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Everything posted by patsylabrador

  1. We got a cute little video of my grandson yesterday practicing with his training chopsticks. If you haven't seen them they're just like little tongs. He's also starting to talk in both languages which fascinates me. Just the fact that a baby can rearrange all those words into the correct sections seems incredible. I've watched some lectures on YouTube and read articles online to try to understand how they do it.
  2. That first trip out is amazing isn't. I felt like I'd been on a little holiday, I felt so refreshed. It's starting to really buzz here again. Non stop traffic, more pedestrians. Still less tubes and hardly any planes but it feels good. Groups of teens out, that's not a complaint, I'm happy to see them enjoying the sun but I don't understand the objection to their schooling restarting if they've made the decision to socialise anyway. Enjoy your get togethers!
  3. I'm not sure I like the idea of tracker apps at all. It strikes me that the people who will be punished through them are the very people and their families that we've all been thanking for the last few weeks. My family for example, two of them especially, will probably have been exposed to the bug through work. If they use the app as it is planned and are positive then the rest of my family would be off work. Firstly we can't afford that, overtime is important not a whim and that's also four key workers out of action. That would be duplicated all over the country surely. So I'm interested in this tracker tracker. Who's watching the watchers etc. https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/05/07/1000961/launching-mittr-covid-tracing-tracker/
  4. No go. Think they will try again on Saturday.
  5. Yes, I saw the same time. robot... Silly me, rocket. I've been playing with my robots a lot today.
  6. If I've read it right and if the sky is clear and you live in Cornwall sort of area you might glimpse the NASA/spacex dragon robot chasing the ISS. I'm excited and nervous about the launch this evening.
  7. Of course, and he lives in a semi with a little front garden with a privet hedge just like me.
  8. I've just finished Mr Featherstone. My latest needle felting project. I've also given him a back story, he lives in Metroland in the 50s and commutes into London. He loves doing crosswords on the train and he did a stint at Bletchley Park during the war but of course that is a secret.
  9. Lockdown seemed a good time to learn some languages so I've been carrying on with my Japanese and learning some French and German, or not so much learning the French and German but reminding myself of school girl phrases. The kanji part of Japanese is complicated because it has two readings, Japanese and Chinese so I've started Chinese today. It seems like a fun thing to do and might help but the interesting thing is that I learned hello and goodbye and I think that the Chinese for goodbye is the name of the Chinese rocket in The Martian. I thought that was quite exciting but now I've written it down it doesn't sound very exciting!
  10. I have let my hair grow long and grey against all the fashion advice and I love it. I read a lot about how it looks best short and that hair goes co***** and all sorts of stuff that I ignored and it's now long and wavy and I'm proud of my grey. Had another mooch into London today. Making the most of it before the mayor tries to shut it down. It's definitely busier and a few shops have opened up with counters across the doorways to serve people. I like that, it's a good idea. Clapham Common was very busy but all the people I saw, who were mainly young were having fun and looking relaxed and being responsible. It felt good. We did a drive thru Starbucks and a drive thru KFC just because we could and it felt like a holiday. πŸ˜‚ I was trying to write coa. rse!
  11. I've driven past a sign to Aston Wood Nature Reserve in the past when the Triumph garage was by j7. I vaguely remembered it the other day so we went to try it out and I'm glad that I did. It's very blustery up there isn't it, the wind blew my hat off, luckily it got caught on my ponytail.
  12. I think a few people on this forum will recognise this. I have seen it from the M40 ever since the M40 was built but it never registered if you know what I mean. It looked spectacular but I didn't think any more about it. Because of the current situation and because it's hard to sit still I looked closer to home for somewhere to explore. It's wonderful.
  13. They are lovely. I love that soft caramel colour.
  14. Mullethunter, that does look perfect. I think I divide the coast in my head into the seaside which is rock pools and pebbly beaches with minimal people and then beaches which are crowded and commercial. I think you feel like I do when people complain about London. I always feel defensive and think that they are doing London wrong. I like your pictures of the beach. I could spend time there quite happily.
