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GabriellaG54 Mon 23-Mar-20 07:30:40

This view from part of my morning run.
It's so uplifting to see a clear blue sky and the sun casting it's light over hills and houses, dappling all the new growth with fingers of warmth.
Only saw 2 peeps on other side of river who ๐Ÿ‘‹ and I did likewise.
Narrow boats and ducks and exercise and sunshine (albeit weak at that time of day)
Life is good. ๐Ÿ˜

GabriellaG54 Mon 23-Mar-20 07:31:39

Oops! forgot photo.

Oopsadaisy3 Mon 23-Mar-20 07:39:27

Well, it was lovely to see the sunshine, but Iโ€™ve been watching the news, which was probably a mistake because my good mood has pretty much evaporated.

Brunette10 Mon 23-Mar-20 07:48:42

Participating in the Good Morning thread, everyone is trying their best to be bright and cheerful in this damn awful situation we all find ourselves in. Nice we are all here for each other. Lets hope everyone feels the same. flowers

Kalu Mon 23-Mar-20 07:49:29

The promise of another sunny day which allows me to potter about in the garden, discovering new buds, plants emerging for another year bringing life to the garden again.

Fresh air, exercise and coffee breaks al fresco. Bliss๐ŸŒž

tanith Mon 23-Mar-20 07:57:02

Seeing the blue sky and sunshine Iโ€™ll be taking a long walk after breakfast.

Laughterlines Mon 23-Mar-20 07:59:38

Heard Italy seems in slightly better situation today. Hurrah

Beechnut Mon 23-Mar-20 08:00:11

Waking up to sunshine ๐ŸŒž

Missfoodlove Mon 23-Mar-20 08:17:16

Sunshine and a load of seeds to plant!
Itโ€™s time to get my vegetables going ready for a summer harvest.
I will pick the last of my winter spinach and kale to make soup.
Also a little bonus we had a call yesterday to say the rest of our wine would be delivered..... we forgot we had paid for some wine weeks ago but they had only stock to fulfil part of the order.

Calendargirl Mon 23-Mar-20 08:42:22

This relates to yesterday really, but my amaryllis, which DD who lives in Oz sent to me years ago, came out in beautiful flowers. Just seemed so appropriate for Mothering Sunday.

GabriellaG54 Mon 23-Mar-20 09:46:23

I agree with all your comments. A dreadful situation and we can be forgiven for being worried and downbeat.
Let's carry on doing our best and taking what small pleasures we can from each day, and we'll hopefully boost our mental health and keep our spirits up.
I tidied my outdoor pots after brekkie and now going to plant herbs in pots.
Enjoy your day, whatever you're up to. ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ˜

Gaunt47 Mon 23-Mar-20 09:55:42

Reasons to be cheerful 1 2 3
Saw a bumblebee buzzing around my little garden this morning. Hope it finds nourishment somewhere because there's nothing out yet!
The thought that seagulls might revert to their 'proper' feeding grounds now rather than mugging visitors for their chips and ice cream around the harbour. Because there are only a few visitors.
The sun is shining.

Wheniwasyourage Mon 23-Mar-20 10:32:59

The live news stream on the BBC site has an alternative stream of good news with stories of people doing positive and caring things. Cheered me up. sunshine

Calendargirl Mon 23-Mar-20 10:35:58

Lovely sunny day, two lots of washing blowing in the wind, a good wash day always puts me in a good mood.

Franbern Mon 23-Mar-20 10:38:05

Avoiding the News, but lovely seeing blue sky and sunshine. And, Nature is continuing, trees in bud, flowers coming up, birds nesting, squirrels around local park.

M0nica Mon 23-Mar-20 10:41:44

The bright sunshine and spring flowers.

Happygirl79 Mon 23-Mar-20 10:48:14

Seeing a very young couple deep cleaning the bus shelter nearby to help protect others
It made me tearful

BlueSapphire Mon 23-Mar-20 10:59:16

Getting a Sainsbury's priority delivery slot tomorrow! I have just done my order.

And hanging out the washing for the first time this year on a lovely spring morning.

