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BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide

Charmion 05 May 20 - 09:31 AM
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Ebbie 05 May 20 - 04:43 AM
keberoxu 04 May 20 - 07:12 PM
Jack Campin 30 Apr 20 - 06:23 PM
keberoxu 30 Apr 20 - 11:07 AM
Manitas_at_home 14 Apr 20 - 04:34 AM
CupOfTea 13 Apr 20 - 02:21 PM
bbc 13 Apr 20 - 12:47 AM
Donuel 12 Apr 20 - 10:10 AM
Waddon Pete 12 Apr 20 - 07:11 AM
Black belt caterpillar wrestler 11 Apr 20 - 05:45 AM
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Sandra in Sydney 10 Apr 20 - 05:42 AM
Ernest 10 Apr 20 - 05:21 AM
skarpi 09 Apr 20 - 01:13 PM
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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Charmion
Date: 05 May 20 - 09:31 AM

Ebbie, I'm so sorry about your animals. This is a terrible time to be suddenly bereft.

In Stratford, Ontario, CET and I are rubbing along, our routine in retirement changed most by the closure of Ontario's provincial court system (CET was doing Legal Aid lawyering). We both work at home anyway, each tapping away at our respective computer. He has a very messy office, I work in the study, which I keep neat because otherwise I could not stand it.

Our garden is waking up and the trees are full of robins, cardinals, blue jays and mourning doves. CET goes out for long hikes on the Avon Trail. My range is shorter, thanks to arthritis in my feet, but I can still do up to eight km (five miles) around town. I like to check out the geese doing flotilla manoeuvres on the river, and the municipal swans preening on the banks. The great blue herons and the cormorants should be back soon from their winter quarters down south.

Some other Canadian provinces are beginning to re-open their economies, but not Ontario yet. I'm not at all sure that I'm prepared to take the risk of letting anyone who is not CET breathe on me, even to get my hair cut. As for restaurants ... Um, no. We can cook, and are not that desperate for the company of others.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 05 May 20 - 05:59 AM

sending hugs


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Ebbie
Date: 05 May 20 - 04:43 AM

I am in my 11th week of self isolation and if was young, had long hair, a curvy body in a long gown and my apartment was in a tall tower I'd spend even more time at the window. But I cope.

I have my windows open as often as I can. Today and yesterday the sun shone and that was nice.

I am now fully alone. I had my cat put to sleep on March 1 and two weeks ago I had to put down my beloved little dog- he had developed pancreatitis and it was time.

I cope..


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 04 May 20 - 07:12 PM

Jack, the thread that was closed,
about clapping for the NHS workers,
had a recent post from McGrath of Harlow,
for what it's worth.


Come on, let's hear from the rest of you --
I know that many more of you
are not getting out very much ...


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Jack Campin
Date: 30 Apr 20 - 06:23 PM

Haven't seen anything from McGrath of Harlow for a bit. Or Gibb Sahib or John Moulden.

Ex-Mudcatters who might be in touch with current ones - M.Ted, Masato Sakurai, Azizi Powell, Mick Tems, Volgadon?


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 30 Apr 20 - 11:07 AM

Refresh this one --
still a great and timely idea.

oh, about me?
I'm in a mental health clinic.
There are LOTS worse places I could be during this crisis.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Manitas_at_home
Date: 14 Apr 20 - 04:34 AM

The weather here in London is gorgeous if a bit nippy. This is a bit of a smack in the face for those trapped at home without gardens but we are seeing more restraint with people not flocking to the parks. Phoebe had a cough last week and chose to self-isolate. Her office asked if she would like to go on furlough (the company can then reclaim 80% of her salary from the government). The cough passed, and hasn't been passed to Liz or me, so Phoebe and Liz went for a big shop yesterday. The supermarkets are restricting the numbers in store so they had to queue for a while but everything on the shopping list was in stock although they had to buy different brands for some items. Phoebe has gone into work today as nothing seems to have happened about the furlough. From conversations with her manager it seems they may operate a rota so that there are 2 or 3 people on site each day.

