Boris has now issued his plan for getting us out of Lockdown.
It began this week. On March 8th, schools re-opened. All seniors are being tested in school. These tests have a rapid results process so within 20 minutes or so they can be freed to continue, or , of course, advised if they test positive for the virus.
My daughter who works in a school also has tests twice a week. She had Covid in September, and as she is asthmatic, she had a priority vaccination first jab on 12th February – same day as my hubby who is in the current age group for the jab.
The weather has been a bit grim – usually starting with lovely sunshine but turning cold and dull. We had some snow in February, but it didn’t affect us much. Not going anywhere anyway!
We’ve made a start on the pruning in the back garden, but neither of us is very fit or energetic. The whole of the garden is a daunting project that has to be tackled. Well we made a start anyway.
One hundred and two
Sailed away on the Mayflower
Rough sea, just drifting
Wonder they made it at all
Plymouth to Cape Cod
September sixteen twenty
The Pilgrim Fathers
Haiku acknowledging the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower to America.
In a letter from Government dept of health and social care written on 7th January, I was advised that I must again shield myself at home as a protection from Covid-19. As a vulnerable person, I was on a priority list for a vaccine. I could also request a supply of vitamin D tablets.
I had my first Covid-19 vaccination on January 25th 2021. I had the Oxford Astra venica one. The process includes waiting in the vaccine centre for 15 minutes after the jab to check you are ok before you leave. I was fine, but driving home I must report my chest was tight, and my shoulder, underarm, and right into the end of my left boob was painful. I dismissed the possibility of the onset of a heart attack, arrived home safely, and forgot about it. My arm was a bit sore for a day or so, but only as you would expect from a vaccine jab.
All measures for keeping people at home are in place: non-essential shops closed and the furlough scheme extended, schools closed except for children of key workers, and priority shopping slots for supermarket deliveries (although delivery is not free) extended.
I’m attending virtual meetings with my Oddfellow friends and poetry groups on Zoom. We are trying to keep in contact with our sons and grandchildren on facetime and other apps.
I am enjoying some time in my shed/painting studio. Delighted to get this one framed, and now on my dining room wall.
Got my shield and my sword
Till I get my vaccine.
It’s new year but
It’s still all about the virus
#lockdown 3, January 2021
On November 4th we entered the second lockdown. As South Yorkshire was already in tier three I thought this would not make a great deal of difference. But with non essential shops closed, it did make a depressing feel for the coming season. How will we get through winter? What will Christmas look like. Tonight it is confirmed that the lockdown will end on 2nd December as planned, but then we will see where our area is in terms of the tiered restrictions again.
I had a letter from my hospital reminding me “don’t go shopping, shop on line” which is like the shielding of the earlier lockdown, without calling it shielding. Then a letter from the local council with the same message. Then a phone call from the coucil’s voluntary sector checking I am OK mentally.
I am doing OK. Very well. I have painted two walls, up a ladder, using a paint pad. I have painted pictures with acrylic paints in my shed. I have walked round the park with my daughter or my neighbour, I have baked. I have been so busy I still have things to do tomorrow.
I have shopped on line – not just for groceries, but for Christmas gifts too. Soon we will discuss Christmas plans. We might postpone a get-together till new year, when the kids have been out of school for two weeks.
Vaccination is becoming a reality on the horizon. All done by Easter? Bring it on.
South Yorkshire was moved from tier 2 to tier 3 – the highest level – last week.
Lockdown without the lockdown
Schools kept open, allowing bubbles to pop to mix and spread the disease all the way back home.
It’s harsh when the first person you know that actually has the virus is your asthmatic daughter and her son. My daughter works in a local high school. There is no doubt that’s where she picked it up. Although it could have come from her son’s school, which closed two of it’s school years the week after he tested positive.
Pubs that serve food kept open. Only in households, only up to six people, and only alcohol with your meal.
You can’t invite someone into your back garden, but you can walk round the park, 2 metres away from them. You can’t have your brother in your house, but the gas man can come in to service the boiler.
There’s no ketchup or brocolli in the shops again.
I am finding painting to be theraputic and relaxing. Whether it’s painting things – like wood for the bench – or a picture – acrylic on canvas – I find it very satisfying.
