Monthly Archives: May 2020

It’s still with us

It seems it won’t go away. But, like everything else, this too must pass.

The question is: when.

I’m sure you’re as fed up with it all as I am. Stuck indoors (because of my age group) except for very short walks or time spent in the garden.

The people I feel sorry for are all those many in high-rise blocks with small families; no access to the outdoors for any of them, expect via a flight of stairs or a lift, if they’re lucky. No wonder people keep on likening it to being in prison. It must be very like that.

But it will pass; we just have to be patient and read as many books as we can, when we’re not watching old films on television, or trying to finish the multi-piece jigsaw puzzle (hard) that we started ages ago.

 

So, it’s going away

The outbreak of coronavirus is on the wane in the UK, or so we are told by our government.

But what is it, really? For me, it’s like a mist that’s been slowly drifting across the country. Sometimes you can see it clearly, creeping up on you; at others it’s almost invisible it’s so thin on the ground. And its appearance changes where you are. It’s not so  easy to see it in prosperous well-off areas, and easy to see in already economically hard-hit places like the Midlands, the North West and North East of England – though it looks as if it reached near-epidemic proportions in the London area, perhaps because of the high density of the younger population and the number of vulnerable elderly people living there.

But here in Devon, where most people seem elderly, it can hardly be made out; especially when – like me – you’re in that age-group that’s been told to stay at home. I have rarely been out – other than to sit in the garden with my beloved wife – since sometime in March. That’s a long time! So much so, I hardly know what Budleigh Salterton and the surrounding area actually look like. Oh, we’ve been out once – on one of our fine days – but only for a short drive to the Bicton Park area, with my wife doing the driving. And that’s it.

Still, I’ve read a number of books, and been able to get on with my Open University history course and learned quite a lot. So, it can’t be all bad.

But I do wish it would go away!