We live not far from the local hospital and I occasionally pass by when exercising. There are a lot more patient transport ambulances (as opposed to emergency vehicles) outside the hospital than usual. In less than a week they built a facility for cleaning vehicles and now the ambulances are waiting in 2 lines, one awaiting cleansing and one ready for use. There are far fewer people outside of the hospital, even to take a smoking break. The majority of out-patient clinics are suspended and visitors are being discouraged.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: CupOfTea
Date: 13 Apr 20 - 02:21 PM

I've been in solo seclusion since leaving work on March 19, and until yesterday, I had not ventured farther from my house than the curb. I had stocked up on my way home from work, and supplemented groceries with one delivery.

Toilet paper was unavailable, as was flour: it seems everyone has taken up baking! A younger friend comes around weekly to have me cosign checks for church, and she'd offered to shop for anything I really needed. I thanked her but declined. Then the deluge came, and I had a sudden infestation of big ants- more than I'd ever seen in a house! Aresols are out with my asthma, so I called her and told her I'd reconsidered; would she get me some Borax, please? If she found TP and flour, that would be nice, but not as essential. She arrived with all three, only the TP was a pack of 30 rolls! I laughed till I was out of breath, "well, they'd only let me get one package!" She said.

Until yesterday, my close up interaction was limited to my boss bringing me a Mac so I could work remotely. I tried to get my prescription delivered, but was told I'd have to present my brand new medicare card in person to get my essential inhaler, so I masked up and ventured out. The car was creaky from being unmoved. I had been thinking to get some Easter candy & other things since I was out, but was limited by the behavior of other shoppers.

Been spending way too much time on Facebook, though the delight of facebook concerts by performers I love has been incredible! Anne Lister, Deb Cowan, Gina Forsyth, Sally Rogers doing a song-a-day, and all the other online ways with PayPal "tip jars" to support musicians. Zoom church participation, ballad and sing-around sessions, online interaction has moved more completely to our heart of hearts in many places.

I live in Cleveland, Ohio & watching our governor set the standard for a medical science-informed approach has been pleasantly astonishing. (He's a republican) The first cases in Cleveland were in my zipcode, but so far the only cases have been at several degrees of remove. I consider myslef very lucky, indeed.

Joanne in springtime Siberia on the Lake


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: bbc
Date: 13 Apr 20 - 12:47 AM

Hi, Skarpi,

Thanks for asking! bbc, checking in from Troy, New York. Although things are not as bad (at least, yet) here as they are in & around NYC, as of a couple of days ago, we had nearly 80 confirmed cases & 5 deaths in my county. I have been sheltering alone in my apartment since March 13 & am doing well. I have a good stock of food & supplies & am just trying to stay out of the way. Contact by phone & Internet is invaluable! I’ve been able to get deliveries of food & my 2 sons are willing to help out if I need them. Both of them are able to work from home—David from his computer company & Jay from NYS Taxation, taking tax questions by phone & helping maintain the 24-hour COVID-19 hotline. Surprisingly, my days seem quite full & I am in a good frame of mind, although I’d like to be out, photographing the Spring wildflowers. I find myself living more mindfully, aware of & thankful for each thing in my life. As time passes in this new normal, I’m feeling that good can come from our current situation if we are willing to let it! Be at peace, my friends! Stay safe & well!

Love,

Barbara


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Donuel
Date: 12 Apr 20 - 10:10 AM

In Silver Spring the universal Horror movie plot of this Cofefe 19 thing is that its so damn invisible. It would be great if this monster was as big as a rabid raccoon on a 6 foot leash.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 12 Apr 20 - 07:11 AM

Hello Skarpi! A good idea of yours. We are fine here in Suffolk England. We are close to some lovely country walks and the larks are singing (melodious) in the skies, the leaves are bursting and there is evidence that wildlife is flourishing without so many humans around! The garage has never been so tidy and the office is a work in progress! Gardening helps as well. Stay safe everyone.

Peter


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 11 Apr 20 - 05:45 AM

The last time we met up with anyone was 13th March for local clogging group (Anne dances despite the need for a hip operation, I play).

