Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Confused

When I started this blog at the beginning of the year if anyone had told me what this year had in store I wouldn't have believed them, it's like living in a parallel universe.

Last week I really believed that Bank Holiday Monday was on Monday, it said so on the calendar. It didn't feel like any other day but that's the new normal now. I had somehow missed the fact the Bank Holiday had been moved back four days to Friday. The weather forecaster on the TV was talking about the coming Bank Holiday weekend and I wondered what he was talking about as we'd just had the Bank Holiday.

I had my hospital appointment on Thursday and had been given a lot to think about over the coming Bank Holiday weekend. So Friday came and I took myself for a walk to the park as I hadn't been out of the house for two weeks apart from the hospital visit. It was a lovely, warm sunny day and many people were sat out in their front gardens eating and drinking and I merrily said cheers to a few folk as I passed by but keeping my distance. I had by this time realised they were having street parties to celebrate the anniversary of VE Day. My walk to the park gave me some thinking time but just wasn't the same anymore not having my little dog with me, it had been five weeks since we said a final goodbye to her.

I've been looking through old photographs of Annie as we are both missing her dreadfully. I came across this one which I like, taken at a time when we had the two dogs who got on so well together. They both loved going out in the car and loved their walks especially if we took them to the beach. I emailed this photo to a friend who replied that Annie looks like she's wondering if we're there yet :) Ignore the red threads on the top of her legs they were from the red jumper she used to wear.


Now here's the thing that confuses me the most. On Friday it was announced that the lockdown in Wales has been extended for a further three weeks with some minor adjustments. At least our local garden centre will reopen soon but with social distancing measures in place but only one person per household at a time please.  From tomorrow my daughter and son-in-law who live over the border in England can get in their car, drive wherever they want to, take their dogs for unlimited amounts of exercise but no, oh no they are not allowed to come and visit us because we live in Wales. I'll look on the bright side though, I start my chemotherapy soon! Is all this really for real?

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  1. Yes, all very confusing & nearly as bad here. Some state borders are closed, others aren't, some schools going back, some not. I even think that a lot of people have ignored it completely anyway, doing their little bits of what they want anyway. I think basically we've done the right thing & only been out for groceries, medication & our podiatry appointment, which although we thought it was cancelled, wasn't. That has been it. Hope you chemotherapy goes well & we'll be thinking of you. Take care, stay safe & huggles.

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    1. It's no wonder people flout the rules and it may not be deliberate as it's all so confusing. We have been staying at home not even dong any of what you are doing as we have groceries and medications delivered now. It comes to something when appointments are the highlight of the week.
      Take care, stay safe.

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  2. These days in lock down are very confusing, all feeling the same - a bit like Groundhog Day I suppose, and to move the bank holiday made it even worse. Friday for me felt like Saturday and Saturday felt like Sunday but it was a bonus when I went to bed that night and realised that the following day was still Sunday so I had an extra day. I think they should have moved the bank holiday to yesterday instead of last Monday and given us Friday as an extra day like they do when there's a royal celebration :)

    It's nice to know that you went for a walk to the park, getting out in the sunshine will be good although I know it won't be the same without a little four-paws - it still seems strange for me taking just one out with me instead of two. I love the photo of Annie, I think she's wondering why you've stopped :)

    Good luck with the chemo when you start it, I'm sure you know that all your friends in the blogging world will have their fingers crossed for you x

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    1. Your post made me laugh when you said you gained a day but please don't let them introduce an eight day week, I couldn't stand it :) I agree that Friday should have been an extra holiday but even that wouldn't have made any difference to us.
      We miss Annie all the time but different times are harder than others. If we so much as open the conservatory door she'd have been in there like a shot ahead of us. She loved her daily walk but I'm sure the car ride was special as she knew she was going somewhere different.
      It's nice to have the support of my blogging friends, you are all so special to me xx

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  3. It is not just you! I also thought Bank Holiday Monday was happening on a MONDAY. How silly of me . . .

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    1. I felt sure I couldn't be the only one who was confused. I don't know how I missed the announcement when I take such a keen interest in the news. How on earth can a Bank Holiday Monday be on a Friday, scratches head :-)

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  4. From Ann via Bloglovin'

    Awww, Love this photo and Annie looking so keen to be out in the car. I feel rather like that myself at the moment, lol.

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    1. Yes, me too it's called eager anticipation :)

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  5. Awww, it's a lovely photo of Annie, I know you must miss her so much. Our friends lost their dog last week, I know Archie will miss him so much, he loved it when they were taken out together. And Nigel from Gardener's World too, he had so many fans, I know he will be missed.

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    1. I'm sorry for your friends' loss of their dog. I'm sure Archie will look for him and miss him. Annie missed Amber when we lost her as they had lived together for five years. This is the first time in over thirty odd years that we haven't had a dog and the house feels empty. It's a sad realisation that we'll probably never have another dog again. Losing our dogs is so hard as they are such an important part of the family.

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  6. I think all the Rules, and Changes, are confusing. Because they are! And because they are made, for a sort-of-local area. Or in your case, for different Countries. I'm from over the pond, so don't know if you call Wales, a different Country... But it is certainly something like that. At least, in the minds, of the people of Wales.

    And to 'cut' those in charge, 'a little slack'... And I don't do that much!!!! No one, none of those in charge, none of us, knows How The Hell to deal with this! It's brand new. It's a world wide plague. Never had one of those, before.

    So, I guess, it is bound to be confusing. And for mistakes to be made. Both good and bad. Etc.

    My ideas. Just mine.

    So glad you got out for a walk, even missing your Dear Friend. And glad you start chemo soon.

    Gentle hugs,
    Take care,
    πŸŒΈπŸ’›πŸŒ·πŸ’›πŸŒΈ

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    1. I refer to Wales as a country though it could be a nation I suppose. I heard on the Welsh news that the caravan parks on the Welsh coast have been inundated with calls from people hoping to come on holiday now they are free to travel, so yes lots of confusion over the different rules.
      I think easing the lockdown too soon is going to be disastrous but as you say no one knows how to deal with this plague.
      It's good to get out for some fresh air for a short while but I'm mindful I have to be so careful now.

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  7. I am quite fascinated, about the different parts of the U.K. Like Wales... And Scotland. And Ireland.

    I am 1/4 Scottish and 1/4 Irish. And 100% American! So I do not like the idea, of being conquered. As these nations were.

    But I understand, that is not, for polite discussion. -wry smile- So I will take my "trouble-brewing self," off. LOLLLLL

    Yes, be very, very careful...

    Gentle hugs,
    πŸŒΈπŸ’›πŸŒ·πŸ’›πŸŒΈ

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    1. It's not so bad having devolved governments in the UK except now in this current crisis when our Prime Minister only makes decisions for England.
      The other three nations, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are going down a more sensible route but that's only my opinion. It'll be almost impossible to police the folk from England travelling into Wales to tourist areas but they will risk being given a fine if they do.

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  8. That's a really lovely photograph of Annie, although I very much doubt you have any which are not :)
    I've been feeling rather lost this week myself. I think I would much rather the restrictions had remained as they were for now, as there are far too many grey areas for my liking. I'm going to continue as I am for the time being. X

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    1. You're right that there are too many grey areas. I would much rather the lockdown continue than the risk of having a second possibly worse wave of the virus. I'm not happy about the different rules for England and Wales. Continue to stay as we are is the sensible way to be. Stay safe x

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