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Tuesday 2 June 2020

May In Review: Sentence A Day - Lock Down Continues

One of the highest points of London at Yates Meadow, Epping Forest, with views of the City behind blogger Gail Hanlon from Is This Mutton?
Fri May 1
Mixed weather. Got drenched queuing at Sainsbury's for 45 mins. Today's mystery shortages: coffee and sparkling water. Glad it's Friday, been a long and challenging week

Sat May 2
My dad would have been 91. Short walk. Watched new version of film Whisky Galore (not good) and had smoked haddock. New midi skirt from Hush delivered. See it here.

Sun May 3
Chilly. Did 5 mile urban walk. Although I was mostly walking in busy London suburb streets, many of the verges are now meadows and were looking wonderful. Like being in the countryside!
Mon May 4
Cold. Did Joe Wicks workout, which today was with his wife as he's had wrist surgery.  No walk today. Hinching! Googled: how long do squirrels live.  As we don't know when garden centres will reopen, placed an order for delivery in a week or so.

Tues May 5
Did the short walk I call the King's Head Circular (2.4 miles) and nipped into Co Op.   Sentence a day published. for April.  Googled: why do I always feel cold

Weds May 6
UK now has largest death toll in Europe. Busy at work, no walk today.

Thurs May 7
Day off to make a nice long weekend - tomorrow is a bank (public) holiday. Went to Waitrose for the first time in a month. Short wait. No mystery shortages.  Did housework and changed beds.

Fri May 8
VE Day. Day off. Sunny. Did 4.5 mile walk and walked past the local war memorial where all the Peace roses are out.  Surprised J by collecting lunch from local cafe Helen's On The Green, a Cyprus meze for two. Wore a tea dress. Watched film 1917  (not as good as I was expecting).
The yellow rose tinged with pink - Peace  - on VE Day in the war memorial garden at Chingford in London. Copyright Is This Mutton blog
Saturday May 9
Sunny but weather supposed to be getting a lot colder by tomorrow. Did some food shopping  at M&S in Epping. Weeding and emptying containers ready for new haul from garden centre.

Sunday May 10
Bit emotional today and weeping at drop of hat, eg a tweet from Hong Kong saying "we are baffled and worried about you" (the UK), and then a tribute to Florian Schneider from Kraftwerk. I loved them.

Monday May 11
Temps have plummeted.  Did indoor workout.  Garden centre delivery, how thrilling.  Busy day work-wise.

Tues May 12
Did Kings Head circular.  Busy day. My co starting to prepare for a return to work - v gradual. More details on Thurs. Googled: King Alfred (from watching The Last Kingdom, Netflix drama about the Viking invasions).

Weds May 13
Short walk, 2 miles. Co-Op for bread. Busy day. Greece likely to start admitting tourists from 15 June.  But 2 weeks self isolation/quarantine afterwards. Nobody will want to take an
extra two weeks' holiday for that.

Thurs May 14
Ordered Zoflora and Minkys, both despatched immediately! Pres at work about the return strategy. Sunny, cold. Went Sainsbury's

Fri May 15
Published Friday Favourites. London 'R' rate down to 0.4 which means in 2 weeks virus will hopefully be on the run. Garden centres reopen tomorrow, plus people are permitted to drive to beauty spots for walks and exercise  (but not to stay overnight, or meet other people).

Sat May 16
Outside the garden centre waiting for it to open at 8.57. Not too long a wait. Bought some solar lights, some bedding plants, verbena bonariensis, dianthus. Then did food shopping, no queues. They must all be out driving. Rules have relaxed on driving to beauty spots.
Trolley full of plants after UK garden centres reopened in May 2020
Sun May 17
After a 4.5 mile walk spent the day gardening.  A lot of prep to do with containers and the soil before I could start planting. Video call with granddaughter.

Mon May 18
Started off quiet but got v busy in late afternoon. Ironing picked up, first time for weeks

Tues May 19
Down at 5.30am because of all the magpie noise. Was afraid they were attacking the blackbirds' nest.  Beautiful day, did walk with J of Yates Meadow in Epping Forest.  On a good day there is a wonderful view of London (image at the top). New pair of black jeans delivered, identical to the jeans I reviewed here.

Weds May 20
Hot. Got caught up in work and no time for a walk in the morning.  Felt a bit tired so didn't go out in the end. Today I should have been at the Chelsea Flower Show with a friend.

Thurs May 21
Food shopping in Epping.

Fri May 22
Slow day. Story emerged of Dominic Cumming - adviser to Boris Johnson, who drove 250 miles with his wife and child to Durham, contravening the lockdown.

Sat May 23
Another trip to the garden centre. Planted everything when I got home and sowed forget-me-not seeds ready for next spring. "Shed corner" is now a little oasis of colour which draw the eye down to the bottom of the garden, making it look bigger. Garden is now "finished" for summer.
Putting the lovely new seed box I received for Christmas to good use!
Sun May 24
Walk 4.5 miles urban. walk. Hot. The blackbirds in our garden have two chicks which have just fledged. They're nearly as big as the adults, and hopping around flapping their wings and demanding food.
Mon May 25
Bank holiday.  Hot. John's sister came over on her bike. She and John then cycled back into central London where she lives. Sat in Mansfield park (socially distanced)  with grand daughter. Last episode  of State of Happiness.  Dominic Cummings did a TV question/answer session after a huge furore. It was an hour from my life I will never get back.

Tues May 26
Quieter work day for a while. Cloudy. J sprayed the roses, signs of aphids. Did workout

Weds May 27
Cloudy then hot. Busy. Longer walk just under 4 miles.

Thurs May 28
Blue sky. At Waitrose at 9. No queue! Mystery shortages - several:  lemons, bin liners and rubber gloves.  Plus no flour again (not that it affects me, I haven't done any baking, we are eating the same as usual!). Govt announced 6 people can meet in a garden with social distancing from Mon.

Fri May 29
Hot again. Short walk. J cleaned conservatory windows. Weeded rose bed. Huge weeds. Meant to take pic for #dressupfriday on Insta but can only take pics early in morning and what with washing hair, walk and starting work at 9, didn't have time.

Sat May 30
Hot. Long walk 7.5 miles including canal.  Didn't wear socks (trainers, socks and shorts not a good look) but feet were sore on way back and blistered later. J did 5k run. Watered roses. Watched film Bombshell (good). Tonight John and I should have been at the Royal Albert Hall watching the film Titanic accompanied by an orchestra, and with dinner in their fine dining restaurant beforehand. Another time!
View of a canal walk in London May 2020 with blue sky
Sun May 31
Hot. Did early blog shoot before sun was too bright. Roast chicken.  Quick food shop at M&S- biggest queue I've seen there. Gave myself a pedicure.  Nails prepped below and ready for nail polish.
A home pedicure during lockdown: various potions and lotions and pampered feet.
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