A Shot In The Arm


This morning we journeyed down into Portsmouth so my wife could have the first of her Covid vaccinations.

I won’t say that we breathed a big sigh of relief but we have probably relaxed a little.

My wife has been closeted away since last June, when we got back to the UK. Since then she has become really concerned about the covid statistics and the implications. Not just for her but for all of us.

She hasn’t ventured outside of our home more than, perhaps, half a dozen times. Most of those excursions have been of a medical nature.

Having the jab does change your perspective a little.

Of course we know that the vaccine doesn’t cure Covid, or prevent you from becoming infected. And, of course, it doesn’t mean you can go out freely. We are, after all, still in lockdown.

What it does show, is that we, as a country, are heading in the right direction, albeit slowly.

Rather these baby steps, than trying to run full tilt, lifting all the restrictions, only to fall flat on our faces. I personally think that the restrictions should not be lifted until at least 75% of the population have been vaccinated.

I’m rather hoping that, by the time the restrictions are lifted, my wife won’t have become a total hermit.

If nothing else, we know that she will be going out again in April, which is when the second jab is scheduled.

Strikes So Many Chords


This article from ABC really did make me smile.

If you have ever had any of your kids return home, you will be able to relate to some, if not all, of the situations touched on in this article.

Please follow the link and see if it rings any bells in your household.

Opinion: I have a dilemma that has added a strange layer to self-isolation: adult kids http://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-10/coronavirus-empty-nest-full-again/12123600

Welcome To The World Isla Amelie


Yesterday, our 8th Great Grand-child Isla Amelie was born. She entered this world at 08:30, weighing in at 7.5 pounds.

Photo above shows a really proud Great Grand-mum, with Isla taking all the adoration in her stride.

Mum Hayley, and Dad Nick of course, are doing well, albeit a tad tired.

By the time we visited they had pretty much been on the go for 24 hours, with dad looking the worst for wear.

So, congratulations Hayley and Nick. Welcome Isla Amelie.