Since then we have done a click and collect at Asda once a few days after that, and then I have driven to the post box to send books to the grandchildren and to post off model kits to purchasers 3 times.

Luckily we had plenty of stores in before the crisis started.

We live in a remote location, in a ten acre field with the one of the local farmer's sheep for company, one acre fenced off as garden. So the nice weather has meant that I have been out catching up on the garden jobs which have got a long way behind because of the very wet winter.

We have a public footpath and a permitted footpath running through our land. We have closed the permitted footpath as there were so many new walkers coming through with dogs not on leads.

They say "Oh our dog is well trained, it won't chase the sheep".
My reply is "How do the sheep know that?".

We have a couple of lambs there now and more to come.

At least we have some Zoom sessions to keep us on our toes doing a bit of practice!

Robin


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 11 Apr 20 - 05:13 AM

How nice to hear from Liz.the Squeak and family. By the way, I still have the sheep !


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 10 Apr 20 - 05:42 AM

good results & advice, Skarpi,


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Ernest
Date: 10 Apr 20 - 05:21 AM

Hey Skarpi,
good to hear that you are well!
I am still healthy as well, since I was working from homeoffice anyway there is one change less for me. Trying to learn new tunes for the time when we can have sessions again, using phone and email to keep in touch with friends.

Greetings from Life-at-Standby, Co. Everywhere, Planet Earth
Ernest


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: skarpi
Date: 09 Apr 20 - 01:13 PM

Halló all , today I got a result from the test we got the other day, and it´s negative, but still we have to go careful, this is not over yet, today they have tested 32.623 people only in Faroyjar Island have tested more in the world, people who got better are now more than who are getting covid 19, that means that the covid virus is going down slowly here in Iceland, we have only YET 6 death´s, and god help us if it´s come back, stay save and do not beileve the false news around the world, about treatment´s and drugs and all kinds of shit´s that goes around, please stay home, please help the nurses and doctors and the EMT ´s the more we stay home, the better change we have and we can help the health care get fewer cases and help those who are in need, these are strange time´s, strange Easter, and it´s strange to see the world in lock down. Again stay save, all the best from an Island in the N-Atlantic ocean, that may or may not go to lock down, we don´t know yet, let´s hope not , best regards to all from us in Iceland Skarpi .


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Rapparee
Date: 07 Apr 20 - 09:14 PM

Still around and more or less healthy.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Neil D
Date: 06 Apr 20 - 05:46 PM

I'm hunkered down here in a small town south of Akron, Ohio. I only go out to take the dogs and my son brings up groceries. My wife on the other hand is a registered nurse at a senior care facility. So far they have managed to keep it out of the facility by allowing no visitors and checking the temperature of all employees and visiting Drs before they can enter. They did have a scare 10 days ago when a nurse from a temp agency had no temperature upon entering but had one of 102 5 hours later. My wife, of course, sent her straight home and contacted the agency to find out that nurse had been in a different facility a few days earlier where there were 3 cases of Covid. It was, as I said a scare, but 10 days have passed with no residents or staff showing symptoms. My wife moved into a spare room on site for a week, mostly for my protection, but is back home now.
I am grateful to You-tube, Netflix and Prime for keeping me occupied. Speaking of which, Skarpi, I watched a very good mini-series that was set and filmed in Iceland called "The Valhalla Murders". What a land of stark beauty you live in. I would love to visit some day, but gods know when anybody will be visiting other countries for pleasure again.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Jack Campin
Date: 04 Apr 20 - 08:21 PM

Isolated with wife and two cats in our row cottage in a former mining village outside Edinburgh. A couple of minutes walk from open countryside, so not at all claustrophobic. Not used to ordering groceries etc for delivery but it's not working out too badly. Two friends have had the bug - one with multiple serious health issues recovered very quickly, another who seemed marathon-ready has been struigling for breath for three weeks. Connection to the outside world is a bit flaky - no house landline or internet, one recent and one very old phone on congested 3G. Been digging the garden more thoroughly than it's been done for years and doing lots of tidying. Then hopefully do lots of musical instrument practice.

