Bread, Courses and Quarantine

Though I’ve had a few days which were mostly pointless, I have managed to get a bit done. I now have seven submissions waiting for decisions by editors. They are all properly prepared and sent out in the form requested, so it’s just the quality that remains to be tested.

Meanwhile I finally got on with the poetry course that stalled when they messed up the passwords just before Christmas. It doesn’t take long to put an end to a habit and it took them a couple of weeks to fix it, which was more than enough.

Last week I completed it, then started another poetry course. Unfortunately that was delayed because I noticed they had short course about Mexican Revolutionary Murals. I like Mexican Revolutionary Murals. I just finished that and will be returning to poetry once more. To be honest, they aren’t great courses, and the wiki article is much more detailed, but It’s a start. I probably wouldn’t have even looked at the article if I hadn’t spotted the course.

Today, I can. I believe, consider myself to be out of quarantine. I celebrated by going shopping and buying fresh bread. It makes things a lot easier if you can buy fresh bread between deliveries sandwich baguettes, rye sourdough, chocolate brownies

It’s an interesting word, because, like so many things, it indicates how much the modern world is a watered down version of previous centuries. Quarantine used to be a period of 40 days (it’s there if you look) but it’s been 14 through the pandemic and it’s now reduced to 10, as people are all complaining. From today the ten day hotel quarantine has started. I tried to read the details, but it’s confusing and as it doesn’t apply to me I decided not to bother. I have a head full of poetry and Mexican murals – there’s no room for anything else.

I have a simple solution to the problems of quarantine. I would simply ban international passenger flights and have done with it. We can do without them for a month or two. Next time there’s a pandemic I’d also immediately ban all flights. People who want to come home, and bring their viruses with them, can wait a couple of weeks then fly home to quarantine. I’d stick them in disused military camps, and when you run out of space I’d stick them in disused hangers or in tents.

It’s a brutal approach, I admit, but what would you prefer – some holidaymaker gets two extra weeks in a tent on Salisbury Plain or one of your elderly relatives dies?

Today’s random photos are seals – taken in the days we were allowed to visit.

Grey Seal at Donna Nook, Lincolnshire

Grey Seal at Donna Nook, Lincolnshire

Grey Seal at Donna Nook, Lincolnshire 

18 thoughts on “Bread, Courses and Quarantine

  1. Laurie Graves

    Yay!!! Worth buying bread to celebrate. I am with you all the way about banning travel during a pandemic and quarantining those who need to come home. What the heck!

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    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      A minor inconvenience for a few, leading to a great benefit for the rest of us. Did I mention that when I said bread I may have included brownies and pain au chocolat? 🙂

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  2. Lavinia Ross

    I love the seal photos! especially the last one, where she is giving you a contemplative look. 🙂

    I don’t know any way around some kind of lockdown, at least slowing down the movement of people. Asymptomatic carriers and spreaders I would think would be of greatest concern.

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    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      I don’t know about whether it would have been over but I’m sure it would have spread more slowly, giving us more time to think and develop strategies. A lot of German and UK cases came back from ski-ing holidays.

      I’ve also seen evidence that the first people to die of it before we even knew it was spreading.

      All this, of course, is suggested with the benefits of hindsight. 🙂

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