CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 152 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 22.8.2020 BLOG 24th August 2020

CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 152 – Diary of a Self-Isolator Saturday 22nd August 2020


I saw some interesting pre-lockdown figures a few days ago. My grandad was a brilliantly dedicated passionate REFUSE COLLECTOR and so it sort of runs in the blood. I’ve always had a passion for rubbish and junk.

In some of Ashfield District Council’s information they pushed through our letterbox the other day was two pages about “The Big Ashfield Spring Clean” that took place from 10th to 28th February.

Residents were able to dispose of their extra waste via kerb side collections and free bulky waste collections.

Here are the facts and figures:

4,376 households benefitted from free bulky waste collections. An increase on last year

886 Mattresses (Making them the most collected item)

249 tonnes of waste was collected – the equivalent of 71 Asian elephants

564 Fridge/Freezers were collected

271 TVs Collected

762 Settees

9 Bicycles

And wait for it…

1 COFFIN!  (That so fuels my imagination. Where would that come from? Did somebody buy it and then the person got better or were they planning on murdering someone and didn’t manage to pull it off. How do you end up with a coffin surplus to requirements? And if you have why throw it away. You’d get a good price on Ebay for that.

I do not understand why there were no computers or microwaves. Are the Council not allowed to collect them.

Just as an add Ashfield District Council have up to recently emptied 500,000 bins during the pandemic with uninterrupted service – brilliant!


Now let’s move on to a couple of fun August facts:

100 years ago, on 21st August 1920 Christopher Robin Milne was born. He was son of the author A. A. Milne, and he appeared as a character in his father’s Winnie-the-Pooh stories. (Died 1996.)

One hundred years ago this month, on 21st August 1920, Christopher Robin Milne was born. He was the only son of the author A. A. Milne and appeared as a character in his father’s Winnie-the-Pooh stories and verses – a role he enjoyed at first but later found difficult to handle.

The characters in Winnie the Pooh were based on his own soft toys or items purchased later. The setting was inspired by Ashdown Forest in East Sussex: his family wned nearby Cotchford Farm and spent weekends and holidays there.

His relationship with his nanny, Olive ‘Nou’ Brockwell, was close and continued into adult life, but when he went to boarding school near Guildford in 1930 he was bullied because his father’s work was well known: one poem, Vespers, brought him “toe-curling, fist-clenching, lip-biting embarrassment”.

He married a cousin, Lesley de Sélincourt, in 1948 and opened a bookshop in Dartmouth. He was close to his father but not to his mother, Daphne, who did not see him during the last 15 years of her life.

Milne had one child, Clare, who had cerebral palsy. He himself had myasthenia gravis in his later years and died in 1996; he was described by one newspaper as a ‘dedicated atheist’.

60 years ago, on 8th August 1960 the pop song Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini by Brian Hyland became a worldwide hit. The record had been released in June.

I picked up an interesting little booklet in the week entitled “Lincolnshire’s Natural Coast”. The booklet cover nature reserves on the East Coast from Grimsby to South of Boston. There are some great names like Donna Nook National Nature Reserve, Saltfleet, Theddlethorpe National Nature Reserve, and a whole lot more like Freirston Shore RSPB to Frampton RSPB.

The thing which amazes me is the area is rich with Nature reserves and RSPB Reserves and yet it is an area full of old British seaside towns too like, Skegness, Sutton on Sea, Chapel St Leonards. A very welcome contrast. And now of course the wind farm can be seen out in the Wash.

So, today we finally managed to celebrate son in laws 40th birthday. Our four grandchildren had done an all-nighter celebration, all Friday night, Saturday morning. The day was great, amazing food and as it has become the norm this weeks high winds and pouring rain showers.




Let us endeavour so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.-Mark Twain.


Happiness is…rubbish



To the mathematicians who thought of the idea of zero…

Thanks for nothing!


Love is…planning your road trip together

5 Things To Be Grateful For During Lockdown/Coronavirus

We are grateful  Lockdown gives us  a time…

  1. A time for clearing day to day rubbish…A time for that special spring clean.
  2. A time to be a dustbin man…A time to be a refuse collector.
  3. A time to hoard a coffin…A time to throw the coffin out to the bin man.
  4. A time for the East Coast Nature and RSPB birds…A time for the East Coast bawdy British seaside towns.
  5. A time to be 40 years old…A time to feel 40 years old even if you are actually almost twice that age.


DAY 140       16 Times – 144 Feet               Cumulative Total 20,853 Feet


  1. (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay [Clean] Otis Redding 2:43
  2. California Dreamin' The Mamas & The Papas 2:39
  3. Build Me Up Buttercup The Foundations 2:57
  4. Fantastic Day Haircut 100 3:13



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