The most visible thing that's gone wrong is litter. Bags of dogshit everywhere and car drivers being typically disgusting about flinging stuff out of their windows and flytipping. The council can't possibly deal with it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 04 Apr 20 - 06:46 PM

whatsa 'rhiatus' ?

is it shaped like a rhombus?

type repaired


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Severn
Date: 04 Apr 20 - 06:37 PM

Still here.Staying put. Getting out walking in parkland. On hiatus from participation I'll n my two radio shows,but I hope to be back on air soon.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: leeneia
Date: 04 Apr 20 - 05:25 PM

My dear husband and I are doing fine in Kansas City. The only cases in our circle are some neighbors of a good friend. She lives on the sixth floor, and there are three people in hospital on the second floor. All are elderly.

Our home is being renovated, and today we are sweeping and vacuuming construction dust. I better get back to it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Raedwulf
Date: 04 Apr 20 - 05:14 PM

Gosh, Skarpi! A long time since I've seen your name. Mind you, that's a product of neither of us being very regular posters these last few years, rather than anything more sinister.

Hurrah for Iceland! I won't say you're an island of calm at the moment, but you do seem to be being a bit more sensible than some. The last figures I saw for your lot suggested a death rate of ~0.25% for Covid, in line with seasonal flu (a little bit more serious). Yet the world is reacting like Covid is Ebola. Ho hum. If you're willing to do a bit of your own looking, you'll find there's lots of reasons to think that Covid is not as bad as is being made out. If you're vulnerable (or in regular contact with someone that is), take care. If you're not... Quit panicking. There are worse things in the world to worry about.

Yes, I'm still going, folks. To the huge disappointment of Mr Shaw, I daresay. ;-) Curiously enough, Steve, my Mum is 90 tomorrow! Family party called off weeks ago, unsurprisingly, but the Grand Old Girl is still going strong & not especially deaf, so I can phone her & will!


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: maire-aine
Date: 04 Apr 20 - 02:08 PM

Hello, all.

I haven't been here in quite a while, either, but I occasionally look things up in the db, and am in contact with some folks on Facebook. I'm doing okay here in Michigan. Love to everyone.

Maryanne


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: fat B****rd
Date: 04 Apr 20 - 01:50 PM

My step-daughter and her husband just delivered me a plentiful supply of toilet rolls because he says I'm full of s**t!!
Doesn't a crisis bring out the best in us :-]
BTW they take very good care of me and it is much appreciated.
My newsagent is delivering all the papers himself as all his paperboys are stuck at home.
If I wasn't so idle I would have loads to do (garden etc) but maybe I'll be glad I left everything for a while if the lockdown forecasts are correct.
Take the best care everybody
Charlie


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: BTMP
Date: 04 Apr 20 - 12:38 PM

Our daughter, who is a nurse practitioner, has quarantined my wife and me here in Vermont. She says Vermont is prepared for any virus surge, but of course, everyone is anxious. I am working on a new recording project in my basement. Stay home everyone, stay safe.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Apr 20 - 12:00 PM

Good one, Sandra. Some of the popup YouTube performers haven't figured out how to capture just the song and not the empty room echo behind them. Passing this on.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 04 Apr 20 - 01:26 AM

Methinks too


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Ed T
Date: 04 Apr 20 - 01:11 AM

All is well in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Outside of a local daily walk,and online grocery pick ups, we have been "stay at homes for the past two weeks (spouse, a techie, works from home).
Today, our premier repeated the message "stay the blazes home". Methinks that he was thinking the "F" word.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Apr 20 - 12:08 AM

Gary, that is dangerous, the nanny coming and going. Perhaps she should stay with you during the duration?


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 03 Apr 20 - 03:40 PM

Massachusetts stay-at-home order is through May 4.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Mrrzy
Date: 03 Apr 20 - 12:50 PM

End date right now for Virginia stay-at-home orders is June 10.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Gorgeous Gary
Date: 03 Apr 20 - 12:21 PM

Hey all! Been a LONG time since I peeked into Mudcat. Parenting a hyperactive preschooler will do that to you.

