Living in Lockdown – 39

26/06/20 The Department of Health and Social Care reported a further 186 fatalities in all settings across the UK on Friday. Scotland is “not far away” from eliminating corona-virus, the country’s first minister has predicted. Nicola Sturgeon was speaking as she announced there have been no deaths from confirmed cases of the virus in the past 24 hours. The US has 2.4 million confirmed infections and 122,370 deaths – more than any other country.

On the 20th March when I first began to plot the progress of  Corona-virus, I quoted HG Wells from The War of the Worlds: “With infinite complacency men went to and fro over this globe about their little affairs, serene in their assurance of their empire over matter.” little did I think that I would dedicate 39 blogs (so far), covering 98 days and its impact on the Palmer family. As individuals, we have long since settled into our own routines, we use common sense (most of the time) and make decisions considering  personal safety first, and last, before taking any action. Though the UK appears to have the virus on the run, I suspect that as other nations are finding, we will  most likely be experiencing a much predicted 2nd wave. As the shackles of Lock-down are being eased it is tempting to rid ourselves of the procedures that society has established as quick as possible, not only to help the economy, but to again enjoy the freedom to do what we want, when we want to. Remember those days?  Regrettably, if we get it wrong or ‘jump the gun’ then even more of us are certain to die. This country is approaching a cross roads, let’s hope the following HG Wells quote will  also apply: “For so it had come about, as indeed I and many men might have foreseen had not terror and disaster blinded our minds. These germs of disease have taken toll of humanity since the beginning of things–taken toll of our prehuman ancestors since life began here. But by virtue of this natural selection of our kind we have developed resisting power; to no germs do we succumb without a struggle.” 

I think it is time to adopt some Trumpist philosophy to the situation: ‘If we didn’t do testing, we’d have no cases.‘ These  blogs chronicle the experiences of the family under Lockdown, they are by familiarity becoming repetitive and unremarkable for such frequent offerings. The UK has wisely or unwisely set the 4th of July as the date to cast off many of the constraints of Lock-down, from that date I shall return my writing of future blogs to monthly episodes of important family events . After all, if Trump is correct and I don’t comment on Corvid-19, it won’t exist. Simples.

So…….. what happened today? The predicted thunderstorms didn’t appear. Sue carried on working on her family history and I did some gardening and a bit of fence painting.

See what I mean?

27/06/20 The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has reported that 100 people have died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community in the UK after testing positive for corona-virus, bringing the official total to  43,514. The government revealed its traffic light system which will allow holidays to popular tourist destinations. Rather than negotiate separate agreements with different nations, each country will be rated green, amber or red, depending on the prevalence of corona-virus. Quarantine will apply only to nations rated red.

Nordic authorities say they detected slightly increased levels of radioactivity in northern Europe this month. Dutch officials reported that the source may be from a site in western Russia and possibly, “indicate damage to a fuel element in a nuclear power plant.” With Chernobyl in mind and Putin presently involved in elections I have very little faith in the Russians admitting to any similar problem involving their nuclear industry. Let’s just hope that there is a less catastrophic  answer for this increase in radiation levels, Europe has enough on its plate with Corvid-19!

Sarah discovering the beauty of 3.18am sunrise when feeding Alice.

A windy day of frequent showers. During the morning, Sue stocked up the larder with a run into town to shop. Between showers I planted a row of leeks. Charlotte reported on Messenger that their garage door wouldn’t open and she had no access to the chest freezer or her gardening tools for work. After lunch, Sue and I drove to Jamie’s to feed Maddie the mad rabbit while he and Ruth were up in Bottesford over the weekend. With the rabbit satisfied we drove on to Rothwell to see if we could help with the garage door. On arrival we found the problem fixed, they had called out a locksmith, who for £45 opened it and fixed the culprit, a bent metal locating rod.

That evening we watched ‘The Frozen Ground‘. Based on the crimes of the real-life Alaskan serial killer Robert Hansen the film depicts an Alaskan State Trooper played by Nicolas Cage seeking to apprehend Hansen by partnering with a young woman who escaped from Hansen’s clutches. It is believed he murdered more than 30 women.

28/06/20 Thirty six people have died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for corona-virus in the UK, one of the lowest figures since the start of lock-down. The official total death count is 43,550. The Home Secretary has confirmed Leicester could become the first city in Britain to face a localised lock-down after a surge in corona-virus cases. Leicester has a large Asian population, predominantly made up of large, multi-generational households. BAME people are known to be at far greater risk from the virus.

Michael Winterbottom is set to direct a TV drama about Boris Johnson‘s handling of the corona-virus crisis. The series will reportedly follow the UK Prime Minister from his appointment to office through to the thick of the pandemic, including the point in which Johnson was hospitalised after being infected with the virus. If there are any of us left alive this could be compulsive viewing.

It looks as if Ellis maybe following in his granddad’s footsteps and turn out to be a bit of a gymnast.

A very windy Sunday, mostly dry and sunny. Sadly, my highlight of the day was picking broad beans and carrots from the garden for lunch. Sue took up her sewing again and after lunch worked on the tapestry. I spent much of the rest of the day hunting down the Welsh 70’s  rock band, Man and listening to them on Spotify. For some reason they popped into my mind after what must be nearly 40 years since I last heard their music (on cassette). I made it the focus of my corona-lockdown-boredom day. It’s good to reminisce, while you still have a mind.

At 4am this morning Sarah took Alice out in the car as a ploy to get her to sleep, she eventually did at 5am (I hope that wasn’t an hour of driving). Later in the day the family attacked the allotment I had strimmed for them last week. It looks like there is quite a lot of work to get it into shape for next season. With the easing of travel restrictions and the opening up of hotels and holiday destinations they have booked themselves a few days away in mid August to Paignton in Devon. They are planning to call on Sue’s sister Philippa while they are there. We have been booked to look after Mia while they are away.

Sue and I too have arranged a stay in Cheshire at  Peckforton Castle in early August, we intend to visit Caergwrle at the same time and see relatives. We have visited the castle a couple of times in the past and now we shall stay there. Despite concerns on Corvid-19 we are looking forward to it and trust the virus will behave itself.



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