22 March 2020

Sunday




The sun is shining this morning but there is a very cold wind blowing from the east.  Frost has been forecast for tonight so we shall wrap the hydrangea bushes and bay tree with fleece as a precaution.  Paul will light the greenhouse heater to protect his young plants and seedlings.  This year it seems more important than ever that we get a good harvest of fruit and vegetables from the garden.


Rick has been looking longingly at the garden.  I took him outside for a game of ball (he is getting much better at bringing the ball back and releasing it) but he was more than ready to come back to the warmth of indoors after our game.


Earlier today I spoke to my Dad on Skype.  He is celebrating his 90th birthday tomorrow.  He seemed to be unfazed by what is happening in the world at the moment, he said he will happily go outside in his garden, sit by his pond and pretend he is on holiday.  When we spoke about the empty shelves in the shops he said rationing wasn’t a problem when he was a boy because his parents didn’t have any money to buy things anyway!

Sarah and Kat messaged me first thing to wish me a happy Mother’s Day.  They were sitting next to their camp fire watching the wildlife.  Australia is locking down so they will be forced to head back to Sydney soon.  The other side of the world seems very far away to me right now.


11 comments:

  1. Yes, strange world at the moment. My grandson stayed in China where he works and he seems fine. Here I am now self isolating but at present not finding it arduous. Maybe I will after a few months - we shall see. Incidentally we have that East wind too up here in The Dales.

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    1. You must have been worried about your grandson when things were so bad out there Pat.

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  2. We had sharp frost this morning, and cold here but very bright and sunny. Glad all is well x

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  3. I've kept my old Ration Book, do you think it'll still work?

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    1. Try it next time you go to Leclercs!

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    2. Keep it Cro - it's probably worth a small fortune!

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  4. Rick looks very comfortable, lying there with his tennis ball!
    I'm convinced that the weather here is in sympathy with the distressing state of affairs everywhere. Since lock-down last Monday it's been miserable - rain, high winds, and very little sunshine. For weeks before, we had sunshine blue skies and high temperatures.
    This week I'd planned to spend time in the garden, but it's raining again, so there may not even be a short dog walk. No matter, I have plenty of things I can do indoors. Might even get my paints out.

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    1. Blue skies and sunshine here but a cold wind. Thank goodness we can still take the dog for a walk.

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  5. Perhaps if Paul modelled running for the ball and retrieving it then Rick would understand more clearly what he has to do. Paul would need to get down on all fours and, like Rick, grasp the ball in his mouth. Patting his head and saying, "Good boy Paul!" would show Rick that bringing the ball back wins approval. Suitable treats should be in your pocket. Jelly babies perhaps - or pineapple chunks.

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    1. I've already tried that and it doesn't seem to work.

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