Thursday, 14 May 2020
Nothing much has changed here in my household after listening to Boris's instructions for a slight lifting of things yesterday. I am not missing much during lockdown - I have largely adjusted to it and shall for time being continue as I always have done. If I was of working age then things would not be quite so simple. I am not sure how I view going back to schools from the point of view of being a teacher, which I was for most of my working life. I am thinking of Primary Pupils here and I believe many parents are doing their best with home teaching. It will be such a short time to the end of term and teachers are in quite a dilemma when it comes to balancing the needs of their pupils with the needs of their families. I am glad I don't have to even think about this. I am of the firm opinion that the good teacher teaches pupils how to learn rather than facts. I cannot tell you how many times in the past I have come across ex pupils of mine, pupils who really struggled with maths and english, and where have I come across them? Often working on the check-out in one of the large supermarkets - working efficiently, smart and alert and so pleased to see me and to show off their skills. But parents have to balance their need to get working again with whether to send their children back to school or not - and that is a dilemma I am pleased I haven't got.
I have had some really nice surprises this week. When one lives alone and has plenty of time for thinking about things, nice surprises are wonderful for keeping things moving along nicely. Yesterday a lady called Jean Rumbold sent me a lovely newsy e mail from Australia saying that she followed my blog. It was a delight to read - and to answer. Then at lunch time yesterday, when the post came, there was card number eight from my friend D in the Lakes - he has sent me a card every week since lockdown began and I really do appreciate it. We have also, along with friends W and P, had a Zoom coffee afternoon and intend to have another one shortly. Then this morning, when the Times came, the paper girl rang the bell to say that a card was stuck in the letter box. It was a card of a Matisse cut-out 'Blue Nude' - one of my favourite works. The card was from Rachel, who knew how much I admire the work of Matisse. Then this morning when the postman came there was a nice newsy letter from a friend and a Premium Bond. Apart from the Premium Bond all acts of kindness that make a huge difference to my day to day life and I hope they all know just how much I appreciate their kindness.
In my garden Pink Lady is definitely Purple Lady as she has enormously long legs. My large pot which holds a Pot Magnolia was dead - or so I thought until today when I see it is covered with leaves - not dead after all. My pinks are all well in bud and the hellebore seedlings I pricked out are doing well. So everything is designed to keep me going - I can't do anything about the threatened recession which is expected to hit us, I can only do my part in keeping my distance from others and I can also go out and applaud at eight o'clock tonight, applaud for the NHS workers - the doctors, the nurses, the auxiliary staff, the ambulance drivers, the paramedics, the cleaning staff, the kitchen staff who keep the meals coming, and the many, many thousands of workers throughout the country who are working to keep things going - they need our thanks s o let's all get out there at eight - only a tiny thing to do - but better than nothing.
*****It is half past ten and I have just drawn the curtains after watching Marigold Hotel. The sky is by no means dark yet - there is a golden glow on the horizon and Venus is incredibly bright - still like a giant torch shining in the sky.