Saturday, 16 October 2021

Blogtober 16.Do you read crime fiction??

 I don’t but my OH does.My nephew has written a book called “The Crime Fiction Tour of Britain “.Steve J Haywood.I understand it is free on Kindle this weekend.

C tells me it is really good and has given him loads of ideas for new authors to try.Stephen is now working on a similar book around Europe and would like some recommendations.

Friday, 15 October 2021

Blogtober 15.A walk by the river.

 I have had a lovely day.Tea and a toasted tea cake with my best friend.She was away the last two Fridays and I missed our weekly chaI then put together a bag of goodies for Granddaughter Ruby who is self isolating this weekend. During the week she has been busy with school learning but is now faced with two days in her bedroom ,alone.She is a reader so that will pass some time.In the bag I put some party rings,a bit of chocolate,a book called “10 minute brain games for clever kids”,a diamond art card kit of a peacock( her surname) and. Xmas tree decorations kit.Not sure they will hit the mark but I have tried.We are going to have the biggest hug ever when she comes out of isolation on Tuesday.

This afternoon we drove for less than five minutes to have a walk by the River Weaver in glorious sunshine.









Thursday, 14 October 2021

Blogtober 14 I have had my booster jab.Phew!

 I had a text first thing to say would I like to go for my booster jab at 16.50.Absolutely!I had to queue for about ten minutes.The staff had been on duty from 8am and were not finishing until 6.30 pm.Volunteers were helping out.All in all a very slick operation.

This morning popped into town to buy something for Ruby to do this weekend.She is isolating in her room and during the week has been doing school work.Roll on next Tuesday when she is back in school and we can see each other.

What do you want for Xmas?Me? Lots of hugs from my family.

I am meeting my best friend tomorrow.I havn’t seen her for three weeks as she has been away so I am really looking forward to that.

Have you bought any Xmas presents or food for the festive season?

Barbarax

Wednesday, 13 October 2021

Blogtober 13th.

 We went to Manchester today to take our granddaughter out for lunch.Also,to deliver a microwave we had bought her.For the last three years she has shared accommodation with other students but this year,doing a Masters,she decided to go it alone.I had doubts about this as she does have some mental health problems.She assuresus that’s it is working well.It is making her more sociable going out to meet people but at the same time she has her own space.Her flat is in a lovely area of Withington.We went out for lunch to The Didsbury.It was really ,really busy but the tables were well spaced so it felt quite safe.And I didn’t have to cook this evening.

I have begun to think about Xmas presents.My OH has a birthday two weeks before Xmas so it is a double whammy.Ideas welcome.He paints,loves blues music and reads a lot.

Back tomorrow.

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Blogtober 12.A rant about M&S staff not wearing masks!!

 We were in Cheshire Oaks M & S this afternoon.I think it is the next largest store outside London.I was shocked how few members of staff were wearing masks.Given that most of their customers at 3pm on a Tuesday afternoon are retired and possibly vulnerable.Not even the lady serving in the cafe.!When we got home I phoned the store and spoke to the manager who was on the defensive but I argued my points.An ethical company should be setting an example.I know it is not mandatory to wear a mask but they should be leading the way in being personally responsible.Rant over.

On a lighter note I was listening to Woman’s Hour and they said that knitting was a science because you have to decode.Who would have thought that.

Back tomorrow 

Barbarax

Monday, 11 October 2021

Blogtober 11.Ruby has tested positive.

 Our youngest granddaughter has tested positive on a Lateral Flow test this afternoon for COVID.She is having a PCR test in the morning.We havn’t seen her since last Friday so should be ok.Our daughter and husband are both vulnerable.Pleased to report that Sarah was fine in work today.

We should have been going to see my brother and wife in Poulton le Fylde tomorrow but as he is 82 we can’t risk it.Also,supposed to see our eldest grandchild in Manchester on Wednesday.We will Lateral Flow test tomorrow.

I have spent the afternoon with an old friend.So good to have a chat and I did some driving.C was practicing with the band he is in playing ukulele.

So we have the whole day tomorrow free.If we test negative a think a bit of retail therapy might happen.I am desperate for some new clothes.Two jumpers I bought from M&S last Autumn are not fit to be worn.Very poor quality these days.

Back tomorrow.

Barbarax

Sunday, 10 October 2021

Blogtober 10

 About ten days ago I said I had started reading a book called The Happy Family.I said it seemed promising.It was very disappointing and very predictable so don’t bother.

We bought a paper today.We don’t normally bother on a Sunday.I wish we hadn’t.Just so full of gloom and doom.

We are short of nurses.We have known this for a long time but done nothing about it.Why didn’t people think Brexit through.We are short of doctors.Why? Because we didn’t train our own because it was cheaper to buy in doctors trained overseas.And so it goes on……..

COVID has not gone away.All the schools round here (Cheshire) it is rife.

My daughter is going back to work tomorrow after being off with stress due to loads of things.I don’t think she is ready to go back.My 22 yr old granddaughter who is doing a Masters Degree is according to her Dad “very flat”.We are taking her out to lunch on Wednesday so will judge for ourselves.

Do any of you think there is more stress/ depression because of COVID.I am trying to be supportive but it is hard.