This week sees the next phase of reducing some of our lockdown measures over here. The number of virus cases has fallen and our government is cautiously testing the water by loosening the restrictions a little more.
Non-essential retail outlets are now allowed to open, provided they follow the distancing guidelines, and we are now allowed to meet in groups of up to 10 people, as long as we each keep at least 2 metres apart and don't enter anyone else's home.
I still can't get my hair cut as hairdressers and "lifestyle" businesses are still not allowed to reopen but I have taken to wearing hairbands and clips now to keep it all off my face.
I had a call from the volunteer coordinator at the Wildlife Trust to say that they are planning on reopening the gift shop and would I be willing to go back. It seems that they are not happy for the over-70s amongst us to resume volunteering so that just leaves 4 of us youngsters to (wo)man the shop. The shop has already been fitted with a plexiglass screen around the till and I am assured that there will be santising equipment provided. If they can get a rota organised with enough volunteers they may be able to open with restricted days and hours. Perhaps as early as next week I could be returning to some kind of pre-lockdown normality.
Watch this space.
You hair will need to look nice when/if you return to the charity shop so there's only one thing for it, Lord Peregrine will have to cut your hair! Do not be afraid - he can learn how to do it from YouTube videos like this one:-ReplyDelete
Oh yes, a very useful video, especially if you have a layered, inverted bob that needs to be reshaped.Delete
Thank you YP. Thoughful as ever.
My pleasure JayCee. I thought an "inverted bob" was a bowel condition. There are plenty of potentially more appropriate videos that Peregrine can scrutinise. You will have to do your homework. Have a nice day!Delete
Why does Mr YP watch netmums?Delete
Mistakenly, I thought that netmums would concern the capturing of young mothers down at the Co-op - with a massive keep net.Delete
Good to be getting back to some kind of normality. We haven’t seen our children and grandchildren for weeks but, thank goodness for FaceTime...... we are lucky that technology enables us to ‘ see ‘ them. Is your hair long enough for a ponytail ? XXXXReplyDelete
Thanks Jacqueline. No, unfortunately not quite long enough, but I can just about get some of it into one of those crocodile clips and use grips to hold back the rest.Delete
How far away do your family live? Would you be able to do some sort of drive-by visit and talk to them over the garden wall? My sister now does this with her grandchildren and that keeps her going.
Our son, daughter-in-law, grandson and granddaughter live about an hour away and our daughter, her boyfriend and our other granddaughter live about an hour and a half away. I think that, soon, they might drive down and sit in the garden, especially when the weather is nice.Our daughter took a gap year before she went to university and lived and worked in Australia, Fiji and New Zealand and we didn’t see her for over a year so we can cope with a couple of months I guess but, the grandchildren are growing so quickly. I just think that others have got it a lot worse than us so I’m not complaining. When I think what the nurses, doctors, Carers, people in abusive relationships etc etc are going through, we are very lucky. XXXXDelete
Very true Jacqueline.Delete
I would have thought the powers that be would have invented or introduced a plastic money card so we don't need to handle money anymore.ReplyDelete
I think the shop will be card only when it opens. No cash allowed. It should save me time cashing up at closing time!Delete
I hope all goes well. I think we are all feeling a bit apprehansive.ReplyDelete
I certainly am!Delete
Hope you get back to work. Sounds as though they're taking the necessary precautions.ReplyDelete
We are supposed to using only cards but I noticed that cash was being handed over as well.
We have to slowly get back to norm. One step at a time.
It will be interesting to see how it goes.Delete
It's interesting how our islands are taking different approaches. Since Saturday I'm now in a bubble with my immediate family and I went to a garden centre yesterday, my first time in ANY shop since mid March. We've had no new cases in 3 weeks and just 4 live cases remaining. Good luck with your hair bands and volunteering, take care out there.ReplyDelete
Thanks Mary x If I don't feel safe I shall just tell them that I can't go back. I am only a volunteer after all. Your island seems to ge doing really well. Long may it continue.Delete
Are you excited about resuming volunteering? I am hoping that when non-essential shops can re-open here on 1st June; that will include charity shops. We could socially distance and only allow a couple of customers in the shop at a time. I bet we would have to spend at least week sorting out the donations!ReplyDelete
I think I am apprehensive more than excited. It will be good to feel more normal again, but still worrying that "it" is still lurking out there.Delete