The Start of Autumn

01/09/20 After testing positive for corona-virus 3 have died in the UK.

During a warm and pleasant morning I picked 3 sacks of sweetcorn from the vegetable patch. This year I grew three different varieties of corn in the vain hope they will ripen at different times, but alas it has proved not to be the case, they are all ready now! As I did last year, I exercised my entrepreneurial skills and placed them on a picnic table underneath the camera on the garage and put a sign at the end of the drive offering 4 for £1. During the afternoon 16 were bought, the money will pay for next year’s seeds. Hopefully, most of them will be gone by the end of the week.

The Rothwells played tenpin bowling today at a revamped Thunderbowl in Kettering.

02/09/20 After testing positive for corona-virus 10 have died in the UK.

Today is Charlotte’s birthday. Unfortunately for Lucas it was his first day back at school, so Ellis and Suraj celebrated this special day with her. They started the day enjoying the rope course at Irchester Country Park then moved on for lunch at Sywell Aerodrome. Having been many times before they love watching the light aircraft taking off and landing. Unfortunately, just before they arrived a single seater aircraft had crashed while practicing aerobatics, they were told that the pilot was in a bad way and on his way to hospital.

This morning I took Jamie to work in Sutton Basset. Ruth’s car was having its MOT and he had loaned her his runaround to travel up to Bottesford. His Audi is too noisy at that time of the morning for the neighbours so I volunteered to take him. In compensation I was treated to a gorgeous late summer drive through the Welland Valley. As we arrived at the office situated within a farmyard, the farmer exited one of the barns followed obediently by a sweet little calf eager for the bucket of grain he was carrying. A lovely rural sight and what a picturesque place to work.

As I returned home, a lorry arrived with a scaffold tower I had ordered. Looking at the jumble of bits laying on the driveway I decided to call Jim to help me construct the tower. He arrived around an hour later by which time I had discovered that there was two parts missing, after a phone call we had coffee while the errant bits arrived. It didn’t take long to get everything fitted together and I soon set about topping the tall conifer hedge down that had grown far to big and was casting an unwelcome shadow across the lawn.

After lunch the second lorry of the day arrived, this time delivering a large quantity of shiplap. After storing it away inside the garage I returned to the tower and continued topping the hedge with a combination of pruning saw, chain saw, hedge cutter and loppers. A little later, Jim returned with his two dogs to check on how I was getting on. As he left, the rain arrived, but by then I had finished most of the job apart from a couple of large branches that I would have to reach from the other side, they will have to wait for dry interlude.

It rained for the rest of the day!!!

03/09/20 After testing positive for corona-virus 13 have died in the UK.

Today is Charlotte and Suraj’s wedding anniversary. They were married in Zanzibar in the same year that I retired (2008), it seems only yesterday! It is also Ellis’s first day back at school.

It rained through out the morning and when it stopped I moved the scaffold tower to the side of the house in readiness for tomorrows painting job. Sue visited Jim and Bridget during the afternoon for coffee and to see their house. They brought her home and we sat for awhile in the back garden enjoying the first bit of sun for nearly a week. We celebrated the warmth with glasses of cool refreshing cider.

04/09/20 After testing positive for corona-virus 10 have died in the UK. India today announced a world-record of 83,883 new Covid-19 cases in one day. The country also recorded 1,043 fatalities in the past 24 hours, taking its total deaths to more than 67,000.

Today is Suraj’s birthday, he and Charlotte celebrated it by visiting Cambridge. I completed painting the wooden cladding on the side of the house. During the afternoon the window cleaner arrived to brighten up our views. Sarah and Lee made a brief visit.

05/09/20 After testing positive for corona-virus 12 have died in the UK. Worryingly, after a spell of fatalities being in single figures, is this rise the start of a second wave?

Today was very much a dog day. Yes, it was a warm and sultry day but also at one point we also had five doggy guests.

