from Steph in London, UK: will all be well?

April 16. I was in the garden this morning and a heron flew over followed by 4 ducks, who landed on a neighbour’s roof. If this wasn’t North London, I wouldn’t have batted an eyelid but I wonder what our wild life make of the new world. The owl still hoots at night and the woodpecker seems to have taken up residence close by.  The rather handsome fox still walks across the garden at about 6 am every morning- either going home or going out … I have yet to find out. The lack of airplane noise gives us a clarity of sound I can’t remember having unless we were in the Lake District or Scotland or Wales. And I can see the stars…

My confidence that all will be well is waning fast. Lockdown or not, life for the foreseeable future looks more than restrictive and I can’t see being able to be spontaneous with travel, socialising and everything we took for granted a mere few months ago. Instead of thinking weeks then months I’m beginning to think in blocks of 6-12 months … And what little confidence I have in our political masters has once again hit the ground. No PPE, not enough testing kits in the right places, not enough access to the testing kits at all, a complete disregard for the care sector and boys trying to play at being men..I wonder if a more experienced government would be doing  it better or whether it’s so far out of left field everybody would be  floundering… but why are Germany, New Zealand etc etc coping…… surely not as simple as only a woman leader?

Having always been ‘doers’ this new enforced passivity does not sit well on our shoulders- or those of most of the people we know of our vintage. From being proactive, useful members of our communities and beyond, we have all been consigned to the at risk group and as such to the keep quiet and wait for the next instruction. We’ve even been taken off the street litter rota –  I hate being categorised. Perhaps that’s why Captain Tom Moore has hit such a nerve with everyone.

I might suggest I cycle (on the machine) to Manchester to see the grandchildren up there, for no particular reason than ‘why not’ and probably if I could admit it, to prove we are not totally useless. I’m still thinking …

2 thoughts on “from Steph in London, UK: will all be well?

  1. Dear Steph
    Excellent idea to cycle to see the grandchildren, even if simply on the machine. Why not use your example of Capt. Moore and challenge your friends and email contacts to sponsor you at 10p per mile (that´s about £16-30) and use the proceeds to send 50% to the Trussel Trust (foodbanks in UK) and 50% to the Topsy Foundation UK – supporting thousands of children, their carers and families in a poor, underdeveloped rural area in South Africa?

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  2. Dear Steph,
    Tech skills being what they are, this might be the 2nd time my comment has been sent, for which apologies.
    Good idea cycling to see the grandchildren in Manchester, even if simply on the machine at home. Why not use your example of Capt. Moore and issue a challenge to your friends and email contacts to sponsor you at, say 10p per mile – that would be £16-30 each? The proceeds could be divided 50% to the Trussel Trust (foodbanks in UK) and 50% to the Topsy Foundation UK. The latter backs a charity in a poor, underdeveloped rural area of South Africa supporting the pre-school education of 2000 children. It is currently trying to organise the distribution of fortified food for 23,000 meals to households with an income of no more than £50 per month!

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