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Tuesday 2 June 2020

The World Has Been Turned Upside down...

Hallo everyone. I think we would all agree that these are strange and worrying times that we are living in. At the moment, here in the U.K., restrictions were slowly lifted yesterday, so that we can see our grandchildren or a couple of friends in our own garden. That was a lovely moment for a lot of grandparents, and I am thankful that at least two of mine live close by, so I was able to spend a few hours with them.  I know that, for many, it's still going to be a while before families are able to see each other again, as opposed to on a screen! 

My eldest granddaughter is also allowed out for certain periods over in Madrid, and I'm happy for her.

I was going to say that things are very slowly getting back to normal, but that would be wrong. I think we are going to have to get used to a different kind of normal for quite a while to come. I'm certainly in no rush to go out to the shops. Many shops are now open and more will open in a couple of weeks, but, because of the social distancing rule, there are long queues.  

Everyone's top priority should be to keep themselves, their loved ones, and the wider community safe, but I'm sure that many people are feeling anxious or frustrated. To be honest, much of the media coverage doesn't help. They seem to only focus on the negative stories and frightening headlines. Whereas we all know how people are pulling together in our own Communities and doing a fantastic job. These are just ordinary people who are trying to show the very best side of humanity. 

Someone mentioned that we are actually living through History - many years ahead people will look back at what is happening now, and be amazed at how much the world had to change. 

I wish I had written those beautiful words! I think not  being able to hug our family and friends during this time is very hard .... oh, and not being able to visit a Hairdresser!  Over here, we still have many weeks to go. At least I have Benji booked in at the Groomers in the 18th June. He's starting to look like a little teddy bear 🙈.

We have had amazing weather here in heavenly Devon during lockdown, over the months of March, April and May, with almost 700 hours of sunshine. The most since records began and absolutely unheard of. Even though a lot of people have just been working on their gardens, they look as if they've been on Mediterranean holidays! ☀️☀️

I really can't end this Post without mentioning the tragic events that are happening in America at the moment, as the world watches on in horror. Black lives really DO matter - it's time to end this terrible injustice. The worst thing is - how many years have we been saying that, and still it goes on. My prayers are for all Americans, that you may all come together.

 I hope this Post hasn't been too depressing a read for you today, as I usually like to be positive on here - not spreading doom and gloom. Anyway, please take care and look after yourselves. ❤️


Linda O'Connell said...

Your grand darlings are getting so big. Your words were comforting and useful. These are indeed troubling times. Two weeks and then I am going to squeeze my grand babies. Wonderful sunshine here today as well. It makes me happy.Peace.

Southhamsdarling said...

Hello Linda. Lovely to see you here, as always. Yes! They really are growing in leaps and bounds. I’m so glad my words today were a little comforting. Oh, it will be so wonderful when you can see your grand babies again 💙💙💙. We’re still not allowed to hug over here, as we still have to keep 2 metres apart! 🙈. Keep safe ❤️

Sush said...

Very sensitive and timely Post. As I said before, it did my heart good to know your darlings were able to visit. This, indeed have been troubling times but with Love in our hearts we shall persevere. Thanks for the photos and encouragement ~Loves~Loves~Loves~

Southhamsdarling said...

Hallo dear Sush. It was lovely of you to pop over and leave your comment, and I do know how you are always happy for me - as I am for you and all your lovely family. We have been online friends for so long, that we really do feel that we know each other. We must hang on to hope, that things will get better. Stay safe my friend 💖

Suzanne said...

Thisisme, you do know how to put things in perspective. Yes, our world is upside down, and many of us are worn out from it. I was proud to get Shawn through 5th grade and graduation, but it was tough! Now, what to do with summer since we can't get out much. We have gone to the grocery store because we don't have anyone to go for us. I finally got face masks for our protection-I had to order them online. At least we won't be accused of offending anyone, and we keep our distance. Not many restaurants have opened here yet, if they have I can't figure out which ones. I can't cook every night because Shawn won't eat much good food, so I have gained weight from eating burgers and pizza. Today, however I will make a Tortellini salad with corned beef and veggies. Shawn has always liked that salad. Our hairdresser's phone is no longer in service, so we will probably have to find someone new to cut our hair-my hair is beyond my shoulders, ugh! It needs color and I wear it up most of the time.

The photos of your grandchildren are just adorable! They are so grown up now, and Eleanor is such a beauty! I'm sure you miss her terribly, and it's good she is able to get out a little bit these days.

I agree it's terrible about what is happening in the U.S. I don't understand yet, why the officer did that to the black gentleman. I feel like some of the Police are using excessive force anymore. Why are people so out of control? I'm glad we just stay home at night. We live only 6 miles from our downtown area in Fort Worth, and from what I gather, there has been minimal trouble. There have been demonstrations, but I don't think too much has gotten out of hand. I'm afraid I only spend a few minutes watching news on TV, and more time reading, and watching movies.

Well, Thisisme...your quotes ring true, and I do look forward to the healing of our country, gosh, I hope the kids get to go back to school in the fall. Our school superintendent sent a message just this morning the decision has not been made yet. Fingers are crossed.

Our rain has subsided now, and we are in 90 degree steamy weather. I am glad to see your lovely gardens, and hope you are doing well. Sending hugs your way! ♥

Southhamsdarling said...

Hi Suzanne. You always take the time to leave such a long and thoughtful reply, which I do appreciate. I'm going to send you a DM tomorrow x