15th March 2019

I am British.  That’s what it says on my passport, although I prefer to think of myself as European.

Born a Yorkshire lass, I knew I was a quarter Greek, but my DNA results revealed I have Scandanavian blood pumping through my veins as well.  So let’s hope that the combination my Yorkshire stubbornness, the egalitarianism inherited from my Scandanavian forebears, as well as my Greek grandmother having passed on some sensible philosophies to me, will be enough to see me through the Covid Crisis.

I woke up sneezing this morning and wondered if the bastard-bug had got to me.  However, after two cups of coffee and two pieces of toast later, I am glad to report that the sneezing fit was probably something to do with a stray speck of dust.  Being vigilant is a good thing, but I need to get a grip on automatically assuming that one sneeze means I need to self-isolate.


I thought it would be relatively easy to switch off and finish book number two, but it’s not. My mind is always wandering off, but it is vital for us all keep our minds focused on other things as well.  The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention advice is that we:

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

The good news is that the sun is out.  So, my plan for the day to busy myself in the garden with a pair of secateurs.