Anniebach Mon 23-Mar-20 11:16:33

Looked on our local news site, photograph of snow on the top
of one of our mountain ridge was posted, someone said
โ€˜ thatโ€™s where all the loo rolls have goneโ€™

anna7 Mon 23-Mar-20 11:54:32

I am looking after my son's dog today and seeing him chase a bee round the garden made me smile smile

GabriellaG54 Mon 23-Mar-20 12:12:07

Anniebach
That made me smile ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„

MerylStreep Mon 23-Mar-20 12:26:16

I've just come in from our Close chat. I live in a small Close so the only traffic here is people who live here.
Today 6 of us took a garden chair and a cup of tea down to the end and sat (apart) and put the world to rights.

cornergran Mon 23-Mar-20 12:35:07

A walk in the sunshine along the river. No one about. Bliss

Greyduster Mon 23-Mar-20 12:55:57

The news that GS had a brilliant grade in the English exam he took just before school shut. And the fact that the sun is shining!

rubysong Mon 23-Mar-20 13:44:03

Pottering about in the garden and greenhouse. Putting in some seeds and putting some plants out in the sunshine to start hardening off.

Lisagran Mon 23-Mar-20 13:50:29

A lovely walk in the sunshine along the river sunshine

SalsaQueen Mon 23-Mar-20 13:54:31

All this sunshine smile

Getting a free bunch of flowers in Asda this morning - staff were giving them away at the door.

My cat, sunning himself on the patio.

Washing blowing on the line.

Judy54 Mon 23-Mar-20 13:56:14

My OH went to Sainsbury's this morning and
they were handing out free flowers to older people and Medics in the early morning slot. They had bought so many for Mother's Day and sadly they were not sold. It certainly lifted my spirits and made my day. What a lovely thread Gabriella thank you so much for starting it.

Brunette10 Mon 23-Mar-20 14:18:40

I too received a lovely bunch of daffs from Sainsbury this morning, cheered me up, so nice of them. smile

Sussexborn Mon 23-Mar-20 14:29:32

Chatting to our toddler grandson on FaceTime. He uses sign language a lot and unexpectedly used the sign for friends when he spotted his older cousins!

Also saw our GD enjoying a tiny slice of cake on her first birthday. We were supposed to be there but at least we got to share the moment online.

grannyactivist Mon 23-Mar-20 14:38:04

Yesterday I had a surprise video phone call from all of my children at the same time. There is a programme they used (called Zoom - I think my son recommended it and then my husband set it up) where we could all see and chat to each other at the same time, including my daughter and granddaughter who are in New Zealand. It was just so good to see and hear them all catching up in person rather than on our usual WhatsApp group. I'm still smiling about it today. smile

AGAA4 Mon 23-Mar-20 14:42:17

An e-mailed photo of my grandson, who is crawling now, getting into mischief. He has upturned the cat's bowl of biscuits for starters. She was not impressed but made me smile.

GabriellaG54 Mon 23-Mar-20 15:25:19

You're welcome Judy54
It's been lovely to read all the comments. I think sunshine and washing blowing in the breeze is favourite...as it has been down through the years.
I remember, during my childhood, mum taking washing off the line that was rigid with foggy/ice. It was funny to see shirts stiff as a board that you couldn't possibly bend to put in the clothes basket or on the maiden. ๐Ÿฅผ๐Ÿ‘š๐Ÿ‘•๐Ÿ‘”

Squiffy Mon 23-Mar-20 15:48:50

Our local corner shop let me have two containers of milk - normal ration is one per customer - so that I could take them to my neighbour whoโ€™s in isolation. Online grocery order arrived with only three substitutions! ๐Ÿ‘ Itโ€™s warm enough to open lots of windows and let the breeze cleanse the air!

A lovely thread Gabriella, it does us good to think of the positives in life. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ’

Pantglas2 Mon 23-Mar-20 15:50:50

Afternoon Tea - The making and the eating of.....

