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Isolation day 17, Sunday thoughts #ramble

It’s isolation day 17 and I hear of more and more people in the community coming down with covid_19. I’ve been aware of the pandemic since December when I spoke to friends in China. They controlled it eventually and we can too but some poor decisions were made at the beginning of the infection in the UK. The ‘herd immunity’ plan would have overwhelmed our health service and the lockdown came a week or two too late. The Cheltenham Festival and many other events should have been stopped. The biggest mistake was not learning from other countries. Surgical masks could have been provided to all essential workers right from the start. NHS workers should have had FFP3 masks much earlier too.

isolation day 17


Isolation day 15, alone but not lonely #pandemic

Yes, I’m on day 15 of my isolation but I’m not really lonely. I’m quite used to being alone now. I do like to wander around taking photographs, though. I’ll wander to the bottom of the garden later and photograph the dandelions! I’m alone, but not lonely. I’m also planning the next amendment of my grocery list for delivery on Monday. I have a nearly full freezer now and I’ve been trying to store protein foods. I now have to consider fruit, vegetables and drinks. I need more teabags!

alone but not lonely


Day 10 of my isolation #ramble

It’s Sunday and so as always I’ll share my thoughts with you. It’s day 10 of my isolation and it going well. I must admit I get frustrated with the stupid people. I see essential workers in other countries wearing PPE especially masks and we are only just appealing for PPE for council workers. The army is having to deliver hastily acquired PPE to hospitals. Talk about too little, too late.

On day 10 of my isolation, I am wondering how long this will last. They usually say 12 weeks but on one occasion they said 16 weeks.


Day 8 of my isolation #covid_19 #pandemic

It’s day 8 of my isolation and I’m still relatively sane. I’ve been gardening and have planted potatoes in containers and I will plant some in the garden too. I also have some runner bean seed that I’ll plant in pots and a container sometime in April. I don’t have any canes for the runner beans but I think I can improvise!

Day 8 of my isolation


Day 6 of my isolation #covid_19 #pandemic

It’s day 6 of my isolation and things are going quite well. I managed to get another slot for food delivery and I’m slowly adjusting to my new situation. I don’t miss people too much but I do miss my photography outings. I hope that the isolation will end in the summer and I can make up for lost time and get out and about and add to my portfolio of pictures.

day 6 of my isolation


Coping with isolation #covid_19 #health

My intention was to self-isolate today because of my age and health issues. I adopted social distancing on Tuesday and have only been close to two people since then. I went for a blood test on Thursday and wore a surgical mask. So I’m three days into total lockdown. I’m coping with isolation. After 7 days, I think I’ll be able to assume I’m not infected.

coping with isolation


Getting ready for lockdown #covid_19

It’s been a while since I have written a post. I even missed my rambling Sunday post. There is so much to think about. I’ll be going into lockdown at the weekend. The government says for 12 weeks. I think it will be longer. Covid_19 would probably kill me. At the very least, it would be very unpleasant. So I’m preparing for lockdown. I’m not a very social person anyway so maybe it will be easier for me. I have to keep busy and keep solving the many problems I’m sure will be thrown up.


An era of health crisis #health

In the UK we have a mental health crisis and now we have Covid-19 which will add to people’s anxiety and depressive thoughts. Perhaps we should have a referendum and let the people decide what to do about Covid-19? Yes, a ridiculous idea, we should listen to the  experts. I do worry that the experts are being influenced by the politicians who are more worried about the economy when it should be the other way around.

health crisis


Covid-19 and the odds against getting it

It’s Sunday and so as usual I’ll share my thoughts with you. I usually write this post early on Sunday morning but I had so much on my mind today I forgot about it! Of course, Covid-19 is on my mind and I’m hoping all my family are safe from it. My sister is on a cruise. I’ve been passing on useful information via Facebook. The main thing to remember is to wash your hands well and frequently. I also advised people to stop hugging and touching people and today I posted about sterilising surfaces with bleach in a ratio of 1 part bleach and 10 parts water.


Is climate change taking us to the edge of extinction?

I’m not a climate change denier nor am I about to take to the streets and protest. This week the West Midland Combined Authority announced it wanted to ban diesel and petrol cars by 2040. An ambitious and ill-thought out plan. Diesel cards do pollute more and we could stop selling new ones and we could ban all engines over 2 litres in all but specialist vehicles. That would be a step in the right direction and that is what we need, small steps in the right direction not wide ranging policies that will never be implemented or ever work.


