CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 42 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 26.4.2020 BLOG 28th April 2020

CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 42 – Diary of a Self-Isolator Sunday 26Th April 2020

Self-isolation has, as you would expect brought the most innovative things out of us as human beings. We have come up with so many different things to while away our time whilst being held prisoner in our own home. The human imagination is amazing from walking 100 times around the garden to three thousand times upstairs.

I am constantly coming across new novel ways of passing the time. The one I discovered today I just love.

Photographer Julia Keil decided to turn the camera on herself, making a series of self-portraits inspired by paintings, the cinema or other photographs.

Having been in London for a couple of months, Keil arrived back in Paris just as it was going into lockdown to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

“Rather than going out and reconnecting with the streets I love to roam, I found myself abruptly bound to the constraints of my sixth-floor flat,” she says.

“Like many, I was suddenly isolated and uncertain of tomorrow.

“I felt as if in a dream, living somewhere between the real and surreal with the only guidance being news stories, hearsay and the changes I observed happening around me from day to day.”

With Paris due to remain on lockdown until 11 May, Keil says she will continue taking self-portraits. You can follow her on Instagram @juliakkeil and see her other work on her website.

“This portrait was both inspired by the news that all non-essential orders from Amazon had been suspended in France but also by the Greek myth of Pandora, who gave in to her curiosity and released disease, death and misery upon the world from a mysterious box bestowed upon her by Zeus. She hastened to close the box but realised there was something left inside which felt different. As she opened the box once more, the last thing fluttered out, full of light and spirit, spreading a sense of calm over the previous panic and pain. This light was hope. And hope is a gift we humans have flowing through our collective veins, urging us to keep going while filling us with a knowing that this too shall pass.”


I have to say her photographs are stunning. The amount of work and impeccable detail is out of this world. It is such a creative occupation in self-isolation

I hope she brings out a book of them when her self-isolation is over. It is a book and exhibition just shouting out to be done

I would like to have taken a photograph a day. Not a self portrait but one of Mamma. But she hates having her photograph taken. A bit ironic that, I love taking photographs, Mamma hates having hers taken. What went wrong there then.

Boris our Prime Minister is fit enough to move back to No.10 Downing Street today to begin work tomorrow. That has to be good news

In contrast to yesterday the day was greyer and cooler.

Our grandsons did a cycle past. One caught short and had to have a wee on our back garden behind the holly bush. Probably not the best place for him. But no matter the reason it was so good to see them, if at a distance.

We had a video link with our other two grandchildren. And in the afternoon a Zoom video link with all the family included.

Mamma is still pondering over 2021 holidays.

And I am writing, writing, writing. Today I am just over 70,000 words in my book. We are getting there. Slowly, slowly.

On TV a good new, funny and promising TV programme from Matt Lucas about how we are spending our time in self-isolation entitled Reasons to be Cheerful with Matt Lucas, The programme is written by Harry Hill.

Travel wise we watched the last in the series of Race Across the World. Three couples out of the original five finished. Two within 20 seconds of each other. They had set off from Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City in a race to the most southerly city in the world, Ushuaia in Argentina, covering a distance of 25,000 km in 2 months, passing through 7 checkpoints in Honduras, Panama, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, and Chile. Each racer was given £1,453 for the whole trip, roughly £26 per day. An amazing Race!





Loneliness adds beauty to life. It puts a special burn on your imagination


Happiness is…looking at Julia Keil’s photographs


Did you hear about the monkeys who shared an Amazon account? They were Prime mates.


Love is…a relationship full of surprises


5 Things To Be Grateful For During Lockdown/Coronavirus

  1. The NHS
  2. Video Link communication
  3. Our families
  4. Our friends
  5. Our community


DAY 22        18 Times – 162 Feet Cumulative Total 3,240 Feet



Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me – George Michael & Elton John

No.1 7th December 1991

  1. Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me George Michael & Elton John 5:42


Country                 Confirmed cases  Deaths

1              US                          988,197                 56,259

2              Italy                      199,414                 26,977

3              Spain                     229,422                 23,521

4              France                   124,575                 22,856

5              UK                         158,348                 21,157

6              Belgium                46,687                   7,207

7              Germany              158,758                 6,126

8              Iran                       91,472                   5,806

9              China                    82,836                   4,633

10           Brazil                    67,446                   4,603


UK Deaths yesterday: 360


Global cases         Updated 28 Apr at 08:30 local

Confirmed            3,042,444              +70,775

Deaths                   211,216                 +4,672

Recovered             894,574                 +28,841


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