It was a strange day yesterday. First, the breakfast radio news announced the arrival of the first positive virus case here, along with news of another person arrested for ignoring the quarantine regulations.
At the ministers' afternoon press briefing it was announced that a second person has now tested positive.
We have decided that we shall now try to practice social distancing more strictly as previously there didn't seem much urgency.
The chimney sweep arrived Friday morning. He had been booked for a few weeks now and we thought it best to get it done now rather than wait. Chimney swept, grate cleaned and the wall surrounding the fireplace given a fresh coat of paint. All the logs, coal and baskets have been moved into storage and the tatty old rug that is usually in front of the hearth to catch the spits has been beaten within an inch of its life, rolled up and hidden away. Looks like a new room now.
Some friends called by in the afternoon with some magazines but they stood the other side of their car and handed over the carrier bag very carefully.
Our usual gang of friends have now created a WhatsApp group so that we can continue to keep in touch with news and gossip and exchange photos etc. Not quite the same as meeting up for supper and a chat but will have to do.
P is still going out to shop as and when we need food as we cannot get home deliveries here.
I no longer have anything to go out for, now that the gift shop has closed and the Hospice have asked me to stay away.
At least with the weather improving we can still go for walks. There are plenty of quiet places around where we can walk without bumping into anyone else.
I am messaging my sister every day so that we can check that we are each still doing OK. I worry about her as she is now very anxious and I try my best to cheer her up. I have just sent her a Thorntons hamper to see if that helps. Chocolate is always a good idea!