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BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide

skarpi 28 Mar 20 - 09:57 AM
Steve Shaw 28 Mar 20 - 10:50 AM
MudGuard 28 Mar 20 - 11:08 AM
DMcG 28 Mar 20 - 11:23 AM
Charmion 28 Mar 20 - 11:24 AM
Stilly River Sage 28 Mar 20 - 11:48 AM
Mr Red 28 Mar 20 - 12:53 PM
Murpholly 28 Mar 20 - 01:35 PM
Helen 28 Mar 20 - 02:16 PM
fat B****rd 28 Mar 20 - 02:39 PM
Mrrzy 28 Mar 20 - 05:01 PM
Senoufou 28 Mar 20 - 06:02 PM
rich-joy 28 Mar 20 - 07:28 PM
EBarnacle 28 Mar 20 - 07:58 PM
JennieG 28 Mar 20 - 09:54 PM
Gurney 28 Mar 20 - 10:06 PM
Helen 28 Mar 20 - 11:00 PM
JennieG 28 Mar 20 - 11:09 PM
rich-joy 29 Mar 20 - 04:06 AM
Roger the Skiffler 29 Mar 20 - 04:27 AM
Manitas_at_home 29 Mar 20 - 04:57 AM
Backwoodsman 29 Mar 20 - 06:31 AM
Sandra in Sydney 29 Mar 20 - 09:17 AM
keberoxu 29 Mar 20 - 07:41 PM
Ebbie 29 Mar 20 - 11:41 PM
Manitas_at_home 30 Mar 20 - 01:49 AM
Senoufou 30 Mar 20 - 04:46 AM
Eric the Viking 30 Mar 20 - 05:08 AM
Steve Shaw 30 Mar 20 - 06:32 AM
Senoufou 30 Mar 20 - 06:51 AM
Rapparee 30 Mar 20 - 11:11 AM
Mrrzy 30 Mar 20 - 02:22 PM
Janie 30 Mar 20 - 02:41 PM
The Sandman 31 Mar 20 - 12:39 PM
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Steve Shaw 31 Mar 20 - 09:13 PM
Gorgeous Gary 03 Apr 20 - 12:21 PM
Mrrzy 03 Apr 20 - 12:50 PM
keberoxu 03 Apr 20 - 03:40 PM
Stilly River Sage 04 Apr 20 - 12:08 AM
Ed T 04 Apr 20 - 01:11 AM
Sandra in Sydney 04 Apr 20 - 01:26 AM
Stilly River Sage 04 Apr 20 - 12:00 PM
BTMP 04 Apr 20 - 12:38 PM
fat B****rd 04 Apr 20 - 01:50 PM
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Rapparee 07 Apr 20 - 09:14 PM
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Ernest 10 Apr 20 - 05:21 AM
Sandra in Sydney 10 Apr 20 - 05:42 AM
Eric the Viking 11 Apr 20 - 05:13 AM
Black belt caterpillar wrestler 11 Apr 20 - 05:45 AM
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Ebbie 05 May 20 - 04:43 AM
Sandra in Sydney 05 May 20 - 05:59 AM
Charmion 05 May 20 - 09:31 AM
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Subject: BS: Check in Mudcatter´s world wide
From: skarpi
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 09:57 AM

Well, it´s been along time.
I was wandering if we all checked in here and tell eatch other that we are okei, the world news are all over us,and some are correct and other not. Here in Iceland we have nearly 1000 infected, 10000 in Isolation,
we can´t get together and are told to stay home as most of the world is doing, My family is okei still we are, but remember we all can get this virus, so may God be with you all and stay save , don´t forget to play and make music and sing us through this, all the best from sunny cold Eastern region of Iceland N Atlantic Ocean .


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatter´s world wide
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 10:50 AM

Mrs Steve and I are fine. We live three miles out of Bude, in the middle of nowhere, and have to go into town to shop. We also shop for another couple who are older than us and who are self-isolating. On our way home we stop on a cliff top to go for a walk. There's hardly anyone out and about and there are huge open spaces. The weather's lovely at the moment. My 91-year-old mum is in a care home ten minutes' drive away but I haven't been allowed to visit her for two weeks, and she's too deaf to use the phone. I've been writing lots of letters to her. We can't visit or be visited by our children or grandchild. The supermarkets round and about have organised themselves very well to maintain social distancing, except for Lidl, who have done next to nothing and which is full of shoppers who are ignoring the guidance. I won't be going there again after my trip this morning to shop for our friends. If they want us go shop from now on, they'll have to pay Morrisons prices!


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatter´s world wide
From: MudGuard
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 11:08 AM

Hi Skarpi - what a timing - today after a very long time I listened to a CD "Rosin Okkar" (you, Rosa and Helgi) which I got from you in Portaferry.

And now you are writing here ...

I am fine, though working from home - we have 4 positive cases (at least I know of 4) in my company, 2 of them recoved after having a mild version, 1 still in hospital after 3 weeks, 1 I don't know about.

I am in Munich, Germany.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatter´s world wide
From: DMcG
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 11:23 AM

All well here (Southampton, UK) - myself, wife, sons and daughter, and other relatives.


One nephew's wife is concerned because she is a nurse and expecting to give birth in around two weeks. She has been told her husband is not allowed to be with her at the birth. Then when she gets home of course all the relatives are barred from fussing, helping, giving them a break and so forth. So that's not good, but it could be a lot worse.

Another nephew - his brother - is an actor, so no work in the foreseeable future. Otherwise, everyone's job seems to be ok at the moment.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatter´s world wide
From: Charmion
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 11:24 AM

CET and I are safe and well in Stratford, Ontario. We are self-employed pensioners, so we work at home all the time anyway. The biggest changes in our routine is shopping at the crack of dawn, the hour reserved for "vulnerable" groups at the supermarket, and staying home on Sunday mornings because all the churches are shuttered.

Our town has a big, important repertory theatre festival that runs all summer. Not this year; the Stratford Festival is off until the beginning of June at the earliest, and the related tourism-based businesses in town, especially the restaurants, are staring at bankruptcy.

Like most Canadians, we are socially responsible folks in Perth County, so we stand six feet away from each other in line at the bank and take care to walk the long way around people we meet when taking our solitary walks.

Skarpi, so glad to see you on the board today. Likewise MudGuard. Please give Frau Merkel our best wishes; I'm so sorry she's retiring and taking her common sense with her.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatter´s world wide
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 11:48 AM

I (from a distance) join Charmion and himself in working from home (contract web content editor) as a recent retiree in the region around Dallas in North Texas, USA. I was self-isolating before it was a thing after knee replacement surgery in mid-February. I have ventured out a few times to small grocery stores (easier to walk in and less crowded).

