Day 5 – Curfew – Saturday 28 March.
Today has been a better day – maybe because it began with a run? I am not kidding I must have seen 30 runners out between 8 and 9am. Running is a great way to stay fit.
As the days go on, and I find less to write about, I will share some of my thoughts and observations with you:
Whilst running today I spotted a couple of runners on the opposite side of the road – we had a shouty couple of conversations which was comforting. As I spotted people walking towards me – not many and mainly solo walkers or dog walkers – I ran into the road to give them space to walk. Two out of the three times I did this the other person didn’t even acknowledge me. How rude?
When anyone gives way for me (whether I am out running, walking or doing an errand for someone who is self-isolating) I at least smile and thank them.
The opposite of these rude people are the number of strangers who are saying, ‘Hello’, and smiling as they pass you at a distance – it makes life so much more pleasant.
I continued my outdoor exercise by taking Martha for a long leisurely walk across some fields from where we can see the glorious Malvern hills (closed to walkers from today apparently): the views across Worcestershire are truly a delight.
Once home I ran a deep bubble-bath and spent a while relaxing and thinking before grabbing a sandwich for lunch. Just before lunch I called one of my most bubbly friends for a catch-up. ‘Y’ never fails to make me laugh out loud when we chat, she is full of funny stories and an absolute tonic in these less-socially-active days.
Since lunch I have enjoyed several text conversations with some of my best friends – we are planning lots of get-togethers once it is safe to do so…and I can’t wait. There is nothing so comforting, uplifting and fun as times spent with good female friends (men – you are great, but my girl-friend are simply gorgeous).
For those who may read this in years to come, both Prince Charles (heir to the throne) and Boris Johnson (P.M.) have mild symptoms of corona virus. The numbers are growing and are apparently meant to peak in a couple of weeks. I do know a couple of people who have had the virus and have messaged me to explain how ill they have felt, but I haven’t been in physical contact with them. My nephew has been pretty ill and tells me there are 4 strains in the UK so he could still potentially get the other 3. I hope not, poor boy.
Everyone seems to be appreciating those who are still working to keep the country going. Drivers delivering food and essential items, companies manufacturing parts for respirators and the like, post-people, refuse-bin people, police, fire, all the services, and those employed in the care and NHS.
On Thursday evening the majority of us Brits stood by our open doors and windows and clapped and cheered at 8pm to let the NHS how much we appreciate the workers; although this was specifically for the NHS I am sure we all bore in mind all the other ‘critical workers’ aforementioned too. It was pretty emotive – the words pride, inclusive and emotional come to mind too.
Well, I am craving something sweet today so have made a Lemon Drizzle cake. I have promised myself that I will spend a good amount of time over the next few days editing books I have written but not yet published (read ‘re-writing’ for ‘editing’ – yikes!)
Getting creative in the kitchen has always been one of my things so, for dinner, I made a rather spicy 🌶 vegetable Pav Bhaji. My friend ‘J’ gave me a packet of spices for this recipe back in November – the recipe was on the pack. It really was easy as I had all the vegetable in my fridge. Served with boiled rice it proved a quick supper.
Oh, one other observation – a few people seem to be getting rather bossy, aggressive and downright narky lately, telling ‘others’ what they should be doing (from the comparative safety of social media or texts).
Actually nothing has changed since Monday evening so I don’t know where they are getting their information from. I have seen (and received) messages such as, ‘You cannot do …’, or, ‘You should do…’
What is that all about? We all need to take note only of official advice (not the BBC, FB, general public etc). Personally, I simply smile, nod and then ignore all the bossy-boots out there.
Running, spending time with friends, walking my dog, baking and eating Lemon Drizzle – that’s this Girl’s Thing right now.