We have spend our time chatting over fences, visiting Mom, painting, sanding, organizing and making our home more secure while preparing it for the storm season. All of Hesse jobs are labors of love we are glad to be doing. We miss socializing and having folks over for a get together usually involving libations, but we feel the more we stick to the guidelines the better the chance we can all really get back to work. We have not been to the places downtown we would love to is it and feel that’s our way to prolong this awful situation the world finds itself in at the present. In the meantime we have remained productive and mostly positive.l When we return to Germany we will have to quarantine again but will be able to go take a free Covid-19 test just showing our insurance cards and if negative, the quarantine will not be necessary altho things change daily. The German States have been changing guidelines as the situation develop. We pray there will be a vaccine developed as quickly as possible or at least a turn of events that ends all of this, and fervently wish we will return to Lake Worth Beach soon as it is where our hearts are. Quarantine on both sides of the Atlantic is not easy, but it’s what we have at the moment. We are so glad we got to spend our time here with so much that we love. Wish you all well. Stay safe.
All local councils have now been given the power here to impose local lockdowns if spikes in figures change. One such town, Leicester, was put back in lock down some three weeks ago and is now gradually being released bit by bit. I think it is probably the best way forward to prevent any new outbreaks. It also serves as a deterrent to those who are a bit lax and never follow instructions, simply because they are instructions …. they do not want another lockdown so are at least following guidelines Phew!! I mentioned last week about the mask giveaways we have been holding at the community hub, they have been so busy and we held a pop up giveaways on Saturday which wiped us right out of masks ….. Hopefully more will come in this week as the sewers work their fingers to the bone to complete them.
What is nice about the giveaway is that you get to meet all these really lovely people, four at a time, who really would love to stay and chat but we have to keep moving because the queue outside gets longer and longer. The quilt that I told you about last week is completed except for the square which will hopefully come in this week ….it is exquisite, here are some photos to whet your appetite – i had not thought of sewing and machining as being particularly creative, now I cannot wait to learn to use the sewing mariner properly, these pieces of work are beautiful, like little pieces of glorious art, each one so different but all made with love, what a great legacy this is going to be to hang in the hospital eventually as a reminder of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. There are over 170 people who sewed scrubs, now we have those who are making masks – for many of these people, sewing has been a lifeline in these times, many of our sewers are on their own and do not see many people, these scrubs and masks and gowns have kept them busy with little time to think about being lonely!!!
And we had a a royal wedding. Princes Beatrice, daughter of Prince Andrew, was meant to marry earlier this year but as lots of young people have had to do, they cancelled the wedding. This was kept very hush hush and was held at Windsor Castle Chapel. Windsor Castle is where the Queen and Prince Philip are living during lockdown. They both attended their granddaughters wedding, keeping a social distance of course. The Queen lent Beatrice a dress to wear which was altered slightly to fit her, and the most beautiful tiara….in the attached photo you can see the Queen in the dress some 60 years ago and beatrice wearing it last week. I think it looks amazing. In fact, this was the first Royal wedding behind closed doors for 235 years which was when George IV, wed his mistress in 175 in a furtive ceremony in her Mayfair drawing room …..can you imagine what a scandal that was !!!!Everyone loves our Queen, she is amazing and straight after the wedding she knighted Captain Sir Tom Moore who at 100 years of age started to walk round and round his garden very slowly a few laps at a time, caught the imagination of people around the world and his final total as something like 15,000,000 lbs. an amazing amount of money… everyone who knows who he is now. The Queen rarely takes part in the ceremony these days but she wanted to Knight this lovely gentleman herself. He stated afterwards that he is not telling anyone what they talked about it was the proudest moment of his life. He has inspired many people to follow his lead and Tobias is one of them, a young 9 year old lad who has a condition which means he has to use a special walker, he walked every day in his home town, up and down the street in which he lived, every day all his neighbors would come out and applaud, he made thousands for the NHS. ( national health service)
We are now having family meetings at my sisters allotment, community gardens which can be rented at a low annual rate for people to grow vegetables and fruit. I told you how popular they are here and over the lockdown period people had time to work their plots and they all look amazing with an amazing array of veg and fruit an abundance. I love the scarecrows made to scare away the birds who love to eat the seeds and fruits. Some people leave a small part of their plot to grow wild with corn and wild flowers growing together, they grow flower in order to have fresh flowers at home all through the Summer, they look fantastic, nature is a wonderful thing. And when lots of us get together it’s a great place to social distance and chat and eat. More and more of our shops are opening having made the necessary changes to keep people safe and it is lovely to see little local shops which we love coming to life again. This little tea room and Barkery will usually be filled up all day but to take away instead of eating in. It’s better now Nanny Egg’s is providing tea and food to take away instead of eating in. It’s better than nothing as the food is gorgeous, home made scones with cream and jam, cakes and sandwiches all created to make a take away picnic. Some of our high streets are suffering as people are still wary of visiting areas where there are lots of people around, hopefully this will change and our high streets will boom once more. I am hoping that everyone is well and staying safe, following orders from those in power who are trying to keep us safe !!! Just when you think that this awful virus is going away,m up it pops again sending figures higher again.
