A Grand Day Out, Social Distancing and a Poem

We had a pleasant day out, pottering up through Sherwood Forest and looping round into Derbyshire. It was particularly pleasant as we were had air-conditioning. Air-con was an option I never knew I wanted until I had it in my previous VW. After that it became a necessity. That, I suppose was how Rome fell, as luxury became necessity and civilisation grew soft.

I would like to say I came back refreshed and full of poetic ideas, but I didn’t. However, I did come back refreshed, so one out of two will have to do. There are a lot of wild flowers about, which was nice, but everywhere was crowded and all the views were hazy. I’m still not at a stage where I want to walk through streets that are crowded with maskless strangers. It might be, as I have seen written in various places, that we have to get back to normal, but this is generally written by healthy people.

I have the choice of taking pills that dial down my immune system, or having useless arthritic hands. I prefer the former. I dropped the pills for a couple of weeks round the time of my vaccination as this seems to give a better chance of effective vaccination. I took three weeks off and spent four weeks struggling to dress myself or write. When the time came for the second dose I carried on with the pills. I’d rather risk Covid than have arthritis.

However, when I weigh up the pros and cons of Covid versus walking down a street full of maskless strangers, I think I’ll stay in the car and wear a mask if I ned to get out.

It’s a question of risk. I have buildings insurance because the consequences could be severe if I don’t.Β  I don’t have contents insurance because I’m prepared to take the risk on that. When I was gardening, I had insurance for Public Liability, but not for long term illness or injury. Again, it’s a question of how much risk you are prepared to take on.

I don’t feel the need to mingle and a mask isn’t going to kill me, so I’ll carry on living a quiet life and wearing the mask. If anyone wants to offer me advice on this, as seems to have happened here, i hope I can come up with a witty reply. Experience suggests that although I will find a stinging riposte, it will be ten minutes too late. I may start thinking of them now.

I may even write them a poem.

Roses are red,
violets are blue,
Darwin was right,
about people
like you.



25 thoughts on “A Grand Day Out, Social Distancing and a Poem

  1. Lavinia Ross

    For some reason that post on masks did not show up in the WP Reader, so I missed that one. Good luck to you! We will see what winter brings on in terms of Covid and its variants here.

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      I should have marked the post “UK only” – you’re still debating evolution in the courts in USA aren’t you?

      Nice to see an interrobang brought into play there . . . πŸ™‚

      1. quercuscommunity Post author

        There seems to have ben a bit of it about in the younger generation lately. One of the benefits of being old is that feel OK about protecting myself. I’m not sure that the young take enough care. (I’m starting to sound like my Mum). πŸ™‚

  2. tootlepedal

    The secret is to have as few friends as possible. I have been very good at that over the years so I have little chance of being asked out to the pub or to join cheerful gatherings of any sort. I was appalled to read about the baa-ing in Charliecountryboy’s comment. There are moments when I feel that the country is going to the dogs in a big way.

  3. jodierichelle

    OMG that poem! Yay you! LOL

    I have been uneasily maskless when going out since my vaccines set in. But I am with you. Why not just put it on for the few moments I am in public and maybe spare some unvaccinated soul from getting it and keep me from getting a little sick. I think tomorrow I will mask up again.

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      The Chinese students at Nottingham University have always worn masks when out and about in town – well before Covid – they are just used to it for pollution purposes I presume. We still have plenty of infections, just that the vaccine now stops people dying. We need to get that rate down and a mask is a small price to pay.

  4. charliecountryboy

    Excellent, I quite agree with your mask opinion. If you want to wear one, wear one. A friend of mine went into a supermarket with one on and some people made β€˜baaa-ing noises. Making out they were sheep for doing so? πŸ€” I find that totally surreal and wished I had been there… haha. So glad you had a good day out, is the Major Oak still there? Apparently Robin Hoid sat in it. He was from Wakefield, you know? πŸ˜‚ Happy trails, my friend. Oh! I take it the car passed it’s MOT? 😁

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      Yes, it passed. I’ve done so few miles over the last two years that nothing has worn out apart from the driver. I heard that Robin Hood was from Yorkshire. I notice he didn’t bother staying there though. πŸ™‚


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