After my very short break from Blogland - only a few weeks - I have come to realise that I miss posting my daily ramblings and so have decided to stage a tentative comeback. Recording my diary seems to give me a focus on my life which would otherwise just be slipping away from me. During my time offline I have still been keeping up to date, reading the usual blogs, although not commenting, or posting on my own blog. Thank you to everyone who left such kind comments and sent messages.
Life here in our little corner of the world has been plodding along as usual but here are a few highlights - more to remind myself of what I have been doing than anything else - but if anyone out there is interested, please read on...
We went away for our isolation-free, airbridge-bubble, week's holiday on Guernsey in August. A relaxing, stress-free break in very pretty surroundings with wonderfully kind and generous local people (yes, you Mary) and lots of opportunities for long walks along quiet lanes and the beautiful coastline.
Back home we were lucky enough to have missed the last of the summer storms and enjoyed a very brief burst of Indian summer., although my hay fever returned with a vengeance.
On a sudden whim, in mid-September, we booked a one-night staycation at a hotel up in the north of the island. They were offering a special rate for island residents so we thought, why not? We arrived in Ramsey just in time for lunch at a local café, then walked along the river and the quayside before making our way to the hotel by the park when it was time for check-in. A very good meal and a comfortable room-with-a-view followed by a full breakfast the next morning before stocking up at the "big" Co-Op store and returning home. A little adventure.
After being Covid-free for over 100 days, it was announced that three people have tested positive here on their return from visiting the UK. We are told that each of them have been self isolating so the virus is hopefully not yet out in the community. However, there was also a report in the local newspaper that a young woman had been remanded in custody for breaching the quarantine rules. She apparently arrived back here on the ferry and, having signed the declaration on arrival that she understood the "go straight home and stay at home" requirement, promptly popped out to the shops to buy food. It seems a neighbour reported her to the police. It begs the question, how many more people are doing just the same thing though?
This weekend I realised that the cold nights are now really here to stay so have swapped out the lightweight bed throws for the winter duvet. The logs and coal will most likely be brought in soon and the fire lit as the nights draw in. Winter seems to have come around too quickly, especially as our summer here was a washout, unlike the rest of Britain. Oh well, at least the hay fever should now subside.
It will have done you good to have those breaks. I fear it is going to be a long cold winter with only reports of covid to keep us entertained.ReplyDelete
Thanks Addy. Yes, I feel rejuvenated after the break and almost ready to face winter. I wonder what the next few months will throw at us?Delete
welcome back. We missed Manx life updates. Your photos might be all from within UK but definitely have the look of the exotic about them. Did I spy NZ Cabbage trees growing in Ramsey?ReplyDelete
Thank you Tigger. I try to take photos of scenes that catch my eye but I hadn't thought of them as being exotic!Delete
Yes, the park in Ramsey has a wonderful selection of plants and shrubs, including the NZ Cabbage tree (Cordyline Australis). It is a lovely spot for a wander.
Sometimes all it takes is a little break from blogging. I often take a week or so and come back better for it. That overnight stay sounded lovelyReplyDelete
Thanks Briony. We enjoyed our overnight stay so much we are thinking of repeating the experience to celebrate P's "big" birthday in January.Delete
Delighted you are back. I enjoy your blog. Nice you had good holidays away from home. Silly people with this covid. Good on the neighbour reporting her. I hope there are no more cases. It is so aggravating.ReplyDelete
Thank you Marjorie. No more holidays for some time to come now so it was good to have a break while we still could.Delete
Lovely to see you back JayCee and hope you are well and fighting fit. I, too, have missed you. It sounds as if you have enjoyed the Summer. I guess it was inevitable that some would return from the U.K. with the dreaded virus and I think that there are many across the U.K. that are not obeying the rules ! It feels as if we have missed Autumn and that Winter is here although I think it’s going to be a little warmer next week. So pleased to see you back and to hear your daily ramblings again. XXXXReplyDelete
Aww, thank you Jackie. I am reasonably fit and well, just have a few routine tests due at the hospital this week but not expecting anything major.Delete
I think we had our Autumn in June, July and August over here so have just skipped straight into Winter!
Your photos have brought back some happy memories. The park in Ramsay is wonderful.ReplyDelete
Agree with Marjorie, some people are being silly with COVID.
Welcome back. Yes, I am the same. I find my daily posting and my daily reading other blogs has become an important daily ritual during thie awful Covid. I find it something to hold on to.ReplyDelete
I find that jotting down my random thoughts here on my blog helps to make some sort of order to my day to day life. It is almost as if I don't exist some days!Delete
Nice to see you back. I'm afraid, as usual, I haven't been exerting myself - just 7 posts since your last one.ReplyDelete
Thanks Tasker. Seven posts is good going - I haven't been away that long anyway.Delete
Hi JayCee. Good to see you back. How was Guernsey?ReplyDelete
Hi Dave. It's good to be back, thanks.Delete
I loved Guernsey. It is much smaller than our island and really easy to get around on foot and by bus, which is what we did. Lovely, friendly people, warm sunshine and good food. What more could you ask for?
Nice to read your ramblings once again. Thankfully you posted some mighty photos on instaReplyDelete
Thanks LA. I never really went away did I?Delete
Welcome back. I like the collages of your holiday pictures. So many lovely places and views that you captured for us. Thanks!ReplyDelete
Thank you Ellen. I think the collages are a simple way of giving a flavour of what we did. Easier than scrolling through loads of photos!Delete
Welcome back! xReplyDelete
Thank you xDelete
I was just wondering what you were up to, Jaycee. Glad you have had some nice excursions. Sorry about the weather where you are. Here it is still summer (mid-20's today and sunny) so I am still in my shorts and T-shirt!ReplyDelete
Not jealous - much!!! 😁Delete
Great to see you back. Hope all is well....am looking forward to once again hearing//reading about life in your part of the world.ReplyDelete
Thanks Cathy. Hope all is well with you and yours down there xDelete