Annie alongside another of Ann's fabulous paintings of her
I've been shielding at home since March, not seeing anyone and not wanting to leave the house or be around other people, only leaving home to attend hospital appointments. I know that I am vulnerable to the virus as I am only part way through my weekly chemo treatments and it's true to say I've been very wary about going into town and rightly so after today's ghastly experience which I'll tell you about.
After leaving the framing shop I went to the newsagents shop to buy myself a magazine.There was a group if three men outside the shop approaching people on the street supposedly raising awareness for mental health but had pink wristbands which I assume they were selling. One man came right up to me and I politely asked him to socially distance himself as I was a cancer sufferer. He took a few steps away from me and then turned and came back and rudely asked me if had I just called him an a++++++e. I'd said no such thing and I think he was just trying to intimidate me. The staff in the newsagents told me the men were upsetting a lot of people, many complaints had been made about them and they'd previously been there collecting money for a totally different cause. I decided to call in at the police station and the officer said he'd send a police community officer to speak to them. I was so glad to return home and that'll be my last venture into town for the foreseeable future I can tell you. I've done what I'd been longing to do and that's have Ann's wonderful paintings framed.
Today my daughter has flown to Berlin for a ten day holiday. She had to go via Frankfurt as there are no direct flights due to Covid. She reported to us that at check in instead of thousands of passengers queuing across multiple lanes there was just her and the staff. I wish our town centre had been like that! Anyway, if you're reading this from your hotel in Berlin Carol, have a wonderful holiday and please take care and stay safe.