Hi everyone

Phew, bit of a challenging week last week as I was recovering from tripping and falling hard on my face, oops a daisy as they say. I was fine, albeit a bit shocked so no need to worry, but my neck is a bit stiff so haven’t done as much writing as I hoped. Face was also bruised but recovering well and current photos will resume next week!

This photo was taken last year but is the hat I’m wearing most days. We’ve got a lot of mixed weather here in the UK with some days with wonderful cloudless blue sunny skies and others a bit misty and grey. Today we woke up to fog, but it burnt off for another blue-sky day – yay!

To illustrate these wonderful cloudless days take a look at this.

We actually walked somewhere else! This was Sunday and it was so breathtakingly Spring-like we drove along the coast admiring the sun, the blue sky and the sea, and found ourselves in Newhaven, the little seaport where I used to live. We walked around the harbour and stopped to look at the ferry. One day I’ll get on that ferry and go to France – maybe in 2022.

I’m looking forward to wearing more of these hats, but the wind is still quite chilly and I do like my ears to be covered.

So, back to the lockdown diary, which is a couple of days late, but still, here we are on the way out of lockdown. Mind you for those of you outside the UK, this is not going be an instantaneous free-for-all with everything open from now onwards. It seems that our great leader has finally learnt to do things at a slower pace. Also note that the following is about England only, as Scotland, Ireland and Wales are doing pretty similar things, but they do so with guidance from their own leaders.

Anyway, just to show you how cautious this release from lockdown is I’ll pick out a few of the points that we all have to follow.

But, oh, my, word, do we have to follow this, because if we don’t, we’ll all be back into yet another lockdown and we don’t want that do we?!  I expect I’m like a lot of you, as in, despite having adjusted well and never being bored, I’m finding these last two months so very, very tedious. The reason for this sense of ennui is, I think, that it’s now the month of March and we’ve had a whole year of this pandemic, so at this moment, rest in peace all those who died, and three cheers to all those front-line workers who could not self-isolate, who stepped up to the plate and continue to do so (teachers are also very much in my thoughts at the moment). Then give yourselves a big hug for getting through this, and what’s more cut yourselves some slack for eating those chocolates and putting on weight, and for not writing that novel, and not dressing up every single day in Instagrammable clothes, and not being becoming an influencer in your response to something pretty big. I mean, this is a once in a 100-year event. Instead, you have endured, and that is wonderful. And, as I keep saying, there’s much to look forward to 🙂

But back to a few points from the timetable that England is now under:

From 8th March

  • All schools and colleges back (Respect to all teachers)
  • You can meet one other person outside for a coffee (Hmm, I wonder if all the people I see sitting with another person on the seafront benches know that they weren’t meant to do that. What you can do is exercise with one other person, but we’re not meant to actually sit with them!)
  • Care home residents allowed one visitor (That’s so good)

From 29th March

  • Two households or 6 people can mix outdoors in gardens or parks (Three very big cheers – that’s the date I shall be straight round to see my children and grandchildren)
  • Outdoor sport and leisure facilities can open

No earlier than 12 April

  • Non-essential retail can open including libraries and community centres and, yay, hairdressers and beauticians (How great is that!)
  • Self-contained accommodation for one household (Staycations commence)
  • Pubs, cafes and restaurants can serve people outside (Wow!)
  • Gyms, pools, zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas (Sadly, we don’t have a lot of the latter in the UK)

No earlier than 17 May

  • Two households or 6 people can mix indoors (Double wow)
  • Indoor cinemas and theatres and other indoor entertainment (Will I go to the cinema? Not sure)
  • Hotels and overnight stays allowed
  • Indoor gym classes (I’m happy to say our Zoom classes are here to stay)
  • Some large capacity events up to 1000 people (I shall avoid those)
  • Outdoor events from 4000 to 10,000 if seated (ditto)

No earlier than 21 June

  • All legal limits on social contact to be lifted (Until, I think, next winter)

So there you are. Nearly there but still under lockdown for the moment, and a slow and cautious step-by-step approach to greater freedoms.

