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Tuesday, 24 March 2020

More Notes from the Bunker

Another sunny day here in the Bunker.  I am so grateful to have the blue skies and sunshine at this difficult time as eveything in Nature is looking hopeful and hope is something that we all need right now!

Yesterday feeling a bit stressed with it all I decided that what was needed was a dose of shrinrin yoku or Forest Bathing not that the little wood that we adjoin is a forest and not that I intended to take off my clothes but just to be in Nature.  Hope springs eternal I thought as I noticed this clump of daffodils on my way.

It has been too wet and muddy recently for much mindul walking in the wood but now the paths are dry again it is a peaceful way to spend half an hour or so listening to the birdsong and noticing the greenery bursting forth everywhere.  Forgetting for a while all the worries and stresses about coronavirus.

It won't be long before the leaves cover the trees and this path will be in the shade.

A little clump of celandines at the root of a tree along with some bluebell leaves what could be more hopeful?

Last night we learned that we are to be in "lockdown", a word which along with social distancing and self isolation we had never used before nor knew what they meant, to try and slow the horrid virus - my initial thought was to be glad that we now knew exactly what we should or should not be doing as I had found the all earlier advice somewhat confusing but it will mean a major change to our way of living for some weeks if not longer.

We are OK and this morning the cheery Riverford delivery man brought us our regular weekly box of veggies to which we had been able to add a fruit box, 6 bottles of milk and 2 large loaves of bread to slice and put in the freezer (I hadn't been able to buy suitable flour to make my own before all the shops sold out). I was able to have a brief chat with him from the back door at a safe distance.  We will need to go shopping later in the week for some  other items like coffee and butter and so on but we shall not starve nor go without our 5 a day!

I have since come across this video which I plan to try for easy bake bread using any kind of flour which looks simple and delicious  I'll let you know how it turns out if/when I do.

I am more concerned for the Wanderer as she is alone in a 7th floor studio flat in Lewisham working from home but she will be allowed to go out for food shopping and for her usual run or maybe take her bike for a ride (I have just been told by Mr M that she will be able to get it serviced if needbe as home and hardware and bicycle repair shops can remain open).  It's interesting to see how little we actually need and what those needs might be; certainly not new clothes or sportswear, cafes and bookshops.  What would be on your list of must-haves I wonder and how will that list change over the coming weeks and months?

If you haven't seen this you might ind it amusing.  All for now keep safe and keep positive.


  1. Good to read you again in these difficult times. Like you, I feel relieved to be given clear rules of ways to put some restraint on this dreadful virus.
    We all have to live differently, and already the skies are clearer, the birds are singing and can be heard without traffic noise, flowers and flowering and this morning I had an interesting chat on the phone with someone whose number I had rung by mistake. I have no idea who she was but we encouraged each other to keep smiling!

  2. Good to know y'all are ok.
    Wonderful photos of your walk. The daffodils make me smile.

  3. Great title for your blog post!! Stay safe and keep the Faith! With God's help we can do this!

  4. Getting outdoors and into a natural setting is what I'm doing, too, for calming effects. I'm very sorry that your daughter is all alone in London.

  5. I am glad to hear that you are well and managing to get out for walks. It is good that the weather is so lovely at the moment, I know that it would make the isolation so much harder to bear if it was wet and grey. I am sorry to hear that your daughter is all alone in London that is hard for her.

  6. I wish I had a little wood nearby to walk in. Luckily I have my garden and it has been a godsend to me. I shouldn't think anyone will take their freedom for granted again after this is over.

  7. It is so nice to see you blogging again. I hope that things go well for all of us - we will come out at the other side eventually!


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