Mental Health awareness week

It’s mental health awareness week. Freud and Jung thought mental health problems started in childhood. Childhood bullying, childhood neglect and childhood deprivation certainly contribute to mental health problems. Childhood abuse can be a form of trauma that leads to post-traumatic stress disorder that continues into adulthood.


Silver gloves? #Raynauds

It is the last day of February and the last day of Raynaud’s awareness month. I have found out that silver gloves can help alleviate the condition. Who knew? I have Raynaud’s as part of my autoimmune disease and it has been a problem for the past few years. My hands, in particular, get so cold that they go numb which means I can’t even feel the shutter button on my camera! I have learned how to press it wearing gloves but it is still difficult.

silver gloves


Looking after number one #feelgoodFriday

I empathise a lot with people who are less fortunate or who are going through a hard time. I always try to be helpful. I have become more responsible for my own health over the past few years, however. It isn’t being selfish, it’s just being aware of the importance of diet and the effect the environment can have on my health. My healthcare is more important now. I don’t leave all the decisions to doctors, I weigh the evidence about what will be good for me. Am I just looking after number one? No, I try to care about others too but my health comes first.

looking after number one


The need for kindness #timetotalk

It is Time to Talk Day, an initiative from Mind and Rethink mental health charities. Mental health provision is in crisis and we need to do something to change things. I think we all need to be less confrontational, less competitive and try to introduce kindness, consideration and understanding into our lives. Anxiety and depression are at epidemic levels in our urban areas and loneliness is a big problem in more isolated communities too. There is a need for kindness in every community.

The need for kindness


Can civil society save our communities?

I’ve always thought that civil society is a good thing. Those associations, trade unions and non-governmental organisations raise money for charity, fight for workers rights and plug the gaps in the social care system. In recent years, we have seen charities become more like businesses and more community interest companies trying to tackle community problems but also trying to make a profit. I suspect some of these new organisations are more driven by a desire to create jobs or maintain jobs for the people who run them than provide a worthwhile service.

 civil society


Retirement in Wednesbury #lifestyle

This is where I live, it is Wednesbury, in the heart of the Black Country. It isn’t the prettiest place on earth but it is where I’ve lived most of my life. Now I’m enjoying retirement in Wednesbury.

retirement in Wednesbury


Lifestyle choices #thrifty #frugal

Thrifty Thursday: lifestyle


Lifestyle can decide our health, wealth and most other things in life. If you want to lose weight, it’s no good eating a slimming meal once a week. You have to make low-calorie healthy eating a lifestyle choice that influences every meal and snack. If you want to save money, your lifestyle has to influence every financial purchase and decision. (more…)

Coughs and sneezes spread diseases #life

coughs and colds

The slogan “coughs and sneezes spread diseases” was used when I was young to encourage people to use a handkerchief when they coughed or sneezed.  We can use tissues today but the advice is still good. (more…)

Resolutions #life

Today’s picture is a little bit misty, so one of my resolutions for 2016 is to go back and take that picture again when the sun is shining. It’s a place where fishing is popular too, so I might get a few anglers in the photo. (more…)

Keeping an open mind #health

Factory locks

I think keeping an open mind can be good for mental health. If we run with the pack and accept what everyone else believes we can not only share their beliefs but their fears too. People tend to fear what they don’t understand. (more…)

Thrifty and frugal on a budget #thrifty

If you’re a regular reader you’ll know that I live north of Birmingham in the Black Country. If you want a takeaway here, you can choose from pizza, American fast food, Balti, Indian, Chinese, fish and chips and most other food types. There are also restaurants, as well as takeaways. Why? (more…)

Summer Ideas


Today’s picture is of Forge Mill lake in Sandwell Valley, West Bromwich. The temperature at the moment where I am in Central England is 20C, but set to rise higher later. It went as high as 40C in places yesterday. (more…)

Mindful Gifts open their first shop


Yesterday I went to the official  opening of the first Mindful Gifts shop in Darlaston, that specialises in gifts for older people with dementia. Mindful Gifts is a community interest company that operates for the benefit of the community, rather than personal gain. (more…)

Life skills, images and perceptions

Sunday 19th October 2014 around the Black Country (2)

I’m used to manipulating photographs to give a different artistic image and I change images using social media too. I’ve noticed advertisements on television advising young people to acquire ‘life skills’, so they can better present themselves at interviews when they are looking for a job. (more…)

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