What I’ve been watching

We watched 7 films in February, and only one was awful, won’t even say what it was.  But like a lot of people I watched The Dig (Netflix) which was outstandingly lovely as long as you don’t expect a total fit with the actual events and people. For a start the character played by Carrie Mulligan (Mrs Pretty) was twenty years older, the photographer who has a romance with the character played by Lily James (Peggy Piggot) was a fiction and actually takes the place of two women who were there at the time, so not a particularly good film with regard to accuracy and depiction of women.  But setting all that aside the film, which is based on the book by John Preston (the nephew of Mrs Pretty) is a very good and enjoyable film to watch, and quintessentially British in a stereotypical way, as in, we didn’t all have the great wealth of Mrs Pretty to be able to pay for such a dig. But hey, what a service for the nation as the finds were stunning and revelatory. Delighted to say we’ll be going to Sutton Hoo (fingers crossed) when we go on a staycation holiday in Suffolk in June. Anyway, that’s 5* from me.

Another 5* film and one that I think of as quintessentially American was News of the World (Netflix) starring the very reliable Tom Hanks and the amazing twelve-year-old actress, Helena Zengal. There’s a similarity with that old John Wayne film, The Searchers, but it’s a nicer film, and well worth watching with both characters developing and adjusting to their own particular situation.  A really good watch and a 5* film.

Two 4* films were respectively Gerard Butler in Greenland (Netflix) and Christopher Guest and company in Best in Show (Amazon). Look, Greenland is what it is, it is a disaster film with Gerard Butler’s character doing his utmost to get his family from the States to Greenland when the world faces an extinction event. Greenland, btw, is definitely not green as it’s mainly covered with snow for most of the year, and funnily enough although it appears to be a safe haven for Americans, it is in actuality an autonomous Danish dependent territory with some self-government and its own parliament, so were there any Danes in that shelter? Maybe in a parallel universe, Trump bought Greenland – do you remember that he wanted to?  Best not to delve too deeply and just immerse oneself in quite an exciting film – I enjoyed it.

As for Best in Show, you know I am very much in love with Schitts Creek, so when I realised that the two main characters, Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara, were part of that great ensemble of crazy films made with Christopher Guest and co, I immediately looked for one to watch and there was Best in Show, all about a dog show and its participants, but hey it’s the cast you love, and Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara didn’t disappoint.

I’m quite sad to say that Bill & Ted Face the Music (Amazon) with Keanu Reeves (swoon) and Alex Winter was OK but nothing special, so it’s 3* from me. Another film that passes the time and kept me awake when I was falling asleep at 7.0pm after a non-sleeping night was White House Down (Amazon) starring Channing Tatum. It’s not bad, you can tell from the title it’s subject and it kept me awake, so just about 3*.

There’s a lot of good stuff to watch on the television these days. We haven’t started watching the much talked about Bridgerton (Netflix) as we want to finish The Great (All4) first. We don’t like watching too many dressy-up Jane Austen type television series. But this latter series is such good watch and so very well acted, and I’m sorry Elle Fanning, starring as Catherine, didn’t get a Golden Globe. I think this is perhaps the best thing to watch, but it is closely followed by Call My Agent (Netflix) which is also very good and funny with it.  Another Walter Presents series that we are following is All My Sins (All4). It’s the usual slightly noirish Scandi detective series set in Finland. It has to be the first Finnish series we’ve watched as their language seems so different to other Scandinavian languages. Like a lot of people in the UK having watched so many Scandi noirs we’re really au fait with the sound of Scandinavian languages, if not exactly the sense of the words, although I think we’ve all learnt the word, tak for thanks. But the speech of the Finns is very, very different.

We continue to watch Snowpiercer (Netflix) which is bonkers and surreal – don’t watch if that’s not your cup of tea, but the wonderful Unforgotten (ITV) is back. It’s a cold-case detective series starring Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Baskar and is a really high-quality watch.

