Yesterday, Sunday 6th April was a gorgeous sunny day in Cambridge. A day that might have tempted some to congregate. I hope not, but some of the UK public appear to be foolish. Not us, we spent the day at home in the house and garden enjoying the sunshine. Hubby managed to get some charcoal so we had a barbeque, and played card games.
That was unusual – as they were drinking games!
It was my youngest daughter’s idea. For example you pick a card and the number says you have to… say a rhyme, or name a city, or whatever else the game rules say and pass it on. If you run out of rhymes, etc, or are too slow, you have to take a sip of your drink! The drinks were very nice, gin and tonic with fruit!
It was fun, but we didn’t go overboard and drink too much. Just enough to relax us all.
Perhaps Lockdown has some positives – we are definitely spending more time together as a family, chatting more and sharing our thoughts.
But we will have to be careful not to drink and eat too much! Or, I for one will be putting on too much weight.
Also, another source of piling on the pounds – we made banana cake with chocolate chunks. Apparently, everyone is baking banana cake at the moment. It was quite a job getting the ingredients – I had to improvise somewhat. It turned out really well but we overdid it on the chocolate! If I made it again I’d use less chocolate, but youngest daughter doesn’t agree!
During the meal I glanced up at the blue sky and sad thoughts returned. How can the world be suffering in such a terrible way on such a beautiful day? My thoughts turned to those less fortunate than us who are living in cramped living conditions, without a garden, perhaps in difficult situations. I looked again, I couldn’t see a cloud in the sky, and no airplane trails either. The environment is benefiting, but people are dying.
I just wish the Scientists could find a cure but it will be a long time coming before a vaccine is ready. They are saying one year minimum, perhaps longer. It is good to hear that influencers, musicians, pop artists and the like are donating money. I hope this will help.
We packed the barbeque away and settled down for the evening. It was only 6.30pm.
What to do now?
Watch TV, read a book, go for your daily safe walk, or chat, or spend time with our visiting cat who has decided to call during lockdown. Except, this cute ginger cat just wanted to snooze!
Another day of Lockdown. Hope you are all doing okay and staying safe.
Workshops for young girls during this time:
From J K Rowling: https://www.wizardingworld.com/collections/harry-potter-at-home
David Hockney shares exclusive art from Normandy: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-52109901
A message from Chris Martin #TogetherAtHome from Coldplay:
A beautiful song “We’ll Rise Up: a song from the NHS to the public”
From my friend Sherri: https://sherrimatthewsblog.com/2020/04/03/dispatches-from-lockdown-in-an-english-spring/
Available for free on kindle unlimited and to buy in kindle and paperback: http://mybook.to/MrSagittarius
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