Wednesday 25th March 2020
“Without a huge national effort to halt the growth of this virus, there will come a moment when no health service in the world could possibly cope; because there won’t be enough ventilators, enough intensive care beds, enough doctors and nurses.” – UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. (23.03.20)
During these first days/weeks of self-isolation and total shutdown, GC and I wondered how our readers were passing the time at home, GC suggested our Wednesday challenge could be excerpts from our diaries. As for passing my own time, I probably waste much of it staring at the computer screen thinking up titles for my blog posts!
Mrs W’s Journal
Thursday 12th March: Had lunch today at the Wheatley Arms in Ilkley with Sue P, Jackie and Chris . On the way home Sue and I called at Sainsbury’s, and I announced that this would be my last social occasion for the foreseeable future.
Joss called in for tea, and we decided that if we keep a safe distance, he could come back on Saturday and stay for the weekend.
Monday 16th March: I cancelled my appointments at the nail salon, I will resume when this is all over. Then I cut my beautiful long nails very short and removed the nail polish, it made me feel sad, but it’s not a good idea to have long nails during this crisis.
Friday 20th March: My first week of self-imposed self-isolation has gone well. Victoria popped her head around our connecting door a few times to have a quick chat and leave a few groceries on the worktop. Son-in-law Simon is working from home, and according to Victoria he reports to her each time he hears me cough. Good luck with that even a few specks of dust make me cough!
Cleaning has become an even bigger part of my mornings. My afternoons have been taken up with writing and taking photographs from over the wall and my balcony.
Boris Johnson has imposed self-isolation for the over 70s and for those who have underlying health problems. My family will comply with this and will not visit, and neither will Joss stay over this weekend.
Sunday 22nd March: Today is Mother’s Day. I was awake at half-past five and slipped out onto the balcony to take this 05:50 AM shot of the sheep on a frosty morning.
The family were intending to drop off my cards and gifts with Victoria, but instead, because it was mild and sunny, at my suggestion, we met up on my kitchen patio and stayed three metres apart. It worked well and we have decided we should continue to do this during the next few months.
Monday 23rd March: Boris Johnson has put the UK on lockdown, this is a good measure, but I’m sure irresponsible people will not comply. UK Lockdown
Tuesday 24th March: This morning I chatted via Facetime with Sophie and Evie, they were in the middle of home schooling, and Evie proudly showed me her school work. A short time afterwards I chatted with Louisa, and she sent me a photo of Scarlett and Lily-Jane working at the kitchen table.
I fell asleep after lunch, I nodded off sitting up while watching the birds at the feeder! Later I walked up to the top of the drive to have a look at the fields over the lane and have some fresh air! Using my long lens I zoomed in and took a photo of two people passing each other on the bridlepath.
It was interesting to note that the older man sensibly turned his head away as he passed the young man and in turn, the younger man moved over on to the grass.
I took more photos of the cattle basking in the afternoon sun and a tup having a scratch. The remainder of my day was spent watching/listening to the news both from here and from around the world.
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