Is this the new normal?

25/09/20 After testing positive for corona-virus 34 have died in the UK. There are 181 active cases in the Harborough area.

A chilly and windy day. During the morning I attempted to remove the heavy metal railing from the balcony in readiness to replace the top of the balustrade which had started to rot. Unfortunately, it was so heavy that I only succeeded in dropping one end onto the slabs below, leaving the other end straddled at an angle across the balcony. How was I going to lower this to floor without it swinging into the patio doors below? I chose to think about that after returning from ordering a new section of timber from the local wood-yard. With the 6m x 17cm x 3cm plank order placed for delivery on Tuesday I was pleased to be greeted by Jim and Bridget as I arrived back home. They had come to start their car in order to charge its battery, it has been sitting on our driveway for several weeks. Returning to the problem of the metal rail, after a bit of thought, Jim and I worked out a way to safely lower the offending metalwork to the ground with rope, platform and brute force! It took just five minutes to accomplish. It’s what friends are for.

Tardis!

Three people and two dogs fit in this?

26/09/20 After testing positive for corona-virus 23 have died in the UK. There are 182 active cases in the Harborough area. 

As a DIY project, Ruth has been renovating an old caravan and today the Desboroughs took it for a weekend try out in Haxley. They couldn’t have chosen a colder weekend, but it will be a good test for the little wheelie house. 

27/09/20 After testing positive for corona-virus 17 have died in the UK. There are 177 active cases in the Harborough area. 

28/09/20 After testing positive for corona-virus 13 have died in the UK. There are 212 active cases in the Harborough area. 

Returning from their break in Rhyl, Sarah, Lee and Alice have now come down with colds and are feeling quite grotty. A more resilient Mia seems to have escaped the bug. 

In between visits from Charlotte and then Jim and Bridget, I managed to fit and paint the new balustrade wood which unexpectedly arrived today. 

Disappointingly, it doesn’t look like there will be enough grapes to make any wine this year. The low temperature of the last two nights has ensured that what few bunches there are, won’t mature sufficiently to make it worthwhile. 2020 has certainly not been a good year in so many ways.

29/09/20 After testing positive for corona-virus 47 have died in the UK. There are 227 active cases in the Harborough area. The global corona-virus death toll has passed one million.

30/09/20 After testing positive for corona-virus 71 have died in the UK. There are 157 active cases in the Harborough area. 

Today I attempted to replace the ridiculously heavy metal balcony balustrade. It had been painted and the corner couplings had been re-engineered, it was now ready to be sited back onto its new wooden plinth. However, as I began fitting the first of the side pieces, the rain arrived and brought to a finale any outside jobs.

During the afternoon I had an x-ray and scan on my right arm and shoulder at the local St. Luke’s hospital in attempt to find the cause of the pain that disturbs my sleep each night. I should get the results next week. 

01/10/20 After testing positive for corona-virus 59 have died in the UK. There are 146 active cases in the Harborough area. 

With storm Alex forecast for tomorrow it became important that I finished the balcony today. The morning started off dry and with Jim Hankers help we managed to get the heavy sections of the balustrade onto the balcony. Attaching the long section to the side piece proved more of a problem that it should have, so it was fortunate that the rain came to give us time to mull over the problems. With the downpour came Bridget. Sue joined the three of us for coffee and a natter in the kitchen while we waited for the shower the pass on.

Returning to task, it quickly became obvious that our mistake was that the side section was upside down! Within half an hour the three sections were bolted together and back in situ. Job done! It was then decided that the four of us should celebrate this momentous occasion with a meal later that evening.

Jim and Bridget picked us up at 6.30pm and we drove to the Old Red Lion in Welham.  Life occasionally throws up the odd serendipity, as we we were taking our seats in the restaurant, we discovered Jamie and three of his friends having a meal. We could only talk briefly as under the new Covid restrictions, only groups of six are allowed and unless sat at a table (pub or restaurant) you have to wear masks. Of course our tables were also socially distanced with ours being out of sight around the corner of the room. I wonder what the odds are of such a chance meeting?

02/10/20 After testing positive for corona-virus 66 have died in the UK. There are 171 active cases in the Harborough area. Donald Trump has revealed he and First Lady Melania have tested positive for corona-virus and will begin quarantining in the White House immediately. Perhaps he may take the pandemic a little more seriously now? 

On a cold, wet and miserable day that kept Sue and I indoors all day, Sarah and Alice visited their local library and Alice was issued with a library card. During the afternoon I lit the wood-burner for the first time since last winter.

Jamie, Rocky & Nala.

03/10/20 After testing positive for corona-virus 49 have died in the UK. There are 150 active cases in the Harborough area. Donald Trump was administered supplemental oxygen at the White House hours after being diagnosed with Covid-19 and before being flown to a military hospital.

This weekend Jamie and Ruth took the mini-caravan to the storm lashed east coast. I do hope their little nest doesn’t get blown away.

Sue and I braved the rain with a journey to Desborough in order to feed Maddie the rabbit on fresh carrots from the vegetable patch. On the way we called to to see the Rothwells, Charlotte made me such a lovely mug of coffee with added Dysaronno, very flavoursome (must get some for Christmas!)

04/10/20 After testing positive for corona-virus 33 have died in the UK. There are 143 active cases in the Harborough area.

Today Sarah discovered Alice’s  first tooth. I do hope the tooth fairy took notice.

05/10/20 After testing positive for corona-virus 19 have died in the UK. There are 184 active cases in the Harborough area. Donald Trump received widespread condemnation on Sunday following an “irresponsible” drive-by to wave to his supporters congregating outside the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Today, he audaciously told America not to be afraid of Covid-19 as he announced he would leave Walter Reed Medical Centre at 6:30pm.

Exasperation!!! The self-serving ignorance of the President of the USA truly has no bounds. Possibly, if you have 24hr access to a helicopter to whisk you away to an elite medical establishment at the first sign of Covid-19, have a battery of doctors treat your symptoms with drugs that are not available beyond the confines of research facilities, then you stand a fair chance of surviving. But to imply to a nation that they need not worry about being infected by corona-virus is verging on evil.

This link gives a clever 360 degree view over Market Harborough from above Farndon Fields Primary School: Drone footage

 

 

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