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3 hours ago, MargieH said:

 Wondered whereabouts in Nottingham

I thought that's where they lived. Recognised it by the big trees either side of the road. Nowhere else in Nottingham  has roads like that.

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Just got back from QMC again........the last eight days have been a bit Traumatic to say the least,,...blood tests,,X-rays,,and today a visit to a Consultant........cut a long story short......problem

Result........CT Scans all clear......just got letter..been sweating for a fortnight......

Two years ago today..........my life changed forever,,,about this time i was on my way down to the operating theatre for what turned out to be a ten hour operation...........its been life changing in

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Glad to see all out and about enjoying themselves. Please stay safe.

Saturday here was slightly less rainy, but freezing as an arctic wind ran around the top of the increasingly shrinking area of high pressure which was supposed to bring us something better.  We had our regular weekly socially distanced street party and a quiz.  Mrs Col and I won.. which bestows upon me the privelege of coming up with next week's quiz....

Yesterday (Sunday) the warm weather finally arrived and I set out to enjoy a day in the garden topping up my suntan.  Got a few hours in but we were invited to friends in Liverpool so by 3:30 we were on our way down there. Just nice to drive somewhere for a reason and in relative normality.

 

Enjoyed a pleasant meal in friend's garden.  Later a chat indoors until quite late.  First time we'd seen them face to face since Feb.

 

Today.. it's raining.

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Went for a Blood test this morning, with the rotton virus around, all had masked on staff as well as paients. One lady came into reception ask do I sit on the chairs with a cross on them, No! said I, you have to ues the plain ones, well when you have glasses on and your masked you get a little steamed up, so I removed mine and sat there with them in my hand, Oh! thats a good idea said the women who ask aboiut the cross on the chairs.  Just a minute said the women "I can't see a bloody thing" and with that we bout bust out laughing,   

To quote a phase 

Oh! what a tangled webb we weave.

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Had a venture out this morning, Wickes on Derby Road I think it was (still get a little bit llost on road names) and then in to B&M at Radford. (I am still amazed at all the student accommodation around Nottingham. When my husband & I had a flat near the Forest students made do with bedsits with shared bathroom. In fact I can remember having people sleep on our couch or living room floor at times when they had to leave their rooms, often quite quickly.  They are certainly mollycoddled now with their en suites etc.) 
Sorry I digress back to the subject. It is amazing how the “new normal” has become, well, normal. Picked up handbag, checked I had got purse, phone, mask and face shield. (Always have mask and face shield with us when we are not shopping locally, usually end up wearing face shield, get some funny looks, but it is more comfortable than a mask when wearing for a long time.We were actually asked where we got them from today.) Got to Wickes, out of car, face mask on and proceeded to the end of the socially distanced queue, only 1 wearing a mask and a child with a snood type thing on. Eventually got inside, one elderly gentlemen had his mask under his chin(?) Didn’t get a trolley as we didn’t need one so no need to sanitise anything, got what we wanted, socially distance queued again to pay, card only. Back to car, face mask off, sanitise hands with anti-viral wipes. Same rigmarole at B&M, but sanitised trolley and hands before going in, no queue here though.

It is amazing how quickly we have become accustomed to doing it and now do it automatically. I have noticed whilst wearing the face shield how many times I have gone to touch my face without realising it, obviously I can’t just end up poking the shield, it probably means they are safer than masks in that regard, plus they don’t get so hot when you wear them for longer. Easy to clean as well, just give them a good spray with anti-bacteria spray and wipe down. 

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Travelled back to Nottingham this morning and were home for lunch.  It’s a bit chilly up here today, we’ve got the heating on!  Done some washing, sorted the post, caught up with boring work-related stuff and now going to relax and watch a bit of telly, if I can find something, anything, worth looking at.  

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2 hours ago, Stavertongirl said:

 It is amazing how the “new normal” has become, well, normal. ........It is amazing how quickly we have become accustomed to doing it and now do it automatically. 

 

That still surprises me. People have accepted at certain times they may have to queue to get into shops.....wait until someone else comes out.....limited numbers inside.....etc etc. 

