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May Day

Me and her about 1959 outside Hackney

The day started out cloudy but i had house work to do, couldn’t be put off longer. Also wrote a long letter to a friend and other computer stuff.

May Day celebrations have been cancelled in most places or took place on line. I think it is a holiday w/e in UK though what difference that will make is anyone’s guess, perhaps that is why the Scottish Prime Minister was asking people to keep social distancing and not take unnecessary trips!

I finished the day off with a bit of gardening as the sun came out in force about 4pm. The ground was very wet and most gardeners would not have ventured on it but i could see how the weeds were enjoying the sun and rain so got rid of a few more. I also admired the tulips, in tight bud and forget- me -nots, just sprouting from the soil. I do enjoy digging, i sit on my stool and get stuck in with my fork and then the thoughts come thick and fast. i usually feel good after a soil session. The w/e is supposed to be warm and sunny so I will hit the garden shop that is opening tomorrow and then spend the w/e digging. Unfortunately my experiment with storing the dahlias, Glads and Cala Lilly corms in our new shed was a disaster. They all perished and were a mushy mess. Never mind, I will have to get new ones. They are all too fragile to leave in the ground over our winters but they should have been in the basement. We live and learn.

It looks like their will be no survivors of the helicopter crash off Greece they are now looking for the human remains and aircraft parts.

Kim Jong un has reappeared in North Korea, he seems to be ok.

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April Showers….

Patricia May flowers, The Hackney 1959

Today was a late start. Went back to bed, after breakfast, with the cats and slept. It rained all day but was warmish so after I arose we went for a walk down the garden to see what was growing. It is amazing what a bit of warm rain can do. I think the trees will come into leaf now, certainly the daffodils and tulips are ready to open any day.

We went food shopping later and stopped for a chat with a neighbour whom we haven’t encountered lately, that is one of the things you miss, casual meetings with friends.

Dave fell asleep in front of TV last night, he cannot stay up late anymore.

Captain Tom’s birthday today, 100!! They made a fuss of him and the RAF did a flyover of his home with a Spitfire and a Hurricane. Amazing guy!

The Russian Prime Minister has tested positive for the Coronavirus.

Trump has claimed China wants him to loose the upcoming US election. They are not alone in their thinking!

1 person is confirmed dead and 5 others are still missing from the crash of the Canadian military helicopter that went missing yesterday. It is certain the crash was not caused by a shootdown from another country but the cause of the crash reamins unknown.

I did some knitting today after leaving it alone for weeks, I intend to finish this item which was a Christmas gift from a friend.

Costco is asking people in Canada to wear masks when they visit its stores, starting on Monday!

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Remember When?

sunset over Blackpool North Pier August 2016

Another gardening day. I will have to start on the house work soon.

Lots of computer work also done. Was remembering past vacations, perhaps taken too much for granted that we were able to go where ever we wanted.

UK Boris and partner have a baby boy, all well as far as we know.

Dame Vera Lynn of “White Cliffs of Dover” fame is still going strong at 103 years of age, she is promoting her children’s charity as it is in need of funds.

A beach in Spain has been sprayed with bleach in a misguided attempt to stop people getting the Coronavirus. Unfortunately this has damaged the local ecosystem!

Switzerland is allowing children under 10 to hug their grandparents as they have found young children do not spread the virus.

A Canadian military helicopter has been lost, in the Ionian sea off Greece, while taking part in a NATO exercise.

Paleontologists have discovered the hip bone of a 40 million year old modern frog. It was found in ancient sediment from Antarctica.

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Messing About

Tricia in about 1957 off the beach at Knott End
Tricia, Kemptville Creek, 2020

A very beautiful day. Again I decided gardening over housework.

First I had to pop into town and do a pick up from our local consignment/ children’s toy store. It is shut down due to the virus, but has an online store and i had picked a couple of things for the grands. Took them straight to Post Office and mailed them. Very glad to be able to support local businesses.