Now that the six-foot rule is in place I try not to go out at all because I live (alas) in a Republican (think Trump's party) state, where a lot of them seem to echo their witless leader in thinking that this is "overblown" and a lot of people can't be arsed to keep their distance. And the other day I was surprised at a counter to turn around and find a woman right behind me with her cart. When I pointed to the line on the floor five feet behind her that the store had posted as the waiting place, she wanted to argue that she can measure and blah blah blah. More like her I can do without. I fear members of the dismissive GOP party are going to take a lot of others with them. I don't want to be a victim of such willful ignorance. This is a real disadvantage to having a "populist" president, who is busier being offended by frank questions from reporters and governors who aren't nice to him, who argues that ventilators aren't really needed (he's a doctor now?) and is always keeping his eye on his stock portfolio.

I just ordered a Kindle copy of David Quammen's book Spillover. He's a great science writer, but I missed this one when it came out in 2012.

"[Mr. Quammen] is not just among our best science writers but among our best writers, period." ?Dwight Garner, New York Times

The next big human pandemic?the next disease cataclysm, perhaps on the scale of AIDS or the 1918 influenza?is likely to be caused by a new virus coming to humans from wildlife. Experts call such an event “spillover” and they warn us to brace ourselves. David Quammen has tracked this subject from the jungles of Central Africa, the rooftops of Bangladesh, and the caves of southern China to the laboratories where researchers work in space suits to study lethal viruses. He illuminates the dynamics of Ebola, SARS, bird flu, Lyme disease, and other emerging threats and tells the story of AIDS and its origins as it has never before been told. Spillover reads like a mystery tale, full of mayhem and clues and questions. When the Next Big One arrives, what will it look like? From which innocent host animal will it emerge? Will we be ready?


I will be home reading, along with my online work and putting in a new garden (slowly, because the knee is coming along but isn't 100% yet).


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Mr Red
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 12:53 PM

photos of coping humour in our area some new photos added today. Enjoy.
Fit and well here in Rouge Towers - walked most of the way to town, but wimped-out and took the bus for the other 2.5 miles, only passenger. Met up with GF and queued (with markings at 2 metres) just to get into the supermarket. Empty shelves a lot. Walked back at least 2 of the miles - that bus was empty too. The bus co. state they are not running all on the timetable - obvious why.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Murpholly
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 01:35 PM

Hubby and I are both well. Living in North Lincs there are only 5 reported cases in the entire area although my bank in local town has just closed down following a suspected case which will make life difficult as I need to transfer some money to pay large bills! In the meantime I go our shopping and my hubby goes out early mornings to the main drain to take some exercise and view the wildlife. Nobody around at that time of the day. Keep well all and keep making music.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Helen
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 02:16 PM

Hubby and I are well in Newcastle, NSW Australia. He has been working from home for a week so far and I am retired. We plan to get our out-of-control garden into some sort of order, including the vege patch.

The supermarkets here are very well organised, although there are a lot of empty shelves for some items. The special access hour for the elderly - I guess that's us! - and people with a disability has been fantastic and there are social distancing marks on the floor and a security person at the entrance asking everyone to use hand sanitiser before being allowed in. Very civilised.

The blood & plasma donation centre is still open so I am donating as often as I am allowed because there will be less eligible donors than usual due to the risk of infection.

My twice per month session group has sadly had to cancel further sessions until this pandemic gets more under control. This will be the first real break for this session group in nearly 40 years. I'll have to commit to practising music on my own. Not as much fun.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: fat B****rd
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 02:39 PM

In splendid isolation at home in Dunfermline. I live alone anyway (apart from my cat)so not too bad for me I've not been out since last Saturday apart from one short walk to the post box. My nearby family look out for me, bless 'em, stocked up on most things before supermarket madness set in!. My newsagent is doing a grand job by changing his opening times in order to deliver our papers, as he has no delivery boys. As yet I haven't got round to doing all the "creative" stuff I had planned, but, ironically, plenty time for them.
So far so not too bad.
Love and best wishes to you all
Stay safe
Charlie


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Mrrzy
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 05:01 PM

Where did my nice note to skarpi go? I was the first to post on this thread (after skarpi that is).

Anyway the virus is here, my kid's sweetie's boss has it and same kid's coworker is out sick with so-far unidentified fever... but kid and sweetie have been declared Essential so they have to keep going to work.

Kid and I had dinner a week ago, so just in case I am self-quarantining for another week. I am fine, though. Bored but neither lonely nor depressed. Which amazes me, frankly.

Looking for complicated recipes... Skarpi, stay well, and thanks for checking.

Oh, yeah: here being Charlottesville, Virginia.

message not deleted, so must have gone missing in transmission. Best of luck to you and yours. ---mudelf


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Senoufou
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 06:02 PM

Hello there skarpi! Best wishes to you and yours from deepest Norfolk UK. Our village is managing quite well at the moment, everyone is looking our for everyone else. Hope the same applies to you (and all on here) Eliza x


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: rich-joy
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 07:28 PM

Greetings, Scarpi in Iceland!
We here in Maleny (Sunshine Coast Hinterland of Queensland, Australia) seem to be managing okay (maybe coz we are not near a city).
Though sadly, my Choir, Yoga, and QiGong classes have now all closed.
Another unfortunate change is that we are now legally reduced to Take Away coffees, rather than lazing around, chewing the fat with our friends, rain or shine, at the excellent local Cafes!!!
However, Australia-wide, SO, SO many folks no longer have a job, a career, or a business, or even a Place of Business and things are definitely NOT looking good for the future.
It will be a Brave New World indeed, for those of us left, in the glorious Land of Oz.
..... sigh .....
I am so very fortunate to have wonderful friends, family and neighbours, who all look out for me and the Community.
Once I clean and de-clutter my house, my "reward" is to get another feline companion (it's been 4 months since my beloved Hector died), and sadly there are increasing numbers of surrendered pets now looking for a new "Forever Home" :(
However, I spend most of my days at the computer, and have done the last 6 years since My Beloved passed over, so though I am quite used to Social Distancing and even Isolation, I just wish I made better coffee, LoL!! :)

Cheers to one and all !!
(I am more a Lurker in the BS section than a Poster)
Rich-Joy


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: EBarnacle
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 07:58 PM

Lady Hillary and I are mostly self isolating in Basking Ridge, NJ. Yesterday we volunteered at our local Personal Protective Equipment drop off site. We were asked to return next week but decided that with our risk factors we shouldn't press our luck.