Curlywhirly Mon 23-Mar-20 16:12:03

It's such a gorgeous sunny day, it really cheered me up. 3 loads of washing all dried on the line outside and smelling lovely. Passing strangers on a walk (whilst keeping a distance) and nodding to each other in recognition of the measures we are all taking. A lovely video of my 5 year old and 2 year old DGC dancing like loons around their kitchen to Bamboleo, Bamboleo!

pollyperkins Mon 23-Mar-20 16:27:20

We saw all the children and grandchildren at once yesterday electronically through an app called House Party ! The youngest aged 18 months pointed at the screen and said ma-mar - Iโ€™m convinced (and the others thought) she recognised me and meant Grandma! I was thrilled!

Whitewavemark2 Mon 23-Mar-20 16:32:48

Sounds a bit weird but what cheered me up was that a couple of my pots need watering!!

That means that it hasnโ€™t rained for a while๐Ÿ™‚

B9exchange Mon 23-Mar-20 16:35:23

One year old youngest GS spotted us on the screen, grinned and waved, made my day!

Elizabeth1 Mon 23-Mar-20 16:38:38

Munching on an extremely delicious light cupcakegiven by my daughter for motherโ€™s day two speedy bites and whoosh it was gone

Washerwoman Mon 23-Mar-20 17:00:03

I am still grinning at the Mothers day card from DD made by DGD in which a picture of me is constructed in sparkly stickers with lurid glasses.she obviously thinks I look like Dame Edna Everage !

Callistemon Mon 23-Mar-20 17:13:25

I decided to make some biscuits (for the first time ever)

Whether or not they will, if my spirits remains to be seen.
It's a Prue Leith recipe but, as usual with my cooking, a variation so I am calling them 'leftover biscuits.'

Some leftover crumble mix, one lonely egg, a too-ripe banana, the remains of a muesli packet, raisins instead of sultanas ,eft from Christmas, bits of walnuts, sugar and flour, oh and I tidied up the butter dish. And orange rind.

I hope they don't have to go out to feed the birds!

Callistemon Mon 23-Mar-20 17:14:05

Lift my spirits not if them

Norah1955 Mon 23-Mar-20 17:31:14

Walk with the dog in the sunshine lovely

Callistemon Mon 23-Mar-20 17:32:20

We had a brew in the garden in lovely spring sunshine hoping to get some Vitamin D

Bathsheba Mon 23-Mar-20 17:47:41

Going for a drive out into the countryside and seeing all the lambs in the fields, hearing birdsong, all in beautiful bright sunshine.

It's the little things that have now become the big things.

bikergran Mon 23-Mar-20 18:10:24

As I work in well know supermarket I have seen the struggles of young families trying to find Baby formula ,limited to 2 in our store.

On Saturday I went to Morrisons in local town to shop for my mum, there was a young man picked up 3 baby formulas.

He was only allowed 2 so had to leave one.

When he had left the till area I asked could I buy the other one which I did( I only had two items so knew I could catch the chap up)
Which I did and he was so grateful and offered to pay me for it , I just said no you take and let baby enjoy.

Anyway going back to last week my DD had to dash up to the hospital as Grandsons great nan was dying, DD rushed and hit a curb denting her wheel.

Today she went to garage/tyre place who said it will be ยฃ40 leave car come back in an hour.

Took her back to pick car up. she come out beaming! they told her "no charge" as she works for nhs smile

how kind was that. smile so yes spirits lifted (along with me winning the Bettys Hamper) I shall virtually share it with Gn when it arrives. smile

bikergran Mon 23-Mar-20 18:11:22

So...it was a case of ..one good turn deserved another.

Callistemon Mon 23-Mar-20 19:44:33

bikergran there are some lovely stories out there. I think that sometimes GN is very skewed and should probably come with a health warning itself.
Well done, that was very thoughtful of you.

BBbevan Mon 23-Mar-20 19:46:57

My DD bought me a lilac bush. Madame Lemoine.It came to day and I planted it in the garden. I just adore lilac. Such a beautiful, thoughtful present.

SueDonim Mon 23-Mar-20 19:56:57

This made me chuckle today. I went to Sainsburyโ€™s for a few bits and thought Iโ€™d pick up some strong bin bags for all the rubbish I plan to get rid off over the next few weeks.