Three further programmes are highly recommended, there’s Mary Beard’s Inside Culture (BBC iPlayer) which is very entertaining, the second series of Grayson Perry’s Art Club (All4) and finally a really outstanding Lucy Worsley documentary on the Blitz Spirit (BBC iPlayer) which I thought was one of her best.

Finally, we have discovered Veep, which we watch on an actual DVD, as wherever it is, each episode had to be paid for, which would be far too expensive. The script is written by Armando Iannucci, the outstandingly brilliant and witty screenwriter of so many television series and indeed films. He seems to have ‘got’ American culture and the challenges that a Vice-President faces, although do tell me if I’m wrong! But it’s fun to watch.

That’s all for now, normal service will resume next week 🙂

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

 

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33 thoughts on “Lockdown Diaries – February 2021

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    3rd March 2021 at 9:35 am
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    I loved Veep when it was on and can recommend Parks and Recreation if you haven’t watched that. We’re busy watching Westworld on dvd, first series, which throws up interesting asides on what actually make humanity human. Their inhuman treatment of the androids doesn’t ring quite true to me as I think there would be hordes of protesters at the gates, but maybe that comes in the follow up series. Thanks for all the recommendations. As you can tell I’m a bit of a sci-fi fan, and so Greenland appeals. Re the lockdown- thanks for producing an understandable list of the various dates and changes. I hadn’t seen anything so clear and having looked at the governments own website, where only current and next rules are listed I was feeling quite down. I’m actually going to list these on my calendar so I have a clear understanding of where we’re up to. At least the numbers seem to be heading in the right direction finally. How I’m longing for March 29th and even more for May as all of my family live at a distance. All the best. Trish

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      4th March 2021 at 1:49 pm
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      Yes, Veep is great as is Westworld. Greenland is a disaster film but quite well done for one for those. And thanks re: the list of dates – got it all from the Guardian.

      And oh yes, roll on March 29th!

      All the very best to you too Trish 🙂

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    3rd March 2021 at 10:24 am
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    As I understand it, the government is expecting us to stay home, or at least to stay local, until 29 March, so my husband and I are doing just that. We did go for a short drive through the countryside just outside the town, and it seemed really naughty!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      4th March 2021 at 1:53 pm
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      Well done, yes, we too are staying put until the 29th. That trip to Newhaven was very outside our usual behaviour. It’s not far though, about 15 minutes by car, I’d say. Apparently it was very busy in Brighton while Newhaven was less so.

      Same here, we did feel a bit naughty!

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    3rd March 2021 at 11:47 am
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    My daughter and I have been watching an old series from the seventies called ‘Survivors’ on Britbox. I remembered enjoying it at the time and thought I’d have another look at it. The premise is that a scientist in a Chinese lab drops a bottle containing a ‘plague’ style virus, which quickly spreads around the world, leaving a few people who are somehow immune to it alive in Britain. The series is about how they link up and try to rebuild society. It’s very dated (did men really wear trousers that tight – must have been painful!) but we are enjoying it, despite the rather frightening parallels with the last year!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      4th March 2021 at 1:57 pm
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      My word, Survivors! That’s a blast from the past and I remember watching it. The pandemic, if I remember rightly, had severe consequences and there was a complete societal breakdown. In the end I think we found it quite depressing! So we might not watch it, but we have decided to look at Jed (Line of Duty) Mercurio’s early work on the NHS: Bodies. That’s circa 2014.

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    3rd March 2021 at 2:16 pm
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    Oh my, I’m so glad you didn’t break anything or had to go to hospital. No one is waiting on that right. We don’t watch that much telly actualy. On Friday night we watch Lewes and on Saturday a Dutch game show. We don’t have Netflix. We are getting closet and closer to spring and going outside and meet up with friends. I hope to get my vaccination in April! Have a good week Penny!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      4th March 2021 at 2:01 pm
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      Well, Nancy, actually it was a nasty fall and I did end up in A&E (!) and what’s more was there for six hours!!!!! Fortunately, it was nearly 3 weeks after my first vaccine and 12 days later I’m fine – phew!
      I definitely won’t do that again!

