Having exhausted our 14-day stay near Whitchurch, on Monday evening we moved just past Whixall Moss. That journey entailed a working few Lift Bridges – extremely stiff ones at that! My arms were thankful to hand over the final one to Kim. Yes, we’re extremely close to the Welsh border now!
Our original intention of not moving past Whitchurch isn’t practical. We have to be moored where there’s a decent internet signal. And mooring restrictions, of course, are now in force. So we’re milking every last drop of time to be close to Lisa and her boys while we can. We’re aware in a couple of weeks we’ll have to start our journey southwards or we’ll run out of time …
I’ve been a busy-bee inside working this week, a few Zoom meetings, managing accounts and building a new account (yay!). Yesterday, however, I’d scheduled in an afternoon to meet with Lisa. We weren’t sure exactly where we’d end up, as we’re currently about a mile from a road. This spot Barry chose is so serenely peaceful, and thankfully we have sunset views once again. It’s a sublime, albeit brief stay.
A Rather Long But Worthwhile Walk
We ended up walking to Colemere, one of Shropshire’s most beautiful mere’s, formed in the Ice Age. Barry was able to educate the boys, and Lisa, the history of the area, which is fabulous at the moment as they’re home-schooling. What a spectacular spot! It was really hot and sunny, and we discovered a ‘mini beach’ type area so everyone was able to at least dip their feet in the cool, clean water.
I’ve even got a few photos from Barry to share …
We were absolutely shattered by the time we got back to Areandare late last night. My iPhone Health App showed a distance of 7,975 steps to Colemere or 5.1km – walking back would’ve been the same amount but my phone battery died.
Successful Plant Growing On Board!
All of a sudden, my cherry tomato plant has decided to sharpen up – and ONE tomato is turning red. Woohoo!
My peppers, or chillis, or sweet peppers (I shan’t know which ones they are unless they grow sufficiently in the next seven weeks!) are also sprouting upwards looking happy and healthy. How exciting.
Rumblings Down Under
There’s been quite a furore amongst kiwis around the quarantine COVID-19 cock-up in New Zealand. The rules that had been put in place for anyone entering the country, to protect them from further cases, seem to have been a little lax at times. Despite the requirement of a COVID test three days into the 14-day isolation and three days before the end, apparently there have been times when this hasn’t happened. I believe to date three new cases have emerged – and there is uncertainty whether anyone who wasn’t tested, or was allowed to leave early, is in the population. A worrying time for them. Additionally, the cost of housing the thousands of residents and citizens returning is a bone of contention.
We bought our tickets last autumn, as we’d been planning on returning once Barry’s British Citizenship came through. Until it did, we couldn’t leave for longer than 60 days or the application would’ve failed. We must go back, to see his two children (grown-up of course, but nonetheless it’s been over three years!), and to apply for his pension. He has to be in the country at least three months prior to applying. So we feel completely justified in travelling – so long as we’re aware to not go if either of us has ANY symptoms, and to be alert (!) at all times before we fly, and during the journey. We’ve bought very good masks from a client of mine especially.
It’s a tricky and anxious time for everyone, the world over. I can imagine if you’ve eradicated the pesky virus, you’d want to stop anyone coming in. But as Jacinda alluded, we have a legal right to return. And if we can, we will.
COVID-19 Symptom Study
We continue to report to the App daily, with no symptoms – along with 3,915,326 others in the UK. The team continue to report a lowering of daily cases – currently (17th June figures), it’s at 3,612, which is down 27% from last week. Fantastic news. Long may it continue to fall …
Last But Not Least
Barry is working on an exciting new venture at the moment, and we plan to ‘launch’ it here soon. A few people may have seen a post that was inadvertently posted on our Facebook Page, then hastily removed when I saw it! It involves his superb photography of course – and there just may be quite a few images you’ve not seen previously.
Watch this space!