I think theyโ€™re employing temporary, untrained, shelf stackers because there amongst the rows of garbage bags and bin liners was a neatly stacked display of pink boxes of panty liners! ๐Ÿ˜‚

annodomini Mon 23-Mar-20 20:15:37

I was able to take my new garden chair (bought from Aldi on line and self-assembled) outside and sit in the sun with my Kindle. Bliss.

bikergran Mon 23-Mar-20 20:34:39

Also at my checkout on Friday a young mum could only have 2 packs of baby wipes, when she had paid for her shopping, the man behind her (hese called Fred as I do know him) said "can I pay for them and give them to the lady"? I said yes in this case, so thats what he did. smile

Sunday after I hade served a man he had a Cadburys Cream egg amongst his shopping....after paying he said "here you are thats for you" smile

GabriellaG54 Mon 23-Mar-20 20:57:37

Pantglas2
Beautifully laid out but I cannot partske of those delicacies.
I don't eat hardboiled eggs unless the chalaza has been removed before chopping up
Don't like salmon or meat or fruited cake/ bread.
It's a good job I'm not invited. shockwinkgrin

GabriellaG54 Mon 23-Mar-20 20:58:17

Partake. Sorry, sloppy typing.

Pantglas2 Mon 23-Mar-20 21:29:46

There was also Cheshire cheese with finely chopped spring onion and toasted, buttered banana bread......wink

Alexa Mon 23-Mar-20 21:50:49

Gorgeous spring weather. Friendly Tesco delivery man who did everything right and helpfully , and gave me a wave before he departed in his van.

Sat at my front doorstep well back in my front garden which faces west, soaking up the afternoon son

Missfoodlove Mon 23-Mar-20 21:53:31

Lockdown has cheered me. I feel safer now ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿ˜ท

Grannybags Mon 23-Mar-20 21:54:23

My son delivered my Mother's Day present standing at least 6 feet away in my front garden and my two granddaughters waving and blowing kisses from the car.

gulligranny Mon 23-Mar-20 22:23:47

Had a wonderful laugh with my dear stepson in a phone call. Last year my DH (his dad) was in hospital from the middle of March to the end of May; I reminded DSS of this and said, well at least with self-isolating your dad will be able to enjoy his plum blossom (Victoria of that ilk). There was a pause, and then DSS said "Is that a euphemism for something ?" Collapse of two stout parties ....

mrsmopp Mon 23-Mar-20 22:39:23

Beautiful weather and watching great tits building a nest in my garden.

Fennel Tue 24-Mar-20 11:28:32

Same here MrsMopp. I went out for a short walk, sat for a rest on a bench on our estate. Not many others out, but those I saw all smiled and said hello etc.
It's the socialising that I miss most.

Romola Tue 24-Mar-20 11:36:04

I just wanted to say that Gransnet is amazing. I joined a few weeks ago to get advice about a GS and received some wise words.
But what is really great is that nearly all posts are thoughtful, sensible and measured, unlike the comments on articles on the BBC website which are too often bigoted and illiterate.

millymouge Tue 24-Mar-20 11:44:10

I know this is for the future but it has given DH and I something to plan for when all this is over. The Estate agent
emailed us this morning to confirm the bid we had put on a bungalow had been accepted, we had been looking for something for ages and our house is sold so we were getting worried. It really lifted our spirits and we now have something to look forward to. All on hold for the moment, but we are happy to wait. Stay safe everyone.

Craftycat Tue 24-Mar-20 11:49:07

I looked out of the back bedroom window this morning to see our Magnolia Strellata ( the one with the pink flowers) in full bloom. Yesterday it was just showing a bit of colour but the weather has been very warm & sunny so it has decided to burst into flower.
Gorgeous but I do wish it would last longer- we may get a week of flowers if we are lucky.

GrandmaTrisha Tue 24-Mar-20 11:51:06

Hearing that because of the lack of suitable medical conditions in Iraq, my son is being redeployed to Dubai instead. I'd rather he was coming home altogether but we can't have everything can we?

