Such a beautiful Sunny day out there. But I received my text yesterday telling me to stay inside for 12 weeks - I'm 'shielding' myself from COVID-19 as I'm in the 'vulnerable' category due to my kidney transplant.
So far, I've not stepped foot outside the door for 4 days - the photo below is the last one I took oustide. It's the River Kennet which was still over-full. I'm able to work from home and having lots of video calls with work colleagues which keeps me occupied and Jamie's here with me so I'm not in total isolation.
The lovely sunny days at the moment are obviously making us wish we were on the allotment. We last visited 10 days ago and it was a sorry scene in the rain.
It's likely to stay that way for a while now. For the time-being the Government are saying that allotment sites can stay open, but I'm not convinced that will be the case for very long. So many people aren't heeding the 'STAY AT HOME' advice that it seems very likely that the 'go outside for some exercise' clause will be removed soon.
We're hoping that Jamie will get a chance to put the new polytunnel cover on the old frame before the tomatoes and pepper plants are delivered. Also hoping he'll get the potatoes planted which are still chitting in the hall. Also to pick the broad beans, leeks, onions and garlic that have been steadily growing since the Autumn. Oh dear :-( The grape hyacinths were a nice bright spot.
But mostly we hope that we, our friends, family and fellow plotholders manage to stay healthy during this disturbing time. Then we can, with luck, pick up where we left off in time for next year.
Not sure how much I'll have to add to this blog over the next 3 months or more, but there could be some unusual recipes based on what Jamie manages to buy from the shops(!) and, if he visits the plot, I'll get him to take some photos.
Please look after yourself and othersAnd the advisory song for the blog title is provided by The Police, which I think is quite funny, but the advice isn't. Social distancing is surely the best solution.