I took the Mercedes for its first run of the season, opening it up nicely. Wow spring is finally here.

Dave went and picked up some composted manure from a local horse farm so that should keep him busy.

We also had a first trip on the river in our little boat, it was amazing and made me feel great.

The day was topped off by a Zoom call to most of the book club friends, I have made. We just had a chat, no books were discussed, it was lovely to see everyone. Some of us are sick, some alone and some have husbands, it was a tonic to all.

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Musings

trees on our property 25th April

Another week just begun. Went for a walk to the river at the end of the property alone because Dave had gone out. it was a pleasant saunter, while I was down there I leant against a tree and watched the water and thought for a few minutes how perfect it was. Somehow being surrounded by trees has a calming influence. The area I was in although small is overgrown with trees mainly firs and ceder but some deciduous trees as well. It is all still winterish looking but green shoots are just peeping through the ground so the promise is their.

Dave had to go and get is car checked today, he had an appointment, I suggested he phone first and check they were actually still working. No he wouldn’t do that. When he returned it seemed they were closed! He has Shingles again. It seems he get s them every year now. They are mild, he had a telephone doctor appointment and sent a picture and they sent a prescription to the pharmacy. I wonder if we need to actually go and see people ever again?

Apparently Donald Trump has been at it again. A video update was given with Trump stood in the background while some of his staff talked, then Trump mused about ” Someone could have stopped the virus a long time ago”!

More Canadains are getting depressed as the lockdwon continues.

Still unsure about North Koreas’ Kim Jong un’s health. A very secretive place. The family is revered as gods by North Koreans.

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Points of View

garden (ing) gnome 25th April front garden

The US of A has started to lift restrictions in more and more of its Sates. I think this is a bit worrying. I do not want Americans coming to Canada bringing the virus with them. Perhaps they can be checked at the boarder. I also will not be going there anytime soon, they are still having outbreaks occurring in some places, although New York seems to have a handle on theirs. I think this is where it becomes very hard to manage a sprawling cluster of disparate areas that are supposedly amalgamated. It is especially so now when the country seems to be divided by politics and the leadership is not a unifying factor.

Canada could also fall under this same problem, but so far we are holding. I do see some Provinces are beginning to open up a little, only the ones who have no new deaths or illnesses and only very little at a time. I live for the day when that can happen in Ontario, but we are still facing more deaths and illnesses. One day we will be able to open up.

Trump, after it was suggested he might want to stop doing his daily breifing session (Especially after his ridicules” injecting disinfectant into ones veins” episode), has tweeted that he doesn’t find the daily briefings helpful thus he will stop doing them! What will we have to keep us entertained now?

The ‘fridge in my kitchen has received a cleaning on the outside, it was pulled out and the “carpet ” on top removed as well as sides and back cleaned. Why do these so called built-ins attract so much dust? Next venture in the kitchen cleaning saga is the ‘Inside of the ‘fridge’ Oh boy that should be an exciting adventure into microbiology.

We had a virtual dinner tonight with the family. Lots of fun. miss them.

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To Polish or Not

Dave’s grandfather’s medals from 1st and second wars

Another Saturday in the month of April, the month when the Coronavirus took over the whole world. Except this Saturday is ANZAC Day. The 25th April was chosen as the day to commemorate and remember Australian and New Zealand soldiers after the debacle at Gallipoli which started on this date in 1915. They proved themselves to be very able soldiers and earned a great reputation despite the campaign being a failure. We remember them each year.

Beautiful day, warm and sunny, not too hot for working in the garden which I did again today. I am very happy with my progress which is starting to show. A lot of ground covered with mulch, many weeds and unwanted flowers dug out and composted, some seeds planted (an experiment as it is still cold). I even have some daffs open which is a cheery sight.

Dave has been clearing the underbrush from beneath the trees we had planted years ago as well as cutting up the huge tree fall never the river.

Think it is cocktail time now!

