CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 116 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 16.7.2020

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CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 116 – Diary of a Self-Isolator Thursday 16th July 2020

Today was a day of getting a little closer, yet again, to normality.

The day started with an actual physical visit to the doctors’ surgery. Very unique in this day and age, consultations are usually made over the telephone.

Then in the afternoon we met up with all four grandchildren at White Post Farm. Most normal. The Farm was very busy too, with the car park really full to bursting point, proving everyone wants normality to return. With my family the reptile house proved most popular with go karts a very close second. They did, however, enjoy the pigs. One of my grandsons likening a huge, fat, sleeping, snoring pig to myself. The Adventure Playground went down particularly well, as did the ice creams. You are not allowed to take your own picnics but surprise, surprise, you can buy and consume their food. I guess you can’t blame them.

In the reptile house you could buy some. The chameleon for £60ish, the snake and tarantula were the chosen ones along with the turtle.

We watched the very entertaining sheep racing, but didn’t place any bets. Loved the big one who rolled in last best.

My personal preferences were the owls in the new Birds of Prey section. I love how they turn their heads. More bones means more flexibility, and having this allows owls to rotate their heads 270 degrees. (If 360 degrees is a way to measure a full circle, and 180 degrees is half a circle, that means owls can turn their heads more than halfway around!)

Anyway, another day closer to normality.

I saw this article today on how the purchase of an island has become more popular since the pandemic.

How to buy a private island for the price of a London flat

Agents say enquiries from would-be island owners have tripled during Covid pandemic.

The coronavirus lockdown has left many homeowners longing for a change of scenery – but some buyers are thinking bigger than others for their next move.

According to agents, demand for private islands is booming as increasing numbers of Britons seek solitude and safety during the pandemic. Farhad Vladi, founder of Vladi Private Islands, says that enquiries have tripled since Covid-19 hit compared with the same period in 2019.

And as The Telegraph notes, “you don’t need to be a billionaire, or even a millionaire”, to get in on the action.

While “the private island market in Britain and Ireland is one of serious quirks”, says the newspaper, “islands in Scotland can be snapped up for a fraction of the price of a one-bedroom London flat”.

Cameron Ewer of Savills estate agents told The Telegraph that “there are some very, very small islands that people buy because they just want to say ‘I own an island’”.

Savills recently sold the 14-acre Creinch Island in Loch Lomond for just £90,000. But living on the island may prove tricky for the new owner. Creinch has no running water or electricity, although on the plus side, the island is “covered in wood anemones and wild garlic”, The Telegraph says.

There are also plenty of options for those looking to splash a little more cash. An island off the coast of Ireland was sold for more than $6.3m (£5m) earlier this month, “with the anonymous buyer not even visiting the location in person before going through with the purchase”, CNN reports.

Located to the southwest of the Irish mainland, Horse Island covers 157 acres that includes “three beaches, seven houses and natural wildlife”, the broadcaster adds.

The island haven proved so enticing that the unnamed European buyer “relied on video footage to view” the site, and conducted most of the negotiations via WhatsApp, says The Guardian.

“The owner fell in love with the scenery,” said Thomas Balashev, chief executive of Montague Real Estate, which helped broker the deal. “The island will be used as a tranquil retreat – a place to enjoy the natural beauty and calm the landscape affords.”

Some visionaries are thinking even bigger, however.

With land borders worldwide closed during the pandemic, shipbuilding giant Ferretti Group is producing “portable private islands”, Forbes says.

 “Describing its superyachts as ‘private islands’ might seem far-fetched, but it makes a lot of sense,” according to the news site.

“The interior is essentially a luxury resort… while outside, sun decks supplement beaches and wherever you roam, you’re always by the sea.”

We did not see TV tonight as Mamma had a Church Zoom meeting, but on looking down the TV listings there was nothing on TV worth watching anyway.

DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY ESPECIALLY WHILST IN ISOLATION

 

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY

And suddenly you just know it’s time to start something new and trust the magic of new beginnings…

HAPPINESS IS…

Happiness is…White Post Farm

GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY

I bought some shoes from a drug dealer. I don’t know what he laced them with, but I’ve been tripping all day.

LOVE IS…

Love is…a great wave of emotion.

5 Things To Be Grateful For During Lockdown/Coronavirus

We are grateful  Lockdown gives us  a time…

  1. A time to visit White Post Farm because it’s open …A time not to be able to visit White Post Farm because it’s
  2. A time to visit the reptiles…A time to jump on the trampoline.
  3. A time to see the sheep race…A time to hear pigs snore in their sleep.
  4. A time to enjoy living on the mainland…A time to restrict yourself to island self-isolation (stay safe).
  5. A time to indulge in excellent TV…A time to give TV a miss.

TOTAL STAIRWAY TO EVEREST CLIMB CHALLENGE

DAY 103      16 Times – 144 Feet Cumulative Total 15,435 Feet

 

 

 

 

 

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