CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 12 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 27.3.20

CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 12 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 27.3.20 BLOG Posted Sunday 29th March 2020 

DAY 12 Friday 27th March 2020

The day we learned Boris had been tested positively for Coronavirus and has a mild form of it. So does the Health Secretary and Chief Medical Officer. All are now working from home and self-isolating.

Today I spent in the garden, again digging over borders. I enjoyed another beautifully sunny day with a deep blue clear sky. But it was much cooler 10-11 degrees rather than the 15-16 degrees it was yesterday.

Our garden is looking good, for our garden. It is streets ahead of where it normally is at this time of year. To be honest I have never usually ventured out into it until mid-April at the earliest.

Having said that it is not a patch on the real professional amateurs like our next-door neighbour. But it never will be. I do not have his talent or dedication for gardening.

I have traditionally always seen Friday as Gardening on TV Night. Whilst ever there has been TV there has been a gardening programme telling you what to do in the garden this week. Like tonight BBC2 at 8.30pm Gardeners’ World with Monty Don.

One thing which you cannot help doing to add variety to life whilst self-isolating is watching TV. In fact, it does become an important part of routine between News Bulletins. And we have been lucky tonight with a bumper bundle package of programmes to keep us well entertained.


1                              9.30pm  Peter Kay’s Comedy Shuffle                                             Comedy                 BBC 1

2                              8.30pm  Gardeners’ World                                                                 Magazine Prog     BBC 2

3                              9.00pm  Pilgrimage: The Road To Istanbul                                   Documentary       BBC 2

4                              7.30pm  Star Wars                                                                              Film                        ITV 1

5                              9.00pm  Gogglebox                                                                             Opinion/Reality   Channel 4

6                              10.00pm Friday Night Dinner                                                            Comedy                 Channel 4

7                              8.00pm  Around The World By Train with Tony Robinson       Documentary       Channel 5

8                              9.30pm  Rock ‘n’ Roll Island: Where legends Were Born           Documentary       BBC 4

POSSIBLE            8.00pm  Coronavirus: Can You Avoid It?                                     Documentary       Channel 4


The list may not be your taste. In fact, I’ll go further and say it will not be your taste. But for me and Mamma it is a good night of TV.

Our days, even in Coronavirus self-isolation times are so packed and full that we find we only have the last one hour of the day for TV. Although I suppose we do catch a half hour of news and “Four in a Bed” at lunchtime and teatime.

Tonight, is an exciting Fun Filled TV Night, because of that list, we are cramming in at least two and a half hours of TV.

But I have to say the list embarrasses me. It is a real old persons’ list. There are no Netflix offerings. No Sky participants. No Apple TV. No Amazon Prime and yet, we do subscribe to it.

There are no Box Sets, none of the major drama series, period drama, thrillers or reality TV shows.

Just the basic 5 Channels + BBC 4. Are we sad old gits or are we sad old gits

It has made me realise we need such a kick up the backside to take us into the 21st Century TV viewing. May be that is an objective to set for us to achieve in this Coronavirus self-isolation period. Broaden our TV horizons.

Having said that “Friday Night Dinner”, Channel 4 is such brilliant comedy. Simply the best.

Also, as we are forced to stay indoors and not travel, TV travel documentaries are our only means of escape. We can travel thousands if not millions of miles round the world and beyond in our armchairs or as couch potatoes.

So, our choice is probably not too bad to say we are in social isolation. A fun way to use the day.




“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill


Happiness is…armchair travel via TV documentary

Happiness is…Friday Night Dinner and every other good TV comedy programme


– Crossing dinosaur with a pig, will make Jurassic Pork.


Love is…getting constant cuddles


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