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I don’t usually write blogs about current news items,so please excuse this one……this morning I was thinking how lucky we are on Goy if ever we sadly have to self isolate…..we would still have the connections with all our gardening friends which gives us great company .Our gardens will still be free zones too!
On a more serious note I do hope you all stay safe.x🎊

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Thanks J ... the internet will be extra useful over coming months in many ways.
Stay safe and healthy everyone.

14 Mar, 2020

 

I think we will all be grateful we can still be in touch,via the Internet, for all reasons Julia,and especially Goy..I too,hope everyone stays safe and well..x

14 Mar, 2020

 

I have been thinking the same, how lucky we all are to have gardens, where we can either escape the sometimes scary news, or simply have some isolated fresh air if need be.

Let's all hope all of this turns out to be a whole lot better than forecast and good thoughts to anyone and everyone affected in any way.

Stay safe.

14 Mar, 2020

 

Yes, me too. I was thinking along these lines. And those of us who are lucky enough to live in more rural areas are so much more used to being 'socially distant' and therefore it's not much of a hardship to us. This week I have been 'panic buying' wine! lol!

14 Mar, 2020

 

Panic buying wine? I was looking for toilet rolls and there weren't any. The mind boggles.
I too was being thankful for the garden - always something to do out there.

14 Mar, 2020

 

lol Stera....your priorities are all wrong! ;) x

14 Mar, 2020

 

Lovely vase of flowers by the way Julia...very pretty. :)

14 Mar, 2020

 

I totally agree Julia. The garden is my sanctuary anyway so if I do have to self isolate I have my sewing too.

I was in morrisons this morning and a woman had 8 4 packs of baked beans and didn't see the irony when she complained that there wasn't any flour as 'people were panic buying' but she was buying beans 'to be on the safe side'.

Take care of your selves too.

14 Mar, 2020

 

lol Seaburngirl! Can just imagine that too. :) I hope she 'did' manage to get some loo roll!

14 Mar, 2020

 

My daughter's travel plans to fly to New York on 24th are probably scuppered ..... she can always re-book and travel at a later date.

14 Mar, 2020

 

Yes Shirley...we are waiting to see whether Scott will get to Portugal on Thursday and whether we will get to Spain in April. But we can go another time, its not important. I hope the Doctors and Nurses will stay well...that’s got to be the most important thing now.

14 Mar, 2020

 

Thanks Julia for voicing the thoughts of most of us. Today I reluctantly said I wouldn’t meet a friend for coffee because she had bee working with someone in the week who had “symptoms” (she had expected me to stay safe).

I am so grateful to have the garden and greenhouse to focus on ... they keep us busy and cheerful don’t they 🙂.

14 Mar, 2020

 

Very wise Sheila. All of us over 50s have to take great care of our health. Pneumonia is no joke!

14 Mar, 2020

 

Sheila,I'm sure your garden has been an enormous refuge for you this last year....we will probably all have to make difficult decisions in the forthcoming months.

14 Mar, 2020

 

A friend of mine ,in her 70s, developed pneumonia last year,K...she was very ill for weeks,but thankfully recovered well .

14 Mar, 2020

 

Last year a friend of mine, in her 70s,developed pneumonia out of the blue.....she was very ill but thankfully recovered after many weeks.

14 Mar, 2020

 

Beautiful flowers Julia. Very nice, thoughtful blog from you also. I hope everyone on the site are keeping well and safe!
Just keep taking the advice, hand washing is key, avoid people who have symptoms of flu like virus, even colds.
I’d avoid all travel abroad, hopefully it will help contain the virus. Although, it looks like most countries are stopping flights, etc anyway, meantime..
It’s true what you’ve said, this site is like a bridge to friends and gives support and contact.
Look after yourselves and loved ones. x

14 Mar, 2020

 

I agree with you, Kate..we usually go to France in September but even that late I'm still dubious .No one knows how long this will last.

