom’s Justgiving page…OMG….. Β£16,316,160.37 I can’t even begin to express my thoughts on that…bloody marvellous. I just hope it gets to the right people, is used wisely and isn’t a way for the government to wriggle out of the financial black hole they created through their cuts.

Huge congratulations Capt. Tom you truly deserve that πŸŽ– and Knighthood…you’ve inspired a nation…

πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸŒˆπŸŒˆπŸŒˆ

Goodnight….

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Okay so after deciding to not continue keeping a ‘diary’ of this weird, surreal situation we’re living in, called ‘Lockdown,’ I changed my mind…these are strange times and after thinking about it, I just felt like I needed to record my thoughts and feelings and links of interest…one day my grandson might be interested to read them and get a very tiny glimpse of this weird weird time.

My client keeps saying ‘we’ve never lived through anything like this before ‘ and of course she’s right…we haven’t. Other countries have dealt with similar issues like the Ebola virus that is still causing death in the Congo, or the HIV virus that has caused so much death worldwide, and we’ve had other flu virus epidemics but this, this is different….no other crisis has caused a worldwide lockdown with 90% of businesses shut down. Although the word is/has been overused, it is unprecedented….

There are so many tragic tragic stories, heartbreaking stories that flatten you with sadness for the people living and dying in those stories….

Then we have the heartwarming stories like the now world-famous 99 year old Capt Tom. I mean what a perfect name for someone who will go down in history….

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-52290976

What started out as a generous idea to raise Β£1000 for the NHS, has turned into a worldwide phenomenon with thousands now calling for him to be on the Queen’s Honours list….for a Knighthood. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸŽ–πŸŽ–

As I write the amount donated has gone over the Β£10million threshold. Wowwww. Extraordinary doesn’t even begin to describe it. Beyond incredible. Bless his socks!!!

Amongst all the chaos of Covid-19 we keep hearing about inspiring stories, see people doing fantastic things and learning more about how in times of crisis, so many people step up and be amazing. And there are so many!!! I simply love that the rainbow has become a symbol of the times…🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈

On the home front, I ventured out of doors during my break today for the first time since last week and covered a decent 2.54kms and got back to the house in my designated hour. The weather is absolutely fabulous and I’m convinced Mother Nature is teasing us…..I don’t recall seeing so many blue sky days in a row in all the years I’ve lived in the UK.

Enroute I noticed this crowd not practicing social distancing….clearly they didn’t get the memo πŸ™„πŸ™„πŸ™„

2 metres chaps!!

Along the way my daughter phoned and I got to spend some virtual time chatting to her and my grandson and a brief hello to son-in-law πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯° I miss them so much. He was reading a book and my daughter let me watch how good he is at turning the pages…for a 15 month old he’s very impressive. Most toddlers his age tend to rip books apart, but he’s ever so careful with his books.

On my way back to the house I passed the shelter next to the clock tower and found a lot of free stuff, so carefully selected a few books and a toy to take home for him

Books and more books 😍😍

I doubt many children have as many books as this boy.

I stopped off at the castle mound and climbed to the top where I noticed this beautiful installation

Easter Cross
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Its really weird to realise that I’ve been here now for just over 3 weeks and we’ve settled in really well together. Sadly it also means that my time here is rapidly nearing the end. Despite the really awful start, I’ve been quite happy here and although I do get bored, I am quite content. Not something I experience very often. Unfortunately the day draws near to when I have to venture out into the wide world again and I can honestly say that I am afraid.

I’ve done everything in my power to keep myself and my client safe from the virus; being absolutely vigilant about washing anything that may have come into contact with the virus and baking the newspaper and magazines etc on the Rayburn. But once I start travelling it’s all out of my hands and I’m not embarrassed to say I’m afraid.

Afraid some idiot may think they’re above all this and travel despite having symptoms. I’m afraid some moron will think its clever to spit at me or anyone else like they’ve done to others. Krist, what kind of twisted mind would do that??? Afraid I might accidentally come into contact with the virus…despite my precautions.

I’m dreading the long journey on 2 trains and the tube…its going to take bloody hours from here to there and that’s assuming there are no cancellations. And all the time I’ll be exposed. Urgh.

And then when I do get back I won’t even have the joy of spending time with my family….I’ll possibly be exposed to the virus at some point of my journey and I’ll have no way of knowing. So to keep them safe I’ve decided to keep my distance. I can only hope that by the time my next assignment ends in mid-May that the worst of this thing is over.

Meanwhile we got news today that my beloved brother-in-law had a minor (thankfully) heart-attack last night and is now in hospital πŸ˜₯πŸ˜₯πŸ˜₯ I feel absolutely distressed for my sister as she and her hubby are joined at the hip. And he’s not yet even 50. Its insane. But he’s in hospital and the procedure they’ll perform is simple and hopefully he’ll be home soon.

Worrying times and we’re all so far away.

Anyhow, that’s me for today. I finished my 7th book yesterday πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ and have just started the 8th….this has been a real treat for me as I don’t often get time to read as much. Oh and I’m working my way through a few polygons…a bit like scrabble but with only one word. My daughter maintains I’m some kind of weird word person 😁😁😁

So there we are, or is that here we are 😏😏😏 in the 4th week of lockdown….who knew at 00:01 on 1st January 2020 as we celebrated the arrival of the new year what a bastard of a year it was going to be…

Keep safe folks, maintain social distancing, wash your hands and please don’t take chances…stay home.

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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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In times like these

This quote just popped into my email inbox…

Seems quite pertinent in times like these

A nation’ s strength ultimately consists in what it can do on its own, and not in what it can borrow from others. Indira Gandhi

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Our local coffee machine at the station; Andy of the Red Bean Machine has gone ‘green’ πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ’šπŸ’šβ™»οΈβ™»οΈβ™»οΈβ™»οΈβ™»οΈ He’s now using fully biodegradable cups and lids made from starch, making them compostable. I’m well impressed at these small independent coffee shops/vans making a difference NOW and not PHASING it out by whatever date the large corporations and our governments come up with as a pathetic excuse to try impress us. THIS is impressive, time ⌚ for the big coffee chains to step up and BE THE CHANGE we want to see. There is no longer any excuse, alternatives to PLASTIC are available @starbucks @costacoffee @caffenero @pretamangeruk etc etc #bansingleuseplastic #nomoresingleuseplastic #nomoreplastic #bethechange #saveourplanet 🌏🌎🌍 #saveouroceans🌊 #saveourwildlife #stepup #BeLikeAndy #beaplanethero

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