  15. Yes. There are some tiny green olives which I think might be from last year (?) but there is also a lot of blossom appearing.
  16. Ours is a right mess. We're starting out changing part of the garden into a traditional Japanese tea garden with a little tea house and everything. The patio has everything that's been moved but hopefully it will eventually be part of the Japanese garden. We've made this bit into a temporary patio.Its a lovely, cool spot.
  17. Basically I miss freedom to do what I want when I want and I'd like to walk down the pavement without people throwing themselves into the road to avoid me. Woman nearly got run over the other day because she was so busy being dramatic.
  18. I never get the whole beach thing anyway. The last thing I want to do on a hot day is drive for miles with only a limited amount of water and sit on a beach and share toilets with hundreds of people. If the weather is very hot I want to be at home. I feel very sorry for people all over the place really. This was inevitable and although I don't like what's happened I'm certainly not going to judge anyone. This year has been rubbish. Not nearly as bad as this time 100 years ago but pretty rubbish all the same.
  19. Saw this online today. As a language tool it probably works but....
  20. Patricia. I apologise for posting the pictures. I have a terrible urge to share and didn't think about whether it might make anyone feel miserable. Are these slightly more relaxed restrictions useful? 2.1 Does easing restrictions apply to healthy 70 year olds and over? The advice for those aged 70 and over continues to be that they should take particular care to minimise contact with others outside their household. If they do go out more frequently, they should be careful to maintain distance from others. They and everyone should continue to comply with any general social distancing restrictions. We know that those aged 70 and over can be absolutely fit and healthy and it’s not the case that everybody over 70 has a chronic health condition or an underlying disease. But unfortunately, we also know that as you get older, there is a higher risk of coronavirus having a more serious impact with infection. Complications and deaths are more common in the elderly, even those without pre-existing conditions. Anyone who has been advised to shield by the NHS or their GP, including those 70 and over, should continue to do this until at least the end of June. It turned into a road trip. We had the idea that we would park up and walk along the Thames but that didn't work out so we just stayed in the vehicle. Probably better really, it was nice to get out and we didn't go near anyone.
  21. We're NW London too. We drove down the A40, through areas I can never quite get the hang of to Brick Lane. It's something we've done forever. The beigel shop is open 24hrs so we've visited at night, early morning whatever. Then Comercial Street (Jack the Ripper murder) to Woolwich. I forgot to navigate so we ended up going past billingsgate. After the ferry we drove through Catford, Southwark etc back into London. I highly recommend it. I think it's what Boris wanted, people to clear out the cobwebs and feel strong about the next couple of months. It did that for me anyway. Empty London street photos....
  22. I reckon it's going to be all ours this year. Tourists from abroad will be minimal I would imagine so we're going to try and get into some of the sights that we can't normally do. We thought we could do Tower of London especially.
  23. We thought that we would take advantage of the new rules to visit the countryside but after some research online and seeing some truly vile comments about Londoners we decided to enjoy London while it's empty and spend our money in our own home town. Consequently we had a great morning, salt beef beigel from Brick Lane and a quick jaunt across the Thames on the ferry plus driving non-stop through London was a treat. I feel much better now that I've been into town. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I am the beholder of these photos.
  24. I've been too scared to wear anything comfortable during the daytime. I even dug out a pair of too small jeans to make me keep up exercise etc. I'd actually lost a bit of weight before all this and I can see me getting it all back if I'm not careful. I've been putting my fitness tracker on when I get up to check how many calories I've burned by the end of the day. I try to get it to 1000. I can feel myself getting more lethargic every day... I didn't even put on any mascara yesterday and that almost never happens. Plus I need to do a 30 day no booze challenge, that's definitely gone downhill. Every day feels like a bank holiday so I forgot about Friday and walked to the post office with a parcel and of course it was shut. Doh! Good news... I'm going to the Big Yellow in Slough today to pick up our tower fans! πŸ’– I never thought I'd be so excited to go to a warehouse in Slough!

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