Susie42 Tue 24-Mar-20 12:19:41

Long queue for Sainsburys yesterday but very well managed by their staff making sure people kept their distance and only letting 30 in after 30 had come out. When I entered the store I was given a free bouquet obviously left over from Mothering Sunday but a lovely gesture all the same.

GabriellaG54 Tue 24-Mar-20 12:36:35

Riding a horse for the first time in months, the inside of one's thighs feel the strain ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜‚ but it was a glorious canter in warmish sun and around the edge of fields showing the first signs of life under the soil.
I saw no-one until dismounting in the farmyard to collect my box and drinking a mug of tea thoughtfully left on a fence.
I left the dregs on the windowsill and knocked on same window to thank them.
We, horsey and I, enjoyed the sedate walk back to the yard.
As my dad used to say, 'All good things come to an end' and I silently agreed with him. Tomorrow is another adventure ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ‘Be good, stay safe, have fun.

GabriellaG54 Tue 24-Mar-20 12:39:01

Exciting news millymouge ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’
Lots of planning to keep you busy in the weeks ahead.

GabriellaG54 Tue 24-Mar-20 12:41:55

Pantglas2
Oh wow! Now you're talking but as I politely declined I guess there is no seat at the table for me.
Blast! ๐Ÿ˜ง๐Ÿคฌ

SiobhanSharpe Tue 24-Mar-20 12:50:52

A bit of self care was enormously comforting for me this morning, - a lovely hot, invigorating shower, doing my hair and nails, clean clothes and a bit of a browse on t'internet.
Taking pleasure in small things in the here and now.

TerriBull Tue 24-Mar-20 13:20:59

In line with government guidelines, we have been out for our daily exercise to Bushy Park, main entrances closed to cars, pedestrian side gates happily still open. Absolutely fantastic day, blue skies, very warm. Very quiet there , but everyone being very sensible maintaining huge distances apart. Went to our favourite part the enclosed Woodland Gardens where we spied our family of Egyptian Geese, six babies getting bigger by the day. So lovely just to wander about and see flowering camellias and of course huge clumps of daffodils everywhere. Outside that enclosure the deer wander freely, have never appreciated having such a wonderful space on our doorstep more. Not even spoilt by the now very few, planes on their ascent path out of Heathrow 10 or so miles away. Under normal circumstances they are stacked up with about 50 seconds between them. Walked for well over an hour. Back home now with a cup of tea.

Stay safe fellow GNs

fiorentina51 Tue 24-Mar-20 13:40:55

We went for a short walk in the glorious sunshine this morning as per government instructions. Marvelled at simple things like the butterflies flitting about, birdsong etc. We passed a few people also enjoying the sun, we all kept our distance but said good morning as we walked past.
The most surreal moment was passing a lady walking her dog. She noticed my husbands sweatshirt with a local Am Dram logo on it. She immediately started quoting Shakespeare, including one of the sonnets.....in the middle of the road, with the sun shining. We all had a good laugh and walked on.
I must add, we were standing about 20ft apart at the time.

craftyone Tue 24-Mar-20 13:42:40

pricking out some baby tomato plants and giving them some `me ` time outside as it is so warm

travelsafar Tue 24-Mar-20 14:45:15

My wonderful children. Calls and texts from them all and one who has to stay home because company shut, went and got me some shopping and tucked a box of chocolates in as a treat smile He told me to send him a list by text on Friday and he will pick up anything else i need plus my medication from the pharmacy on Saturday. . He also left some plants and a bag of compost with a mothers day card on sunday for me on the doorstep , 'something for you to do mum while stuck indoors', so thoughtful. Where would we be with out them. A little bit of sunshine

B9exchange Tue 24-Mar-20 14:51:46

I'm glad to hear you are still getting smiles when out, they are a bit miserable round here, avoiding eye contact despite the distance between us, no greetings, no acknowlegement of fellow humanity. sad

M0nica Tue 24-Mar-20 16:52:40

Went out for a walk today, met quite a number of people but we were all giving each other very wide berths, well over the recommended 2 metres but always greeting each other. The advantage of living in a village, even a big village.

