Week 116

Friday 22nd May 2020 to Thursday 28th May 2020

An overcast start to the week and windy too; an ideal day for a yomp or 5 up Box Hill. It wasn’t any easier than last week.

A Dog Rose on the slopes of Box Hill

This spring has been beautiful…

a wild strawberry on Box Hill

Took part in a Zoom quiz with the beginnings of a tooth abscess which rapidly became worse. Just my luck all the dentists are shut because of the pandemic.

Some of the questions were ridiculous, I’ll stick to Pointless in future

A&E wouldn’t give me any antibiotics or lance the abscess. I could have as much codeine for the pain as I wanted but no penicillin to fight the infection; I’d have to ring 111 and see an emergency dentist…. on a bank holiday weekend. Fucking Great. I won’t be clapping for those twats this Thursday that’s for sure.

waiting for the 8am shift changeover ๐Ÿ™

Eventually got my dentist to give me an NHS prescription for some penicillin but she wasn’t allowed to treat me so I lanced the abscess myself; the stuff that came out looked absolutely disgusting but the tooth instantly felt a whole lot betterย  ๐Ÿ˜€

Sunday was Cfor’s 14th birthday

I did a few hours of weeding down the allotment so it’s looking a lot tidier…

and I feel I’m a little more in control now…

but it’s clear the slugs don’t respect my authority!

 

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Week 115

Friday 15th May 2020 to Thursday 21st May 2020

Into week 9 of the lockdown and the weather was cracking again so there wasn’t much of a lockdown at all and with the death rate falling people packed the beaches and beauty spots completely ignoring any social distancing advice.

the pond in Priory Park

I’ve never stayed home during this pandemic. I’ve either been down the allotment or out and about in the countryside. I couldn’t sit in a house for a day let alone 60 days but I’ve always maintained a 2m gap between me and everyone else. Around a town like Reigate that’s not too hard to do at all. But from what I’ve seen while I’ve been out and about a lot of young people have never complied with social distancing advice probably because they’ve been told they are highly unlikely to become ill with the virus let alone die of it ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

All this beach cramming can’t be blamed on Boris easing the rules in England ever so slightly last week as exactly the same thing has been happening north of the border.

The Blame Game when all this is over will be interesting; a lot of people and the media want to blame the government for absolutely everything but if they want to know why people are still getting infected by this virus and the R ain’t falling that much they should look at the public’s behaviour.

these women are following their own 2m rule, all 4 of them within a 2m circle ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Had to do some weeding on me allotment; tedious work. How come nothing eats bloody weeds while everything eats veg?

This was a healthy turnip plant a few days ago now it’s been completely ravaged by something

Everything in nature is hungry; the slugs, the snails, the grubs, the caterpillars, larva, the birds, the rabbits, the deer, the fucking everything. They are all starving and they will eat everything except weeds!

Although it’s hard to know when the wee Krankie woman will officially open up Scotland I have decided I best be ready to get there and to get up Ben Nevis fairly fast. Absolutely no chance of getting there before the midge season starts in June though ๐Ÿ™

Ben Nevis is 1345m high

from the Stepping Stones on the Mole…

to the viewing point at the top Box Hill is a climb of 135m

So 10 repetitions should replicate walking up Ben Nevis.

On Sunday I did two repetitions without breaking sweat. Tuesday I did 5 and it was pretty tough but for someone living on a diet of too much wine & too many chips topped up with plenty of crisps, ice cream & biscuits I think I did pretty well ๐Ÿ˜€ Doing that once or twice a week should be great preparation for walking up Ben Nevis; if it doesn’t kill me.

spot the bunny

 

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Week 114

Friday 8th May 2020 to Thursday 14th May 2020

I think this is the 8th week of the lockdown and it’s getting a bit boring now. I miss travelling and I miss Portugal.

Been out for a few walks….

the Inglis Memorial, built by Lieutenant Colonel Sir Robert William Inglis himself!

The weather has been good; it’s real spring now…

Star of Bethlehem

As promised Boris spoke to the nation on Sunday. I thought he was pretty clear on what he had in mind for easing out of the lockdown but the moment he’d finished the entire Brexit deranged mainstream media & every opposition MP claimed not to have understood a word he’d said; it really is getting fuckin’ tiresome isn’t it. Even with thousands of people dying every week these wankers are still playing politics.

Some advice for people who think a pandemic is a good time to play politics

Although we can now travel about in England with only supermarkets, pharmacies, golf courses & garden centres open there ain’t a lot to do. I’m itching to have a crack at Ben Nevis but who knows when the wee Krankie woman will open up Scotland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Week 113

Friday 1st May 2020 to Thursday 7th May 2020

Into the 7th week of lockdown and another week of cracking weather ๐Ÿ˜€

My back is slowly getting better so I’ve filled my lockdown time with a few country walks and I’ve half fitted a CCTV system; Amazon must be raking it in during this lockdown.

the view from Colley Hill. If you know what to look for you can see the now disused Gatwick airport.

Down the allotment everything was going well until Tuesday night when the slugs decided to eat me peas!

I’m a great believer in the death penalty ๐Ÿ˜€

Boris is supposed to be setting out the roadmap out of lockdown next week but with 5 or 6,000 new cases a day I can’t see us firing up Nelly anytime soon ๐Ÿ™

 

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Week 112

Friday 24th April 2020 to Thursday 30th April 2020

Into week 5 of the lockdown. The weather started off beautiful & sunny so it was perfect for a few walks in the countryside

Hawthorn blossom

Then I pulled a muscle in my back watching TV so things got really boring ๐Ÿ™

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Week 111

Friday 17th April 2020 to Thursday 23rd April 2020

Are we into the 4th week of the lockdown or the 5th? I’m losing track.

