The social isolation diaries — Week 16

Week 16 in lockdown Haircuts.  That is all we cared about this week.  Haircuts and when we can get one.  Since it was announced that hairdressers could open again on July 4th social media has been awash with people gleefully posting that they have an appointment booked.   Or smugly posting that they were in the salon at 12.01 on Saturday morning (lucky buggers). I had to wait until Tuesday

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Buying a Quooker, what you need to know

If you are thinking about buying a Quooker, or indeed any boiling water tap, there are one or two things you need to think about.   We didn’t really consider these things before we bought ours recently so I thought it might be helpful if I  wrote them all down! We had been thinking for a long time that we would like a boiling water tap so when our old

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The Social Isolation Diaries — Week 15

Week 15   That is an exact representation of the number of cups of tea I have drunk this week, a week that felt like it was a month long.   Probably because all the weeks are merging into now, aren’t they?  Though this was a lovely week as we got to welcome Lady Barrow into our support bubble.  Lady Barrow has been living on her own for the whole

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The social isolation diaries — Week 14

Week 14 of lockdown and it is all change again Might need to change the title of these now since we are no longer socially isolated.  Although in fairness we still pretty much are keeping ourselves to ourselves.  I have struggled to keep up with the rules recently, and worry that if I do something I think is right and post about it on line people will jump on me

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The social isolation diaries — Week 13

Week 13 of lockdown and here is  how it looked.  This is the week that we were told we could form a support bubble with another household and next week the shops re-open and secondary school children are heading back to school. No news on restaurants yet though, the hospitality industry is going to be decimated by this, as is the holiday industry.   There is talk that some hotels

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The Social Isolation Diaries — Week 12

The Social Isolation Diaries — Week 12 and It is hard to believe that we are still living with a deadly virus in our midst anymore.  If you look out the window, certainly where we are, traffic is pretty much back to normal, children are now beginning to walk back to school, and the queues for supermarkets don’t feel as long. At the beginning of the week we were being

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Thank you NHS — AD

I think we probably all want to say a big thank you to the NHS, don’t we? One of the things I really want to take away from the Coronavirus, and remember in years to come is the NHS finally getting the recognition it rightly deserves.   Without wishing to get political, for years it has been under-funded, in some cases abused, and yet always there for us when we need

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The Social Isolation Diaries — Week 11

The Social Isolation Diaries — Week 11 and,  Well that’s it then, social isolation is over.  Officially, not completely because we are still being urged to remain two metres apart but from next next week we will be allowed to meet up in groups of “up to six” in public spaces.  Which has, of course, been translated into “you can now have a barbecue with all your friends and family

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The Social Isolation Diaries — Week 10

The Social Isolation Diaries — Week 10   Well this has been quite the week.  First of all, the official stuff that has been going on that I want to document before I forget.  We are still officially in lockdown but with some easing, so we can drive as far as we like but we can’t stay out overnight.   It’s like being 10 again and knowing you have to

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The Social Isolation Diaries — Week 9

The Social Isolation Diaries — Week 9 Yes, fluffy socks because it has been freezing at times this week! So here we are, into week 9 of lockdown and a week after Boris made his speech setting out his “road map for easing the lock down” we are still baffled by what he was trying to say.  The government’s message telling us to “Stay at home” mutated into “stay alert”

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Who panic buys a sideboard?!

Stuff I have found myself panic buying because of Coronavirus  It started with a new sideboard. Though the use of the word “new” in that sentence would imply there was an old sideboard.   There wasn’t, there has never been a sideboard in this house.  Yet as soon as the lockdown was announced I decided we had to have one for the office which duly arrived several days later.  Knowing

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Social Isolation Diaries — Week 8

Social Isolation week 8 Here we are then, another week under our belts and still almost 500 people a day are losing their lives to this hideous illness.  Countless thousands of others lie in hospital beds away from their loved ones, whilst underpaid care professionals to their very best whilst risking their own lives because there isn’t enough PPE. The longer this now goes on, the more I see of

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