work from home

Day 5 – Downs and ups

Bluebell

We’ll soon be dancing to the sound of the bluebells

There’s always a day during the Christmas holidays when you think it’s Thursday but it is actually Monday.

Today feels like a Tuesday but it’s Friday. Which means that tomorrow is a Saturday. (Goes and checks calendar).

For the first time ever I’m not looking forward to the weekend as much as I normally would, even though I have things I’d like to do. Gardening mainly.

I’ve been at home for about 10 days now. I want the weekend to be the time when I do something different. Have a change of scenery, like going to the forest or to the coast or even to the shops. The furthest I will get tomorrow is the top shed.

So if the weather is good, and it is looking promising, I will be able to get out there and clear the borders. And hopefully my head.

News

I’ve limited my input of tea and coronavirus news today and really thrown myself into some work ideas. It’s good to have plans and something to look forward too, rather than spending the time cancelling trains and hotels and holidays.

So actually, thinking about it, be it garden or work, along with some personal study I’ve started, I think I’m feeling more positive than I did when I started writing today’s entry.

Tomorrow and Sunday I plan on introducing you to my garden. I may even put aside a little corner for reader’s suggestions of things to try.

Day 4 – burning questions

The Coronavirus updates have been mainly focussed on the school closures which take effect tomorrow afternoon and the fall out from that. There’s a number of stories circulating about whether or not London will be locked down. At the time of writing it looks unlikely. By the time the blog is published the whole country could be, that’s how fast things are changing at the moment.

I’m back at my home working desk today. Working on a few ideas on how we can provide people with interesting things to keep them occupied while at home.

Yeast

Mead, bread and beer yeast

I’m trying to keep busy with home stuff too in a way that keeps my body and mind active and less focussed on the news.

Some of the things occupying my mind include:

  • Can you use beer or mead yeast in bread?
    We’re down to the last few grains of the bread yeast and can’t seem to buy any at the moment.
  • Which are the quickest vegetables to grow?
    I remember growing mustard and cress at school which took days. But with the lack of eggs, cress sandwiches sound less appealing. It may have to be lettuce. Although having written that, lettuce sandwiches don’t sound any more appetising.
  • How many cars pass my house?
    It’s definitely been quieter these last few days. I wish I’d thought of counting in the past as any figures gathered now would have no relevance.
  • Did I hear my neighbour cough?
    No. It was a car door slamming outside.

Pizza

Finally, I was rather intrigued to see that one of the pizza places near me are offering no contact delivery. They are guaranteeing that no one so much as breaths on the pizza from the moment it comes out of the oven until it is in the box. Which is then sealed.

The driver, they tell me, will place the pizzas on a clean empty box on my doorstep and then ring to say the delivery is there and, at a safe distance, watch until I open the door and bring it in.

In the interests of research I tried this last night. The pizza box wasn’t sealed. The driver didn’t ring me, he knocked on the door and waited for me to open it. Give him his due, the pizzas were on the step as promised. I asked him where my two bottles of pop were. He said they were what the pizzas were sitting on.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on some or all of the things occupying my mind at the moment, although the numbers of cars outside my house may be a difficult one for you to judge.