I have had an idea for a group project that I will share and invite participation in in a new thread in a few hours.

As we say in Ham radio, 73, all.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: JennieG
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 09:54 PM

Himself and I are spending our time at home in Tamworth which is in northern New South Wales, Oz......just up the road from Helen in Newcastle. (a four hour drive is 'just up the road' in Oz!) We are doing well, also venturing out for the Olde Phartes' early shopping hour when supplies are needed. Next venture may have to be tomorrow morning at sparrowfart because we will eat the last of the dark chocolate tonight, and to be chocolate-less would never do.

Much the same here as everywhere else, everything has been cancelled. Choir is off, ukulele groups are off. Volunteering 'jobs' are off. One cannot go for a stroll along the main drag expecting to stop in for coffee at any of our excellent cafes unless one wants a takeaway - but a lot of the fun in our regular coffee stops is the people watching it entails while sipping on said coffee, and now there are no people to watch. Which is a Good Thing, because it means people are heeding warnings and staying home.

Stay safe and stay sane, folks!


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Gurney
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 10:06 PM

Pretty quiet here in New Zealand, all shops closed except for the important ones, H.I. and I and family are OK. Only 500 or so cases here, one death, and one serious case. However.....
I heard of some idiots holding a Coronavirus Party two days ago.
That should improve the species.

Sunny but cool. Early Autumn. Newspaper is 90% Coronavirus. Daily Government advice on TV.
Stay safe, everyone.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Helen
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 11:00 PM

One day, one bright day, after this is all over I think we should finally all meet. What do you think, JennieG and Sandra in Sydney and rich-joy and the other Aussies?


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: JennieG
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 11:09 PM

Excellent ides, Helen! Sandra and I have met many many times, it wuld be nice to exntend that to a gathering.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: rich-joy
Date: 29 Mar 20 - 04:06 AM

Haha - yes Helen!
Maybe we should meet in Wuhan? I am so drawn to this Choir Clip (which I posted about in the "Singing on Conference Calls and Zoom" thread, but it needs to be seen more! So please forgive me for inserting it here.....)
It's rather eerie but very beautiful - both the city and the music :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZyLkQxALwk
Virtual Choir: Stay With Me, dedicated to Wuhan under coronavirus lockdown
"SSAATTBB Acappella composed by Cao Guanyu, a young female composer living in the city of Wuhan. Virtual choral singing: South China Normal University Choir Lyric: Stay with me, Stay together. Stay with me, Stay stronger. Face the sun, the shadows will 'behind you. It is still the most beautiful place in my heart. Sheet music is free for choirs. Thanks for your encouraging to Wuhan & China!?"
•Feb 18, 2020


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 29 Mar 20 - 04:27 AM

Self-isolating, enjoying my usual walks (though I avoid routes that are popular) , getting deliveries, getting the garden in shape, keeping well.
RtS


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Manitas_at_home
Date: 29 Mar 20 - 04:57 AM

Liz the Squeak, Phoebe are fine here in London. The streets are pretty quiet, every day seems like Sunday morning. The supermarkets seem to be getting their stocks in order and although we can't always get our favourite items the necessary stuff is there. We live in a part of east London with lots of Victorian terraced housing and lots of corner shops which seemed to stock stuff when the supermarkets were selling out.
The 'lockdown' in the UK is pretty lax, we're allowed out to shop for necessities, or to walk the dog and for one form of exercise day for which there seems to be no time limit. It doesn't appear to be enforced although there are stories of traffic police stopping caravanners and telling them to go home. Some parks have been closed after so many people flocked to them (before the lockdown) that social distancing was impossible. The people that used to do all their exercise in gyms seem to be appearing on the streets now.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 29 Mar 20 - 06:31 AM

All good here in my little (pop. 25k) town on the edge of The Lincolnshire Backwoods. My Border Terrier and I get our designated ‘one exercise-period per day’ by means of a 90-120 minute walk (3 to 4 miles), mostly along a section of our river-bank where it’s unusual to see any other human being. Our local Tesco has an ‘OAPs-only’ hour on three days per week, and numbers of people permitted in the store at one time are very strictly limited, trolley-handles are wiped after use by a store employee but I wear disposable nitrile gloves anyway, so I’m not too concerned.

Mrs. Backwoodsperson is an ‘Essential Worker’, but she’s able to work at home most of the time, only having to go to the office, where there’s only one other employee in attendance and in a different office, for an hour or so per day, so we’re pretty comfortable with that.

There are, of course, distinct benefits to sticking close to home - the house is unusually clean and tidy, my guitars are getting considerably more playing-time than normal, and I’m trying my hand at songwriting again - unfortunately with not a great deal of success so far!

Stay safe, stay well everybody!


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 29 Mar 20 - 09:17 AM

rich-joy, I hadn't seen that before it is beautiful - I'll be sending it out to 2 lists.

Here in Sydney, on the edge of the CBD near the beautiful Harbour (tho it is hidden by lots of buildings) we are in self isolation, but I go out each day to buy the newspaper & get a few groceries, one day I even got toilet paper!!!

I'm sending lots of emails & making lots of calls & receiving lots of calls, too.

My craft groups are cancelled (2 per week & one per fortnight), all concerts & sessions are cancelled, all libraries are closed (when I run out of Library books I have lotsa' books of my own to re-read!)

Not many people are around & most of us do keep our distance, but this is backpacker land & some are determined to have FUN! & PARTY!

I'm working on current craft projects & will soon tart on a big one I've been meaning to get on with for at least 3 years, a blanket/quilt of t-shirt motifs, fortunately I have some very experienced quilter friends to ask including JennieG (who like then others has never made a t-shirt quilt)

I'm also scanning & blogging archives of my folk club, and doing on-line jigsaws & paper crosswords.

sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 29 Mar 20 - 07:41 PM

I wish that Liz the Squeak
would update us on the resident tits.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Ebbie
Date: 29 Mar 20 - 11:41 PM

Here in Juneau, Alaska, population about 31000, we reportedly have 5 cases of confirmed with either one or two deaths, depending upon whom one believes. Alaska itself, has of today 102 confirmed cases, the preponderance grouped around military bases.

I live in a complex of about 65 persons, most of us over age 65, and so far as I know, no one is currently ill. It appears that most of us are staying home- when I take my little dog out 3 or 4 times a day I rarely see anyone. I spend my days drawing portraits and landscapes, listening to music and watching TV. I would like to tune in political news just once or twice a day but so far I don't have that much self control.