We have our fair share of nutters in Surrey

On top of all the sad and terrible deaths I think it’s beginning to dawn on people that without a vaccine or herd immunity this virus is going to seriously fuck up life as we know it in Europe.

Without a vaccine unless the government is going to scrap social distancing it’s hard to see how restaurants & bars can reopen.ย  That would kill the hospitality & tourism industries and put millions out of work not just here but all over Europe.

The airline industry is fucked too; with air traffic is down around 90% my old employers, NATS, must be in financial trouble. I doubt the owners will be dipping into their own pockets to pay controllers 100k a year sit at home.

As for me and Julie resuming our retirement in the sun I don’t think we’ll be able to travel back to France, Spain or Portugal before Easter next year at the very earliest.

Anyway away from all the death, doom & gloom of the virus the weather has been fabulous in Reigate this week ๐Ÿ˜€

and it’s been raining on the Cรดte d’Azur ๐Ÿ˜Ž

On the allotment front everything has been planted and the fencing is now 100% rabbit proof so I can relax and let my back recover.

Monday it was a big birthday for Julie x

Tuesday was the 4th anniversary of the sad death of Prince. I found this gem on YouTube, filmed from the crowd at Hop Farm in 2011 ๐Ÿ˜€

No idea how I’m going to fill another week of lockdown next week. Maybe I should learn a new skill ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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Week 110

Friday 10th April 2020 to Thursday 16th April 2020

The bluebells are out ๐Ÿ˜€ Normally we would take some sandwiches to Frank’s Wood over on Leith Hill but I suppose that’s not allowed at the mo.

Frank’s Wood from 2017

I finished the digging on the allotment and I planted up the veg. What to do now in the lockdown??

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Week 109

Friday 3rd April 2020 to Thursday 9th April 2020

Into the 3rd week of the lockdown and Boris is now hiding in St Thomas’; I guess it’s a bit more comfortable than that fridge.

It takes more than a global pandemic to faze Cfor!

Joking aside things are getting very serious now. Without a vaccine itโ€™s looking like everyone is going to have to get this virus and it sounds like it can be a particularly nasty experience even if you only get a fairly mild dose ๐Ÿ™

I doubt I’m going back to Portugal until I have the antibodies; I don’t fancy dying on a trolley in a corridor of some half finished Portuguese hospital!

I canโ€™t see life getting back to normal for a long time; once the new cases go down and restrictions are lifted then cases are bound to increase. Even when we have herd immunity and all the restrictions are lifted I can see the there being a worse recession than in 2008 because so many businesses will have just collapsed. NATS tweeted that air traffic was down 87%! In Germany Mercedes have announced they are shortly going to restart production but who the fuck is going to buying a car anytime soon?

The world is going to be very different place when this is all over.ย 

Personally I have been keeping busy down at my brotherโ€™s allotment. When I retired I never thought Iโ€™d morph into Percy bloody Thrower but it’s far better than watching repeats of Loose Women.

Some good news; I’ve been keeping track and we are only using two toilet rolls a week so we’ll be okay ’till Christmas ๐Ÿ˜€

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Week 108

Friday 27th March 2020 to Thursday 2nd April 2020

Only Boris Johnson could put the whole country on lockdown on a Monday, spend all week telling people to isolate themselves then come down with the Corona virus on the Friday!

It’s been a tough week down on the allotment…

Never mind the chair look at the bloody weeds!!!

… but at least it keeps me away from the 24 hour news industry which is once again engaged in a wilful campaign to throw as much sensationalism and fabrication into an already frightening situation. You’d think in any time of crisis the government would just section Piers Morgan and be done with it.

Parts of the allotment were so heavily weeded I had to take the top inch of soil off with a spade before I could dig it over. It’s been back breaking work but luckily the weather has been fantastic for March so at least I haven’t got piss wet through in the process.

this quarter is coming along nicely ๐Ÿ˜€

With half the allotment under control next week I’m hoping to plant out some onions sets & seed spuds along with weeding and double digging the 3rd quarter. It’s going to more hard work but it’ll be a lot healthier than listening to ravings of the news media.

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Week 107

Friday 20th March 2020 to Thursday 26th March 2020

A big queue of stockpilers at Morrisons on Friday morning.

Frankly, two weeks into this pandemic if you are still stockpiling then you’re a fuckin’ amateur.

Had a few nice walks before Boris put the country into lock down.

Priory Pond’s looking good at this time of year

Wood Anemones, a sure sign Spring is here

Campsites all over Europe are closing down and there is no saying when they will reopen. It’s the same in the UK so I doubt I’ll be doing Ben Nevis this year.

As I’m clearly going to be stuck in Reigate for at least a few months I asked my brother who’s currently working in Saudi if I could take over his allotment.

I didn’t realise how big his allotment was, 20m x 10m or how neglected.

Not too sure this was a smart move; I think I have my work cut out

On Monday night Boris put the whole country into lockdown but on Tuesday Morning Michael Gove said you were still allowed to visit your allotment :-D. Thank God I won’t be stuck indoors watching Piers Morgan, Phillip & Holly or Loose Women.

The bloke on YouTube made double digging look easy…

Of course I had some help….

Julie’s in charge of weed watching

It’s not been all digging & weeding…

 

 

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