Day 9 – Curfew – Weds 1 April 2020
Around 8am this morning a friend of mine, ‘H’, told me, ‘The curfew is finishing tomorrow’. I was elated…until she said, ‘April Fools’. How on earth I was taken in I’ve no idea – my only defence is that is was earlyish and I had been awake less than an hour.
Keeping a sense of humour is something we all need to do; the British do have a funny kind of humour – which other nationalities don’t always get – black humour keeps us going!
Three of my g.children FaceTimed me today – it was lovely to see and chat to them, even when there was a little altercation as to who needed to be able to see me best. Isla comes right to the front of the screen and the other two are almost head-butted out of sight.
It’s hilarious hearing them bickering – siblings eh? Isla told me. ‘When you don’t have Corona Virus and I don’t have Corona Virus I will bring Teeny back to you’. Neither of us have Covid19 but she is only three-and-a half so doesn’t quite understand.
Teeny is an old doll I keep at my home but Isla ‘borrows’ her frequently. She doesn’t know, but the doll is hers to keep really! I think if she knew that, Teeny would be left in the toy-box with all her other dolls, but because she believes it is my doll she takes great care with her. Children are funny!
Our dustbins were collected today, as usual. I am always appreciative of the fact that this happens. I know from experience in many countries people have to take their own rubbish to large bins or skips that are situated on the side of a road: I am even more appreciative right now – imagine if you were self-isolating and had stinky bins filling up with rubbish? I have decided to leave a tip for the bin-men next week – with a note telling them they are much appreciated.
Spain and Italy appear to be in the news more than most countries just now – they are suffering great losses. China and Korea are, according to a report I heard recently, recovering well financially so that gives me hope that any recession we in the U.K. suffer, won’t be too severe. Prince Charles has recovered from his mild Covid 19 illness -as have many others – so I am trying to focus on the positives instead of the negatives that this situation is throwing at us.
More and more people are exercising; runners, cyclists, families out walking with children (who are often used to going everywhere by car). In my local area people are definitely keeping their distance from each other with most shouting across the street, ‘Hello’, or, ‘How are you coping?’
People who are not going out have many opportunities to exercise at home (if they want to stay fit). Lots of fitness instructors are doing their own video or live calls. There is a guy called Joe Wicks demonstrating exercises on YouTube for anyone from little ones to senior citizens. I really do think we could come out of this fitter, more independent and more community minded.
I made scones today for the first time in more years that I dare to mention – just for something to do. They are so blinking simple that I have added this to my list of things to do with the G.kids come the summer school-holidays. I’ve made Lemon Drizzle and other cakes with them and my O.H has made bread with one g.daughter (Sofia) but I need to start teaching them a broader range of recipes.
My O.H. fixed the gate to our front garden today, the recent wind and storms had blown it down. It took a while but he did a fab job.
Lucky for me I have been out for a run and managed to do an hour of online Pilates too (the instructer had 50 people join the session) today. In addition, spending a little time in the garden and then Hosting an on-line Norwex party for a friend, the day and evening have flown by again!
I am starting to think this daily writing malarkey really is…Just a Girl Thing.