Tuesday, May 5, 2020, Day 51, Week 8, Month 2 of Self Isolation.

The Numbers

Another 693 deaths taking the total to 29,227. The usual weekend dip and subsequent rise on Tuesday, but overall still very slowly going down. We now officially have the highest death toll in Europe and we are still behind most of them in terms of where we are in the course of the pandemic.

The News

Virgin Atlantic have announced that they have cut 3,000 jobs and pulled out of Gatwick Airport.

A new phrase has emerged in the plethora of Covid related  alliterations. “Segment and Sheild” would involve strengthening protection for people who are currently shielding and easing restrictions for everyone else. People would be segmented into 3 groups, the vunerable (M), people who live with them or care for them (me) and everyone else. It’s depressing but not a surprise and fairly logical. I just hope that the “shielded” would be first on the list for a vaccine.

The New Way of Life

I think I’m feeling a bit brighter today.

My daughter has asked me to make a birthday cake for my granddaughter’s 2nd birthday to try and help me feel involved as I won’t be able to see her on the day.

I’m not a very good baker but I’ll have a go! I think I could rustle up a simple Victoria sponge, sandwiched with raspberry jam and buttercream. How hard can it be?

I’m going to try and decorate it in the theme of the 5 Little Monkeys (jumping on the bed) – her favourite song at the moment. I’ve ordered (online) a square cake tin, some ready to roll fondant in white for the sheet and pillows, blue for the bedspread and brown for the headboard, as well as a pack of 6 plastic monkeys.

I’ve made a good start on my homework. The first line has to be, Calvin once thought that there were not enough (blank) in the world. I have an idea now and I think I should be able to finish it tomorrow.

M is busy with all sorts of stuff and didn’t have time for the long bike-ride we had planned for today. Disappointing, I was really looking forward to it but it is what it is.

I went for a long walk with a writer friend instead. Well, not with, exactly but we walked the same route at the same time, always a couple of metres apart. We were able to chat as we walked, and we ran into a few other people we know and so had a few other little socially distanced chats. The weather is great again. I really enjoyed it. I definitely felt better by the time I got home. I even felt motivated enough to write this blog for today and yesterday!

M is cooking tonight so I can put my feet up now and have the night off!


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