Hello from England where things are gradually coming alive again…….it is very much like emerging from a long sleep similarly to Snow White except there is no Prince to be seen. Hearing children’s laughter coming from the school is a sound I love, people talking, shopping, swimming, having tea in the garden with friends…….all these things are what normality is all about and yet there is something not at all normal about the situation. The children laughing in the playground is somewhat depleted and they stand apart, shops are restricting the number of people entering as lines if people wait patiently outside, there are large gaps between people on the beach, this one I love as I am a space hugger on the beach, claiming my space with a large blanket or beach towel hoping to stop people from being so close you can hear them snoring as they sleep in the sun, kicking sand on you as they emerge from the sea and flop down shaking their towel as they do so creating a mini sand storm!
Tea in the garden no longer starts with a hug, no squashing up on chairs or the grass close to each other to make room for everyone. Now we choose our group wisely, not wanting to offend, we are careful about our cups, our plates – no sharing or giving someone else a bite of our sandwich for them to taste.
Trips are back but not the old normal …. we went out on Monday to a favorite garden. We are very fond of gardens here in England and the Royal Horticultural Society has many beautiful open gardens around the country, usually in the grounds of a stately home or palace. One of our favorites is Hyde Hall, beautiful gardens landscaped across Hugh swaths of land. The house itself is not open and walkways are signed in such a way to avoid coming to close to others , one way walks, queuing for tea , food and toiletries…..all taking much longer than usual because of the distancing. BUT it is NOT normal as we know it, but it is better than nothing and hopefully, life will at some time revert to what we all know as normal.
It is mandatory here to wear masks on public transport in enclosed places such as shops and banks. To this end we have been making face masks, Hospital scrubs are still being made but not in the vast quantities that were required at the beginning. Last Monday we saw the first Monday Mask Giveaway…. it was excellent, we had our mask tree outside the Hub so people could see type of masks on offer and then come in to the building to collect them. Obviously we had to restrict the numbers coming in but it was fine. All masks had been sprayed with anti bacterial to get rid of any germs before they were put in bags. I know I have said this many times before about community being amazing in the face of adversity and this bears testament to that. The machinists making masks do so without question and will go on until they are not needed. …. like scrubs we will keep a reserve for people we have left out or who need replacements.
Little Free Libraries are still being erected and a new one arrived last week when my yoga teacher expressed interest in having one in her front garden. It always creates a bit of interest when a new one is places., I still get a buzz from that. I have to say that the libraries have been very busy during this period of lockdown as the public libraries have been closed and people have more time to actually sit down and read!!! Always a silver lining. ….. she is holding a bag of bunting which is now gifted out with every library to be used on high days, holidays and special occasions!!
A quilt is being made at this moment by Carolyn, the co-ordinator of the sewing group, which will be exquisite. It is made of 4×4 square which have been sewn by all the people who have been involved in and contributed to the scrubs project. They are all beautiful, I see something I have not seen before every time I look at it and marvel at the skill of these people. I will show you next week when hopefully, it will be completed.
