Marie's July article

05 Aug 20

July, 2020

As I write this our isolation is starting the 14th week.  Every morning when I wake up I think that this is a dream, but of course it isn’t.  Every day seems the same so I decided from the start that I would watch the Sunday service on T.V. and wear my Sunday best, just to keep to some sort of normality.  It has been so quiet with no planes flying and little traffic, but there have been some constants -  our milkman has never missed a delivery, the post is always delivered, the dustbins are emptied, the hospitals are healing the sick, care homes are looking after the sick and elderly, the police have kept law and order.  Food shops have remained open and other key workers, not mentioned here, have continued to provide essential services.  All have done this under difficult circumstances, for which we give our thanks and gratitude.

I couldn’t find an answer to a crossword clue so I decided to look in my “shilling encyclopaedia” which is over 100 years old, but I got sidetracked and forgot about the clue.  It was fascinating as one of the chapters was on diet, and it could have been written today – plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, avoid greasy and spicy food, cakes and pastry.  The only drawback was that this book has really small print, and I mean small.

If there was a programme on T.V. which we really enjoyed it was Springwatch, where it was lovely to see so many kinds of birds as they built their nests, through to when the tiny birds fledged and flew the nest.  Some of the nests were works of art whereas others were just like piles of rubbish, but effective anyway.

I couldn’t count how much washing up I have done over the years from a small child, where there were 7 of us so we had a washing up rota, to old age (now), so I loved the following.  

Thank God for dirty dishes. They have a tale to tell. For it’s by this pile that I have here, it seems we are living well.  While others they are starving I’ve not the heart to fuss.  For by the pile it’s evident God's very good to us.                                                                                             Marie Cove

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