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Lockdown 2.0

  • On Saturday just before 3pm, we heard that the Prime Minister was going to have a press conference at 5pm. Turned on the radio but no press conference. There was no news as to what time the actual press conference was going to be. I gave up and went to have an early dinner. In the Radio news at 7pm, it was reported that the Prime Minister has announced a second National Lockdown to commence on Thursday. Rumour is that one of the reasons for the confusion with the press conference timing was because of the BBC and Strictly come dancing.
  • There will be no Church services on Sundays but funeral services are permitted inside the Church. On top of that Foodbanks, AA meetings etc will be able to take place inside the Church. The people who came up with these rules obviously don’t know the primary function of the Church. Thankfully the head of the Roman Catholic church voiced his objections. Not sure why it took ABC so long to object!

  • Why is there such a demand for loo rolls? As usual, I got my Tesco delivery shortly after I started typing this. No loo rolls in sight. Don’t need them (yet!).

  • Rumour is that the lockdown will continue into the New Year. I wish people will understand how damaging this Virus can be.

  • For me, life before lockdown is not very different to life in lockdown. However, I will miss going to Church, my hairdresser and the cleaner.

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Free School Meals & Hungry Children

I am saddened that the government is refusing to carry on with Free School meals during the holidays. It makes me furious when I read in the Squalid little rag aka Private Eye that the government is wasting millions on other things while also lining the pockets of its friends!!!

Two Sundays ago, The lectionary reading and sermon were from Matthew Chapter 22 about paying taxes to Caesar. For this reason, I will restrain myself from further criticising the government.

Anyway, back to the hungry children. I’ve decided that on our part, we will increase our monthly foodbank contribution. At the beginning of each month, when I do our grocery shopping, I add a certain amount worth of food and toiletries to our shopping intended specifically for the food bank. At the same time, I remove the same amount worth of our personal shopping from the list. I find it a useful exercise because it must cost me something!

The food bank is such a worthy cause and I hope that more people will contribute towards it and that in a small way, we can prevent adults and children from going to bed hungry.

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An Afternoon of Tidying up & Dairy Free Chocolates

I have just Marie Kondo(ed) my study. I gathered about 2 bags of rubbish. They were mainly boxes that I had “saved” to use for my craft work but as it is always the case they ended up being clutter.

As a reward for all my hardwork, I treated myself to 4 small squares of NOMO Dairy Free Hazelnut Chocolate. I am not a chocoholic but I do like the occasional treat.

I came across NOMO Chocolates last week when I was online doing my grocery shopping and so added a bar to my shopping basket.

I would say that they are the best Dairy Free chocolates that I have tried so far. I would like to think that it tastes like Ferraro Rocher! Did you know that it does not contain nuts? I love Hazelnuts and I was convinced that it contained hazelnuts!!!!!

NB: I am not paid to endorse NOMO chocolates.

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Mangoes instead of Papayas

“So, no substitutes today then?” asked the Mhinisteir. “There is one actually.” replied the Tesco delivery man.

In the meantime, I was standing behind the door, wondering why he didn’t mention it earlier because it is not easy trying to look for the substituted item among the shopping should I not want it. I often reject substitutes as they can be tricky like the time when I was offered Chinese spring rolls as a substitute for my chocolate eclairs!!!!

Anyway, the papayas had been substituted with mangoes which was a fair substitution.

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Improved Supermarket Delivery

Yesterday, I received my usual supermarket delivery. This time it was from Tesco. Compared to the past few deliveries, there was a marked improvement in that the shopping now come in plastic bags – tray liners to be precise. They resemble giant plastic bags without handles.

However, Tesco did not keep to the promise to providing the bags free of charge. They have started charging 40p. Maybe they got wind that this was what Waitrose was doing!

Anyway, whatever the reason, it was a happy ending!