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Wilf
16th Mar 2020 13:25:05 (Last activity: 4th Apr 2020 08:50:31)
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We are trying to remain positive and keep a stiff upper lip. The weather is improving so we will be out in the graden, read more books and keep ourselves busy. We have already said to the family best to all stay in touch via the phone and skype and everyone agrees. Wonderful we all have Silversurfers to rely on.
Response from Escarg made 2 days ago
Well said Wilf SS has truly been a blessing at the moment
Lionel
4 days ago (Last activity: 3rd Apr 2020 21:13:09)
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Small villages such as ours have ways of dealing with irritants. Our neighbours, refugees from London have just learned a valuable life lesson.

There's much more to village life than thatched cottages and rural pubs. It's a way of life that doesn't need coppers.
Response from CaroleAH made 4 days ago
Yay, Lionel. What happened to your neighbours - do tell 🙂
Response from Lionel made 3 days ago > @CaroleAH
Carole, I'm still getting used to these new arrangements. Below is my answer:

Ah, although I didn't witness it, a six and a half foot lumber jack and a few 'friends' turned up. It was so quiet and low key I didn't hear a thing. Yet the effect has been remarkable. Reasonable amounts of noise these last two days.
Response from CaroleAH made 3 days ago
That's brilliant, Lionel. Wish I could have been a fly on the wall 🙂
Response from Lionel made 2 days ago > @CaroleAH
The lumberjack is a gentle giant, a good pal of mine. It's his sheer bulk that people find intimidating. Being quite small myself - he's over a foot taller than me - it took me quite a while to get used to him.
Dizzydyslexic
2 days ago
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Yes, i was always a Sainsbury's shopper until they said I couldn't shop with them when I logged on, but I luckily signed up to Tescos the other week and are managing to get slots with them a bit hit and miss though. But I think I will now shop with Tesco's very impressed my cauliflower was twice the size...so sorry Sainsburys..
CaroleAH
4 days ago (Last activity: 3rd Apr 2020 20:16:23)
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Just tried the Morrison's website - directed to another website called Queue It and the wait is 24 minutes with 29845 people in front of me! Last time I did get on, weeks ago, I chose my groceries and then there were no delivery slots available so I'm going to the supermarket but only every two weeks.
Response from Escarg made 2 days ago
Spare a thought for those who live in areas where therr are no supermarkets nearby,those that rely on buses or lifts from.family and friends who can no longer offer this help.Those people may not be old and qualify for assistance.but are putting themselves at risk to feed their fsmilies as thete are no.delivery slots.
Response from CaroleAH made 2 days ago > @Escarg
You are right, Escarg. At least I've got a car and my nearest large supermarket is only 8 miles away.
shrew1742
4 days ago (Last activity: 3rd Apr 2020 00:10:06)
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These " I'm alright Jack " people, who are blatantly not adhering to what the government request us to do, have got to be clamped down on by the Police. If it's too much for the Police to deal with I can see the Army being brought in. Being ex military that's fine by me. People have got to be made, if necessary, to stick to the governments/medical experts advice. Otherwise they endanger us all.
Response from ErnieTheUnwise made 4 days ago
Thanks Shrew, those are good points. Some folks worry about having the Army on the streets generally though. I can fully support the defined roles the army have at the moment. I was working in N.I. during the troubles and I would be concerned that putting in check points manned by armed Soldiers like in Belfast at the time might create a situation that would be difficult to back out of.
Response from Lionel made 3 days ago > @ErnieTheUnwise
What bothers me about having the army directly involved with civilians is that we have so few soldiers and they will soon become over stretched. What then?

The UK has many security treaties with the EU and military co-operation is one of them. I wouldn't care to see a European force, especially the jack booted ones, on British soil. I fear they just wouldn't go home.
Lionel
3 days ago
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Ah, although I didn't witness it, a six and a half foot lumber jack and a few 'friends' turned up. It was so quiet and low key I didn't hear a thing. Yet the effect has been remarkable. Reasonable amounts of noise these last two days.
Lionel
3 days ago
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Our refugees arrived after lock down was announced. They do seem to think this village is Butlins and are treating it as such. Britain's countryside is not a playground for urban dwellers who can no longer cope with the mess they've made of their cities. It is the place where we choose to live, move and have our being - quite far removed from rowdy towns people.

