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Return to bygone days

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Katek Mon 16-Mar-20 12:46:42

DH and Iare ‘socially distanced’ as we are both in vulnerable groups. For myself it’s actually not too much different as I was a stay at home mum/Nanna so I’m well used to occupying myself. I’ve also realised that a lot of how we lived in the 50s-80s would be useful today. Home baking, cooking, reusable towelling nappies and, most of all a sense of community, would all help. DH and I are planning on going out for ‘drives’ but instead of heading for a cafe for lunch we’re reverting to childhood days out and taking a flask and sandwiches! (Preferably soggy tomato ones wrapped in tin foil!) We will find somewhere pleasant to stop and have lunch whilst admiring the view. Perhaps the unexpected beneficial consequence of this virus will be to make us all slow down the frantic pace of our lives. Sometimes the ways of the past were actually better for us. I found this gem still holds true!

fiorentina51 Mon 16-Mar-20 12:49:59


boheminan Mon 16-Mar-20 12:57:39

Not at the 'socially distanced' stage yet, but was pleasantly surprised at going into town today, just how 'normal' ('normal'...remember 'normal'?!) everything was, not a mask in sight, shoppers smiling and chatting, the market bustling, shops with loo rolls, paracetamols and other 'essentials' for sale, the sun shining, it felt like being in a parallel world and I wondered if I've been having a long bad dream about the 'crisis'.

It cheered me up no end, and I've come back to sitting in the garden in a deck chair reading a book...with a cup of tea (in a china cup and saucer of course). Ah, soggy sandwiches - I remember them well, along with the Thermos flask and wasps! Have a lovely daysunshineflowers]

vampirequeen Mon 16-Mar-20 13:19:17

I don't mind the home baking although I had to give it up due to an allergic reaction to flour but under no circumstances would I wish Terry nappies on anyone. Yes they looked lovely when they were soft and white blowing on the washing line but don't you remember the smell of the nappy bucket or how hard the nappies went after a few boil washes.

As for picnics....we never gave them up. We often take our sandwiches wrapped in foil and regularly have picnics in the car because the weather is too cold to sit outside.

NanaandGrampy Mon 16-Mar-20 13:26:08

We were just saying the same thing Katek. We plan on doing the same sort of thing. Taking the dog for a solo forest walk, we rarely ever even see anyone whilst out. We plan on the whole coffee and a soggy sandwich in the car too 😁

The benefit to being this old is we remember the days when we had far less than we do now and we know how to make do and mend !

Katek Mon 16-Mar-20 13:49:13

Napisan! Ah how well I remember that smell as I fished nappies out of the bucket with tongs! Amazing what you can get used to! smile I’m drawing the line at taking floral pattern folding chairs on my drive but thought I would add a hard boiled egg to my picnic.......perhaps a scone and jam as well?? Size of a house before this is over!grin

travelsafar Mon 16-Mar-20 14:14:24

I would pack hard boiled eggs too, along with a screw of salt. There would also be a damp flannel in a poly bag to wipe sticky fingers on afterwards. smile

Auntieflo Mon 16-Mar-20 14:23:10

Ah, the soggy tomato sandwiches. Used to love those.

SuzannahM Mon 16-Mar-20 15:02:52

My first post after years of lurking so I know many of you a little bit even if you don't know me grin. So, hi everyone!

I had a long letter from a friend this morning, a real letter, not an email. Most letters we get these days are of the 'this is how much money you owe us/you haven't got' variety or short notes. My friend decided to write me a long chatty letter like we used to do instead of emailing, not much real news but lots of chat and remembrances. I curled up on the sofa and laughed and cried while I read it, and this evening I will read it over with my OH again.

Tomorrow I am going to sit down and answer it and I've searched out some old snaps of the two of us to enclose in it. Thinking about what to write is giving me as much pleasure as reading hers. My hands aren't what they used to be so the writing will be a bit shaky so it will take a while but who cares so long as she can read it.

For me there are lots of things that have disappeared from our everyday lives that could do with reviving. I don't want to do away with electronic communication (it's quick and doesn't kill our trees) but the snail variety is sometimes a nice change.

SadafGransnet (GNHQ) Tue 17-Mar-20 09:52:00

Welcome SuzannahM and well done on taking the plunge and we hope you find lots of great advice on our forums. And if you have any queries please don't hesitate to contact us on [email protected] Happy posting!

JuliaM Tue 17-Mar-20 10:17:12

At least with modern stamps and self seal envelopes, you wont be sending a free sample of your potentially infected Saliva with every letter delivered!

M0nica Tue 17-Mar-20 10:20:21

We are planning days out in a smilar way. Summer is coming, gardens will be open, we have a beautiful national arboretum nearby. We can visit those walk round, avoiding other people and then go home to tea and cakes at home.

M0nica Tue 17-Mar-20 10:20:52

Home baked cakes, of course.