14 Mar, 2020

 

Very pretty flowers and a very kind thought.

It is a very unsettling time and our love for nature and our gardens will help tremendously.

Today our holiday to Majorca was cancelled - a relief in some ways as at least we now know where we stand!
As soon as I heard the news, I went to the garden centre and bought a few plants in the spring colours of purple and lemon to cheer me up!

Take care all GoY members and let's keep in touch
xx

14 Mar, 2020

 

I agree, and hope everyone will stay well x
At the moment I am feeling rather isolated anyway, with the house so empty and silent, so GoY and a few other sites help me feel that I am not alone on the planet.

15 Mar, 2020

 

A great blog Julia.
Hywel, I’ve been thinking about you :-(
I’m rather socially inactive by choice so life not going out very normal for me, I do work 2 days a week so I just keep washing my hands while I’m there and distancing myself.

15 Mar, 2020

 

I hope you are keeping well, Hywel. I understand the sites being a connection for you, please keep in touch with everyone.. hopefully this will pass soon and we can all get on with the thing we all love, gardening.
Keep well and take care of yourself..
Best wishes xx

15 Mar, 2020

 

I sympathise Hywel, and agree that this website is brilliant for kind, supportive words, and helping us to feel connected to the world. I do hope some warmer weather and sunshine will cheer you a little. x

15 Mar, 2020

 

Thank you Julia. You are so right about this site.
I agree with everyone Hywel. Keep in touch !

16 Mar, 2020

 

Lovely blog thanks for saying how we all feel at a time of a very scary crisis yes let's all keep in touch thank goodness for our gardens keep safe and well thinking of you Hywel!

17 Mar, 2020

 

Meadow you beat me to this blog.....because of our great ages we have been self isolating for over ten days...... we are using home delivery and daughters dropping essentials on the doorstep .....we are not taking any chances...
I use a bread maker and finding it almost impossible to get bread flour!! never mind toilet rolls ....why toilet rolls??
Luckily we have the garden to keep us occupied...and of course this lovely site and Instagram to keep in touch..
Stay safe everyone......and adhere to the precautions...they are there for a reason.....to stop this awful virus spreading any more than it needs to......🙏🙏🙏

17 Mar, 2020

 

Hi Dd..
I think you did mention you were self isolating a few days ago..
I did have you in mind when I was writing the blog.
Hope your garden is bang up to date..if there is one advantage of these drastic measures, it's being able to spend more time on our gardens and making them even more beautiful!..Take carex

17 Mar, 2020

 

I'm not one for going into pubs, social clubs or even having coffee with friends, so self isolating in that way is no hardship for me, I've always been happy in my garden and it doesn't bother me if I don't get visitors, although I am still lost without my sister, saying that I will miss exploring my NT and EH venues, we hadn't booked any of the shows in London, thank goodness but think Alfie Boe will be cancelled in June, even though its outside venue, hope we get our money back, those tickets are quite costly..
Someone also very sarcastically told me yesterday to bake my own bread, no flour of any kind in either of the supermarkets my daughter took me to so not sure how that advice was going to be any good, I felt like telling said person to pick me up some things instead of bragging how much they'd managed to get, got to laugh else you'd cry, wouldn't you.
On the plus side hubby filled up with petrol at his usual garage today and managed to buy us a loaf, gosh!!!! was only a small one but I was ecstatic and tucked it away in my freezer, at least I now have one, he did make me chuckle, he was so pleased with himself as he'd also bought two packets of Chocolate Digestives, guess that means us old codgers won't starve...LOL...

Stay healthy all and enjoy your gardens xx

17 Mar, 2020

 

Thank you. Best wishes and good health to you too.

17 Mar, 2020

 

A lovely blog. I’m intrigued by all those cans of beans!