I am so intrigued by the living walls that are becoming so popular now I love the idea and they look so superb in almost any setting. My nephew has just set up a company making them, I’m fascinated by the idea…… do you have many in Lake Worth? I cannot recall seeing any.
I belong to a sketchbook circle where everyone involved around the country share sketchbooks with each other. You are put into a group of three and every month you send your sketchbook to another person in the triangle and they send theirs to you. So I am A and send mine to B or send theirs to C who sends theirs to me, at the end of the month the process is reversed. It’s interesting and intriguing to watch other people react to your work in other mediums. Next week I will share some examples with you, it is certainly something artists in Lake Worth Beach * could start it’s huge fun too. I will collect pictures and more information for next week on this topic ….. I hope the week ahead is kind to you and you enjoy it, stay safe, healthy and happy . . . . .
* editors note we do have one and Chris is invited .
Friday was here and I thought it was Saturday with its expectation. Everything has become same old, samo kind of day, unless it gets punctuated. Stream of consciousness must serve, it worked for some and as to Proust, the past will be here when I finish this blog. Thursday FB surprised me with yet another memory. “We care about you ……..”
My gallery about the size of our PB Cultural gallery space, perhaps a bit larger. Lots of memories there. A new show each and every month, so many artists needing to be seen. Had a car show, not just on the walls. Regional Treasures all five over the age of 72. We staged our one Ear Society group for the Mangohttps://youtu.be/K14OwgPnEss Strut here. February was our Corporate Art Show ( oversized art work ). Every artist had an opportunity. During the time we were up in Woodstock we lent the gallery to Children Services of Miami for their successful soirées. Quite a few kids got adopted having been showcased on our walls. The gallery literally became the Groves community center. The Grove needed xmas decor on its streets, we pulled out tables and made them there. To benefit the merchants and driving traffic to their stores we painted coconuts, for the Coconut Hunt! Saturday nights the Krishnas danced thru the gallery regardless what opening or event Hari Hari. Always took it as a blessing.
Continuing w art this from Instagram, some of my favorite!
Have distanced from kids when they drop by, I ask “where is your mask” [at home] “go get it”. Being cautious as I’ve been sequestered since the beginning. Fancy Nancy comes to check on her Sunflowers, which she sowed.
Thirty days till school starts up and no thoughts of studying so I prepared a excersise book for her so she can return to school, hopefully up to speed. 30 pages, one to do each day ( a calendar of sorts) and when it’s finished it will be time to go to school with a new skill.
Maria comes by to admire the sunflowers as they came from her seeds. We chat and she critiques the eyes of the kids on my LFLibrary that I’m painting. So easy to critique as a none artist. Lol. I share that on the back I’m painting Pablo Neruda doorway of Sebastiana, segway she is able to quote some of his work. We have a lovely discussion that’s what I mean by punctuate. We end as I discovered my very first Poinciana blossom on my 5 yr old tree. I quoted the song I can’t sing. She never heard it and so played her Bing Crosby’s “Poincianahttps://youtu.be/vhJ-_D-f5Fc”
Not exactly, but you certainly can participate in this Open Mail Art Call. So very easy take an envelope, a postcard embellish it and send to
Mail Art P.O.Box 46 Lake Worth Beach, Fl. 33460 USA
Mail Art aka Postal Art costs nothing more than the postage that sends your gift across the world or just across town. The revival of this art form has reached a new popularity. The Pandemic that left us home alone and the Postal Service is dangling by a thread. So give yourself a creative few minutes, support our mail carriers. Now a bit of history it goes way back to possibly Cleopatra who mailed herself in a rug to Mark Anthony fait accompli. The first picture postcard was sent in 1870 and since then , news bad and good has been announced via letters and postcards. Lets not forget the creed of our Postal Service “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these curriers ….. and so we await our mailmen and women.