Rocky and Nala: They arrived early-morning with Ruth. She and Jamie are travelling up to Sheffield to buy Charlotte her birthday present, a large pack of her favourite tomato sausages, specially made by a butcher in Thurcroft. We have their dogs overnight.

Harby and Shoby: They arrived mid-morning with Jim. He had come to see my paintwork and ask if I was watching the rugby in the afternoon.

Mia: She arrived late-morning with Sarah, Lee and Alice. They were meeting their friend Chloe for lunch in Harborough. It is fortunate we have a large garden and all five dogs (despite being different breeds) get on very well with each other .

06/09/20 After testing positive for corona-virus 3 have died in the UK. The UK recorded 2,988 new corona-virus cases in the last 24 hours. The World Black Pudding Throwing Championships held in Ramsbottom, Bury has been cancelled due to the Covid crisis.

Late in the afternoon, Willow Bank became dogless as  Jamie and Ruth collected Rocky and Nala on their way home. After spending the night in a a Sheffield hotel they visited Peak  Cavern in the Peak District on their way back.

07/09/20 After testing positive for corona-virus 3 have died in the UK. Seven Greek islands have been added to England’s quarantine list: Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Mykonos, Crete, Santorini and Zakynthos.

During the morning Peter rang from New Zealand, he is considering returning to the UK next summer if COVID-19 restrictions allow, however  if he can get a work in NZ he may not return at all.

I spent my day imprisoned in the garage, painting both sides of 35 x 3.9m shiplap boards. Utterly tedious, if it wasn’t for Spotify I would have gone insane with the monotonous repetition. Perhaps grey is not the most visually stimulating colour to stare at for 7 hours!

08/09/20 After testing positive for corona-virus 30 have died in the UK.

Both Sue and I had our Flu jabs today. I was given a time slot of 10.44-10.45 am, thinking that was a very optimistic prediction I had to ‘doff my cap’ to those involved. On my socially distanced journey through through the clinic (temporarily  held in Harborough Leisure Centre), I hardly broke stride, pausing only briefly for a few seconds to have the injection before returning to my car. Well done NHS, good practice for the eventual COVID-19 vaccine.

Sleepy Alice.

Sleepy Alice.

During the morning Sue played Petanque with one of her U3A groups at a pitch sited at Harborough Cricket Club and had her inoculation during the afternoon. I had earlier promised Paddy that I would sort out an internet problem that he was having, so after visiting the clinic I drove to Little Bowden to investigate. I discovered there was a problem with his telephone line, it was affecting his internet connection and after getting BT to test the line they arranged to send out an engineer to fix the problem on Thursday.

I spent the afternoon replacing the cladding on one side of the garage. I rang Jim to see if he could help me nail the new shiplap in place, but unfortunately he and Bridget are self-isolating after their grandchildren visited on Sunday. The sprogs had unfortunately mixed with an infected child whilst at a school club. Magnificently, Sue gave me a hand holding the planks while I nailed them in place. I eventually got the job done just as it was getting dark.

09/09/20 After testing positive for corona-virus 12 have died in the UK. The Government announced a tightening of social distancing rules by banning social gatherings of more than six people in England, applying to gatherings indoors and outdoors – including private homes – as well as parks, pubs and restaurants from Monday (14th).

After returning from a morning ramble with the U3A, Sue was feeling the effects of her Flu jab and took to her bed when she returned home. She seemed much better by tea-time. I spent another quiet but busy day replacing the cladding on the front of the garage. The evening was spoilt  when I foolishly watched Leicester Tigers get hammered by Wasps 54:7 on BTSport.

10/09/20 After testing positive for corona-virus 14 have died in the UK. A North Yorkshire pub has banned drinkers under-25, as young people bear the brunt of a surge in cases. Yorkshire logic and reet sensible!

Feeling a lot better Sue went on another ramble with her U3A group to Pitsford Reservoir. I again spent the day replacing the cladding on the garage.

11/09/20 After testing positive for corona-virus 9 have died in the UK. There are 67 infections in the Harborough area.

Today I finished the cladding on the garage!!!




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