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THE COVIDIARIES - DAY 20 - 5th April 2020


Wow, what a beautiful day, Patrick has now broken out his shorts and T-shirt so even if it snows next week that will be his stylish mode until October.


I have changed out of my rustic gardening trousers and shirt and relinquished them to the laundry basket and broken out another equally disreputable set of gardening togs.



I should make the effort and wear a skirt and tights and for a few days I did change when I got in from my afternoon walk, but now I cannot be arsed. My mother would be appalled, and probably is in her home in the sky, and would be telling me to make an effort for my husband so his eyes would not stray elsewhere. Not bloody likely in the middle of lockdown, as the only females we are surrounded by are cows and ewes.

Like us, many ladies have been busy gardening; Jenny and I are on a level playing field methinks, Jane B’s garden is looking spotless and I would love to know how she stops the weeds growing. The artwork in Upavon was a joy to see. I know very well the house which Shelli lives in and the daughter of that house would feed our hens when we were away.


Upavon was our final posting and was an unusual place to be living behind the wire and with floodlights. You would go away on holidays and never lock your door so that the postman could pop in and deliver your mail. There were a lot of bored wives, unable to get jobs, so we made our own entertainment with walking groups, stitch and bitch, Scottish Country Dancing, bridge and art lessons. Having gone there after eleven years in London, teaching full time and commuting into Westminster it was pure nirvana.

Only two responses to my query as to where you plan on going when this is all over and both, Jenny and Shona, said a trip to the beach with family and a picnic.


Try this brain teaser from Jane Scott it really is most disconcerting. A bit of fun

HOW SMART IS YOUR RIGHT FOOT ???

This is bizarre!

How smart is Your Right Foot? ?

Just try this. It is from an orthopedic Surgeon............ This will boggle your mind and you will keep trying over and over again to see if you can outsmart your foot, but you can't. It's preprogrammed in your Brain!


1. WITHOUT anyone watching you and while sitting where you are at your desk in front of your computer, lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles.

2. Now, while doing this, draw the number "6" in the air with your right hand. Your foot will change direction.


I told you so!!!

And there's nothing you can do about it!


Carol Midgley, who writes in The Times, was reporting about the possible baby boom next year, akin to the men returning from operations. Apparently part of the ‘theory is strengthened by the fact that there is a global condom shortage after coronavirus halted production at the world’s biggest manufacturer. Production has resumed – but with only half of the workforce and there is already a shortfall of 100 million condoms – so do the maths’


I will leave you with a poem that Jane S. sent in, which she says seems very pertinent today. It would be wonderful to think that when this is all over the last two lines would come true.

Kathleen O’Meara’s poem, ‘And People Stayed Home,’ written in 1869, after the famine


And people stayed home and read books and listened and rested and exercised and made art and played and learned new ways of being and stopped and listened deeper someone meditated someone prayed someone danced someone met their shadow and people began to think differently and people healed and in the absence of people who lived in ignorant ways, dangerous, meaningless and heartless, even the earth began to heal and when the danger ended and people found each other grieved for the dead people and they made new choices and dreamed of new visions and created new ways of life and healed the earth completely just as they were healed themselves.

Sarah

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