Saturday, June 20, 2020, Day 97, Week 14, Month 4 of Self Isolation.

The New Way of Life

The weather is picking up slightly now and the forecast is good for next week. M had a long virtual coaching session in the morning so I did a bit of baking. I’ve always wanted to have a go at making a Bajan Rum cake so I bought the ingredients in the last online shop and made them today. Yesterday, I cooked the fruit (prunes, raisins, currants and cherries) in a bottle of port. It was supposed to have mixed peel in it too but I couldn’t get that. It could either be steeped in the port for weeks or simmered for 20 minutes. I opted for the simmering. To impatient to steep for weeks. After simmering I steeped for 24 hours then blitzed with the best part of a bottle of dark rum!

The quantities in the recipe were enough to make two large cakes and I still have enough fruit left for at least two more! I’ve stuck it in a couple of Kilner jars. Then it was a matter of mixing flour with spices and baking powder, whisking eggs with vanilla and almond essence, creaming butter and sugar an mixing it all together with some treacle to darken the mixture.

They are best left for a couple of days before eating so, after they were cold, I wrapped them in clingfilm. I’m going to give one to my daughter.

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After that, I took my library books back. We had a call on social media to take them back in time for libraries to open soon. I’ve had them since the beginning of March.

We had a quick and dirty dinner of pie chips and beans, so that we were ready for the family quiz. A couple of teams dropped out but we had a good time. It ended with a tie breaker between us and my son and his partner in Sweden. They eventually won! The funniest question was a unanimous choice. My daughter and M’s granddaughter (who lives in Greece) had the Politics category. They asked how long Hugh Grant had been Prime Minster for?

The News

The 2 metre rule is to be reviewed next week, almost certainly for business reasons  and not scientific ones – if it ever was scientific of course. Its about pubs and schools etc., not being able to function if they have to observe the 2 metre social distance.

Spain are going to allow tourists from the UK without quarantine. Crazy fools! I really hope they don’t live to regret this. Again, based on economic desperation rather than science , but at the same time, understandable.

Florida is being battered by the virus. They had 4000 new cases today, the largest daily number anywhere in the world. Their population is about 20 million. Just under the third of our population. They opened bars and restaurants last week but have had to close them all again. Oops!

The Numbers

128 deaths. Total 42,589.

New cases 1,295.

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