CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 49 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 3.5.2020 BLOG 5th May 2020

CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 49 – Diary of a Self-Isolator Sunday 3rd May 2020

I am confused as to how much I am allowed to walk during lockdown as I am over 70. It seems to differ from area to area too based on the interpretation made by the local police.

I’ve been playing safe and doing a Captain Tom Moore and spent the time walking and working in my back garden. In normal non-covid-19 times I walk at least twenty miles a week. So, after 7 weeks of back garden lockdown I was getting desperate.

But today I decided to break away with Mamma and do a good hour walk. We went in partly unchartered territory close to our home.

We have a huge hill close to us. To be honest it is a massive pit tip on the site of the old Linby Colliery. Money has been invested in to turning it into a natural area full of nature. We crossed the Robin Hood Railway Line and climbed the very steep hill to the top.

There are all round views to Eastwood, Kimberley, Bestwood, Redhill, Newstead and Papplewick. There are a couple of metal statues. And so many paths that intertwine and criss-cross the area.

We did not have a clue where we were going and that was the way we wanted it.

Coming to the regular junctions in paths was interesting. Just like life as we discussed which was the right route to take at the ‘Y’ junction. As in life there is often no right or wrong way you still get were you are going but with different scenery and consequences.

We made it back and all the better for walking.

Along the way we chatted to lots we know.

We saw our neighbours on the front drive as we left. It was tremendous to have a long chat to them. I was out chatting long before Mamma came out.

When Mamma came out, she joined in the conversation and then at a suitable pause interrupted the chat and said to me, “Do you know you have toothpaste dripping from the corner of your mouth?” A bit of a silly question really.

And then I couldn’t get it off. It must have dried on. Mamma had to get it off for me.

I acted as if it was just one of those things. Didn’t bother a man of the world like me. I could take it in my stride.

But I couldn’t. I could have wept. I was mortified and burning up with embarrassment and goodness knows what inside.

These two neighbours are immaculate in every way, especially the wife. And I respect them so, so much. The last thing I needed to do was look like a tramp.

When we were back I put the wheelie bins out and tried to mend the front gate.  – Without success my DIY skills are below zero.

I glanced at my phone. We’d missed an invite for Mamma’s Family’s Quiz. I was so sad about that. We don’t share enough time with them, but the lockdown had given us an excuse to get in touch via video-link. Never mind, hopefully next week.

It was a feel-good weekend with various messages banter and quips from quite a few friends and neighbours. We had a lovely teapot shaped card from one friend with a tea bag in it (unused of course) just to wish us well.

Later Sunday afternoon we had a phone call from my oldest friend from school and his wife. As usual we had a very long chat.

Somehow, we would not have had time for all this friendliness if we weren’t on lockdown. So, there are some advantages.

Satisfied with our day we settled to watch “Race Across the World” – the reflections. Our armchair travel for the night/ And also Matt Lucas’ Reasons to be Cheerful.




First, believe before you take any action.

You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them. —Michael Jordan


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3.The BBC

  1. The Newspapers

5.The Supermarkets



DAY 29        16 Times – 144 Feet Cumulative Total 4,275 Feet



                Country                 Confirmed cases  Deaths

1              US                          1,180,634              68,934

2              Italy                      211,938                 29,079

3              UK                         191,832                 28,809

4              Spain                     218,011                 25,428

5              France                   168,007                 25,171

6              Belgium                50,267                   7,924

7              Brazil                    108,620                 7,367

8              Germany              166,152                 6,993

9              Iran                       98,647                   6,277

10           Netherlands         40,968                   5,098


UK deaths yesterday 288


Global cases         Updated 5 May at 08:28 local

Confirmed            3,584,174              +76,909

Deaths                   251,580                 +4,089

Recovered             1,167,991              +40,104





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