jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 23rd April 2020
CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 37 – Diary of a Self-Isolator Tuesday 21st April 2020
The great news about today was that our son-in-law’s mother left hospital and went home. She has to have oxygen at home. But at least she’s home!
AMAZON DOES GOOD
On a day that I learned lockdown earns Amazon $11,000 a second. Online retail giant Amazon is reaping a cash bonanza from the global coronavirus lockdown, with its share price soaring and customers spending almost $11,000 (£8,800) a second. Founder Jeff Bezos has reinforced his position as the world’s richest person, his personal fortune rising $6.4bn (£5.1bn) on Tuesday to reach $138bn (£110bn). – The Guardian
So, some folk are benefitting from Covid-19.
WHAT WE DID
Me and Mamma are finding the days just go so quickly. They evaporate. So what have we done today. Nothing specific but receive our Tesco Online order and post the weekly Comic/Magazine to the Grandchildren. And doing lots of research and write, write, write my life away. I have done a bit of admin charity work and a fair bit of blogging with loads of WhatsApping. There is nothing substantial I can say boldly I did… and achieved…
Mamma had her weekly Zoom meeting with her Church Group.
Our TV was limited. I believe a shorter programme to this has been on before. This was entitled: “I’ll Get This, Extended Version”. Kelly Osbourne, Ade Edmondson, Sara Pascoe, Jermaine Jenas and Nicola Coughlan play a series of games over dinner with the loser picking up the bill.
This was good and a comedy. No travel tonight. This has been shown before and there has been a series. We have seen none of them. The reason I don’t like games and I would find it stressful being in this situation. But I have to say I did enjoy this and found it entertaining. And I discovered an unusual animal, an intelligent and funny footballer.
I was saying how I’m being carried away with gardening. Here is an interesting little article from Country Living on the subject.
20 things to do in the garden during self-isolation
It’s the perfect time to get out in the garden
BY PAULA MCWATERS – Cotswold garden design
With many of us staying at home due to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, we have seen a surge in people looking for gardening tips and advice. We think it’s great that people are using this downtime to get green-fingered – it’s good for the body, the mind and the soil.
To come to your aid, Country Living Gardening Editor Paula McWaters shares 20 ideas to use your time productively in the garden.
Being confined to staying at home is unknown territory for most of us but if you can get out into the garden, even just to tend a few pots, there are absorbing, creative projects that can keep you happily occupied and help while away the time. You may well find that during this compulsory slow-down period you have the best-kept garden you’ve ever had.
Here are 20 ideas to draw you down the garden path…
- Create some sunshine – We need happy faces around us and sunflowers definitely have those. Order some seed online, sow it in pots on a warm windowsill and plant the seedlings out once the danger of frost is past.
- Pot up some veg – Herbs, salad leaves, spinach, beetroot, dwarf French beans, potatoes and dwarf carrots will all do well in containers. Look at dobies.co.uk, suttons.co.uk, chilternseeds.co.uk and seedsofitaly.com for interesting varieties. Cut-and-come-again salad leaves are especially quick.
- Get speedy results – You can skip the seed sowing stage and go straight to plug plants – organicplants.co.uk offers high quality reliable plants as does pippagreenwood.com. Or order a patio vegetable collection of plugs from suttons.co.uk.
- Mow-tivate yourself (Sorry!) – If the weather is reasonable, dust down the mower and get out there. Set the blades to about 2.5cm to avoid any scalping and then trim the edges with long-handled shears. Remember to leave a bit of your lawn un-mown to welcome wildlife.
- Get some order – Re-edging the lawn is surprisingly satisfying and it magically – and speedily – improves the appearance of your garden overall. Ideally use a half-moon shaped edging tool, or a garden spade. To change the lawn’s shape, lay hosepipe as a guide.
- Make more plants – You can make your border perennials go further by splitting them up. Dig them up, split them with two garden forks back-to-back and replant them. You will get two to four new plants from one.
