The Corona Chronicles ~ 5

Here we are again, it’s kinda like that movie Groundhog Day, only more people are dying every day so perhaps not. Sorry, just watched last nights Panorama on the lack of PPE for frontline workers in the hospitals, and seen the exposure of the incompetence, and stupidity of the government, and the lies they have told. It is criminal. There is still not anywhere near enough protective kit for the length of time this virus is going to be with us. The programme made me so angry, and I cried over it. Probably not the best thing to have watched straight after Phil has gone to work his first night shift this week.

My hubby.

He worked some shifts last week, and it isn’t easy to do 13 hours in full astonaut kit sometimes for 3 or 4 hours at a time during an operation. In ICU the nurses do it in 2 hour swaps, so they get a break, but there’s not enough staff to do that in theatres as they’re either off sick or seconded to ICU ๐Ÿ™„.

I heard on the news we’ve become 2nd only to Italy in the European Death Race, go us.

OK sorry, sorry, Fek me I don’t mean to be a doom and gloom merchant, but it’s just so astronomically sad, and it didn’t have to be like this.

I needed to get that off me chest!

Onwards ever onwards, what is going on with the weather?? It’s been almost summer-like here for about 3 weeks. I guess really this is what Spring used to be like before clouds took over. I have been musing that perhaps because there is so much less shit being put into the atmosphere from planes and boats and trains and cars, that there’s nothing to make many clouds from any more. ๐Ÿ™‚ It has been so cool to see video’s of animals ‘taking back the world’ too, this makes me smile. ๐Ÿ˜Š

I have returned to playing with Potatoshop Photoshop to make twirly things out of normal photos.

I made this from the photo of the sunset I posted in my last Chronicle.

Wardley Sunset

and this from a collage of iphone selfies I took on our travels abroad, that I then made into a Wedding Anniversary card for Phil (8 years last Monday!) I’ll spare you the original ๐Ÿคฃ


I’ve also been esconced in my shed with bits of wire, water,dandelions, and little people.

Seed Forest
Shelter in a storm
Hanging On

A fair amount of mess was made in the process. I need to perfect these somewhat, they’re not bad for first attempts but hopefully I will regale you with better ones next time.

Ther has been an affaire du coeur in our garden last week. We had two hedgehogs snuffling together in a mating ritual that was a) funny as fek, b) interminable and c) noisy. The chap Hedgehog (they’re called Hogs, and lady hedgehogs are called Sows, but they seem too cute for that), snuffles around the Lady Hedgehog, going around her in circles and snorting at her nether regions. It goes on for ages. We kept popping out from watching our movie to see if they were still going, and he was snuffling for about 3 hours all told. Dammit though they went off to the dark part of the garden where the cameras can’t pick them up, still I got videos of the 2 of them in the garden and it’s up on the Youtube Hedgey channel. (Link in the menu) If they did The Deed, (and I so hope they did!) the hoglettes will be out and about at the beginning of July. Fingers crossed they turn up on camera.

So that’s it folks, hope you are all well, keeping your chins up and staying frosty.

19 thoughts on “The Corona Chronicles ~ 5

  1. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ these are incredibly trying times and getting harder to stay sane. My thoughts especially go out to you and Phil on the frontlines. If it helps, I absolutely love those dandelion seed pics with the little people!

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  2. I didn’t see Panorama, but read about how they faked the stats for PPE. One box of 50 gloves counted as ’50 items’, etc. I wouldn’t expetctanything less of the Tory government. They are all lower than scum in my book. If I ever took over this country, they would all be in front of firing squads the same day.
    You had some good fun in your shed, and some excellent results.
    We lost the good weather today. The heating went back on, and it’s been raining for 13 hours or more. I’m not complaining, as the last 3 weeks were near perfect.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  3. Havent seen Panorama but heard about. Its sickening. These times are hard..its kind of tough to see creative cheery posts all the time so you getting it off your chest makes me feel normal! Having said that Im so envious of your hedgehogs!never see one let alone two having it off!stay well both of you x

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  4. Well, I don’t think you are too bored being home bound (or aren’t you?)!

    Sorry that Phil is out on the front lines – we have family, too, in the business of healthcare who were told, as the masters of the castle wore them, that they could not wear masks as they would “frighten” the patients. Their ICU ward was turned into a Covid-19 ward, and they had no PPE, just the non-95 stuff. One nurse was fired for speaking out on Facebook “pending investigation” but reinstated when she and others were on national news. And as to our government? Let’s stop there.

    You photos are just amazingly creative. I love both the dandelion seeds, the water, the wire – nice diversion! Besides the creativity, the colors are lovely. So, Corona Chronicles are worthy of my reading list!

    Stay safe!

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      1. Well, at least we are all still kicking. We have a family reunion planned in 2-3 months!! Hope you are still seeing your family, too, even if on the camera.

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  5. They are extraordinary macros even if they were not first intents. By the way some persons that work in hospitals here are facing similar problems which are discovered through acquaintances rather than journalism, although I would not be harsh in our government as there is not antecedent in a pandemic before (of course this I only say about my country, as is my immediate reality), here the higher risk is in the irresponsibility of the persons themselves, at least here many just believe themselves immortals or as if they had not parents or grandparents to take care. Hoping things improve there and you and your dear ones stay safe, fragglerocking.

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  6. You are absolutely right to get it off your chest, Fraggle. It’s more than frustrating. ๐Ÿ™‚ Phil is brave, thank him for his good work. I never spent much time in the operating theatres, but a whole working life in in a univerity clinic and the hours wearing a mask were many. It’s tiresome, wears you out and if you wear glasses, like Phil does, even more so. xx

    Your photos are stunning, I love your swirls and even more the creative droplets. Such beauties! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Take care. Hugs, Hanne.

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