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Of indoor plants and people

Montreal Botanical Gardens 2016

Washing the kitchen floor, i was thinking about my house plants they seem ok despite being stuck in the house their whole lives. They ‘bloom and grow’ merrily away with only the occasional repotting or fertilising. Perhaps in my next life I will be a house plant?

Spent the day indoors supposedly cleaning but not much got done! I finished a puzzle I started just after Easter Sunday, 3 weeks ago now. It was 550 pieces, just my limit I think! I bought this puzzle for Christina when she was about 8 years old, but I was the one who usually did it. Thirty years old and 20 years since it was last done, at least.

Trump is in the news again because he has suggested, in a somewhat garbled press briefing about the Coronavirus, that scientists might try injecting disinfectant into people to stop the spread of the virus. The mind boggles at the thought of a US President making statements like this. It boggles even more at the fact it was deemed necessary to warn people not to inject themselves with disinfectant!

There are households in the US that have had there water cut off for none payment of bills. How are they to wash there hands? Is this country civilised? Then again there are households in Canada that have no water either. They are in the North and are on Reservations.

Captain Tom, from my previous post, has toped the British pop charts with his duet of “You’ll Never Walk Alone”. He will be 100 years old next Thursday.

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All dolled up with somewhere to go

Dressed to impress 1982

What an exciting day! I dressed in decent clothes for once, dusted of my hearing aid, plugged in some earrings and made sure my hair was brushed. All this in order to take my van to the garage where it was getting its winter tyres removed and regular ones fitted. Dave followed in his car and we took off to Costco for shopping!!!

The line up outside the store was very long but after grabbing a cart,(cleaned) wrapping my self in the car blanket and standing in line for 10 minutes i was admitted to the cavernous store. It is weeks since i last shopped here and it was a very nice experience to brows the aisles, always watching for others and being carful not to crowed each other. I picked up some books, (i know I have book shelves full but new ones are always tempting) and clothes for one of the children, as well as some food.

We returned for the van which was ready and waiting, Dave went home and i went back to Costco to get gas which was 65.9 cent litre. Amazing! Then i drove home on the highway and opened her up, great, i loved it, made me realise how much i enjoy driving, not for hours at a time but just getting on the open road and letting go, miss that.

Saskatchewan is hoping to start opening up in May slowly, watching to see how it all goes. I hope we can do the same sometime soon, probably not until the summer, at least.

In other news Mount Etna suffered an earthquake on one side of the volcano, worrying! The first human trial of a Coronavirus vaccine has started in Oxford where two people have been injected with it, fascinating. It was developed in under 3 months. This trial is only just beginning and who knows if it will be successful. But it is encouraging.

After todays outing i fell really good. I think this is something we will have to do in the future make a point of going out for a car ride at least once a week.

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Earth Day

yes it is 22nd April and freezing!

Today was brilliant sunshine but very cold north east wind. I gardened but the only way I could do it was by staying in the sun and using gloves. Their is a massive clean up to do on the garden which is why it is taking me so long. First time I have really had the time to spend on spring clean up and I am really enjoying being outside at this time.

The Nova Scotia shooter killed 22 people they have determind. I beleive the military is going to help the police force in their investigation, which will take awhile. The gunman was not helped by anyone.

Some US states are determined to start to open up and seem to have Trumps approval!!

This is a link to a story about the village of Eyam in Derbyshire UK. This village quarantined itself in the 1666 in order to stop the spread of the Plague.

HTTPs://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-51904810

Earth Day 2020, it is 50 years since the first one was celebrated. This one will be very strange as most of the world is shut down and thus emissions from planes and boats and cars is down dramatically, not to mention factories that are closed. How long this will continue and if it will leave a lasting legacy remains to be seen. It could be years before the world gets back to what it was before. A lot of people would prefer it never does and maybe that is a purpose of this virus hitting the world. A wake up call just as we were tipping ourselves over the brink of the abyss. We shall see if it changes our collective behaviour.