March 2020 Update

Garry McGivern’s March 2020 update. Well, what can I say? These are undoubtedly extraordinary times!

With no news on a date for my operation, which was meant to be happening in March. And no more light therapy, I was planning to go to France. That way if a date came through and I needed to be home quickly it wouldn’t be a problem!

But first I was going to the Isle of Wight, as you may remember from last months update, Grange Farm had opened up. Unfortunately, the weather was still atrocious, with strong winds and heavy rain! Not a problem, although I can’t go at the moment, I’ll go in a week or two’s time. After all, it’s only the start of the season, and they’ll be plenty of other opportunities to go!?! (or maybe not!)

Graylingwell Chapel, Chichester
Things Soon Changed

Vicky (my daughter) and her family were meant to be going to Spain, so I was on cat sitting duty! Thankfully, though they didn’t go, as the country got locked down and all flights were cancelled, because of the Coved-19 infection! Now, with no cat sitting duties and no appointments, I thought I’d getaway.

France was my first choice, the weather looked slightly better there, unfortunately, or rather, fortunately, as it turned out, I couldn’t get a sailing! Things in France were deteriorating fast, with hotels and restaurants being ordered to shut! And soon all ferry crossings were suspended!

I thought about going to the Isle of Wight but decided that wasn’t a good idea either!

Now we are in full lockdown and only able to go out for food shopping, medical supplies and exercise once a day while observing social distancing! That’s fine by me, I’ve always been good at social distancing! Exercising once a day is also okay, they never said for how long or how far! And being out on the bike it’s easy to avoid any social contact! But now there seems to be a rule about how long and how far you go for exercise! In light of this new rule, I’ve taken to cycle touring around the garden!

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Once again, I came to the aid of an old lady who had fallen over! I was cycling through the village when I spotted her crouched on the floor. After helping her up, she said that she had misjudged the kerb and had tripped over! She’d recently had knee surgery, and was unable to get up on her own. After sitting her down on a bench, and talking with her for a while, she said she was fine to continue, and her car wasn’t far away. Deja vu or what!!

With this lockdown, I’ve been keeping in contact with family and friends via the internet. Although that didn’t go too well with Indya when I pressed some filter on my phone!

Man and baby
Indya wasn’t impressed

Unable or rather not allowed to go to the supermarkets! I’ve been banned by Vicky and Julie; apparently, I’m in the “vulnerable group!” So they’ve been bringing me food parcels, although I’ve now managed to get an online delivery from the supermarket, for next week at least! I’m sure I won’t starve, I have a freezer full of stuff. And if there’s one thing you soon learn when travelling it’s, make do with whatever is available!

As for my operation, who knows when that’ll happen! But that’s the least of anybody’s worries, there are far more important things going on in the hospitals at the moment! And a final word to anybody that knows or follows me, I wish you all well, stay safe and most importantly, be kind!

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2 Replies to “March 2020 Update”

  1. Hi Cool Hand Garry! I was going to suggest a month in Paris but they have closed that down. It looks like you’re not going to get an op in my lifetime but don’t despair, I knew a man who cycled with one leg. I’m going out on my bike today to combine shopping with exercise. This would be a good time to brush up on your French. Well you are vulnerable what with the baby and all your admirers. You should have stayed in India.

    1. As much I might prefer to be somewhere else, being at home at the moment is probably best.
      I’m sure I’ll get my op before you pop off! I once saw a bloke cycling the Isle of Wight with only one arm!
      Good idea to combine the two, I would have done them separately. Gone out for exercise, then go shopping by bike, to Portsmouth or Brighton!!
      Take care, Malcolm and stay safe. Hopefully, I’ll catch up with you in the summer or maybe Autumn!

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