The Last Piece of Christmas Cake

Cake wise we either have a piece of zucchini & carrot with a lemon frosting or the last wedge of Christmas Cake, which has seen us through some dark days since December.   There is probably some superstition that you shouldn’t carry Christmas cake through to April so it’s fitting that it’s finished off in the first week of lock down here in the UK.

As I’ve worked from home all week, the phone has sometimes needed an extra top up charge during the day.  The idea that I might have more time by being at home quickly got bashed on the head, after Monday.  Instant messenger has been on fire and the number of emails seems to have been ramped up significantly.  A piece of Christmas cake with a cup of coffee around 10.30 has been a welcome pick me up.

Managed to get into an exercise routine, out at 6.20 for a 20 minute run Mon, Tue, Wed, a cycle round Arthur’s seat in the mist and rain Thursday with a rest day yesterday.   Got up early this morning despite it being a weekend and ran as well to avoid anyone.   Have to say my body feels broken, my back aching and a sore hip.  But for brain and sanity I’ve forced myself through it.

Food shopping seems to be the hardest part in terms of self-isolation, we’ve a big supermarket down the road, a fairly quick moving orderly spaced out queue to get in.  Once in it’s strange with some people body swerving with others just behaving normally in terms of spatial awareness.  Met my next door neighbour in there  Then there’s the masks, the gloves with some folk wearing goggles.  A very unpleasant experience from a shopping perspective and I think the staff are amazing to carry on working in such an environment of what could turn nasty in any moment.  On the plus side there was plenty of food, unless you want pasta, rice or flour.

The boys being off school is hard, we’ve carved out sections round the house and being a man of technology (and a hoarder) there are various old pieces of kit hanging about that have been put back to life.  Even had to make use of the wires that I’ve collected over the years.  So everyone has a makeshift workstation and trying to keep themselves busy.

We are trying to rope them into more household chores, some cooking lessons and a generally it’s been met with good humour.

Friday night was movie night.  We covered Les Man 66 (Ford v Ferrari), and once you get past batman having a broad north English  accent it’s a great film.  Thoroughly recommended.

FORD v FERRARI | Official Trailer 2 [HD] | 20th Century FOX

 

I can also recommend a podcast on Anxiety (coronavirus-special-how-to-manage-anxiety-in-the-face-of-a-global-pandemic), given where we are as a global society.

 

The #WeekendCoffeeShare is an informal weekly link-up hosted by Eclectic Alli that serves as weekly heart beat and sort of of a mind-dump. Helps me reflect on my week, with a list of achievements, thoughts and rambles normally whilst drinking a beverage probably listening to music.

12 thoughts on “The Last Piece of Christmas Cake

  1. My boys are stir crazy; being off school.

    I agree about the shopping being hard. In my town people are still hoarding food items and finding certain things is impossible. In addition, I was in the store on Thursday. It was pretty empty. I was in an isle and there was a couple at the far end. I was walking toward them and she yelled (yes yelled) “look out” and both of them jumped backwards and plastered themselves against the shelves behind them. Then as I continued on my way I heard her whisper (yes whisper this time), “this social distancing thing is hard in an isles.” I honestly didn’t, and still don’t, know whether to laugh or cry.

    Anyway, hope you have a decent week end. Thanks for the coffee share.

    1. We also got shouted at, for invading someone’s space at the till. I think it was an over reaction, as we were behind the line. This person was freaked, struggled with her pin. Just patiently stepped back further. Hope you have a good week ahead, thanks for stopping by.

  2. The movie trailer is fascinating! The zucchini & carrot would be delicious, I’m sure. Happy that you’re weathering the isolation. Best wishes for your week. Going to see if anything on this computer does a “podcast”. Thanks for the link.

    1. The film was really good. Had no idea about the race, or the two guys who took on Ford and Ferrari, a good family film which can be hard to find.

  3. EC, be careful – some of us are already wishing we had a path to your real front door for a snack visit. I’d be leading the charge knowing the goodies you have available.

    1. 🙂 They’d need to be quick our two boys are on a mission to eat everything. Obviously we’d bake something new if we you were coming for real coffee!

  4. How on earth is it possible to have Christmas cake now? LOL. The scen at the grocery store sounds unreal. Is it that bad? Glad there is food there at least. One wouldn’t want to be working at a grocery store right now. I’ve actually chosen to not set why foot in a store since this craziness started. I get groceries delivered at home. At first I thought I could managed once a month, and I could, but in reality it is more comfortable every three weeks. Hang in there. Thank you for the coffee!

    1. We normally get an on-line shop to break the back of the groceries and buy from smaller family run shops for the fresh items, unfortunately all the slots for delivery had been taken. Our fish mongers is closed until the 7th April and the butchers on reduced hours. So we are having to change our habits and think about one shop rather than lots of little ones. We will get through it. Thanks for stopping by.

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