- Get raking – If you fancy a vigorous task that will give you a workout and get your heart pumping, rake the lawn. Use a spring-tined rake and energetically pull out the moss and dead grass cuttings by raking in all directions.
- Spring clean the terrace – A pressure washer will blast away winter grime but be warned: it can be a bit addictive. Once you have that lance in your hand, you’ll be tempted to wash everything in sight. Waterproof trousers, a kagoule and wellies are essential! Remember, for every pair of wellies sold in March and April, Joules will plant a tree.
- Open a bird café – Send off for some feeders and bird food and get started –birdfood.co.uk offer everything from sunflower hearts to suet cakes.
- Make a mini meadow – Do your bit for wild plants that are under threat by sowing some native plants into a window box, on a balcony or in a corner of your garden – seedball.co.uk selections include bee, butterfly, urban meadow and shade mixes.
- Get down with the kids – Mudandbloom.com produce monthly boxes containing everything you need for four nature/gardening-based craft activities to inspire and entertain a three to eight-year-old. A quiz, two packets of organic seeds and compost pellets will get them growing too.
- Give plants a boost – Get them off to a flying start now by digging in organic matter around them. They’ll thank you with good strong growth.
- Grow your own mushrooms – If you have a frost-free shed (or later, a patch of lawn once danger of frost has passed) you can grow button mushrooms on well-rotted horse manure – thompson-morgan.com and suttons.co.uk all offer kits.
- Put up a wigwam – If you can get hold of some canes or hazel poles, create a wigwam out of them to support deliciously fragrant sweet peas. Sow seeds in Rootrainers (haxnicks.co.uk) or short cardboard tubes and transplant them outside once the plants are sturdy enough.
- Drool and dream – Sarah Raven’s offering of seeds, bulbs, plants and kit will absorb you for ages and her collections of young plants, eg scented purple pot, blue lace shade and smoky window box make colour selection very easy.
- Bag some colour – Avoid having to stare at a blank wall by hanging up some environmentally-friendly, biodegradable hessian flower bags. Fill them with compost and plant them up with flowering plug plants – greengardener.co.uk sells them in packs of 4, 10 or 30 or you can order a case of 60.
- Shed some light – String up some garden lights to bring a sparkle to a tree, porch, archway or shapely shrub. Put them where you can see and enjoy them from the house.
Illuminated decorations hanging from trees or in your yard at night do look good and cheer you up enormously.
- Pick a strawberry – Look online and find a juicy strawberry variety you like the sound of, order a pack of plants and get them in. A good dose of organic fertiliser will offer them a steady supply of nutrients to give them a good start.
- Invest in a propagator – On days when you can’t get outside, you can enjoy sowing into a heated propagator. The Super 7 windowsill version has compact units that act as a self-contained nursery.
- Start a collection – Auriculas are one of those plant varieties that get you hooked and building up your own.
You’ll end up in the garden as much as me! I’m looking forward to opening a wild bird café.
DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY ESPECIALLY WHILST IN ISOLATION
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
“We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.”– Martin Luther King
Happiness is…running a wild bird cafe
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
“I was raised as an only child, which really annoyed my sister.” Will Marsh
Love is…hanging in there together
TOTAL STAIRWAY TO EVERST CLIMB CHALLENGE
DAY 17 16 Times – 144 Feet Cumulative Total 2,493 Feet
TRACK OF THE ISOLATION DAY
- I'm Still Standing Elton John 3:04
HORRIBLE LITTLE NUMBER
Country Confirmed cases Deaths
1 US 842,621 46,784
2 Italy 187,327 25,085
3 Spain 208,389 21,717
4 France 117,324 20,796
5 UK 134,638 18,151
6 Belgium 41,889 6,262
7 Iran 85,996 5,391
8 Germany 150,648 5,315
9 China 82,798 4,632
10 Netherlands 35,034 4,069
24 Russia 5 7,999 513
UK deaths yesterday 763
Global cases Updated 23 Apr at 07:56 local
Confirmed 2,628,527 +63,468
Deaths 183,424 +5,928
Recovered 784,986 +98,378
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