      And fingers crossed you get the vaccine very soon!

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    3rd March 2021 at 4:02 pm
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    Gosh, sorry to hear about your trip, Penny. Hope you’re healing nicely.

    The way out of lockdown is slow and steady and I for one am so happy. There is a lot to look forward to and I shall seize every opportunity I can.

    I, too, am a fan of ‘Unforgotten’ and you are so right about Finnish being very different from the other Scandi languages. We’re on about our fourth Finnish dram now and our ears have now tuned in!

    Take care
    xxx

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      4th March 2021 at 2:06 pm
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      That’s so interesting re: the tuning in of ears to a different language, we’re finding the Finnish language very strange, but I guess as we watch more dramas we’ll be used to it. This drama is very good but dour, I’d say!

      Unforgotten is so very good, isn’t it.

      You are care too xxx

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    3rd March 2021 at 5:09 pm
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    I’m in New Zealand, and our city, Auckland is in level 3 lockdown for a week (could be more). We are allowed a bubble – whom we live with, and for those of us (me) who live alone, we are allowed to be part of another bubble, which is lovely as I spend a lot of time with youngest grandchild. But I have become cautious. I shall be resigning from the gym – all of that sweat everywhere makes me nervous now. And am not too keen to go to cafes etc now. It is so good to hear that Britain is on the mend….. who could have imagined what has happened yhere. Best wishes for you and your family, Penny xxx

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      4th March 2021 at 2:12 pm
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      The situation in Aukland has reached the UK media and we are hearing that not everyone is happy about your lockdown but it’s necessary to eliminate the virus from your shores, which is your wonderful leader’s policy. So different to our leader and look at the difference in the stats, our Covid deaths are so very very shocking.

      Thank you, best wishes to you too 🙂

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    3rd March 2021 at 7:05 pm
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    Veep is hilarious! My husband also liked Madam Secretary, although that’s not a comedy. We’ve just found a French comedy on Netflix that looks very promising, Family Business. I like the sound of the Finnish noir. We tried Border Town but didn’t stick with it. I believe Finnish is similar in structure to Russian. Hope you feel better soon and out enjoying your walks x

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      4th March 2021 at 2:14 pm
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      I am so much better, but still a bit stiff around the neck area – boo! Give it another week and I’ll be completely back to normal.

      Veep is wonderful! You’ve obviously tried Lupin – that’s very good. Will look into Family Business.

      Have a lovely rest of the week – hope work isn’t too arduous x

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    3rd March 2021 at 9:25 pm
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    Sorry to hear about your fall, something similar happened to me last year, my ankle just gave way and I was on the floor, didn’t face plant but I had to be helped up…so embarrassing and I had a sore knee and bad ankle for months afterwards. Mea culpa re sitting on (opposite ends of) a bench on an exercise walk with a friend; But if you need a rest, what are you supposed to do? I will be getting my covid Jab on Saturday at the racecourse and will pay my sister a visit afterwards. As a lone person and a single parent respectivelywe are each others ‘bubble’ but havent met since January (her birthday). Getting so bored now. The tv is a consolation. Like you I’ve enjoyed unforgotten and all the sins and been watching Schitts creek. You might enjoy Resident Alien, similar quirky characters. I have also found Britains lost masterpieces fascinating. Its a BBC4 series with the very oddly named Bendor Grosvenor as presenter unravelling the provenance of forgotten paintings! The first programme is set in Brighton. I saw Best in Show a few years ago and really enjoyed it….might have to watch it again with new eyes!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      5th March 2021 at 8:33 am
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      Yes, falling suddenly is quite a shock isn’t it, and I think an ankle or hip ‘giving way’ might have been the culprit.

      Great to hear you’re getting the jab on Saturday – three cheers.

