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Monday, 27 April 2020

Changing Times

As lockdown continues many of us have  adapted to this new way of life quite well. My neighbour was painting his front  fences yesterday and shouted over as I brought the mower out to do the grass verge at the front of the bungalow. The council mow it once every 5 weeks but it's so full of weeds it drives me mad. 

The neighbour was saying he loves this new way of life a sentiment I've heard a lot recently. Although he misses his grandchildren and can't wait to see them there are many things he wouldn't change which includes  working from home.  Shopping by himself is quick and easy as he  gets there as they open, straight in and out , job done. He said his trip to B&Q was well organised by the shop and he even managed to purchase fence paint in a colour his wife approved of. ( I'm not getting into the necessity argument) 
I've just completed my third grocery shop since lockdown and I'm getting pretty good at making things last the fortnight or longer and using the groceries in the best order (more about that another day).  I did have to go to 3 shops this time but I was extremely lucky and only queued at one for less than 2 minutes the others I walked straight into.
Lidl was positively empty and I got some really healthy cucumber and courgette plants to compliment my homegrown seedlings. There are 3 cucumber seedlings in one pot and 4 courgette seedlings in the other so great value at £1.36 a pot.
As I am still unable to get hold of any flour,  I decided to experiment with oats. I placed 200g of porridge oats in my nutribullet and whizzed it up for a minute which produced a flour similar to wholemeal.  I then set about making 12 small scones. I added a tad more baking powder as the flour had more fibre but it produced lovely scones albeit crumbly. Something I will do again. My next experiment will be pastry using oat flour.

This new way of life is making some reassess their lives. Some of us are just honing skills we already possessed. I'm enjoying the slower pace which includes an hour lie down every afternoon listening to my audio book. YES, I'm missing family but some of the changes I've made will remain in place after lock down.  Has lockdown changed things for you? 
The postman brought a much needed hug from our granddaughter. Love it. Bye for now. T x 


32 comments:

  1. Oh the hug is so sweet! What a bargain with the courgettes and cucumbers! I got two cucumber plants at Londis 2 weeks ago which I was chuffed about! I'd like a courgette too though!

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  2. I'll probably give my daughters one courgette plant each as 4 is too many. I haven't heard of Londis.

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    1. Londis is just a small local supermarket franchise we have here in my town (and in order towns).
      That's lovely you'll share with your daughter. My mum has some plants for me (esp as I managed to kill 5 of my tomato plants last week by putting them out in the sun when they were too fragile.)- but not seen her yet. I'm hoping we can drive over and leave her some eggs and cheese on her front door step and pick up the plants instead...at a distance of course. Don't know if that is allowed. I do miss her!
      P.S. You said you didn't know the word cosplay. Well, it's just a term I've somehow learnt from people on Instagram for dressing up as your favourite character from a film or TV show (at least that's what I presume it means!) - it's just a silly way for growns up to justify being geeky and dressing up as their favourite characters or TV show! I presume it is an American term.

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  3. Aww, what a sweetheart your granddaughter is to send you that hug.

    God bless.

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  4. OMG I just love that hug. Missing my grandchildren terribly.

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    1. It's the worst part of this being deprived of family.

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  5. THose plants were a good find - lucky you!
    I think hugs is the thing I'm missing most - physical contact is so important and, right now. there's none.
    xx

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    1. I agree, physical contact is very important.

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  6. What good value plants. I may have to detour to the nearest Lidl to see what else they have

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    1. They had peppers and squash to. Great value.

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  7. The scones look good Tania, just goes to show with a little imagination and alternatives you can rustle up anything.
    Glad you have had a hug, I know I could do with a few. Take care. xx

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  8. Seems to me you are approaching lockdown with the same mindset as you approached retiring - get on with it and figure out a way to make it work. Like you I'm enjoying the slow down and "pottering" but then I'm lucky enough not to have the financial worry that others have. I really, really hope that people will remember this time when this is all over and maybe rethink what really is and isn't important. And that hug from your granddaughter is lovely! So sweet.

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    1. I totally agree, this slower pace has given a lot of people time to enjoy their close family without distraction. I suppose they're getting time to smell the coffee.

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  9. We have been enjoying the slower pace of life too. I have also been enjoying my family phoning more. Some of my grandchildren don't live too far away and when they are out for a walk for their exercise, sometimes they walk past our house and we can have a short conversation with them standing on the pavement and us on the doorstep. I must admit I am really looking forward to a hug, though!

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    1. All of my grandchildren live between 18 & 26 miles away. A real hug is going to be lovely. Of course I miss my children too.

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  10. Just been reading the story about the tent haha. What a good neighbour getting in touch with you about it though.

    I absolutely love the hug you've been sent, what a wonderful idea. I've read about whizzing oats up and wondered if it worked, obviously the answer is yes because your scones look delicious.

    The best bit of LD for me is not having to get out of bed as early as when Tom is at school. That's not something I can continue to do when LD is lifted but a slower start to the day is definitely something to look forward to in years to come. xx

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    1. I'm trying to get up a little earlier but lockdown does mean being more relaxed for sure.

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  11. I've used the last of my flour now, although I've heard from a colleague where I can get hold of some :)
    I love your hug. X

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    1. Thanks Jules, I got a bag of plain but no SR. I will make do.

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  12. Your hug is the best thing I have seen on the internet during all this. x

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    1. Thank you, she wrote mail a hug on the back of it.

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  13. I love that hug. I think the hardest part of lockdown is missing family and friends. I'm out of flour, I just fancied a scone today but I've been unable to make any, I'm on the lookout for flour now.

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    1. Asda had a few plain when invent in there but no SR.

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  16. That's so cute. I am actually enjoying aspects of this lockdown, too. I have gotten into baking again, and made a batch of soap yesterday. I have always been a homebody, but am more motivated to grow vegetables this summer, and have added to the backyard orchard.

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  17. I'm enjoying this new way of life. I'm retired but was so busy before that I had very little free time. I was also working a part time job as well as a lot of volunteering. I ate out most of the time and now I'm cooking and eating healthier. I order groceries online and go pick them up. I pop open the trunk and in they go. I'll keep doing this even when it's safe to go back in the stores. It saves so much time and money. I can get my yard work done when I want to and not when I can squeeze it in. I'm reading so much more and just the slower pace is wonderful. I think a lot of people will change things in their life. Good example for children to see more of the parents in a relaxed mood.

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