Marie's May Articel

27 May 20

May, 2020

As we enter into more weeks of isolation, I remember when I was dashing about like a blue tailed fly and wishing I could put my feet up.  Now as I look for things to do, I find myself doing jobs I have been putting off.   I also wash my hands so much, my hands are really rough.

I remember when we were young my mother was a great believer in “Dettol”, and she even put it in our bath.  Now I find myself using “Dettol” to wipe the milk bottles (as advised) and after I take my shopping inside I wipe over everything I can and wipe the door handles.

My memories of Dettol are that my mother would send me to Chapel End Chemist and I would skip or play hopscotch on my way.  One day I dropped the bottle of Dettol and it smashed.  I tried to salvage some of it, as I knew my mother would be hard pressed to afford another bottle, but only succeeded in badly cutting my hand, and then had to face my mother.

At the beginning of April I decided it was time to do some gardening but alas the mice had eaten chunks out of both pairs of my gardening gloves, so I used a pair of woollen gloves and kept washing them. Since then a kind person has left me two pairs of gardening gloves in the porch, but every time I am in the garden I think of those who live in high rise flats or in crowded accommodation with children, and count my blessings.

In our Sunday newspaper people are asked to send snippets of a favourite verse or song from yesterday.  This week it was “God’s Garden” by Dorothy Frances Gurney (1913).  It is lovely but quite long so I’ll just share a part of it with you,

“The kiss of the sun for pardon,

The song of the birds for mirth,

One is nearer to God’s heart in a garden

Than anywhere else on earth.”      

Keep well.    Marie Cove.

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