      I’m with you on this as, for us, the tv has been a substitute for face-to-face communication and socialisation. How I miss that. I shall value everything we took for granted such as just going out on a whim. We found Resident Alien recently and are enjoying it. We’ll give the Lost Masterpieces a go, and there’s Grace to look forward to, which is the televised version of the detective series based in Brighton.

      Take care and good luck with jab 🙂

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    3rd March 2021 at 11:23 pm
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    Sorry to hear of your fall Penny. I took a tumble myself a few weeks ago on some black ice when I went to retrieve my newspaper. fortunately no damage done except to my pride,
    Yesterday was really cold and blustery so I skipped my walk . Today was thankfully warmer if still quite breezy. So here we are a year into the virus and quarantine. at times it seems forever and then I wonder where the time went. there is good news for you it seems in the UK with the planned rollout of reopenings . Yesterday my lecture series began again for the new season with both in person and online options. I attended in person and in spite of the above mentioned artic weather it was well attended, masked and distanced, no coffee or tea as in the past so less social but still grateful for the opportunity. Tomorrow I plan to go again. Now I am hoping the library opens soon for in person visits. also a return of the book clubs not just for the interesting discussions but to see friends. Actually, if the weather is warm enough we might be able to meet in the library garden. Reading is my go to for dealing with these challenging times.
    Next week I have an appointment with my eye doctor. two years ago I cancelled some surgery as it was so close to a trip, a Baltic cruise, something I could not pass up. she agreed but of course because of the pandemic I never rescheduled. Also I am terrified, but my eyesight is not getting any better and I do not want it to deteriorate any more. And at least now I have had my first vaccine and scheduled second dose so I will feel more comfortable about getting the operation. I really enjoyed the series Unforgotten when the earlier series were on US TV and look forward to eventually the new episodes making it here. One of my all time favorites.
    Here is hoping that by your next post you have fully recovered . your posts always bring a bit of cheer from across the sea. Darby

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      5th March 2021 at 8:46 am
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      Honestly haven’t fallen for about 20 years, what a shock it was, the damage, thank goodness is mainly to my pride and also confidence, which I have lost a bit, but I’m working on that and give me a couple of weeks and it’ll be all but forgotten.

      Glad to hear your social and cultural life is opening up, I so miss the trips to London art galleries and exhibitions. I just love the buzz and the feeling of being at the heart of London culture. To be absolutely honest as much as reading is important to me, I think television has been our main substitute for cultural activity and human contact. I mean we obviously like good television plus good quality films, but even so I shall treasure so many ordinary activities let alone cultural ones once we get back to a kind of normal in the summer. Very pleased you saw Unforgotten which is the best of British television, mind you when it gets it right, nothing beats American tv, like Breaking Bad for instance. Consequently, I’m quite reluctant to start watching Your Honor, as can it get to the heights of Breaking Bad? Might dip my toe and see.

      I’m also making appointments to see various people, like dentists, chiropodists and opticians, good luck with the surgery, it’ll be good to get it over with.

      Thanks Darby, take care 🙂

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    4th March 2021 at 5:04 am
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    Hello Penny…here I am writing at the “normal” hour of 8:30pm instead of the wee insomnia hours of the night. Trying to break our of that habit! I am so sorry to read of your fall. Yes, please do take good care of yourself. Falling ranks high on my list of things to avoid. To that end, my exercise, calcium intake, and good shoes help to keep me, literally “on my toes”. Asian women have a propensity for lactose intolerance and, thus, osteoporosis develops. I am working to combat that. Glad to hear that your healing is going well.
    I’m not a big TV watcher except maybe instructional YouTube videos to help with various crafts and political news. Trying to keep it all balanced.
    Yes, a few weeks ago, I hit a wall! I can usually maintain a sunny outlook but the storm clouds came in over my head. My husband did not know what to make of it. In some frustration, I went out (double-masked) and bought a new bedspread! Then ordered some delayed electrical work to be done on our home. The finished results of these long-delayed, languishing projects brightened my outlook. Now, I’m looking for bids on some exterior painting on our home. Checking these items off is very gratifying.
    Our 2nd vaccine shots are in a week and a half. Then we will have family visit (which includes a 1-yr old granddaughter) during their Spring Break at the end of March. They, too, will have received their “teacher” vaccines.
    So…there is some light at the end of the tunnel. Just as you see progress by your leaders in understanding how an “opening-up” should proceed, we are seeing the new Biden/Harris administration wisely under-promise and, then, over-deliver!!! Declaring enough vaccines for every adult in our country by the end of May was astonishing! It cut two months off the previous projection! God bless our leaders!
    And God bless you and yours. Stay safe, healthy, and cozy warm, Penny!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      5th March 2021 at 8:56 am
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      I know, I know, I really will avoid falling again, but it was the first time for over 20 years I reckon, so, the thing is not to make a habit of it!!!!

