A Typical Village Week So Far …
Village of the Quietly Damned!
Did you catch this particular episode – Dear Blog – That’s Entertainment Folks! That was published on Sunday 8th March. Do you know what’s famous about that post? Is famous the right word to use here mate? No, it’s not — mm, another word for famous that is more appropriate to the word you wish to use then?
Well okay, what’s the word you want to use that’s not famous then? Significant .. l think that is the word that is more distinct and correct – so let’s look for a sassier word than significant shall we?
Ooh l do like the word ‘Rich … ooops wait a moment!
Do you know what’s famous about that post?
That’s right Rory …. it doesn’t matter – this isn’t a fiction tale, it’s an actual reality post – so just get on with the story and don’t drama llama pimp it up – so on that poignant note …
l have noticed a lot of that this week in the press, social media and even here in WP – that sometimes the simplest of points is being blown out of the water by over journalising! It’s a bad enough situation to be in anyway – why make it even worse?
Journo’s l think have a lot to answer for – anything that sells the story l guess … but have you also wondered this week, how much fake news might be out there as well – certain parties perhaps adding unpleasant ingredients to the cauldron and giving it a mix the other way – just to shake everything up even more?
I mean there is enough bad news on the planet about the planet concerning the planet that it is a surprise anyone watches the news anymore – and yet people do and are becoming very anxious about it all. Sure there is the need to keep abreast of the situation but at what personal cost?
Our stress, mentalness and our sanity?
I have stopped watching the news, l hardly read any social media, and if l see moanie posts about it all, l am like meh – fuck off! It’s an upsetting set of circumstances anyway – that’s it in the most basic form of it all – it’s bad shit! But l am done with overwatching it – enough already – all watching the news is doing is causing me stress – l have enough of that anyway!
But why was the 8th so suggestive for valid expressionism in the first place you judiciously enquire? Because that was the last time l left the house on a social event – the actual last time l was away from the house was on the 10th for this Dear Blog – Tooth Be Told and … and in fact that was the very first and last dentist appointment l had for the time being anyway, as l cancelled the appointment on the 17th with my suspected cold. So the very last time l left the house was the 10th March now 17 days ago.
Although, Suze and l went into town briefly last week to pick up some fish and chips – we were out for around 20 minutes door to door and collection and return to our home door. I think that was the 18th.
I don’t tend to leave the house that much anyway … on average l would be away from the house once every 11 days – so not even once a week. Therefore social isolation doesn’t effect me as is.
This is the 5th day of the official lockdown. Suze was on holiday last week – so it’s her first week back at work and staying at home, but she is used to that anyway as her firm has a work from home policy for its employees. For me it’s just another day, in fact not even just another day, more like another long day – all days roll into one you know?
Up until Wednesday l had been involved in Project Garden, but two days ago, l really fell ill, fever, headaches, aches the lot and l was like ‘You are fricking joking me??” Wednesday was a seriously tough day in the garden, shortness of breath and the sweat was leaking out of me. Sure it was sunny, and in the sun warm, but not feverish warm!
By Wednesday evening, l had the shakes, coming over cold despite the fever and the aches and l became quite down by it all! By Thursday, l felt so ill l began the task of Will making … you see l had almost convinced myself l was dying of the Coronavirus!!
I blame the news for that – if l was not so stressed by everything going on and overwatching the damn news – l would have had the suss to work out l was overreacting to some ‘small point!’
Yesterday was a rough day …. but today the hidden ailment has properly mainfested itself – my nose is blocked up, l have a heavy cold – it is the bloody cold as l suspected two weeks ago!
I am still achy, slight headache, fever has gone, but l am full of snot which is unpleasant by itself. But l vowed yesterday to reduce right down my news watching – l have had enough – yeah people are dying, people are ill, the world’s fucked up at present, the world is very real, and it l think becomes more real when people you know become ill … that’s not happened for me just yet – but until it does – l have to detach from this, that’s the safest way.
I am wearing my garden stuff again today, so l will be out and about pottering around. Suze and l will go for a walk this lunchtime, the first time we have been out as a couple since the 8th when we went for lunch with Batty and Aspie, that doesn’t involve twenty minutes in the car fetching fish and chips like the 18th!
The weather is still beautifully sunny, that makes everything a lot easier. It’s set to turn though from this weekend when the clocks spring forwards!
So five days in with Lockdown … who knows how many other days there are to come, is it 16 so three weeks or is it 79 as in twelve weeks?
I have lot of things to write about in the coming days with this series, however that’s enough for the moment …. how are your first few days of lockdown coming along?
Here are some photo’s from Suze’s walks this week in the Village of the Quietly Damned … our village which is spookily quiet.
Yesterday in the woods.
A fallen tree down the bottom of the road – Wednesday
The beachfront Tuesday – the deserted beachfront – normally packed!
Yesterday’s lunchtime soup – made from the pasta we ordered in fromLatino Gourmet in Poole as a result of empty shelves last week in the supermarkets.
A delivery today of fresh fruit and vegetables and eggs from a local grocers who has taken the opportunity to deliver produce to the local villages … a real blessing. Shopping online is a nightmare at present as many of my readership know only too well, and indeed a topic Grace of Broadway Matron was writing about yesterday. We managed to place an order with a supermarket here in Deal that is to be delivered next Monday, BUT we placed our order last Sunday.
Online shopping as an infrastructure is not where it should be – yes due to panic buyers but also lets be honest due to the greediness of supermarkets who should have had the sass to see this shitstorm when it started and started rationing. They have several weeks ahead, especially here in the UK to get their acts and their arses together for the coming times.
In closing … something Suze and l participated in last night was The Clap! Did you have the Clap too? Suze and l had The Clap at 8pm last night … only a few in our village did, so we clapped harder until more came out and paid a respectful salute to the NHS, but symbolically to all carers around the world – a huge bloody thank you for everything you are doing!
So on that note, l will take my leave of the first five days of Lockdown from here what l am now jokingly calling the Village of the Quietly Damned !
Thanks for reading – Catch you soon
NB: Edit 13.45 27th March 2020 – The Walk!!
The Forward Leg
The Return Leg