Lockdown Diary – Day 18

I managed to keep busy and avoid the news for most of the day, on the theory that just because something is happening I don’t need to know about it 24/7.

Started the day with my morning coffee in the garden. Just me and the birds. It was wonderful.

I did manage to get a run in on yet another sunny and unseasonably warm (73 degrees) April day. Alice thought I was crazy going out to run in such extreme heat! She forgets that when I first started this running lark doing Couch to 5K that I went for several runs in Phoenix in July. And lived. So this was nothing.

Then in the early afternoon I drove to Epsom to collect our online grocery shopping from Sainsbury’s. I can’t even remember the last time I drove to Epsom. Thought about driving past the race course but it would have been just another chance to feel sad. No derby this year.

The road to Epsom is the longest speed trap in Britain, with ridiculous 40mph limits on the A217 and speed cameras everywhere. I passed another big supermarket, Asda, on the way and there was a long queue of people waiting to get in. And at the Sainsbury’s there was an even longer queue. But I just drove up to the click-and-collect place and had my shopping in the car and was on my way in about 5 minutes. Just for laughs I filled the car up with petrol. All filled up and nowhere to go (or not allowed to go anywhere, actually). It only cost £40 to fill up; not that long ago I was paying more than £70. But it’s nice to have a full tank in case we have to head for the hills when the social unrest kicks in.

As if that wasn’t enough for one day I also cut the grass again and grilled some delicious brats for our supper.

Now for the numbers: 980 hospital deaths in the UK in the last 24 hours. That’s just hospital deaths. It doesn’t include those who died at home or in care homes. And as for the US, apparently President Cheeto really said this virus is too smart for antibiotics. I can’t even.

Tomorrow I am taking the day off.

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