      I must sound such a tv addict but it really has become a substitute for cultural activity and human contact, but our dependence on it will lessen once we start seeing people. How lovely for you to be seeing your family at the end of March.

      I know exactly what you mean about hitting a wall, I think for so many of us these last two months have almost been the worst as the new year began with a ‘thank goodness it’s over’ and then came the realisation that no it wasn’t over. But doing stuff to your home is such a good thing to work on, we’ve got some refurbishment to do and are planning works for the Spring and Summer. The thing with our leader is that he cannot be forgiven for all the deaths that have happened throughout this pandemic, but we thank the NHS though, and the scientists, and I’m so pleased Biden and Harris are on the case for you in the States.

      Take care and thanks 🙂

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        5th March 2021 at 4:30 pm
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        Penny…you are absolutely correct!
        “these last two months have almost been the worst as the new year began with a ‘thank goodness it’s over’ and then came the realisation that no it wasn’t over.”

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    4th March 2021 at 10:46 am
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    COVID seems pretty unimportant compared to the terrible things Johnson’s government are doing elsewhere. I’m thinking especially of his connections to Saudi Arabia and letting down the Yemen and now the Northern Irish loyalists refuting the Good Friday agreement. Better if his time is taken up with daft ideas like tunnels to the IoM or floral bridges they keep him out of mischief.

    Sorry to hear about your fall. Every time I have fallen, from schooldays onward, I always land on my face, why is that? Have a great week.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      5th March 2021 at 9:01 am
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      Johnson’s government is the pits and yet, and yet, it is ahead and is increasing its lead in the polls!!!!!!!
      I will have things to say about that soon(ish) on My Other Blog.

      You know what Flora, that’s exactly the same with me. I did actually end up in A&E and the medics were really suspicious about me falling on my face without putting out my hands to save myself, so I had lots of tests plus a Cat scan, all OK of course, but on reflection I have form on this. The two other times I’ve fallen hard (15 years ago and 20 years ago) both have been flat on my face. I shall try and not do this too often!

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    4th March 2021 at 1:53 pm
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    Thank you for the very clear timetable for the proposed relaxing of lockdown. I had my vaccine – ahead of schedule – so I’m delighted. I read your very thorough post on your other blog and although I didn’t comment, I think that the success of the vaccine rollout mustn’t blinker us to what happened earlier in the ‘pandemic journey’. I cannot imagine how exhausted NHS staff and key workers must be after the length of time they have been dealing with Covid. Moving on, I hope you have fully recovered from your fall. I fell in the mud the other day when walking Zeph. It was my own fault because I was wearing wellies instead of my walking boots; lesson learnt. I’ve enjoyed watching Unforgotten and GP’s art club and I would recommend Lupin which is the subject of my next blog post!!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      5th March 2021 at 9:06 am
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      Hi June and no worries I shall have plenty to say about Johnson and the catastrophic mistakes made plus I shall go a little bit into reasons why this is beginning to be forgotten.

      Fall was idiotic – no bones broken but pride battered plus a loss of confidence which is being worked on!

      We’ve also watched Lupin and I just forgot to put it in – it was great.