There are museums* that house mail art. Many University Libraries* have collections. Right now with lockdown there are several #mailartcalls underway some with themes of lock down, corona virus, cats all those are searchable. A good resource for mail art inspiration is Pinterest or just google “Mail Art” There is a whole world of fabulous envelopes. There are group like International Union of Mail Artists to which I belong. Great archive there. Here is a link of two I curated, with photos of submissions. Lakeworthcentennial.wordpress.com for our hundred Lake Worth Beach birthday in 2013 or visit oneearsociety.blogspot.com Jan 21, 2009 should you look through the call for mail art there, you can find mail from children.
Don’t be shy! Send us your creative endeavors today .
No Jury, No Limit, No return, No theme. No Age restriction Deadline Nov. 15, 2020 send to: Mail Art. — P.O.Box. 46. — lake Worth Beach FL. —- 33460. — USA
So put your email on back of envelope we will let you know it arrived and where it will be exhibited and travel to other shows .
And here I am again from a cloudy and windy England although the weather should be sunny by this afternoon……I hope this finds you well in Lake Worth and keeping very safe. I was thinking about you all on Saturday 4 July and all the wonderful times I have had in Lake Worth and Rhode Island on Independence Day. I suspect it was quieter this year for you all but nevertheless a day for getting together in a small group and having socially distance fun together. It was rather like Independence Day here as well because the 4th was the day we got our independence back …..restaurants and pubs were allowed to open at last were free to to go out and eat and drink, somewhat differently to before as many changes were made and social distancing which had been reduced to 1metre ,was complied with meaning glass partitioning erected and no standing around the bar which is so popular here. Pubs are such a tradition here that many people were desperate for them to come back
From what I can gather, most people behaved responsibly and enjoyed a Saturday night out once more. It is quite a tradition to be out on a Saturday evening, particularly for the younger generation. And so for now, life seems to be back on track. And weddings, now that is a different matter this photo shows the differences …..no more than thirty guests and social distancing must be maintained. it looks so strange.
And what about this …..at last hairdressers are open and they all have bookings galore. I think this was the one that most people were excited about opening!
And woohoo , we travel to other places and stay overnight. If you have a camper van you can actually use it. … the traffic was considerably busier as people excitedly took to the roads heading for a staycation for a few days
The Little Free Libraries are still flourishing, another one was planted last week, soon to have a children’s library next to this one.
I want to share this last photo with you because I think it is quite wonderful. This brass band found a great way to practice miles away from anywhere where they are able to socially distance as well.
Finally day 101 of lockdown I put out the last Thought for the Day Board. Whoever thought we would be in this predicament for 191 Days !!!! The board will now come out for high days holidays and special occasions. Today was the 72nd year of the National Health care Service at 5 p.m. everyone went out from their house to once again applaud for the NHS and the wonderful nurses and doctors who have been so selfless in their unstinting devotion to saving as many lives as possible. It is always a nice experience, slowly one by one you see the doors opening and we wave and shout hello to our neighbors and clap like mad for five minutes…..vvWe are all aware of our behavior as we have been threatened with being put back into lockdown if our area standards and numbers drop below the required amount. Already we have one town back in lockdown having failed to hit their targets. I hope you have an amazing week enjoying the beautiful sunshine……see you next week.
Why is this year different from all others. Because we are all in the same boat! We’ve shared so much and this blog goes back more than ten years. It started New Year’s Eve the year I moved here. Now if you are curious, at the bottom is an index by month, year or specific title enjoy.
This covers our quirky little sea side . Want more? Scroll thru archives.
…and a beautiful England at that, glorious weather, glorious surroundings, glorious happenings….well, a lot of it is glorious, even more so if we could, get of this virus which is causing mayhem everywhere in the world. but as I said last week, I’m trying not to mention the V word , so here it goes….. This week has been full of busyness, lots to do and lots to complete in a short time. It started with the community hub that I run, it’s a beautiful old church as you know and I am so passionate about community, I cannot wait to get started again with groups and courses and projects going on. To this end we have started to make it look fabulous, from the garden makeover I told you about a couple of weeks ago to the building itself. It has been used by stitchers and groups making scrubs and all manner of things to keep our nurses and doctors safe and now that has slowed down, we can move on.
