CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 90 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 13.6.2020 BLOG 15th June 2020

CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 90 – Diary of a Self-Isolator Saturday 13th June 2020

Today we celebrate Day 90 in Self Isolation/Lockdown for us over 70s, oldies. Yes, that is three glorious months. Is my terminology correct “CELEBRATE”? I know not.

As you know I have become totally confused with what we can and can’t do in this pure lockdown mismanaged confusion. Especially since the Dominick Cummings total let down. I like most others was with the government to that point. But then they lost me and many others.

Putting all my moans and groans and celebrations aside. Mamma and my youngest daughter who knows all about these things granted permission for six of us, grandparents, parents and grandchildren to meet up in open park land namely Rufford Park as long as we kept 2 metres apart.

Why I have to keep 2 metres from Mamma when I’m touching her all the time at home, I don’t know. But that seems to be all part of the pattern of these crazy rules.

So, we arranged to meet at Rufford Park 10.00am Saturday morning. Sadly, as my son in law was working we had a space going spare, there were only five of us.

As we have had a laid-back life for 90 days you cannot believe how tough it was getting ourselves out of the house for 9.30am. But we did it with the motivation of seeing grandchildren live! Well, 9.40 then. Close enough.

The roads were busy so many more than us had managed it.

We were surprised to find entrance fees re-instated and it was touchless card only. My how society has changed and is constantly changing.

It was great to see our family but of course we had to stay our 2 metres distance. But this is grandparents with grandchildren. You’ve got to have some fun. That is what the relationship is all about. So, I pretended to chase the grandchildren through the woods and just avoid catching them. We were all aware we had to stay 2 metres apart. But me making out I was going to ignore the rule and CATCH THEM!

Around the lake we ventured feeding the ducks. As this is the time of year for babies one mother duck had six fluffy ducklings. Where was dad. Out working we assumed.  A mummy and daddy swan had just one signet too.

As we walked the one-way circuit (one-way due to coronavirus) and saw the island in the middle of the lake I recalled the book and TV series The Secret World of Polly Flint written by local author, Helen Cresswell. The time tunnel was all part of it too. A brilliant book. I loved it and it brought magic to Rufford and still does.

We ended up for refreshments. Ice creams but sadly no bacon sandwiches or toast available. The grey weather start to the day had brightened and the sun was coming out.  We all felt so much better for a bit of fun together outdoors in a different location with mega helpings of fresh air. And it felt good being halfway back to normal life.

But as we were leaving it had got very busy as everyone strived to get a bit of normality in whatever bubble was allowed.

In the evening watched Christopher Robin (2018), an over long depressing film.





Limits exist only in the mind.


Happiness is…a walk around Rufford Park Lake


“Why did the scarecrow win an award? Because he was outstanding in his field.”


Love is…being ying to his yang

5 Things To Be Grateful For During Lockdown/Coronavirus

We are grateful  Lockdown gives us  a time…

  1. A time for 6 of us to gather (2 grandparents and 2 grandchildren and parents) keeping 2 metres apart for a walk…A time for just Mamma and Grandad to walk together
  2. A time to walk at Rufford Park…A time to stay in at home
  3. A time to watch Mummy Swan & Daddy Swn and their one baby signet…A time to watch Mummy Duck with her six baby ducklings
  4. A time to recall the book & TV series “The Secret World of Polly Flint” by Helen Cresswell…A time to recall the Time Tunnel featured in “The Secret World of Polly Flint”
  5. A time to walk, run and play at Rufford…A time to take a break for refreshments of coffee, Coke & Ice Cream.


DAY 70        16 Times – 144 Feet Cumulative Total 10,584 Feet





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