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Well here we are.  How many weeks into this ‘lockdown’/pandemic?  I’m not sure. Some days I even struggle to figure out what day of the week it is!

How are you doing?

I have to admit some days are better than others here.  There are days when I feel like I’ve no motivation, and could quite happily just sneak back to bed!!!

Then there are days when we get lots done.  So let’s concentrate on the positive, right?

The weather has been glorious since this all started, sunshine for the most part. April was actually warm. We got to dine al fresco quite a bit.  May has not been so warm…. dry but actually quite cold.

The pizza/clay oven has been completed…. eight years after the base was originally built!

clay/pizza oven

New clay oven being checked out as a possible nesting site!!!

My social distancing honesty table has put egg sales through the roof!  I cannot keep up with sales.  Some days there are no eggs for us.

This week we’ve started on a new evening seating area… will keep you posted on progress on that.

I’ve planted so many vegetables, a few outdoors, but mostly in the tunnel.  I’ve tons of vegetables waiting patiently in the polytunnel for the weather to warm up a bit, so I can get them outside.

Harvest 2020 has started with rhubarb and radishes.  It looks like we should have a huge crop of fruit this year, the trees and bushes are laden with fruit.

We are thankful for our very fully stocked freezers.  There is now space in them for the first time in many years, as we work our way through our stock.  There have been a few UFOs discovered… Unknown Freezer Objects!

I’ve been taking a photo or video a day to share especially with people who cannot get out into the countryside.

I’ve also been editing our YouTube channel which I set up, probably 10 years ago, loaded videos to and never did anything more.  So this too is a learning curve.

We’re also learning lots about Webex and Zoom.  There has been a family birthday party via Zoom, as well as a virtual dinner party with friends via Zoom.  Maybe Zoom will be the new ‘going out’?

Like so many other small businesses, we’ve had to rethink ways to make an income.  We’re not sure when/if the bed and breakfast business will ever return to a semblance of normality.  All bookings for this year (which looked like being extremely busy) have been cancelled, every single one!

And because people aren’t allow to travel beyond 5 km from home, or gather with strangers, our courses were hit hard too.  However, we decided we can at least see how they would work online.  I know, it does seem strange doing ‘free range pig-rearing’ on line.  It is working though.  We’ve our third group joining us next week. Over 2 sessions we cover all the theory, and because I’ve been working on the YouTube channel, I’ve unearthed videos of pigs to show everyone!

White soda and griddle bread made during online bread making class

We started the online bread making course last week, and so far, it seems folks like the idea of this class on a Sunday morning.  We can’t do the complete course on line, but we do share the recipes, and do two of the three breads over the course of an hour and a half.

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Within hours of posting my last post, our lives changed even further and now 2 weeks on, we’ve had big changes again!  We are in what is being called ‘lock down’ with travel restrictions and businesses having to close unless deemed essential.  If you can work from home you can, but if your job outside the home is not deemed ‘essential’, then you stay at home.

All schools are still closed, no visiting hospitals or nursing homes.  No travel further than 2 km from your home…. and allowed to do that only for light exercise.

‘Essential’ shops are still open.  Groceries stores can’t cope with the requests for home deliveries.

There is talk of even more restrictions coming in the next day or so.

A whole new language has developed around this Corona Virus.

Stay at home….. is the main phrase being used.  Families not being allowed to visit each other.  Grandparents and grandchildren being separated.  It is tough but it is for the good of all.

Cocooning…. anyone over 70 is being asked to stay indoors, other than to maybe go into the garden (if they have one).

Flattening the Curve…. they are trying to slow down the spread of the disease, hence all the measures that have been put in place.

Self-Isolation… as many people rushed to get back into the country/home from abroad, all are being asked to go into ‘self-isolation’ for a period of 14 days, the length of time it can take for symptoms to develop.

As I say live has changed utterly.

However, there are pluses to this.

We Irish can be very proud of how our politicians have taken the lead.  It is not easy.  And no matter what you may think of their politics, I think they are doing a wonderful job and deserve every praise we can give them.  This was our Taoiseach (Prime Minister) on St. Patrick’s Day.

Also, the majority of Irish people are adhering to the requested restrictions to our lives.  Of course, there are the lunatics who still gather and have parties, but they will regret this.  In typical Irish fashion there has to be an upside… and instead of referring to the current situation as a ‘lock down’, we are referring to it as a ‘lock-in’.

For the uninitiated a ‘lock-in’ happens when you go to the pub, closing time arrives, but everyone is having such fun… the doors are locked with the people still inside partying, often in a back room, so that the front rooms have no lights on, and no-one knows you are in there!!!  It does sound a lot better doesn’t it?

We are keeping ourselves busy with outside jobs at the moment as the weather has been good.  If, and when, the weather changes there are plenty of indoor jobs to be tackled.

How has Corona Virus impacted on your life?

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