The Secret life of Mrs W

Wednesday 25th March 2020

The midweek challenge on GC and my site Weekly Prompts is Daily Diary.

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.

SONY DSCSunday 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. 

(C) 2020 – Wednesday Challenge Daily Diary from Weekly Prompts

Wednesday Challenge – Daily Diary

19 thoughts on “The Secret life of Mrs W

    1. Haha, I like that, Dairy that is funny. I used to write in my journal every day, now it’s more of a roundup every few days. There are lots of electronic ones that are free. I’m using a free one for the iPad named DAY ONE and I can add photos to it too.
      Thank you, Brian 🙂

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    1. It won’t be boring. Why not try On This Day on 2010… that sort of thing.
      You could begin again on an electronic version there are some free ones. Have a go. All our diaries will look very boring because we are all doing so little. Thank you Trev

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  1. Hi Sue, I liked reading your Diary Sue…It’s a great way to keep track of what we’ve done and what we are about to do…. I suppose my poetry is my diary… as I basically write a poem every day… and a lot a them are about me and where I’ve been, and what I am doing.,…. Also these isolation days have given me a chance to compile my next “Tullawalla Booklet”, which is coming along nicely, without all the usual hustling and rushing…..

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  2. Murphy's Law

    I’ve often thought about keeping a journal, but I never have. I loved reading yours though!

    The photos are wonderful. Seeing the beautiful sheep and cattle and tup, out in the field doing their ‘thing’, makes me feel that normalcy will return. So glad at least the animals aren’t affected by this dreadful corona virus. Seeing them made me smile, and that’s very welcome right now.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. I’m so grateful for the mild weather here, at least I can wander about outside without bumping into anyone.

      How are you both holding up, is anyone fetching your groceries?
      Am I right in thinking you are just outside New York?

      We’ve listen to and read each of Trump’s briefing/announcements. He is so out of touch and clueless with not a word of sympathy for the families of those who have suffered and died. He is incapable of leading!
      Thank you, Ginger🙂

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      1. Listening to the Governor of New York speaking just now I can’t help thinking that he would make a much better president than Trump. He speaks honestly, no lies, and tells it how it is. Thank you, Lois.

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      2. Murphy's Law

        Michael and I are okay. Thank you for asking.

        We live in Orange County, NY, about a 90 minute drive from NYC. We have a very large population of people who commute to NYC to work.

        We do not have anyone here to grocery shop for us. I wouldn’t want to put anyone in harms way doing us a favor. I happen to have some masks and disposable gloves (from years ago!) and we use them if we really must go to the store. One thing about growing up during WWII is that I learned as a child not to waste anything, how to stretch food out, and to go without sometimes. I’m not suggesting it was fun and games, but those lessons have served me well over the years, especially now.

        Sue, you don’t want me to get started on Trump! I will simply say this, “)0@.?/#¥]\?]4(/&!£€. I think that pretty well covers it!!

        Hope you and your family continue to stay healthy and be safe and that your only connection to Covid-19 is hearing about it on the news. And even that’s too close for comfort.

        Enjoy your lovely countryside and the always entertaining farm animals. They are a real treat to see. Keep on blogging. Always puts a smile on my face when you’re sitting in my mailbox!! How weird that sounds, but you know what I mean! Lol.
        🐾Ginger 🐾

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      3. Thank you for your lovely reply Ginger.
        We’re all well here but like everyone else we are a little worried.
        I will continue blogging though the content might become a little boring.

        I hope more people take up our diary challenge because I’m really interested to know how other people around the world are handling these challenging times.
        Thank you, Ginger. 🙂


  3. “The Secret Life….” Oh, such a wonderful title. You have beautiful views,Sue. We have to go way out of town to get to the ‘country’ but boy do I love it when we do.

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  4. Keep doing what you’re doing, SweetSue! It’s not only good for your body, but for your mind, emotions, and soul, too!
    I love seeing the animals and birds, always, but these days they are such a reminder that we must do what we must do for today…just take one day at a time. 🙂
    ❤ and (((HUGS)))
    PS…the photo of the sheep rubbing the wooden door is sweet.
    These days when we human-beans "got an itch" we can't always scratch it, unless we can scratch it from home. 😉

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