Friday, 17 April 2020

Friday

As time goes by things get more and more surreal; silence has largely descended on the estate - vehicles are much fewer as many people seem to be working from home and only people out for their daily 'allowed' exercise period go past and almost all of them walking the required distance apart.   Today The Times printed a rainbow on the outside cover of the paper so I have cut it out and stuck it on my kitchen window over looking the road outside.   I think many are finding the thought of another three weeks of isolation a little daunting - it does seem to have gone on for ever doesn't it?  . But we are all in the same boat - the daily deaths have certainly not gone down at all this week so we do need to keep it up and hopefully soon see a downward curve.   I just hope it has made us all stop and think - perhaps the air will be cleaner, the waters will be clearer, the pollution from our cars on the road will be less - but somehow I doubt it.   We can't stop magically overnight.

Another day of being 'busy doing nothing' here - luckily I am a tidy person and now that I live alone and clean up after myself as I go along, things don't get out of hand.  I certainly would not have time to do a thorough clean as my cleaning lady would do but of course in any case there is no one here to see it however untidy or dusty it gets.  Another virtual coffee morning in the morning which will pass a pleasant three quarters of an hour.

The only major job today has been to go out on to the front lawn and pick off the dandelion heads! It is not a week since my gardener came and cut the lawn and today I picked 54 dandelions in bloom off the grass.   I hated doing it.   They are really pretty flowers.   Like daisies I always think it is a shame we think of them as weeds.

On a sad  note, I was chatting to my neighbour H this afternoon (at the required distance) and she mentioned that she had found parts of a dead bird which she thinks might have been a blackbird in her garden.   At the same time I have not heard 'our' blackbird for a couple of days.   Is it him?   Or have his chicks been born and is he busy collecting food?  I hope the latter, but nature is cruel and it is always the survival of the fittest.  I suspect a cat was the original culprit but listening to H it is clear that the bones were picked clean by birds (pigeons?) too.

On that note I w ill say goodnight until tomorrow friends.

28 comments:

JayCee said...

Oh dear. Sorry to hear about your blackbird. Nature can be cruel as well as beautiful.

Bonnie said...

That's too bad about your blackbird but such is the way of nature. As this isolation is going on so long I sometimes wonder if it will a bit of a challenge when it is lifted. Even when lifted there will still be many changes for us all for some time to come. Somehow we humans always seem to adjust, thank goodness. Take care.

wisps of words said...

Why do we *have to* continue, to see Dandelions, as weeds?

Who made up this *Rule* anyway?

They are actually, an important food source for pollinators -- especially bees!!!!! In this early time of Spring. Later when more flowers come into bloom, they aren't as necessary. But for now, why not let them grow? And feed the bees?

Stay safe
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John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

My blackbird hasn't been singing today, though I've seen him around, pecking up the food spilled from the bird-feeders. So maybe yours is OK, time alone will tell.

justjill said...

Definitely leave the Dandelions for the bees.

Heather said...

Life is very strange at present, but how will we feel when the rules are relaxed? We will have to adapt all over again. I do hope that the planet will continue to enjoy some benefit from reduced traffic of all types, and that we wont rush back into our old lifestyle. I am not holding my breath but this is a golden opportunity to really make a difference.

Ruth said...

You can make wine with dandelion flowers. A springtime treat when I was growing up was dandelion leaves with a hot sweet and sour dressing with bacon and chopped hard boiled eggs, served over boiled potatoes.

Our front lawn is bright with cheerful yellow dandelions. I'm enjoying them but dread what will happen later when they all go to seed. Oh well - for now, they shout Spring!

Stay safe and well!

jinxxxygirl said...

I can't say that about here Pat.. Hubs and i had cause to go to town today and it seemed a busy day as usual... cars and people everywhere and hardly noone wearing a mask... Makes me so mad... Our Governor left us to our own devices and throws out praise right and left about how wonderful it is that he didn't have to issue a lock down order and people are doing the right thing anyway.. ummm.... I can't help but wonder if he is an ostrich with his head in the sand.. Almost no employees at Walmart were wearing a mask much less the customers.. sad really... Makes me wonder how we are ever gonna get out of this if people won't listen...

Ofcourse the whole wishy washy message from the Government didn't help.. Leaving it up to the individual states was a mistake.. Sure some things can and should be state run in my opinion but not this... this should have been a nationwide directive.. Theres my two cents... lol Take care of you dear Pat... So relieved to hear things seem better controlled where you are.. Hugs! deb

Joanne Noragon said...

I swept the floors this morning. They needed it.

angryparsnip said...

We all just have to do our best.
Be well !
parsnip

Cro Magnon said...

Yesterday I taught my grandson, Boo Boo, to draw a rainbow. I've sent him the sentence 'Roger's old yoghurt goes bad in Vienna' as a reminder of the colours. All previous, more standard, sentences were far too boring for him.

Jules said...

You could always make some dandelion honey. What a shame about the blackbird. X

Librarian said...

The street where I live is very quiet, but nearby main roads seem almost as busy as usual, at least during the week when many still go to work or drive to the shops. Now that hardly anyone wants to use public transport (although the trains are running), those who have a choice rather use their own cars, so that may also increase the number of vehicles on the road.
Anyway, the weather has been beautiful and I have seen many, many, many people out for walks or running or cycling every day on my own after-work walks.
Yesterday on the main news here it was said that the number of new infections is slowly going downwards, and that we can all be proud of ourselves for having achieved that together by sticking (largely!) to the rules. But it would be a fatal mistake to think that we can now immediately go back to normal, and open everything up again. This will have to happen in small, carefully monitored steps.
One word about nature: Nature is not cruel. It just IS.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Ruth I love the idea of that dressing!

I do agree about dandelions but my gardener mows the lawn once a week so it is short anyway - and oh yes - one flower now left to its own devices will make a thousand new plants when it seeds.

Thanks for joining in. In these troubled times it makes all the difference.

Tom Stephenson said...

Maybe a hawk?

Gwil W said...

Dandelions are also called Lion's Teeth. Be careful out there. They are not weeds. I let my dandelions have free range. They get on well with the lilies, tulips, and the other flowers. Yellow is predominant in the garden now.

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Dandelions have a lot of good - edible leaves and flowers; medicinal uses. Pretty flowers. I just let them grow in my yard.

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