I have to keep reminding myself of the fact that previous generations' lives have been far more constrained than mine currently is. There is one delicious moment in the day- when I first awake and have not yet been slammed with the knowledge of the day.

Hi Skarpi! I love knowing that I have a friend in Iceland, and a very talented one at that.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Manitas_at_home
Date: 30 Mar 20 - 01:49 AM

We have new birds nesting in the garden, I think Liz said they were tits.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Senoufou
Date: 30 Mar 20 - 04:46 AM

We have two pairs of Great Tits in our garden, and they've started up with their incessant "Teacher! Teacher! Teacher!" on and on until we could scream. I think it's either a mating call or a territorial signal. Very irritating.
But the wood pigeons are still making us laugh. When we put bread scraps and bird food out on the lawn, they make a call which sounds exactly like "Fooood! Fooood!"
Magnolias are in full bloom around the village, and most trees & shrubs are in leaf. Our over-wintering Canada geese are honking overhead as they muster for the long flight home.
Haven't seen our village Mad Swans yet (the pair that waddle down the middle of the village street with their poor cygnets struggling along behind)
These lovely signs of Nature carrying on as usual are very reassuring during the present pandemic lockdown situation.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 30 Mar 20 - 05:08 AM

Hi Skarpi. I still have and play your cd, reminds me of the shark meat and Brenavin !
glad you are safe. I am still ok, as is Mrs Viking and our vikingettes. Hi Mudguard, nice to know you are safe. It's like waiting for the sword of Damocles to fall ( especially with kidney failure, dialysis, diabetes and heart problems)

Take care all. Keep playing and singing.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 30 Mar 20 - 06:32 AM

"We have two pairs of Great Tits in our garden"

Grrr. That's a gathering of more than two if you're outside as well. Tell those women to go home!


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Senoufou
Date: 30 Mar 20 - 06:51 AM

Hee hee Steve! They'd be 'blue tits' in this chilly weather!


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Rapparee
Date: 30 Mar 20 - 11:11 AM

I don't do nothin' in southeastern Idaho 'cept MC and FB. Well, I watch the golfers runnin' around the meadow out back whilst whacking their balls with cluns. Wisht it was warm enough to do this important stuff from the back porch, but it ain't, yet. Also I gotta git my left thumb fixed by surgery on April Fool's Day. So we are doin' 'bout as well as can be expected, which these days ain't much.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Mrrzy
Date: 30 Mar 20 - 02:22 PM

Virginia just got stay-at-home orders. No end date mentioned.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Janie
Date: 30 Mar 20 - 02:41 PM

Safe and rather contentedly self-isolating. Fortunate to have a young and healthy friend who will, if necessary, go foraging for me if I need supplies.

Thanks for asking, Skarpi, and for starting this thread.


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From: The Sandman
Date: 31 Mar 20 - 12:39 PM

good tohear that liz the squeak and her tits are doing well. I am fairly isolated near dunmanus bay ireland,but am able to wal;k quarte of amile every day to the beach generally at low tide.


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From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 31 Mar 20 - 01:26 PM

My wife and I are both well, living on the outer edges of South Croydon in the UK. My wife is on the Sainsbury's vulnerable list so we have one delivery slot per week, and she is completely on top of this!

Stay safe.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Bill D
Date: 31 Mar 20 - 07:30 PM

Doing fine in Silver Spring, Maryland. Have food and paper products for several weeks. (I made a huge pot of beef stew last week to supplement various frozen stuff.)
Will need to look for milk and fresh veggies soon.. but cows always need to be milked, so I hope supplies are steady.

Beginning Spring yard work cutting vines and digging out the lawn mower. The street is pretty quiet, but I see more people walking dogs than usual. It's no problem being able to walk and be outside here.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 31 Mar 20 - 09:13 PM

Is it possible to be well AND to be living in Croydon?? Heheh....


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From: Gorgeous Gary
Date: 03 Apr 20 - 12:21 PM

Hey all! Been a LONG time since I peeked into Mudcat. Parenting a hyperactive preschooler will do that to you.

So far we are okay here in MD. My trade association switched to all-telework back on March 16th. Sheryl was originally going to to her lab at NIH (*NOT* working on coronavirus) all week but is now working from home 2 days a week.

We have a nanny coming in any weekdays it's just me at home. It's a risk, but I can't do work just in the early AM or late PM like some people since my job involves lots of conference calls and webinars.

Finding most things I need in the nearby Safeway except TP. That I had to show up at Target right at opening to score a pack.

Looking for good concerts to stream and perhaps circles to join. Watching a lot from my friends in the filk community. Only challenge is we are a NO FACEBOOK household, so we're out of luck when performers rely on Facebook Live. Can do just about anything else.

Gary


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Mrrzy
Date: 03 Apr 20 - 12:50 PM

End date right now for Virginia stay-at-home orders is June 10.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 03 Apr 20 - 03:40 PM

Massachusetts stay-at-home order is through May 4.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Apr 20 - 12:08 AM

Gary, that is dangerous, the nanny coming and going. Perhaps she should stay with you during the duration?


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Ed T
Date: 04 Apr 20 - 01:11 AM

All is well in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Outside of a local daily walk,and online grocery pick ups, we have been "stay at homes for the past two weeks (spouse, a techie, works from home).
Today, our premier repeated the message "stay the blazes home". Methinks that he was thinking the "F" word.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 04 Apr 20 - 01:26 AM

Methinks too


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Apr 20 - 12:00 PM

Good one, Sandra. Some of the popup YouTube performers haven't figured out how to capture just the song and not the empty room echo behind them. Passing this on.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: BTMP
Date: 04 Apr 20 - 12:38 PM

Our daughter, who is a nurse practitioner, has quarantined my wife and me here in Vermont. She says Vermont is prepared for any virus surge, but of course, everyone is anxious. I am working on a new recording project in my basement. Stay home everyone, stay safe.


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From: fat B****rd
Date: 04 Apr 20 - 01:50 PM

My step-daughter and her husband just delivered me a plentiful supply of toilet rolls because he says I'm full of s**t!!
Doesn't a crisis bring out the best in us :-]
BTW they take very good care of me and it is much appreciated.
My newsagent is delivering all the papers himself as all his paperboys are stuck at home.
If I wasn't so idle I would have loads to do (garden etc) but maybe I'll be glad I left everything for a while if the lockdown forecasts are correct.
Take the best care everybody
Charlie


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: maire-aine
Date: 04 Apr 20 - 02:08 PM

Hello, all.

I haven't been here in quite a while, either, but I occasionally look things up in the db, and am in contact with some folks on Facebook. I'm doing okay here in Michigan. Love to everyone.

Maryanne


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Raedwulf
Date: 04 Apr 20 - 05:14 PM

Gosh, Skarpi! A long time since I've seen your name. Mind you, that's a product of neither of us being very regular posters these last few years, rather than anything more sinister.

Hurrah for Iceland! I won't say you're an island of calm at the moment, but you do seem to be being a bit more sensible than some. The last figures I saw for your lot suggested a death rate of ~0.25% for Covid, in line with seasonal flu (a little bit more serious). Yet the world is reacting like Covid is Ebola. Ho hum. If you're willing to do a bit of your own looking, you'll find there's lots of reasons to think that Covid is not as bad as is being made out. If you're vulnerable (or in regular contact with someone that is), take care. If you're not... Quit panicking. There are worse things in the world to worry about.

Yes, I'm still going, folks. To the huge disappointment of Mr Shaw, I daresay. ;-) Curiously enough, Steve, my Mum is 90 tomorrow! Family party called off weeks ago, unsurprisingly, but the Grand Old Girl is still going strong & not especially deaf, so I can phone her & will!


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From: leeneia
Date: 04 Apr 20 - 05:25 PM

My dear husband and I are doing fine in Kansas City. The only cases in our circle are some neighbors of a good friend. She lives on the sixth floor, and there are three people in hospital on the second floor. All are elderly.

Our home is being renovated, and today we are sweeping and vacuuming construction dust. I better get back to it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Severn
Date: 04 Apr 20 - 06:37 PM

Still here.Staying put. Getting out walking in parkland. On hiatus from participation I'll n my two radio shows,but I hope to be back on air soon.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 04 Apr 20 - 06:46 PM

whatsa 'rhiatus' ?

is it shaped like a rhombus?

type repaired


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Jack Campin
Date: 04 Apr 20 - 08:21 PM

Isolated with wife and two cats in our row cottage in a former mining village outside Edinburgh. A couple of minutes walk from open countryside, so not at all claustrophobic. Not used to ordering groceries etc for delivery but it's not working out too badly. Two friends have had the bug - one with multiple serious health issues recovered very quickly, another who seemed marathon-ready has been struigling for breath for three weeks. Connection to the outside world is a bit flaky - no house landline or internet, one recent and one very old phone on congested 3G. Been digging the garden more thoroughly than it's been done for years and doing lots of tidying. Then hopefully do lots of musical instrument practice.

The most visible thing that's gone wrong is litter. Bags of dogshit everywhere and car drivers being typically disgusting about flinging stuff out of their windows and flytipping. The council can't possibly deal with it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Neil D
Date: 06 Apr 20 - 05:46 PM

I'm hunkered down here in a small town south of Akron, Ohio. I only go out to take the dogs and my son brings up groceries. My wife on the other hand is a registered nurse at a senior care facility. So far they have managed to keep it out of the facility by allowing no visitors and checking the temperature of all employees and visiting Drs before they can enter. They did have a scare 10 days ago when a nurse from a temp agency had no temperature upon entering but had one of 102 5 hours later. My wife, of course, sent her straight home and contacted the agency to find out that nurse had been in a different facility a few days earlier where there were 3 cases of Covid. It was, as I said a scare, but 10 days have passed with no residents or staff showing symptoms. My wife moved into a spare room on site for a week, mostly for my protection, but is back home now.
I am grateful to You-tube, Netflix and Prime for keeping me occupied. Speaking of which, Skarpi, I watched a very good mini-series that was set and filmed in Iceland called "The Valhalla Murders". What a land of stark beauty you live in. I would love to visit some day, but gods know when anybody will be visiting other countries for pleasure again.


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From: Rapparee
Date: 07 Apr 20 - 09:14 PM

Still around and more or less healthy.


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From: skarpi
Date: 09 Apr 20 - 01:13 PM

Halló all , today I got a result from the test we got the other day, and it´s negative, but still we have to go careful, this is not over yet, today they have tested 32.623 people only in Faroyjar Island have tested more in the world, people who got better are now more than who are getting covid 19, that means that the covid virus is going down slowly here in Iceland, we have only YET 6 death´s, and god help us if it´s come back, stay save and do not beileve the false news around the world, about treatment´s and drugs and all kinds of shit´s that goes around, please stay home, please help the nurses and doctors and the EMT ´s the more we stay home, the better change we have and we can help the health care get fewer cases and help those who are in need, these are strange time´s, strange Easter, and it´s strange to see the world in lock down. Again stay save, all the best from an Island in the N-Atlantic ocean, that may or may not go to lock down, we don´t know yet, let´s hope not , best regards to all from us in Iceland Skarpi .


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Ernest
Date: 10 Apr 20 - 05:21 AM

Hey Skarpi,
good to hear that you are well!
I am still healthy as well, since I was working from homeoffice anyway there is one change less for me. Trying to learn new tunes for the time when we can have sessions again, using phone and email to keep in touch with friends.

Greetings from Life-at-Standby, Co. Everywhere, Planet Earth
Ernest


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 10 Apr 20 - 05:42 AM

good results & advice, Skarpi,


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 11 Apr 20 - 05:13 AM

How nice to hear from Liz.the Squeak and family. By the way, I still have the sheep !


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 11 Apr 20 - 05:45 AM

The last time we met up with anyone was 13th March for local clogging group (Anne dances despite the need for a hip operation, I play).

Since then we have done a click and collect at Asda once a few days after that, and then I have driven to the post box to send books to the grandchildren and to post off model kits to purchasers 3 times.

Luckily we had plenty of stores in before the crisis started.

We live in a remote location, in a ten acre field with the one of the local farmer's sheep for company, one acre fenced off as garden. So the nice weather has meant that I have been out catching up on the garden jobs which have got a long way behind because of the very wet winter.

We have a public footpath and a permitted footpath running through our land. We have closed the permitted footpath as there were so many new walkers coming through with dogs not on leads.

They say "Oh our dog is well trained, it won't chase the sheep".
My reply is "How do the sheep know that?".

We have a couple of lambs there now and more to come.

At least we have some Zoom sessions to keep us on our toes doing a bit of practice!

Robin


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 12 Apr 20 - 07:11 AM

Hello Skarpi! A good idea of yours. We are fine here in Suffolk England. We are close to some lovely country walks and the larks are singing (melodious) in the skies, the leaves are bursting and there is evidence that wildlife is flourishing without so many humans around! The garage has never been so tidy and the office is a work in progress! Gardening helps as well. Stay safe everyone.

Peter


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Donuel
Date: 12 Apr 20 - 10:10 AM

In Silver Spring the universal Horror movie plot of this Cofefe 19 thing is that its so damn invisible. It would be great if this monster was as big as a rabid raccoon on a 6 foot leash.


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From: bbc
Date: 13 Apr 20 - 12:47 AM

Hi, Skarpi,

Thanks for asking! bbc, checking in from Troy, New York. Although things are not as bad (at least, yet) here as they are in & around NYC, as of a couple of days ago, we had nearly 80 confirmed cases & 5 deaths in my county. I have been sheltering alone in my apartment since March 13 & am doing well. I have a good stock of food & supplies & am just trying to stay out of the way. Contact by phone & Internet is invaluable! I’ve been able to get deliveries of food & my 2 sons are willing to help out if I need them. Both of them are able to work from home—David from his computer company & Jay from NYS Taxation, taking tax questions by phone & helping maintain the 24-hour COVID-19 hotline. Surprisingly, my days seem quite full & I am in a good frame of mind, although I’d like to be out, photographing the Spring wildflowers. I find myself living more mindfully, aware of & thankful for each thing in my life. As time passes in this new normal, I’m feeling that good can come from our current situation if we are willing to let it! Be at peace, my friends! Stay safe & well!

Love,

Barbara


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: CupOfTea
Date: 13 Apr 20 - 02:21 PM

I've been in solo seclusion since leaving work on March 19, and until yesterday, I had not ventured farther from my house than the curb. I had stocked up on my way home from work, and supplemented groceries with one delivery.

Toilet paper was unavailable, as was flour: it seems everyone has taken up baking! A younger friend comes around weekly to have me cosign checks for church, and she'd offered to shop for anything I really needed. I thanked her but declined. Then the deluge came, and I had a sudden infestation of big ants- more than I'd ever seen in a house! Aresols are out with my asthma, so I called her and told her I'd reconsidered; would she get me some Borax, please? If she found TP and flour, that would be nice, but not as essential. She arrived with all three, only the TP was a pack of 30 rolls! I laughed till I was out of breath, "well, they'd only let me get one package!" She said.

Until yesterday, my close up interaction was limited to my boss bringing me a Mac so I could work remotely. I tried to get my prescription delivered, but was told I'd have to present my brand new medicare card in person to get my essential inhaler, so I masked up and ventured out. The car was creaky from being unmoved. I had been thinking to get some Easter candy & other things since I was out, but was limited by the behavior of other shoppers.

Been spending way too much time on Facebook, though the delight of facebook concerts by performers I love has been incredible! Anne Lister, Deb Cowan, Gina Forsyth, Sally Rogers doing a song-a-day, and all the other online ways with PayPal "tip jars" to support musicians. Zoom church participation, ballad and sing-around sessions, online interaction has moved more completely to our heart of hearts in many places.

I live in Cleveland, Ohio & watching our governor set the standard for a medical science-informed approach has been pleasantly astonishing. (He's a republican) The first cases in Cleveland were in my zipcode, but so far the only cases have been at several degrees of remove. I consider myslef very lucky, indeed.

Joanne in springtime Siberia on the Lake


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Manitas_at_home
Date: 14 Apr 20 - 04:34 AM

The weather here in London is gorgeous if a bit nippy. This is a bit of a smack in the face for those trapped at home without gardens but we are seeing more restraint with people not flocking to the parks. Phoebe had a cough last week and chose to self-isolate. Her office asked if she would like to go on furlough (the company can then reclaim 80% of her salary from the government). The cough passed, and hasn't been passed to Liz or me, so Phoebe and Liz went for a big shop yesterday. The supermarkets are restricting the numbers in store so they had to queue for a while but everything on the shopping list was in stock although they had to buy different brands for some items. Phoebe has gone into work today as nothing seems to have happened about the furlough. From conversations with her manager it seems they may operate a rota so that there are 2 or 3 people on site each day.

We live not far from the local hospital and I occasionally pass by when exercising. There are a lot more patient transport ambulances (as opposed to emergency vehicles) outside the hospital than usual. In less than a week they built a facility for cleaning vehicles and now the ambulances are waiting in 2 lines, one awaiting cleansing and one ready for use. There are far fewer people outside of the hospital, even to take a smoking break. The majority of out-patient clinics are suspended and visitors are being discouraged.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 30 Apr 20 - 11:07 AM

Refresh this one --
still a great and timely idea.

oh, about me?
I'm in a mental health clinic.
There are LOTS worse places I could be during this crisis.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Jack Campin
Date: 30 Apr 20 - 06:23 PM

Haven't seen anything from McGrath of Harlow for a bit. Or Gibb Sahib or John Moulden.

Ex-Mudcatters who might be in touch with current ones - M.Ted, Masato Sakurai, Azizi Powell, Mick Tems, Volgadon?


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 04 May 20 - 07:12 PM

Jack, the thread that was closed,
about clapping for the NHS workers,
had a recent post from McGrath of Harlow,
for what it's worth.


Come on, let's hear from the rest of you --
I know that many more of you
are not getting out very much ...


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Ebbie
Date: 05 May 20 - 04:43 AM

I am in my 11th week of self isolation and if was young, had long hair, a curvy body in a long gown and my apartment was in a tall tower I'd spend even more time at the window. But I cope.

I have my windows open as often as I can. Today and yesterday the sun shone and that was nice.

I am now fully alone. I had my cat put to sleep on March 1 and two weeks ago I had to put down my beloved little dog- he had developed pancreatitis and it was time.

I cope..


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 05 May 20 - 05:59 AM

sending hugs


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From: Charmion
Date: 05 May 20 - 09:31 AM

Ebbie, I'm so sorry about your animals. This is a terrible time to be suddenly bereft.

In Stratford, Ontario, CET and I are rubbing along, our routine in retirement changed most by the closure of Ontario's provincial court system (CET was doing Legal Aid lawyering). We both work at home anyway, each tapping away at our respective computer. He has a very messy office, I work in the study, which I keep neat because otherwise I could not stand it.

Our garden is waking up and the trees are full of robins, cardinals, blue jays and mourning doves. CET goes out for long hikes on the Avon Trail. My range is shorter, thanks to arthritis in my feet, but I can still do up to eight km (five miles) around town. I like to check out the geese doing flotilla manoeuvres on the river, and the municipal swans preening on the banks. The great blue herons and the cormorants should be back soon from their winter quarters down south.

Some other Canadian provinces are beginning to re-open their economies, but not Ontario yet. I'm not at all sure that I'm prepared to take the risk of letting anyone who is not CET breathe on me, even to get my hair cut. As for restaurants ... Um, no. We can cook, and are not that desperate for the company of others.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 May 20 - 04:44 PM

The rate of infection is still rising in my part of the great state of Texas, so I'm being very careful about going out. Today I picked up dog food and some takeout Chinese for lunch. Last week I got take out Mexican. I want my favorite restaurants to survive.

The garden is growing and I have time to expand it out over the next couple of weeks for some of the hot weather plants. I'm starting some from seed right now.

I did my shopping for meat over the last few weeks and have cut up some beef and pork into single portions and frozen them. I already had a lot of individual portions of chicken and fish. Grains and cereal are fine, and it's usually fresh vegetables and fruit that take me out to the store every couple of weeks. As summer advances it'll just be fruit since I'll be growing my own vegetables.

I fear I won't be making many trips out or resuming my museum volunteer work for several months. If you live in a state that doesn't take this very seriously, you have to do all you can to protect yourself because the governor is more interested in my pocketbook than my health.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: JennieG
Date: 07 May 20 - 07:13 PM

Ebbie, so sorry to hear about your animals. Keep on being Rapunzel in your tall tower.

When all this madness was getting underway in mid-March both Himself and I had a hair trim. He of course didn't have as much off as I did (I have long hair so only need a tidy-up trim every six months or so, but this time had several inches taken off) and is now finding out that his barber has probably retired; he has talked about doing so for the past year or more, and now his shop has closed.

Being in a country town makes it easier than if we were still living in the Big Smoke. We venture out once or twice a week for fresh food, and of course for the drug run when we need medications. Many stores now have put in clear screens as barriers between staff and customers, and you can bet your life they won't ever be removed.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 07 May 20 - 10:21 PM

here in the Big Smoke, on the edge of the CBD we also have screens in our supermarkets & pharmacies, & not so many people on the streets, or in buses & trains. Several times I've been the only person on the bus, my very own private chauffeur-driven bus which carries up to 80 passengers!

Tho as I live in backpackerland, I do see groups of young folks not taking the situation seriously.

Another group that does not take things seriously (well, has many members who do not take things seriously) are footballers - young Gods for whom rules to not apply, who post their infringements on social media for their worshippers to see.

sandra (an Olde Pharte who is not on social media)


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 10 May 20 - 11:06 AM

The mental health clinic, after two months of suspended admissions,
is resuming new admissions this week.
As they are all from out-of-state and
the pandemic restrictions are still on,
the new admits (if they don't say No at admission, which they may)
will be quarantined for two weeks
in the admit wing of the clinic's in-patient residence.

i'm one of the patients who has volunteered to help
to make the newbies feel at home,
a task I have never before undertaken.
We will see what happens.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 10 May 20 - 08:23 PM

goodonya, keberoux


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Mysha
Date: 10 May 20 - 09:55 PM

All self-isolated, and a bit scared of the nearby centre for asylum seekers where some 25 people caught 19. But for the moment, staying in should mean staying safe. School might re-open start of June, thus the coming week will be a lot of planning to see if we can social distance but still welcome everyone back in. Possibly it'll be mixed distance learning and classroom.
Just had the invitation for the Workum Liereliet, and I'm wondering whether start of October we will actually be able to gather in the hundreds without getting infected. Even so, I'm not sure what shanty I could do at the open podium, finding something that goes well with a disease running around.
But if the centre for asylum seekers will not spread 19 further, then we should be alright.

Mysha


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Neil D
Date: 12 May 20 - 11:20 PM

Well, it snowed here yesterday. So far this year we've seen Australia burning, a worldwide plague, murder hornets and now snow in the middle of May. I'm surprised the Holy Joes aren't running around with there hair on fire convinced the end times are here.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Gurney
Date: 13 May 20 - 12:03 AM

Easing of restrictions here in New Zealand tomorrow, many businesses back to work. However, not completely freely. No groups of more than 10 allowed, don't sit next to strangers on the 'bus, 1metre spacing from others, phone orders into takeaways, book into restaurants, stuff like that.   
We did get off very lightly so far, though. Not many carriers, prompt government action, most people accepting the restrictions.
Only 21 deaths, two souls in hospital.
Haste the inoculations, because that's what it will take to get rid of Covid 19.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Willie-O
Date: 15 May 20 - 09:05 AM

Been very very long! Me and Molly are holed up in our Ottawa Valley home, made the year’s maple syrup and I am almost fully supplied with next year’s firewood. Tilled the garden.

Normally I’d be in Cape Breton by now—lobster opening day today in fact, but it wouldn’t be the same even if we were down there. No deadheading on my buddy’s fishing boat, certainly no gigs. No pub sessions. The past few years I got back into busking because I discovered the Sydney waterfront is fertile ground for yer stirring shanties when cruise ships are in. Believe it or not they are now planning to start coming again in August, and fall looks as busy as ever, lots of big ships. Don’t know what to make of that. Masked busking or just stay away? Provincial borders are still sorta-closed anyway.

I’ve been too dispirited to play much music. But I’m happy to have lived long enough to be (temporarily, but still) receiving a living wage from the Canadian government to be an unemployed folksinger. So, speaking rhetorically, god bless Canada, and all of you.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 15 May 20 - 09:51 AM

here in Australia cruise ships are taking bookings for August! I can't find the news article I read recently,but did find 2 cruise line websites accepting bookings. weird

sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: JennieG
Date: 16 May 20 - 12:26 AM

Willie-O, our friends who live in B.C. and who enjoy cruising had previously booked a cruise to see the fall colours along the Maritime coast and New England. They decided to cancel. Better to be safe than sorry; my friend did once succumb to norovirus on a cruise and doesn't want to catch anything else, after that experience.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Jos
Date: 16 May 20 - 10:41 AM

I am fine now but I was ill for about five weeks (cough, horrendous sore throat, very very tired) but as it started on 7 January I just thought "I've never had a cold like THIS before." At the time it didn't occur to me that it could be the virus that was causing problems in China - how could I possibly have caught it?
But on New Year's Eve I had been travelling on trains going to, through, and from Gatwick airport carrying passengers coming from abroad including skiing trips in Italy, Austria and France, and I had spent nearly an hour at Gatwick station amongst these travellers. So now I believe I have had the virus, and I am looking forward to the antibody test being available to see if I am right.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 16 May 20 - 12:06 PM

Jos, it's good to know you recovered from what might have been the virus.

sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Mrrzy
Date: 17 May 20 - 09:39 AM

Aw, man, Ebbie, how awful.

It was close to 90°F (about 32°C) on Friday. I took the opportunity to go to several outdoor farmers' markets. Mask, gloves, sweat *pouring* down my arms from under the gloves when I reached for things so I tried not to drip on shelves. I think Imma need those terry cloth wristbands I use for seasickness next time...


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Charmion
Date: 17 May 20 - 10:02 AM

In Stratford, Ontario, the farmers' market reopened yesterday, using only stalls under canvas in the parking lot instead of the lovely big market hall. Food sales only, lots of social distancing with caution tape and dots on the pavement. Everybody obviously thrilled to be out in the sunshine to buy fruit & veg.

Incidentally, the market was the first place we have used cash -- y'know, actual folding and clinking money -- since before Easter; our last cash withdrawal from the bank was on 16 March.

Likewise, the garden centres are open again. We blew lots of dough (plastic, this time) on perennials for the garden, notably a rosebush, several foxgloves and some hellebores.

Still no restaurants, except for carry-out and delivery. And of course no theatre, concerts or cinema.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Donuel
Date: 17 May 20 - 10:48 AM

Where's DECKMAN?

My county has 2,000 reported deaths. Reported numbers are known to be minimized and testing numbers are really skewed at 100,000.
Virginia and DC numbers are lower but those numbers are probably more fraudulent than ours. The degree of secrecy is possibly associated with concerns of social unrest of which I have seen no evidence.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Charmion's brother Andrew
Date: 17 May 20 - 12:39 PM

Checking in from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Our province and that of Quebec are demographically unusual in the pandemic in that the virus is killing more women than men. Theories are that it is worst among the those in long-term care, largely women pensioners. Too many guys pop their clogs before they make it into old folks' homes. My 98-year-old mother-in-law is in a facility with an outbreak that has killed eight on her floor alone.

The House of Commons is mostly meeting in committee by using remote means and, when it does meet in the chamber, they keep numbers at a minimum and suspend the orders that would otherwise require them to speak from their assigned seats so that they can maintain a safe distance from one another. They have us minions working from home and "mailing it in."

I am off for a bike ride this afternoon to see if I can get by the sentries that the government of Quebec has posted at their end of the interprovincial bridges.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Mrrzy
Date: 17 May 20 - 01:32 PM

Yikes.

Apparently I don't need the gloves:

https://www.inverse.com/mind-body/are-you-wearing-gloves-a-mask-to-the-shops-you-might-be-doing-it-wrong/amp


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Maryrrf
Date: 17 May 20 - 08:45 PM

I haven't been on Mudcat for ages, but I stopped in tonight and it was good to see that so many have checked in and are okay. I now live in Spain and went back to Virginia in early March to check on a family member who was not well (not COVID19). I haven't been able to get back to Spain for 2 1/2 months - flights keep getting canceled. I have a flight booked for Tuesday, so far, so good it looks like it will be a go. I'll then have a two week quarantine in Spain which I'll gladly do.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: HuwG
Date: 18 May 20 - 10:39 AM

Checking in, from Glossop in Derbyshire. Apologies for long absence, most of it nothing to do with COVID-19. Just before Christmas, I went to the doctors' for an annual checkup. When I went back for the results, they used the C-word (and they were not swearing). They rushed matters a bit after that, and I found nyself in hospital for a big operation in the first week in February.

I had a couple of setbacks during recovery, and was kept in the surgical ward for six weeks. While I was in hospital, my little brother arranged for my house to be reconstructed. This was a job I had been preparing and budgeting for for a couple of years, but my brother precipitated events. When I was discharged, the house was still largely a building site, so I stayed with my brother and sister-in-law for a few weeks. I am now back at home, but as a member of several vulnerable groups as defined by the government, I am still effectively in Purdah.

There is another operation to go, but I am well enough otherwise. The only drawback in the DVLC (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Centre, in Swansea), who are refusing to let me drive until I have had an eyesight test, which cannot be arranged for at least twelve weeks. Quite what part of Health and Safety guidelines equates the loss of several inches of large intestine with potentially defective vision is not clear to me, but I promise to be good and leave the car alone for a bit.

I have lost two friends over the last three months, but to old age rather than any pathogen.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 18 May 20 - 02:39 PM

As per Jack Campin's question:

Former Mudcat member
Azizi Powell is still posting at her blog
pancocojams.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 19 May 20 - 10:11 AM

I took the liberty of posting an e-mail to Azizi Powell.
You will not hear from her here, directly, as she said
'thanks but no thanks.'

She sounds as ever, still in touch with her own adult daughter,
still posting to her own blog.

"I credit Mudcat ( and often quote Mudcat),
but I've moved on.
Be safe and be well."

That's all.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: rich-joy
Date: 19 May 20 - 06:25 PM

Thanks, Keb!
So glad Azizi is still around, sharing her vast knowledge and research.

R-J


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Pete Jennings
Date: 20 May 20 - 09:52 PM

Glad to say that me and Judi are okay, thanks, albeit observing the lockdown advice here in the UK, what with both of us being retired. I had double pneumonia back in February and spent six nights in hospital but there was no mention of the virus by the medics, although I'd had all the symptoms before taking taken in. Stay safe.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 22 May 20 - 06:31 PM

For the United States Mudcatters in particular:

How are you observing the long weekend with the
Memorial Day holiday on Monday?

Me, I'm still at the mental health clinic,
and savoring the fact that
I get a day off from psychotherapy on Monday ...
it's usually a morning appointment,
so I get to sleep in ...


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 23 May 20 - 09:21 AM

I haven't been here much for quite some time, but I'm doing well in central Maine. We moved here in February and had just under a month to develop some friendships and get involved in our new community before the stay-at-home began. I now spend even more time on the internet than I did before. But Spring has finally arrived and so outside activities (garden, canoe, bicycle, etc.) are in full swing. Sadly, no gigs, and no contra dancing or harmony singing for the foreseeable future, if ever.

I lost one friend to the virus early on, and then Micca left us, and I haven't seen my about-to-be 94 year old mother since Christmas, so there's some sadness, but I try to remind myself that I have much to be grateful for.


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