I too have deep respect for the Police. Those who are out on the beat are always under tremendous pressure. The point is we haven't seen one outside of a city for years.
Escarg
3 days ago
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I understand village life a.nd I wouldn't call Londoners refugees bad meigjbors are yhat no matter where ther'e. from
Policeman and woman may not be rewiited st yhe moment but we nevet know when we might need yhem and deserve our respect.
Surfer Pete
4 days ago (Last activity: 2nd Apr 2020 14:58:29)
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Just taken a delivery of fresh vegetables, eggs (and wine!) from our local pub. Great to support a local business that is still trying to trade and is also helping the vulnerable in the community who can't get out to the shops.
Response from Wilf made 4 days ago
We are having trouble getting fresh veg at the moment although a neighbour said the local M7S had overripe avocados that they are trying to give away? Go fathom?
Jo4
4 days ago
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Wilf
4 days ago
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We are isolating and once a week I have to take my 91 year old father to the doctors
SilverBlue
4 days ago (Last activity: 2nd Apr 2020 11:25:58)
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My sister has shopped around for slots she is a regular Sainsburys (but not classed as vulnerable) on line customer but there were no slots, She was emailed and offered a slot Sainburys slot unexpectedly yesterday, She has gabbed it
Response from ErnieTheUnwise made 4 days ago
That's what happened here. Sainsbury's have their own definition of vulnerable, grabbing them is the only way unfortunately. If you get an email your on their list.
SilverBlue
4 days ago (Last activity: 2nd Apr 2020 10:58:45)
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Tescos slots are a it hit and miss Yodama, my daughter looked last night and found nothing but this morning found they have slots for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I hope you find a slot. I heard Sainsburys are just doing orders for the over 70's
Response from ErnieTheUnwise made 4 days ago
Sainsburys provide slots for users they class as vulnerable, that includes under 70's. They let you know personally by email if your on the list and open up their slots. Your also likely to already be an online customer they recognize as vulnerable.
ErnieTheUnwise
4 days ago
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On a positive note, it is generally quieter, so a bit of well needed practice on the Guitar will raise the spirit. A weighty piece in three movements by Augustin Barrios, the Uruguayan player/composer "La Catedral" (surprisingly translates as The Cathedral).
ErnieTheUnwise
4 days ago
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If Sainsbury's Online class you as vulnerable then their slots appear frequently, they let you know by email, Ocado online also had slots but seems to have closed for new customers. The online shutters came down hard as folks tried to go online for the first time I think. Not great. There seems to be joggers chatting on the corner again and there's more cars about...
Yodama
4 days ago
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The new game in town...hunt for the delivery slot!
I did try a Tesco online shop this morning, all delivery slots taken for the forseeable future.
I will have to get in my car and physically go shopping tomorrow, so much for the blurb about giving old people preferential delivery slots.

People are furious, 80 year old's and the vulnerable who are housebound ...or self isolating, can't get any food.
Good job I have a car at least and can help those near me, god forbid I get the virus because I am forced to go out.
We are in dangerous and chaotic times.
Escarg
4 days ago
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Apologies for errors.Reading through can't believe people are having parties
.i'm with Carole call the police.
Kes
4 days ago (Last activity: 1st Apr 2020 23:34:21)
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I am really getting concerned about the numbers of people still not complying with the countrywide restrictions on movement. I’ve been outside in my garden a lot today and have noticed that the traffic noise has increased considerably from that of a week ago. Also this week I’ve seen three dog walkers gather on the corner of the road, close together, chatting and petting each others dogs. I’ve seen young people outside, not of the same family, openly walking along closely together and larking about. I’ve seen several visitors going into someone else’s home. I’ve seen people in the local shop not keeping to the social distancing rules and staff openly ignoring it. Many never got on board with the government instructions in the first place, but I fear that many of those that did, have just got fed up or are blazé about it now. Why are people not taking this situation seriously. I’m sure there are many people really struggling with the isolation, but they are sticking with it as they appreciate the risks. Sadly, the ‘I’m alright jack’ brigade is growing and putting lives at risks, or to be totally blunt, they are killing people. I started this comment saying ‘ I’m concerned’ but in actual fact, I’m scared.
Response from islandPat made 4 days ago
Here in Cyprus we have a curfew 9 pm - 6 am except those working and medical emergency. The police have heat seeking cameras and drones to find people.

