Day 15 – Curfew – Tuesday 7 April 2020.
Once again, beginning the day with a run helped the morning to zoom by. For some reason, today’s run was an easy 5k; 5k runs are not always easy, even though they are pretty short. I forgot to take my earphones and, responding to a challenge by a fellow runner, was conscious to try and make my splits (each 1k) as consistent as possible, hence, I sang in my head the Beatles song. ‘In an Octopus’s garden in the sea’. The beat helped keep me at one steady pace and I was home in just over 30 minutes.
After the run I went shopping for 3 people (my mum, my aunt and a neighbour) so braved a ‘proper supermarket’ instead of the local shop. Asda came up trumps today and I managed to get everything on the lists except for self-raising flour for myself; not the end of the world at all but I prefer it for cakes – although I can get away with plain flour and a teaspoon of baking powder.
It was nice and calm in the supermarket, the shelves were pretty full and the staff were counting people in and out. I purchased some daffodils to cheer the house up and, on the spur of the moment, gave the cashier a bunch, thanking her for doing her job.
She had been super patient as I separated the groceries so that I could give each person a till receipt and bag their shopping separately and I think these key workers are doing a super job!
The rest of today was spent pootling around the garden, reading a little, daydreaming a little, then watching a programme presented by Robson Green on ITV (this is very rare for me) about the coastline of the U.K. It was excellent and featured Lundy Island: paradise and just off the North Devon coast.
When I was a child we holidayed in ‘Westward Ho!’ – an amazing place with huge sand-dunes. When I say ‘we’ I mean my close and extended family. Mum, Dad and my two sisters, plus two Aunts and Uncles and six cousins. A friend of my mum, her husband and 2 children joined us occasionally too.
The memories of those holidays are often discussed when the family get together, so, after watching the programme I made the decision that I will take some of my younger grandchildren to the area when this curfew is over. I want them to see the places that mean the most to me and Westward Ho! is one of them.
Reminiscing, planning to make more happy memories in the not-too-distant-future…it’s this Girl’s Thing!