The next project is making masks as the wearing of them will be mandatory as from July 4th you recognize that date of course!!! We have lots of stitchers busy on their sewing machines to make the masks from material that has been donated and left over from the scrub making. We are organizing a mask give away day on July 6th where we will unveil our mask tree which will be hung with masks for people . If they want to make a donation, they can and it all helps to keep the costs down, small donations add up to a big donation in the end. I am looking forward to that as it will get people in and it means lots of members of our community will feel safer when the new guidelines come into play, easing the lockdown.
Whilst we were discussing the tree project I happen to be talking about the wonderful peace poles that were created across America for World Peace Day. There are some in Lake Worth which of course, are beautiful Everyone thought the idea sounded great and so that will be another project!!! I love that we can now meet up with friends as long as we socially distance……and last Thursday we did just that, this time in a friend’s in -on-sea, a lovely fishing village and town, 10 miles down the coast from where I live. We decided to have Turkish food and we stopped of off the restaurant to pick up the food on our way, it was utterly delicious and just like old times, chatting and laughing and drinking the odd glass of wine. It is very noticeable that people are getting together, at the beginning of this endemic, it was eerily quiet, as people stayed home , only to venture out to get food or exercise, now we hear the sound of laughter and voices again. I love it! I also love that we can hear the children playing in the local primary school as they play outside at break times, a lovely sound. The beaches are still busy, particularly on weekends we tend to stay away when they are busy and go for a walk along the beach later in the evening when the crowds have thinned out. People are better now and social distancing is much in evidence. Paddle boarding has really taken of here as a new sport and the paddle boarders are out in force especially on weekends, it’s nice to see. The big news is that from the 4th we only have to stay 1 meter apart than 2 , I think it will be ok, it will certainly help the economy hugely as restaurants and pubs can reopen, in a new way of course. It will be very different as there will be new ways ordering and paying for drinks and food…….lots of eating and drinks al fresco to make it easier to keep distancing. Airlines are advertising flights and there are several countries we can travel to without having to quarantine 14 days upon our return, I think I will give it a miss for now. You appear to have a lot more freedom to travel as we do, has it changed at all? I heard about your new rule re wearing masks, a wise move if numbers are rising again. I have just finished the thought of the day board for tomorrow and it is day 98, only two more days till day 100, I think I will stop here. Please take care, have fun and stay happy ……..speak to you next week.
Wherever has this week gone? Saturday already! It used to be special the demarcation of my week, no longer.
My new routine is gardening and literally watching these sunflowers opening and turning from East to West. I ck so they do not forget. Lol that’s my daily routine.
At the beginning of this month I shared this site from Instagram.
Still looking for a work of art I can do. Wonder if any artist from Lake Worth Beach attempted it. I’m fascinated by it and how well executed.
My time sequestered leaves me mostly alone but for the occasional by passer who stops to say hi as she walks her dog early morning. Beauquette fresh from my side garden. Lol
Keeping myself occupied redoing #LittleFreeLibrary. It had seen better days, as it was the very first LFL in Lake Worth Beach and has registration #23056.
Now getting a complete overhaul. Painting on sides will have a subliminal message. Mother’s reading to their children. It may be hot but under my Poinciana tree there is always shade and a gentle breeze.
The rest of the time is spent writing birthday cards to friends and acquaintances. Running out of stationery so making my own envelopes and cards. Cat is my model and constant companion laying on my address book. Very sensual as she drapes herself over my writing desk. So it’s time for my fourth cup of java and not a moment to lose sketching such a willing model.
