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29 May 2020
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27 May 2020
Is it just me or do some people think that we’re back to normal already?
This is not social distancing!
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At home we have been sticking to the rules set by the Government in regard to staying home, social distancing etc and we haven’t seen family or friends for months so it really winds me up when others just don’t seem to care.
Neighbours at the back of us had 11 people round for a birthday BBQ last weekend!! ELEVEN!!! All sat in the garden having a lovely time.
Another family of 9 took up the whole of the prom when out for a walk which meant not only those walking, but those out on bikes or out for a run couldn’t get past. They just didn’t seem to care that they were blocking the way for others.
Do they not realise that people are still dying from this virus and it could go on for months?
I’d like nothing better than to travel to York to stay with family and give them all a hug, but I know that I’m not supposed to, so I don’t. Do I miss them? You bet I do but it's worth the wait to keep them safe.
Moan over 😊
26 May 2020
25 May 2020
The BBC did an article on the news a few weeks ago about how fly tipping had been on the increase since lock down had started and the tip/re-cycling centres had closed.
It was disgusting to see that some people think it's OK just to dump their old kitchens, their fridge/freezers, glass or any other amount of household waste on the the side of the road or, in our case on the nature reserve.
This little piece of green, in our area of concrete, is called Pride Park. Pride I think that some people don't have.
I noticed it two weeks ago and took some pictures so I could contact the council and let them know that it was there. By the time I got back from my walk I had forgotten all about it and never contacted them!! (call it old age). This weekend as hubby and I walked past I noticed that it had all been cleared away and what a difference it makes.
22 May 2020
21 May 2020
It's Mental Health Awareness Week this week and in these times of lock down and limitations it's important to look after not only your physical health but your mental health too.
Corona virus has affected all aspects of our lives and the constant news about the pandemic can feel never-ending.
It's easy for those who are managing OK to overlook that there are those who are struggling. And let's be honest we've all struggled at one time an another. I know I have.
Looking after yourself is important and these few things may help if you're struggling. Remember. It's OK not to be OK.
Taken form Google.
It's easy to slip into the habit of sleeping late, spending all day in your pyjamas and eating junk food, but looking after yourself is essential for your mental health. Even simple tasks such as washing your face can feel difficult sometimes, but they can make a big difference to the way you feel.
Exercise if you can
Getting moving is easier said than done when you feel low or anxious, but it can significantly boost your mood. If you are well enough, exercise is really good for mental as well as physical well-being. Find music that helps boost your mood. If you are able, get into your garden and get daily doses of sunshine.
Set up buddy groups
Set up a "buddy group" with family or friends and regularly check in with people, either online or by phone. That way, you can offer support to anyone struggling or reach out to others if you need to. Even just sending daily updates can help us feel more connected and less alone during these difficult times.
Writing down your thoughts and feelings can help offload any worries and fears you may have. It's also important to try to keep busy, whether that means going for a daily walk or learning a new skill. There are still plenty of activities you can engage with at home, including crafts, painting, reading, cooking and baking.
Be kind to yourself
If you don't feel up to doing anything, though, that's fine too. It's important to be kind to yourself and recognise when you need a break. Try to relax and focus on positive things, knowing that every effort is being made globally to bring this situation to a close, but it will take time.
20 May 2020
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15 May 2020
It's two years ago tomorrow since I reached my target at Slimming world.
I'd like to say that it has been easy keeping the weight off since then, but that would be a lie.
Most of the time I'm good and can maintain but I have struggled, at times, to stay on track.
Losing the weight, it seems, is the easy part. Maintaining/keeping it off is the hard bit but having been introduced to the SW way of cooking it has been that little bit easier. I no longer use oil but use Fry Light, I don't have butter and try to limit my cake/biscuit intake, I don't eat bread that much anymore and cheese, only if it's part of my allowance for the day.
Chocolate is my downfall though and I tend not to buy it, although some days I can't help myself and a bar will accidentally fall into the shopping basket!!
I have found that going to work is a big help in keeping the weight off as I'm terrible for mooching in the cupboards if I'm at home for any length of time. At work I can only eat what I take and steer clear of all the goodies that can be left in the staff room. Only working three days a week at the moment, means I have put a pound or two back on so it's back to meal planning and low-fat dinners.
It seems a shame to undo all my hard work.
14 May 2020
This is one of my favourite places to visit.
After my illness a few years ago, I find I still have good days and bad days. Going to Chester Zoo helps me relax and re-charge.
I love the giraffes, and the two babies (who will be huge by the time we next see them) keep you entertained with their antics, but my most favourite are the Aardvarks. I just love their long noses and big feet. According to the keepers their noses are soft as velvet even though the rest of them are wiry and rough.
The only problem is they are always asleep when we go so we will just have to go later in the day and hope they are up and about.
You can read more about the zoo and how it's helping with conservation here.
13 May 2020
On our way back from collecting our shopping the other day, we noticed that the garden centre was open and managed to beat the queues and buy some plants.
Now all I have to do is get out there and get them planted. How hard can it be?
12 May 2020
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It seemed a lot bigger in those days!!
The Norris family started construction, in the Tudor style, in 1530 and the house was completed in 1598. During construction the house had a priest hole added as the family were Catholic in the days of Queen Elizabeth I. This of course was 'not allowed' and anyone caught practising Catholicism would have been deemed a heretic. The last of the Norris family left the house in 1795 when it was bought by Richard Watt who made his money on the sugar and rum plantations in Jamaica. He left the Hall to his 10 year old nephew, Richard III who sold most of the furniture in 1812 and moved to Yorkshire to breed racehorses.
His son Richard IV (there's a pattern forming here) lived there with his family but on his death in 1835 it became empty and his family (including his son Richard V!) moved elsewhere in Liverpool. In 1856 when Richard V became of age he and his wife started renovations to the Hall. In 1861 when Richard V died it passed to his daughter, Adelaide, but as she wasn't old enough to inherit the Hall was let to Frederick Leyland who went on to modernise the estate. In 1878 Adelaide returned from living in Scotland to run the estate which she did with a "strong sense of control in every department" (good for her). In 1921 when Adelaide died she had added a farm to the estate, central heating and fire fighting equipment to the house and secured the future of the Hall by stating in her will that the Estate would pass to the National Trust 21 years after her death. In 1986 the National Trust took on full management of the estate and is continuing to care for the Hall and it's treasures.
The full history can be seen here.
6 May 2020
Hubby and I walked from our village to the next one over. (I call them villages in the loosest terms as they are now all part of one area). We walked over the railway bridge, under the main road, round the back of the supermarket and under the motorway and came to Cross Lane. A quiet little patch in the mayhem that is the joy of living 3 miles from a major city.
We didn't see another soul except the squirrels, the birds were signing and the sun was out. It was quite easy to forget how close you are to all that noise.
5 May 2020
That's where I went last night.
We were taken through two at a time. Hand gel was used but no masks or gloves needed. The wonderful staff had the proper PPE and that was good to see.
All the usual checks were done and into the chair I went. Six minutes after the donation started it finished.
A huge THANK YOU to the Blood Donor service for continuing this important job.