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    5th March 2021 at 12:27 pm
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    Exciting and boring at the same time, Oh I’m so fed up with the whole thing now, I’m missing so many people and events. Let’s keep praying that June will go ahead. Hope your face is better and you feel okay. Jacqui x

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      7th March 2021 at 8:57 am
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      Oh I’m so with you on this – I was OK with it all but I’m so fed up now. I’m missing bonding with my lovely new grandson aged 4 months now. Bring on the 29th March when I’ll be straight over to their garden.

      Thanks Jacqui – take care 🙂

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    5th March 2021 at 10:24 pm
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    Hello, I am sorry to hear about your fall. It happens so fast. Right?

    Thanks for the viewing for pleasure ideas for Amazon and Netflix. Some of your British shows sound amazing.

    Swift healing, my dear. Judy.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      7th March 2021 at 8:59 am
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      One minute I was walking down the stairs with not a care in the world and the next…. flying through the air. It’s all about building up my confidence now.

      Thanks Judy, appreciate your kind words 🙂

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    6th March 2021 at 12:35 am
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    Oh no. I am sorry to hear about your fall. I hope that you are doing well and wishing for a speedy recovery. It is amazing that we are almost one year into the lockdown and so much has changed but like you said, there are also a lot of things to look forward to once the life returns back to “normal.” I have not heard of Veep before but will definitely need to check it out. Wishing you a beautiful weekend ahead!

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      7th March 2021 at 9:02 am
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      Thanks so much Maureen, yes, one year now – phew. I adapted well, and have been really cautious, but like the rest of the population here, we’re fed up now. Still, it’s important to relax the UK lockdown slowly.

      Veep is very funny – it ran from 2012 to 2019. We’ve only just discovered it, but it’s so much fun.

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    6th March 2021 at 4:28 pm
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    Thanks for the timetable – let’s hope we can stick with it but have to see how it goes with children returning to school. My daughter has been to collect test kits for herself and teenagers. 0.03% false positive results would usually be regarding as a very acceptable ‘failure’ rate but I think all positives should get the PCR test to avoid unnecessary isolating.
    We’ve been getting some lovely sunshine here but very cold again today. As long as the rain keeps off I can keep walking in the local fields. I’d started to avoid them after I fell in the mud, sideways into a bank fortunately. Put some arnica on and no bruising but lay awake that night berating myself as I have severe osteoporosis and a vertebral fracture could be a disaster.
    Only watching old films now in the hope of getting back to the cinema later in the year. There’s quite a lot of good stuff on the TV now but most on ITV so we can’t do catch up due to the ads. have you come across ‘Can’t Get You Out of My Head’? It’s 20C history about how the world has become like it is – very interesting. Iceland cruise just been cancelled – again as Saga not starting again until end of July. Hope to cruise again a bit later in the summer, don’t really care where we go! Our home needs refurb -we’ve now been here 17 years (!) but no energy to take decisions & him indoors will avoid it as long as possible. Keep thinking about a flat too………………… O the paralysis of analysis !

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      7th March 2021 at 9:17 am
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      Yes, I wonder how the return of all the children on one single day will go, and yes there are sure to be some false positives.

      Sorry to hear you’ve fallen. I’ve been hearing from friends who have fallen (some quite badly) which is quite reassuring, I mean I hadn’t fallen for years and years, however, I really don’t want to do that again as I was badly bruised and shaken. A wake-up call to be careful.

      I’ll look up that television programme – sounds good. Oh blast, re: your cruise, but yes, do try for later in the summer. We’re content to wait until 2022 as we’ve got a lot booked and things to do as the months go on, but I really want to know how your cruise experience goes in these Covid times. I wonder how the discussion/slight row over whether we’ll all need a vaccine passport, I mean Saga will want proof, so I wonder what they’ll ask for.

      Thing is Lynda there’s pros and cons re: living in a flat, same as a house really. It’s good in some ways and not in others. In these circumstances (which were not around when we bought) I regret we don’t have a garden &/or a private outside space for entertaining people during the summer. Swings and roundabouts…..

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