Thursday, May 28, 2020, Day 74, Week 11, Month 3 of Self Isolation.

The Numbers

We had 377 new deaths taking the total deaths to 37,837.

I think its worth looking at the numbers of new cases again now. There is a degree of testing going on and, now that we have entered Test Track and Trace, its going to be a relevant number.

Today we had 1,887 new cases. Yesterday there were 2,013.

One of the new cases was a resident in the building where my parents live. It’s a warden controlled residence block or privately owned apartments. Some of the residents have carers coming in every day. A dangerous environment full of very vulnerable people.

The News

It’s beginning to ease now. Bit by bit, step by step.

From Monday the 1st of June, people will be able to meet in socially distanced groups of up to 6 people outdoors, in parks or garden.

On the 8th of June, dentists can re-open.

On the 17th of June, Premier League Football will resume and will be shown on the BBC.

Dominic Cummings is still here – I think the government are hoping the crisis is over. I hope its not!

The New Way of Life

Busy day making a birthday cake for our 2 year old granddaughter. I’ve never made a proper birthday cake iced with fondant icing. I was very nervous. I’ve even been dreaming about it!

I was so tense, I messed up the first cake by forgetting to add the baking powder. I had to go to our little Tesco to get more eggs and I also bought some more white fondant icing there. I realised when I made the bed head and foot boards, that the packs of icing I had bought online were not very big. There was no way the white one was going to cover the cake. So, as I was there, and they had a big pack of white fondant, I bought it and breathed a big sigh of relief.

So, I used the white fondant I bought to cover the cake the other pack of white to make the pillows. I made a bedcover with the blue and added the brown head and foot boards that I made on Tuesday. They both fell apart a bit so I had to do a bit of ad hoc repair and improvisation, but I was happy with the outcome, especially for my first attempt. I’m not sure it’s me though, the baking and cake decorating thing. Far too precise and fiddley.  I’m much more of a throw it all in sort of cook.

I had a walk and a bike ride after the baking.

Later, we went down to the village green again with our little chairs and our books.


I miss-timed the grocery shopping this time and we have very little left in the fridge. Managed to rustle up a Tartiflette for tonight, and we’ve got a chilli in the freezer for tomorrow, but I’m going to have to get some stuff in our local Tesco before our main shop arrives on Wednesday. It seems that you have to book a couple of delivery slots in advance or the gap between them is too long. I’ve already booked another one for 10 days after the one that comes next week.


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