 

Before long, we'll have forgotten what it was like before that happened.

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Hopefully it won't become the norm, Shops and especially supermarkets work on quite small margins and rely on quantity to maintain profits - the old 'stack 'em high, sell 'em cheap model'.

 The slow pace of customers through the checkouts are bound to force turnover down which in turn may mean we pay higher prices for our shopping. I'm not sure if online shopping will ameliorate their profit margins, there is very little impulse buying online. 

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I wonder if things will ever be the same Brew. We've now been in self isolation lockdown for 120 days and it's getting as though we don't/dare'nt go out any where. We are so apprehensive. Don't want to be scared of going in a shop.

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Mrs Red & I went out Sunday afternoon top of Canning Circus, 1st pub asked if we had booked a table, no, one name & number taken, shown where to sit, drinks order taken & delivered, paid on card on way out. 

2nd pub walked up to bar ordered drinks, paid cash, took table outside, just like the old normal.

3rd pub, masked & gloved up youth stood in door asked if we had booked? No, took one name & number & both temperatures via some gun device, stood @ the bar & ordered & carried my own drinks to table, paid on card. 

Restaurant not booked, seated table for two, only waitress wearing mask, paid on card, walked there & back didn’t fancy the mask malarkey on the bus. 

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Bag of fun,,going out now,,ey Red?

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I expect there will soon be ‘designer masks’ which are no more efficient  than local handmade ones but cost a lot more.... and people will buy them!

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24 minutes ago, MargieH said:

I expect there will soon be ‘designer masks’ which are no more efficient  than local handmade ones but cost a lot more.... and people will buy them!

Mine has a filter built in.i didn't buy it. Locally made.

 

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Designer masks have been around for a while.

 

Includes free delivery, but be quick if you want it, only 1 left in stock, (note there may be other masks available from other suppliers).

 

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/817698553/custom-designer-face-mask?ga_order=price_desc&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=designer+face+mask&ref=sr_gallery-1-17&frs=1

 

 

Someone has bought one of these Burberry ones and left a comment re it not being handmade as advertised and it had Burberry on it,, (middle picture left side);

 

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/821655413/designer-face-mask-handmade-in-usa?ref=landingpage_similar_listing_top-4&frs=1

 

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I've already posted images elsewhere on here of the ones Mrs Col is making.  She's given them to neighbours and the kids etc.

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More progress with decorating today but it's painfully slow.  Thing is I hate doing a bad job so am continually revisiting the preparation, trying to get everything right.  The actual painting.. if I ever get to it.. won't take long at all.

 

Yesterday I walked about half of the 'Coach Road', which I think I've described before here.. and back.  3 or 4 miles of almost straight narrow road over a local 'moss'.  No cars..the odd cyclist.. the odd pedestrian.. remarkably interesting and varied for a straight road.  It's less travelled at one end than the other and I got as far as where a nice bench has been positioned.. facing a meadow..back to the road.  It has a plaque on it.. dedicating it to a deceased chap from nearby Brown Birch Farm.  It has deteriorated from the weather.. but mercifully not from vandalism.  I'm minded to ask the people at Brown Birch Farm if they'd mind me sprucing it up a bit.

 

 

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3 hours ago, Beekay said:

Where's mine then Melissa?

 

Looks like you're wearing it..

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6 hours ago, Beekay said:

Where's mine then Melissa?

Who is that mask man with the Indian named Tonto?

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Well now we have all got to wear mask if we go shopping.

 

Why 24th July?

 

Why not from to-day?

 

sorry this post should have been in anything Political. Soap Box tn the  Square.

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Question for all you mask people, do you plan to wear it forever or just until your told you can remove it? 

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2 hours ago, radfordred said:

Question for all you mask people, do you plan to wear it forever or just until your told you can remove it? 


Being in the vulnerable category until there is a vaccine/medication, or it is eradicated. Plus the fact that if I did get the virus and didn’t show symptons I would hate to think I may have caused someone else to catch it and possibly pass away. 
Those who find wearing a mask is too restrictive get a face shield, they are available from Virus Stop website. 

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