So Much Change!
In the garden radishes, carrots, spring onions, beetroot, yellow beans, kale and lettuce have gone outside.
The Amazons Nancy and Peggy Blackett (from Swalllows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome) are wearing the red hats and the D's Dorothea and Dick Callum (from other Arthur Ransome books in the series) are all wearing new cardigans now. I'm so happy to see them cosy in this changeable weather.
The weather is cooler and breezier today bringing some much needed rain overnight. Hopefully it will make it easier for people to stay inside. Most people are abiding by the rules. The word Corvidiots has been invented for those who are going to public places and not keeping 6ft apart, or trying to leave an area of high infection such as London to stay in an area of low infection, possibly bringing it with them, where small hospitals can't cope. Of course if you are a cabinet minister driving out of London to your second home in Herefordshire 150 miles away and another hour to visit your parents in Shropshire it is perfectly fine. Rules for normal people don't apply. Politicians can't possibly catch corona. Oh wait, our Prime Minister Boris Johnson is only just out of hospital ICU. It feels like we are "lions led by donkeys" yet again. We had plenty of warning that the virus was heading our way yet no airports vetted people coming in from infected areas. Hospitals are short of PPE for staff. 10,612 people in the UK have died so far. The UK is about 2 weeks behind Europe. I hope they have some good ideas about how a gradual lifting of lockdown can occur. A vaccine would also be fantastic. It feels like things wont return to normal for quite some time.
It's really helped these last 2 weeks to have a simple good cause knitting project. It's been so stressful worrying about the children. The good news is that Son's girlfriend returned home yesterday. (Thank you St Jude!) It was the last reasonably priced flight out for quite some time. She kept us all dangling until she had made a gap in having a melt down before finally booking it. At risk husband drove 3 hours each way with the top down in the middle of the night. Not one word of thanks. It turned out that her parents had spoken to her about a repatriation flight but she had said she had no way of getting there! She hadn't said a word to us. Goodness knows what she is telling her parents but I am glad that she is safe with her family in a country with far less deaths than the UK, and not putting my children at risk.
Good Cause Project
Cast on 100 stitches with 4mm needles and knit for 24"
Neck divide: Right side facing knit 43 stitches, cast off 14 stitches, knit remaining 43 stitches.
On first set of 43 stitches knit 2 together on alternate rows until 20 stitches remain. Cast off.
Do the same with the other side. Sew the 20 stitch ends together.
Belly band 1.5" by 66" in garter stitch or 66" of ribbon.
Sew to the centre of the back.
Please remember your local animal shelters at this time. It is almost impossible to rehome in lockdown and they still need feeding and vet care. Some shelters are on their knees, and volunteers are understandably low.
I started another one in a lilacish brown. Just the simple rhythm of knitting is so soothing. Edward Lear my last rat joined his brother on the 6th April. He was an old man and the vet was so humane bending the lockdown so he could do the kindest thing for him. I've really needed a non taxing project.
Unlike in the war, I'm not bound to the radio. The National Theatre is releasing a filmed play each week on you tube. Andrew LLoyd Webber has a you tube channel with a new musical on each Friday. On Netflix I'm enjoying the music on American Idol and the costumes on Ru Paul's Drag Race. I'm taking joy in the little things. What is giving you some joy in this crisis?