I totally dismantled our old bench and sprayed the metalwork a silver colour. The painted slats were sanded down to the wood (I had help with that) and were then primed with an emulsion and painted blue and white.
My little beach area now has a lovely fresh blue and white deck-bench. The white is magnolia really, but it’s a good effect.
The front garden is looking fairly good.
When we came out of Morrisons (after looking for Lamb and buying salmon) we noticed a rather good outdoor plant sale where we bought a few colourful bits to brighten up the raised bed. And a rosemary plant for our herb department. (this is the first one, LOL)
Anyway, with help form Grandson number one, who had never planted anything from a shop, we planted our bits of colour, and it looks much better. (The centre lilac one was from Markham Grange a few weeks earlier)
As a reminder for next year, so I can appreciate the improvement to the back garden, here is a picture of it at the moment. The rotavator was far too heavy, the lawn roots are still too lumpy and the whole area has been covered in the hope that the summer heat and lack of light will break it down ready for tilling and seeding later. Not sure how much later 🙁
Top soil and manure bags on the old patio at the far end. Things can only get better.
We used to like going out for a meal. Even before the Pandemic lockdown, we had stopped having steak when we went out because a, it’s expensive and b, it is a bit random/hit and miss what will be served up. We have had some raw cow and some shoe leather, and most with burnt dirty grill lines on them.
For a fraction of the price, we can buy steaks from the supermarket and cook them exactly as we like them. The cost must still be considered, but it is our monthly treat. This month, it was accompanied by creamed leeks and sauted corgettes. It was really delicious.
We rarely eat fish. We might enjoy fish and chips occasionally, but I can’t have the batter unless we go to Whitby’s, where they do it gluten free on request.
We went to Morrisons, (to price up some lamb actually) and saw they were selling off some salmon that was on it’s last day for display. It was a bargain not to be missed. After all it is supposed to be good for you, and Jeff had just seen Jamie make a Salmon dish that looked easy and tasty. So we bought two packs of salmon. Just needed asparagus, creme fresh and some pasta. Didn’t find any Lamb.
Topped up the veg with some broccoli, used greek yogurt instead of creme fresh, and used some gluten free tagliatelle. Nommy.
Just a little blog of what we have been up to.
We went to Conisborough, intending to look at the viaduct. It was too challenging to make the walk to the bottom, but we had a wwalk across (onto) the top – there are no rail tracks and its all tarmacced. Here’s a view of Conisborough from the top.
You can just see the castle, centre.
Then we travelled through Doncaster, to find a couple of interesting bridges at Bramwith. The first is a swing bridge and the second a lift up bridge. They go over the Dun navigation and River Don, respectively
It was a lovely day. Afterwards we would kick ourselves for missing an interesting aquaduct which is also in the area. We will visit that another time. We just watched some cows.
A couple of days later (having given Jeff’s leg a recovery day) we ventured to Manvers lake, which is close by, and nice and flat for walking. Lake is much bigger than we thought, and we didn’t go very far. Nothing else of much interest there unless you want to fish. Might be busier with boats and water sports when things are “back to normal”. The geese seemed happy enough.
I’m not really shielding now.
We have masks. I went shopping with my daughter. Most people are not wearing masks. The procedures for going into and around shops is fairly well organised and most people are keeping the 2 metre distance. It was so nice to be out with her, and I think it did us both good.
We (hubby and I) bought a car and went for a little run out in it. It was refreshing even though we didn’t go far and he can’t walk round much.
So that takes some of the pressure off the car repair issue. We can now get about, while we sort out the back garden project.
Hairdressers have opened but I haven’t been. My hair has grown quite long and I’ve got used to it. So apart from a trim I might keep it longer for a bit longer 🙂
It’s recommended that everyone in the borough gets tested for Covid but I wouldnt want to make a special trip to get tested.
Government food packages stop at the end of July and those “shielding” will be out of lockdown on “pause”. Well I was supposed to be in that group according to governemnt, but the medication I have (my Golimumab jabs) only put me in the moderate group so I don’t feel too bad about being a bit more flexible. I’ll be glad not to have the Boris Boxes though. Not much in it worth having. Most is not gluten free, and we have enough soup to get us through next winter! I still get priority slots at supermarkets, and that is set to stay until October.