I went to collect a prescription this morning. An acquaintance had told me that when he went yesterday the assistant asked him to wait because the pharmacist wanted a word with him. Because he is over 70 the pharmacist gave him a lecture on being out when he should be staying at home! I didn’t get one, I’m pleased to say. While I was there a woman came in for painkillers, telling me she had a bad headache. I stepped back a little more and half jokingly said, “Coronavirus!” She simply said no, it was just a headache. I hope she’s right.

The thought of being confined to barracks is not a pleasant one but Him Indoors will still work the allotment and I shall still walk in the park. My garden is too small to spend a lot of time in it. My back wouldn’t like it either so it will be little and often.

Stay well everyone and try to enjoy each day.

18 Mar, 2020

 

Thanks Meadow......we were hoping to open for the NGS in July.....but we really don’t know whether we will be able to......so many gardens have cancelled all their March, April May and June openings already, a sad time.

19 Mar, 2020

 

Perhaps war time rationing should be bought into play,Oh and I have not been out for two weeks @ 79 it seemed the sensible thing to do after all we could meander round the garden between showers but we`re feeling rather stir crazy and risked a visit to the supermarket yesterday to gaze at rows of near empty shelves ... the only upside that I can see is a slimmer new version of me at the end of it all.lol.

20 Mar, 2020

 

Stroller,isn't it sad to see the empty shelves....it will probably be the best diet without any effort involved!

20 Mar, 2020

 

I have just watched a Critical Care Nurse from York saying, through her tears, how she's come out of the supermarket with no fruit or vegetables as the shelves are bare! She's telling folk to just stop this panic buying.

Shockingly, in our local supermarket, the food bank box has been relocated to behind the customer service desk as mean, mean people were taking items out of it ... the lowest of the low in my opinion ... :o((

20 Mar, 2020

 

Saw her as well,Shirley...your heart went out to her...can't believe that people are actually stealing from the food box...

20 Mar, 2020

 

Julia, I'm nearing the point where nothing surprises me about supermarket shoppers now ... :o(

On a more positive note, we went for a 30 minute walk this morning and zig-zagged our way along when approaching pedestrians came into view! Lots of smiles all round ... :o)

20 Mar, 2020

 

I feel exactly the same,Shirley..
Nothing ever surprises me..when Rich says 'you'll never guess,'I just smile at him.
Isn't it strange how we have quietly adapted to a change in our lives,especially our age group. I feel it's for the best,don't you.? Greed has certainly taken over a lot of people's lives.Hopefully that will change.

20 Mar, 2020

 

I agree with you Julia. I spoke to my son on the phone yesterday and he is fed up with the 'Me, me,' selfish attitude of some folk and he's not quite 40 years old!

20 Mar, 2020

 

Hi Julia... very glad to say hub and I are ok and practicing social distancing. We've had rushes on our grocery stores and people have been hoarding toilet paper too... (??) I'm waiting for the winter to end for two reasons...apparently the virus does not do well during the warm seasons and secondly some of this snow will finally let me see my garden and flower beds... can't wait to plant. my greenhouse is up to the rafters with snow... Gahh! :-( We've had a very strange winter, to say the absolute least!
Be safe and enjoy your green space. I'm thankful to be living in the boonies, now. " a cup o kindness" to all my GoY friends.

23 Mar, 2020

 

Hi Lori
Good to hear from you ,it seems ages.That loo roll hoarding has become international then!
I'm sure you are fed up with snow ....our gardens are beginning to wake up now..the tulips colouring up too.
These last few days have certainly warmed up..we even had coffee outside today!
.

23 Mar, 2020

 

Oh Lori, its rather startling to us in the UK to realise you are still snow bound! You must be so looking forward t it all melting and welcoming your spring bulbs!

23 Mar, 2020

 

Springs, over the last few years, have been cold and late. but this is where we are, I guess, Julia. thanks Stera. lol... yes I'm waiting impatiently (as usual) and hoping that the chipmunks and squirrels haven't found them all.

29 Mar, 2020

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