Got my vaccination done last Wednesday and, my word, the whole roll-out of vaccines in the UK is an incredibly efficient operation, and that, of course, is because it was not outsourced to an expensive private sector contractor but organised by our wonderful NHS. And what’s more they were so nice when you got there and no queues either. Very well done to everyone concerned. Btw, please don’t think I’m being triumphalist about the UK rollout – on the contrary I think bigging up the numbers and vaccine nationalism is dangerous and I just hope that nations share these vaccines as the pandemic won’t be over until we are all vaccinated.
I am so thankful for the scientists who have developed vaccines over the last two centuries. However, I think the speed of the Covid vaccine from development to roll-out, in under a year, is frankly astounding but also a little disturbing to some. But there is really no need to worry as the scientists were the first to realise the danger of this coronavirus and just got going and then, instead of years of fighting for grants to start the development, money was found quickly. It’s also important to realise that the critically important testing of the vaccine (the Phase 1-3 trials) was run concurrently. Plus there are now over 12 million older people here in the UK who have had their vaccine and no awful incidents have been recorded. If you want any more information of the positive but scientific kind I recommend a podcast available (I think world-wide) on BBC Sounds – How to Vaccinate the World. It’s very easy to listen to and and I’ve learnt a lot about vaccination from it. There have been 13 episodes so far, with scientists and other experts talking about various aspects of the Covid vaccination, they’ve even had Bill Gates on! Another future broadcast will include Dr Faucci.
There’s also Trisha Cusden’s blog, which tells of her joy in having the vaccine and then goes into the history of vaccination in depth. Or instead why not watch a really charming YouTube video of the Marsh family extolling the virtue of getting a vaccine through a cover version of Hallelujah. This video is great and what a family! They’ve recorded many cover versions throughout our lockdowns and every member of the family sings so well.
You can still get the blasted virus so as well as our behaviour not changing much for 3 weeks, to allow it to kick in, we will continue to be quite cautious. But really, this is a good news story and I’m feeling so much more cheerful and positive after being vaccinated.
We continue our walks.
That was Friday and the sun was quite warm at 10C (50F). I sat on a bench just drinking in that sun. However, there is a dramatic change in the weather (for the UK) as temperatures for the next few days at their highest will be at 1C (33F) during the day and sometimes even lower, which is extreme for us in the south of England! There’s even been some snow in Brighton. Nothing settled on Sunday (but there is a light sprinkling today) so we went out for a walk as per usual. Here I am still being ultra cautious wrapped in my faux fur and standing by a house lived in by the music hall star Max Miller.
It was cold but not unduly so.
I love it when the sea and the sky are the same colour grey! The sun was just beginning to appear.
I haven’t bought anything online (yet) so one warm day last week I found another yellow top to wear.
Memo to self, I am going to stop buying those mom jeans as although they’re comfortable to wear I really do prefer the tighter skinnier jeans – they look better and are warmer too.
I wonder how you’re all sleeping these days? Apparently there’s a real burnout feel with this second wave and many people much younger than me are having difficulty in sleeping. My sleep wobbles from getting a really good night’s sleep to waking up 3 or 4 times a night but managing to get back to sleep, waking at 4.0am and not getting back to sleep, and then there are nights where I don’t sleep at all. Triggers can be anything, usually those middle-of-the-night worries but a trigger can also come from my wonky digestion, the last time I cooked cauliflower cheese (which was delicious btw) there were consequences (is that too much information?!) and I hardly slept.
Here’s a selfie taken in rather poor light. I’ve invested in a halo light for my desk and will be experimenting to see if it improves my looks when doing a Zoom call – thinking about that interview to come! The thing is these bad nights have had huge impact on my poor old face, plus I keep getting blepharitis (it’s a winter thing for me) which is treated by a hot mask over the eyes and vigorous massaging of the eyelids so the skin around my eyes is quite crepey now and the lines under my eyes very noticeable. As a consequence I don’t think I’ll ever go back to contacts as the glasses hide a lot.
But I am taking the advice that every sage and influencer gives – to be kind – so I’m being kind to myself and I am accepting. This is how it is. I am 74 (75 in June) lines are to be expected. This is ageing. Own it! And I do! As you know I’ve always said, face the facts when it comes to ageing, be real and be aware, don’t kid yourself. Mind you, I will indulge in some facials as soon as I can.
Overall, there is so much to look forward to and I shall be like a rocket once I get going. There’s visits to London and holidays but the best things will be cuddles with the kids, hugging friends and seeing Oscar my grandson more often. Eventually we shall baby-sit and take him out on his own – three cheers to that.
That’s all for now, but can I say, I very much appreciate all the comments I get from you, but I also appreciate every single one of you that comes to this blog and reads to the end – thank you!
With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper