Pretty in Pink!

Pink Geranium 1

Haiku 188

Before this Lockdown

Remember the good old days

When you could go out!

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I hope everyone is keeping well and surviving being cooped up for weeks on end during Countrywide Lockdown?

To cheer you up, here are some photos of a tiny pink Geranium I am nurturing in my garden. It looked like it was on its last legs, but then produced these lovely flowers.

Pink Geranium 2

In South Africa we went into Countrywide Lockdown on 26 March for three weeks. This has just been extended another two weeks to the end of April; and may be further extended. We are not allowed out for a walk, not even to take the dog. We can only go to the local shops for essentials, such as medicines and food. No alcohol or cigarettes are on sale for the duration of the Lockdown.

Only fifty people are allowed in a shop at any one time. As a person leaves the shop another is allowed to enter. So we queue up outside, keeping our social distance of two metres. By carefully choosing my time to shop I can keep this wait down to about 30 minutes. Inside the shop everyone seems to forget about the two metre rule and just shops as usual! Fortunately, by limiting the amounts you are allowed to buy, there is stock on the shelves; though you might have to eat a little differently for a while.

Pink Geranium 3

Our Coronavirus stats are low compared to most countries, but we are heading into winter and flu season, so anything could still happen.

Thank goodness for the internet and many light-hearted clips to get us all through this difficult time.

Keep Safe my friends.

 

29 thoughts on “Pretty in Pink!

    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you πŸ™‚
      Sorry to hear of your Lockdown extension, but I think we are all headed that way.
      Hang in there and Keep Safe. πŸ™‚

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  1. A Curious Introvert

    Thanks for sharing the update and lovely photos and color! It’s been snowing here again today and we still have very little color. I don’t know if I would have survived our continued shutdown without some outdoor activity and wine. I hope you had a chance to stock up on some of the essentials before the lockdown! Take care!!

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Gosh – Snow!
      I was jolly lucky I had just replenished my alcohol stores before all this Corona stuff – but as Lockdown has been extended here in SA, many friends are running dangerously low! πŸ˜€
      Keep Safe. πŸ™‚

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  2. Murphy's Law

    What a welcome post today. Beautiful flowers. Heavy rain here and high winds and higher gusts. Only colors are alternate grey and black sky. So your vibrant geraniums are a real treat.

    Not being able to walk in your own yard or take your dog in the yard is a bit over the top. But, better safe than sorry. I do feel bad for those puppies that must be so confused why they can now “go” in the house! And the cleanup task on the part of the owners. You can’t put enough newspaper down to take care of that.

    Glad to know you are okay. Stay healthy. Stay safe. Stay home.
    Ginger

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you πŸ˜€ I’m happy to provide a little colour. πŸ™‚
      Erm I think there’s some confusion here as to “going out”. You aren’t the only one, so I guess there is a difference in UK and American English?
      We are not allowed to go out anywhere Public, as in down the street or to a park; anywhere really.
      But you Can walk round your own garden (or yard as you say) and let the dogs out there. Most houses are totally enclosed by tall walls or fences so it is private property.
      My friend runs round her house with her two large dogs – greyhound and lurcher – to give them a little exercise. Tho they are very confused!! πŸ˜€

      Keep Safe Ginger! πŸ™‚

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  3. mistermuse

    Not allowed to walk your dog — not even on your own property? Is so, that means you’re no better off than dog owners who live in apartments. I don’t see the reasoning behind that!

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      There is some confusion here – you aren’t the only one, so it must be my English.
      You are allowed to walk round your own garden or private property, but nowhere public, such as a street or park etc.
      Our Lockdown is quite severe. They really just want to “Flatten the curve”, as our hospitals could never cope with a sudden demand on beds or icu. Social isolation is the best way to slow the spread.
      Well, it can’t last forever! πŸ™‚
      Keep Safe. πŸ™‚

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you πŸ™‚
      I don’t know if some people might take the opportunity to give up an addiction. Lucky for me, I have a good stock of Vodka, so I’m OK! πŸ˜€
      Keep Safe. πŸ™‚

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      1. pensitivity101

        Haven’t had vodka since my teens. Happy (not) memories of falling through the back door slightly sloshed after someone had started buying me gin and orange instead of vodka

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  4. oldmainer

    It’s nice you sent some color with your words and pictures to an otherwise dreary rainy day. We are doing many of the same things here that you are doing there (50 people etc) but some of your measures are extreme compared to ours. But this too will pass. I have to believe that. Stay safe.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Glad to brighten up your day. πŸ˜€
      Yeah, the measures are quite harsh over here. I only hope it works in the long run.
      It will pass; you’re right. πŸ™‚

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    2. Tokens of Companionship

      If our government tried to ban alcohol and cigarette sales, there would be an armed rebellion! We tried Prohibition once before and it didn’t work out. Besides, illicit bars (speakeasies) would go against social distancing! πŸ˜†

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      1. scifihammy Post author

        Well it’s only during Lockdown, not forever, so we just have to put up with it!
        Fortunately I had stocked up on my vodka supply before any of this Corona stuff began. πŸ˜€

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