We also took a car out for a spin to keep it ticking over,(no human contact, just round in a circle and back) the air is so clear at the moment, we could see the downs in real detail,even though they are four or five miles away. No doubt the lack of pollution in the air.

Callistemon Tue 24-Mar-20 17:11:30

We used to love going to Bushy Park, Terribull. It's a special place.

etheltbags1 Tue 24-Mar-20 17:13:23

A cuddle from my 2 cats on the sofa, my companions for the next 22 weeks, unless I go mad from boredom.

Labaik Tue 24-Mar-20 17:14:47

Blue sky; lambs in the fields. A swan flew overhead [always a sight that thrills me]. However, it was helped by the fact that all of my family, for today at least, are working from home.

dahlia Tue 24-Mar-20 17:24:16

Just doing my circuit walk around the garden to keep fit when I spied a blue tit emerging from a bird box on the wall; I do hope he/she returns to have a brood.
The first of my favourite "Angelique" tulips has come out.
Our friendly plumber called and replaced a dripping tap; of course we stayed at a safe distance and cleaned all surfaces when the work was complete.
I hope you all find something joyful in your day, though I admit after a week's isolation, it was difficult today!

Lisagran Tue 24-Mar-20 17:32:51

Saw a swan on our walk today and lots of butterflies smile

Labaik Tue 24-Mar-20 17:34:25

Seen more butterflies over the past few days than I saw all of last year.

Yiayia4 Tue 24-Mar-20 17:34:50

Washing out,sitting in the sun,next door cats visiting for treats.

Callistemon Tue 24-Mar-20 19:45:20

Do you talk to them Ethel?

I used to talk to the dog and I'm sure he used to answer.
I probably got more sense out of him than anyone.
I wish he was still here.

Fennel Wed 25-Mar-20 16:48:57

A bit more prosaic - got a letter today from Halifax BS to say our monthly mortgage repayments have been reduced.
By nearly 10% for us. I think it's interest only on a very small amount.
Hoping daughter's are - she has a huge mortgage and is v. worried. I think she's paying off the capital too.

Lisagran Wed 25-Mar-20 16:57:36

New garden furniture arrived smile

Callistemon Wed 25-Mar-20 17:24:20

The plum tree is covered in flower buds!
Last year we had three plums, I hope there will be many more this year, as long as the wasps don't get to them before we do.

Callistemon Wed 25-Mar-20 17:25:30

Very nice, Lisagran
Is that clematis? It looks quite well advanced

M0nica Wed 25-Mar-20 17:30:54

When I went out for my walk today I heard a lark singing.

Lisagran Wed 25-Mar-20 18:34:44

No Callistemon itโ€™s a climbing rosesmile

Callistemon Wed 25-Mar-20 18:36:03

Oh yes, I can see it better now, thank you. It will be lovely!

Alexa Wed 25-Mar-20 19:37:23

I took my top and socks off to sunbathe

ginny Wed 25-Mar-20 19:50:18

I spent an hour on FaceTime reading stories to my DGS.

Oopsadaisy3 Wed 25-Mar-20 19:53:28

Alexa I was about to say that it was a bit โ€˜nippyโ€™ to take my top off , then I realised what I had said..........

Elizabeth1 Thu 26-Mar-20 10:31:08

Believe it or not the dawn chorus always makes me smilesmile

grannypiper Thu 26-Mar-20 11:12:29

I sat on the beach and watched a butterfly fluttering around, a few moments of joy

M0nica Thu 26-Mar-20 16:57:06

Once again I was up on the downs with, this time, not one but 2 larks carolling I stood with my eyes shut and listened to the larks and other birds, to sound of the wind in the trees and around me. It was a cold wind and the whole of the right side of my body was cold from the buffetting, In the distance I could hear the lorries on our local dual-carriaged A road. When I opened my eyes there was sunshine and blue skys, trees and hedgerows.

Callistemon Thu 26-Mar-20 17:11:42

I had a telephone call from an old friend and we had a lovely catch up smile

Scentia Thu 26-Mar-20 17:21:26

Took my little pooch out for the first time in my bike attachment and she was a star, she loved ir๐ŸŒŸโค๏ธ