Have a great weekend and Monday Chris Gostling will be giving us an update from “over there”
England calling Florida……Happy Monday to you all! It is the most beautiful morning here and set to be record temperatures for a long time here, it is wonderful and the seafront is looking fabulous, the water is so still. Of course our seafront has suffered hugely during this very weird and trying period of lockdown. Our beaches are now open which is great but it really needs for everyone to be careful so that they can stay open end thrive.We have the usual cafes and bars and ice cream stands as well as what is called Adventure Island, a huge park next to the sea with rides and roller coasters and other such fun stuff, this is really popular with families and the young thrill seekers. This particular park is not yet open again but I hope it won’t be long before it is because it is huge fun. A lot of our schools are now open which is a good thing and although they are not back full time at least they are back which gives them a new routine. The difficulty is the social distancing in schools, in junior schools the children have to be watched very closely as they forget about social distancing and act spontaneously (as kids do) and with space being limited they cannot do a whole week. In our Secondary Schools (high schools) it has meant a huge amount of work in creating new routine, signage instructing where to go and what to do but the schools have been amazing. The students have the usual 100 minute lessons in my school with break in between which means there is only movement around the school 3 times a day! Again, with the social distancing rules, space is at a premium so classes are staggered.
The big problem will be next years exams and how or if, they will go ahead. Our students have missed chunks of time which will have hugely impeded their learning. We will see what happens, with no exams going ahead this year teachers used mock exam grades to assess which is a fair way of doing it, I think.
We are hoping this week to hear that the two metre distancing will be lowered to one metre, not quite sure how I feel about that, life will be easier for restaurants and pubs and bars but is it the right time???? What are the rules in WPB??
We have a lot of allotments here in England, areas of land which can be rented at a very low rate on a yearly basis and people grow their own vegetables and fruit. I went to my sister’s allotment yesterday to have a cup of tea and a natter, the whole allotmentlooks amazing because everyone has had time to work even harder on their plots and the fruit and vegetables are thriving. They are generally quite large, divided into about 50 plots and can be found all over the country. Here in this area we have a great many of them which is great. Allotments were started up in 1908, then as a way of assisting returning service men ease back into civilian life. In 1925 an act was passed allowing the land used for allotments to be protected so local councils could not sell off the land. Then they were made accessible and available for everyone in the communities. These gardens are very popular and you will always find long waiting lists for them. The food grown really does have a different taste, we picked peas yesterday and sat eating the peas out of the pod….gorgeous! I also have to visit my marrows which are being fostered by her, thought to be cucumbers at the beginning, turned out to be marrows which needa lot of space which we do not have in our flower filled garden. It is thriving under her care and I think it will be read to eat in a few weeks time.
And, our shops have opened!!! Not sure how busy it all is yet as I have not been to the High Street yet but I hope that business starts to boom once more for our traders. We have to kickstart the economy somehow…
I am continuing with the daily ‘Thought for the Day’ Board, Day 90 today, I will go to day 100 and take it from there…it has been huge fun and much photographed and read. I often hear people outside laughing or talking about a snippet of information or a joke and it makes me smile. People drop notes through my letterbox with jokes to use or things they would like to see, some I can’t use but most of them I make sure I do.
I listened to your WPB update (supplied live by AnnaMaria), it was both interesting and worrying that your numbers of people with the virus is rising again, one of the problems of lifting lockdown which have been encountered by so many countries. I hope that this gets back under control quickly without having tomake more restrictions!!! Please stay safe. We still hold a reserve of scrubs at the local community hub in case more are needed. I have a group of machinists concentrating on making masks at the moment which have already been delivered to lots of different groups of people who have requested them for their members. It is now mandatory to wear masks on public transport which is a good move I think. I always wear mine in shops and enclosed spaces particularly as there are some people who just cannot follow directions and walk anywhere, in any direction that they want and a simple ‘Ithink you are going the wrong way’ can be met with disdain…
I am going to try to talk about anything but COVID 19 next week as I have plans to visit places I have not been to for a long time. We are going to make plans for a trip around England to visit all the wonderful places that there are in our beautiful country which we have neglected to visit. We will be ready when hotels and bed and breakfasts are open again. It’s fun to plan and exciting to think about getting out and about. We have had several trips cancelled including one to Lake Worth, trips to see Queen in what was to be their last concert (now to be rescheduled) along with other trips which we may not be able to rebook.
So, we start another week, I hope it is amazing for you if somewhat quiet…..as long as you stay safe and healthy and of course happy, always stay happy!!!