Monday, June 15, 2020

I finally have a week off and time to relax. Admittedly Saturday and much of Sunday was wet so I stayed indoors and focused on modelling. I did manage to nip out into the garden and plant one tomato plant in the raised bed and an aubergine in a separate pot. Both were beginning to take over the kitchen windowsill along with the small cherry tree. That will be the next to go out but the last three weeks of not gardening thanks to work, weather and bad back has seen it once again turn into a jungle.

This is my current build, an Armstrong Whitworth Whitley circa 1940 . The kit itself is very basic, an old mould originally from the seventies or possibly earlier. Just my sort of build as a lot of fettling, scratch building of parts and repairs to bring it to a reasonable level.

Otherwise I shall have a week of gardening, modelling and some gentle walks. I have treated myself to a bottle of Woodford Reserve which was reduced by nine pounds, A Bourbon I hadn't tried before and for the money well worth it. I have been wary of trying new Bourbons because I didn't enjoy Makers Mark when I tried it last year but I am glad I gave this a go. I've not had spirits for a month and this caught my eye.
Today most of the non-essential shops have re-opened and No.1 son and Sue both reported long queues into Freshney Centre, Grimsby's local mall. I joked that once restrictions were reduced there would be a stampede for the shops and lo, there are queues around the block. Astonishing but not surprising as people want to get back to normal but I suspect there will not be a return to what was once normal. But for now, feet up as I intend to relax this coming week and I have a lot of reading to catch up on. I'll dust off my old copy of "The Fall of the Roman Empire" by Michael Grant as that looks like a most apposite book for this week.



Anonymous Blue Witch said...

So, back to normal for the Brainless of Britain hordes.

How long for before that second spike?

A friend who works in a large hospital down south tells me that they are already modelling for a third spike in December. And that doctors and nurses not working on CV-19 wards are sitting around playing chess as they are so bored because 'management' won't properly open up normal wards and facilities.

Enjoy your well-deserved time off. Don't drink all of your special bottle at once... unless you want to fast-forward a few days!

3:24 pm  
Blogger delcatto said...

Lol. Thanks BW, just the occasional glass for medicinal purposes.

There will be another spike as there is not enough herd immunity, possibly in the autumn. Combine that with winter hospital pressures and the past three months have been pointless.

4:21 pm  
Anonymous Blue Witch said...


With all the hard work you have put in (and the ghastly experience(s?)) you have had, how do you feel about that?

8:15 pm  
Blogger delcatto said...

Pissed off.

The selfishness of many people and their blinkered stupidity. A government that should have had courage and gone for herd immunity in the first place and focused on protection for the elderly and those with underlying health problems. A media in pursuit of soundbites and ratings with presenters, not journalists, full of their self importance. The list goes on and to be honest I feel ready to quit and hide away as do many of my colleagues.

I have no idea what is genuine and what is fake in the news. When RT, AFP and Al Jazeira are the now go to news agencies for news it speaks volumes about the crap over here. I am heartily sick of it all.

Happily, there are good people I know and I suspect most normal people outside of the London bubble fall into that category.

1:30 pm  
Blogger Scoakat said...

Again, I'm late to the party. I hope you're enjoying your week off - at home.

When I do have to go out I'm finally seeing more people with masks than without, but local businesses are allowed open this week with 50% capacity, including bars and restaurants. What changed to make things safer? Nothing, really.

We've not seen the spike locally that I expected after the (democratic) governor's stay at home order was struck down by the (republican) state supreme court (an entirely different subject), the Memorial Day weekend holiday, and the recent protests. That doesn't mean it's safe or that we won't see one later. More people still get sick and some die every day.

People just want it to be as it was before, but it is not and will not be for quite some time, if ever. We still just don't know enough, but apparently life will go on. Until it doesn't.

I don't know when, but we will be shut down again. Will we learn? Unlikely.

Now look what you made me do, I don't usually rant like that. ;)

9:20 pm  
Blogger delcatto said...

Sorry about that Scott but it has all really annoyed me.

I'm sitting here this morning drinking coffee and looking out at the pouring rain and it will be another modelling day indoors. Yay!

I'm glad I got some of the garden done yesterday but some back saver tools required. Sue broke the weed twister and that was really useful. The weeds are proliferating, both in the garden and elsewhere.

Have a good day and keep safe.

8:57 am  
Anonymous Blue Witch said...

Totally with your sentiments there delcatto. I avoid the news now and haven't even been listening to anything on R4 for several weeks. I just can't be bothered. And I've not been in the thick of it as you have. I could easily become a hermit. I've yet to find anything that can't be delivered here.

And as for the 'black lives matter' stuff... what about white lives? I am appalled by the general mindset projected amongst that group that everything bad happens to them because they are black and discriminated against by everyone. No, that's called life people. And it's just as tough for many white people. Particularly white 'working class' boys in the education system. But one cannot say that, can one, or one is accused of being racist... *deep sigh*

And just wait until the Brexit stuff gets nearer the fan again...

3:33 pm  
Blogger Scoakat said...

My wife is my news source, she eats all that up and I get the highlights. And BW, I feel like a hermit here in the middle of town. We've been holed up so long it feels normal.

"... what about white lives?"
This has nothing to do with white lives. It's about black lives, at the moment. And will be for some time, I think. I may post something about that later today. But first, I must get back to what I should be doing right now - working!

3:47 pm  

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