General Good things out of Covid-19

Manorlounger

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So much bad news and so much heated discussion prompted me to think about the good things that have happened or materialised in recent times.
Just this morning, had a poached egg on toast for breakfast. No eggs in Sainsbury's so bought some "very large" eggs in M&S local food hall. Wow! Two double yolkers and real colour and taste. Will be getting some more of those.

Yesterday evening's meal arrived from a new place which almost opened as lockdown started but, has instigated a takeaway and delivery service. Real Italian pizza is all they do and not the cheapest but, really good pizza and very satisfying. Another bonus that we would normally have probably not been bothered by. (beats the crap out of Dominoes!)

Mrs Lounger loves walking, I don't but, to get my daily exercise I have joined her and it probably is doing me good, can't just get in the car and go for a blat anymore so another bonus?
The bigger picture shows less pollution - got to be good.
Anymore?
 

chuckbert

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Yep. Until the kids got to go back to school last week, I spent 5 weeks with them and my wife, all working or holidaying from home, and we all got on really well - it really made me question what we all do in our busy normal lives.
Working from home has meant my 5 minute leg stretches can involve pottering in the garden, weeding, setting up the bread machine, and generally enjoying the house and garden. I’m an introvert so can live without chatter.
 

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CV19 lockdown has seen loads of inventors inventing things, some of which are potentially useful......

Social distancing tables for pubs anyone? ? :sneaky:;)....

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I've been looking to buy more locally. I collect a weekly fruit and veg box from one of the market traders that I never thought to use before, and the quality and quantity is unbelievable. I also get meat from a local butchers, and have realised how tasteless supermarket food has become. We are eating better, fresher and mainly locally sourced food and spending less than we did before (helped by lidls for store cupboard things!).

Spending more time enjoying the garden and the outdoors (for government approved exercise periods!). We have blue tits nesting in the garden, and house martins (I think) nesting at the front of the house. We've built a bug hotel and planted the garden up to encourage more butterflies and bees and the kids love spotting everything that visits - including a squirrel who visits 2 or 3 times a day and is eating better than us!!!

Work has been stressful, but looking at using this as an opportunity to get back to basics. You soon realise that prisoners and staff have the same fears and concerns for their families and we're not all that different after all. Talking and understanding each other helps resolve problems far better than trying to use force to maintain compliance, and there are things that we can hopefully do better once we return to some kind of normal.

And finally, there has been greater understanding of those who the country relies on when the chips are down. The NHS have of course been fantastic, but so many other public services and essential workers have kept the country safe and well, and we've done it without the need for Soya Chocca-Mocha Lattes or Avocado on Sodabread toast and all the other bullshit fads that everyone once raved about! I hope that society continues to reboot and start again with wider acknowledgement of others and puts greater emphasis on the things that have truly mattered during this time.
 

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I'm guessing we're all appreciating what's REALLY important in life as a result of the pandemic. People unable to visit close friends or loved ones. People somehow getting by without their Big Mac. People discovering new hobbies, or rediscovering old ones (jigsaws in my case).

We all have a common love of OUFC but, to be honest, I'm more interested in when pubs and restaurants can start trading again than when (or indeed whether) the football season is resumed.
 

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I work from home a fair bit in ‘normal’ times, therefore being on lockdown is not a completely novel. However it IS different.

I’m self employed and unable to earn any money at the moment, but I have plenty of things to keep me busy and occupied which is I think very important, as is pacing yourself with all the backlog of jobs that I now have no excuse not to be getting on with!

I’m enjoying the opportunity to potter around the garden in my own time, sowing seeds, potting plants on and getting the garden shipshape. Taking time to watch and listen to the birds. Appreciating nature in general.

So far in lockdown I’ve made and bottled 22 litres of both red and white wine, with 21 litres of Golden Haze Ale currently bubbling away in the fermenting vessel.

The garage and shed have been sorted, as has a whole load of paper work. HMRC self assessment tax form filed in record time!

I know and appreciate how lucky we are to live in the countryside with easy access to footpaths, and bridle ways, both Mrs YR go for a good walk every day. I’ve only taken the car out on a couple of occasions, both times to the pharmacy to collect prescriptions. Mrs YR has volunteered to do the weekly shop as I am in the ‘slightly at risk’ group.

We still chat to people we know that we meet on our walks albeit at a safe distance and to our neighbours over the garden fence.

Having the time to read more books is a complete and unexpected bonus.

I think the mostly fine, dry weather has made a huge difference to how we and I suspect many others have in SOME ways actually ‘enjoyed’ the lockdown. Saying that the novelty is wearing off a bit now and I miss the freedom to go where I want and need to

Of course there ARE negatives too, but I’m trying to emphasise the positives of the lockdown.

I suspect this is a little bit what it would be and feel like if I was able to take early retirement.!;)
 

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I'm guessing we're all appreciating what's REALLY important in life as a result of the pandemic. People unable to visit close friends or loved ones. People somehow getting by without their Big Mac. People discovering new hobbies, or rediscovering old ones (jigsaws in my case).

We all have a common love of OUFC but, to be honest, I'm more interested in when pubs and restaurants can start trading again than when (or indeed whether) the football season is resumed.
Started doing the on-line jigsaws again, bit of fun as you can make the jigsaw out of your own photos. The difficulty can be varied as well. Best of all, takes up no space and doesn't miss a single piece!
 

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Started doing the on-line jigsaws again, bit of fun as you can make the jigsaw out of your own photos. The difficulty can be varied as well. Best of all, takes up no space and doesn't miss a single piece!
my youngest granddaughter wasnt too enamoured with the jigsaw I sent her to pass time during the lockdown, .... ungrateful I say! :oops: :sneaky:;) ...

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It gives you a different perspective of what’s important in life, i was “fortunate “ that during the 5 months of chemotherapy I became a hermit, only going out to the hospital and shunning people as much as I could to lower the risk of getting any type of infection, so at least I knew what’s going to be happening, mind you I was soo exhausted I couldn’t do anything,on this occasion I finished my garden marathon yesterday, did a bit every day , starting another one tomorrow ⚽️⚽️⚽️
 

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I’ve decided that after all the jobs are done I’m going to take up learning Spanish. Never a better time I think
 

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As a much wittier friend of mine said, when this is all over I’m definitely going to learn how to make bread
 

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