Fine is 150 euro at present but soon to be 300 euro - last night 212 people fined for being out in the curfew.
Response from Lionel made 4 days ago
Yes, I know what you mean. We live in a semi-detached ex-Council house out here in the backwoods. Our neighbour moved out some months ago to shack up with the local estate agent (major drop from a successful, but old, actor). Her brother, a London doctor, has moved in with wife and two teen-age kids. There was a party late last night with several cars outside. We finally got to bed at 2am, bit late for us.

Part of the trouble is there's no coppers here for miles around. Haven't seen one in years. So, although other villagers are keeping their heads down this lot think it's Butlins! Sooner or later a few of us will need to persuade them they're not welcome. Won't be nice for them but ... needs must!
Response from JE made 4 days ago
I know what you mean. I too have seen loads of examples of people not complying. I don’t understand their mentality and why people think that the rules don’t apply to them. Yes it’s tough, yes it’s boring and restrictive but it is for the good of us all. One particular example is that one of my neighbours regularly has different people at her home, some staying over for a night or two. Last weekend she went off in that visitors car and came back with gardening items and they potted up a couple of planters on the pavement with other people passing by. Yesterday she had a different visitor and tonight another has turned up. If I saw a policeman I would actually report it but there has been no evidence of any around this area to date.
Response from Kes made 4 days ago
Thanks for your responses IslandPat, Lionel and JE. It’s seems non compliance is rife. The Police have had it in the neck this week, wrongly in my view, for being over zealous in trying to get people to comply with the restrictions, but we don’t have time for a softly softly approach towards these selfish morons. If someone in their family lost their life due to C-19 no doubt they would be looking to blame someone else. Yes, this crisis is bring out the very best in people, massively, but oh my Lord, it is also bringing out the worst.
Response from CaroleAH made 4 days ago
The frightening thing is that we are only 10 days into 12 weeks of this lockdown period so unless the police raise their profile (not by banning Easter eggs as they have done in some places) and prosecute and fine these idiots then the death toll will rise even higher.
Lionel, if the parties continue I would be phoning the police and demanding action - it's anti-social enough being kept awake until 2.00am but to have visitors as well is disgraceful.
Escarg
4 days ago
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Communication is getting more fustratimg by the day.Laptop scteen tesemble an sbsttact painting mobile phone rewuired surhery of the non health and dsgety variety before it would rrcharge and. crackles on the house phone..Prehaps I should yake the hint and shut up
So goodbye for the time beinh as typing on thr phone is a chalamge.
Take Care
Yodama
30th Mar 2020 12:55:38 (Last activity: 30th Mar 2020 17:50:45)
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I am spending my time being very creative in the kitchen and have become addicted to Youtube recipes.
Made:
Artisan bread
Naan bread
Banana bread with only 3 ingredients
Indian Bhaji’s
Pasteis de Nata/ Portuguese custard tarts

Today I am making Biryani with frozen prawns.
Creme Brulee

Just need Youtube sewing lessons now, on how to let my waistband out a bit. 😀 😀
Response from Yodama made on 30th Mar 2020 15:16:40
It was not on the same day of course, I am so enjoying this lockdown...that is until I run out of ingredients.
I would invite you Enchanted7Dandelion, but because or lockdown or curfew, will have to eat it all myself. 🙁
Response from Mabel06 made on 30th Mar 2020 17:09:41
Your culinary skills sound amazing Yodama! You've inspired me to put my apron on and experiment so thank you!
Response from Yodama made 6 days ago
Thanks for the boost Mabel, I am not that skilled, just trying to get some good results. Good luck with your experiments.
At the moment, I am watching a video on how to cultivte your own wild yeast starter. Who would have thought yeast would be sold out everywhere?
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