So far we are okay here in MD. My trade association switched to all-telework back on March 16th. Sheryl was originally going to to her lab at NIH (*NOT* working on coronavirus) all week but is now working from home 2 days a week.

We have a nanny coming in any weekdays it's just me at home. It's a risk, but I can't do work just in the early AM or late PM like some people since my job involves lots of conference calls and webinars.

Finding most things I need in the nearby Safeway except TP. That I had to show up at Target right at opening to score a pack.

Looking for good concerts to stream and perhaps circles to join. Watching a lot from my friends in the filk community. Only challenge is we are a NO FACEBOOK household, so we're out of luck when performers rely on Facebook Live. Can do just about anything else.

Gary


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 31 Mar 20 - 09:13 PM

Is it possible to be well AND to be living in Croydon?? Heheh....


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Bill D
Date: 31 Mar 20 - 07:30 PM

Doing fine in Silver Spring, Maryland. Have food and paper products for several weeks. (I made a huge pot of beef stew last week to supplement various frozen stuff.)
Will need to look for milk and fresh veggies soon.. but cows always need to be milked, so I hope supplies are steady.

Beginning Spring yard work cutting vines and digging out the lawn mower. The street is pretty quiet, but I see more people walking dogs than usual. It's no problem being able to walk and be outside here.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 31 Mar 20 - 01:26 PM

My wife and I are both well, living on the outer edges of South Croydon in the UK. My wife is on the Sainsbury's vulnerable list so we have one delivery slot per week, and she is completely on top of this!

Stay safe.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: The Sandman
Date: 31 Mar 20 - 12:39 PM

good tohear that liz the squeak and her tits are doing well. I am fairly isolated near dunmanus bay ireland,but am able to wal;k quarte of amile every day to the beach generally at low tide.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Janie
Date: 30 Mar 20 - 02:41 PM

Safe and rather contentedly self-isolating. Fortunate to have a young and healthy friend who will, if necessary, go foraging for me if I need supplies.

Thanks for asking, Skarpi, and for starting this thread.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Mrrzy
Date: 30 Mar 20 - 02:22 PM

Virginia just got stay-at-home orders. No end date mentioned.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Rapparee
Date: 30 Mar 20 - 11:11 AM

I don't do nothin' in southeastern Idaho 'cept MC and FB. Well, I watch the golfers runnin' around the meadow out back whilst whacking their balls with cluns. Wisht it was warm enough to do this important stuff from the back porch, but it ain't, yet. Also I gotta git my left thumb fixed by surgery on April Fool's Day. So we are doin' 'bout as well as can be expected, which these days ain't much.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Senoufou
Date: 30 Mar 20 - 06:51 AM

Hee hee Steve! They'd be 'blue tits' in this chilly weather!


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 30 Mar 20 - 06:32 AM

"We have two pairs of Great Tits in our garden"

Grrr. That's a gathering of more than two if you're outside as well. Tell those women to go home!


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 30 Mar 20 - 05:08 AM

Hi Skarpi. I still have and play your cd, reminds me of the shark meat and Brenavin !
glad you are safe. I am still ok, as is Mrs Viking and our vikingettes. Hi Mudguard, nice to know you are safe. It's like waiting for the sword of Damocles to fall ( especially with kidney failure, dialysis, diabetes and heart problems)

Take care all. Keep playing and singing.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Senoufou
Date: 30 Mar 20 - 04:46 AM

We have two pairs of Great Tits in our garden, and they've started up with their incessant "Teacher! Teacher! Teacher!" on and on until we could scream. I think it's either a mating call or a territorial signal. Very irritating.
But the wood pigeons are still making us laugh. When we put bread scraps and bird food out on the lawn, they make a call which sounds exactly like "Fooood! Fooood!"
Magnolias are in full bloom around the village, and most trees & shrubs are in leaf. Our over-wintering Canada geese are honking overhead as they muster for the long flight home.
Haven't seen our village Mad Swans yet (the pair that waddle down the middle of the village street with their poor cygnets struggling along behind)
These lovely signs of Nature carrying on as usual are very reassuring during the present pandemic lockdown situation.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Manitas_at_home
Date: 30 Mar 20 - 01:49 AM

We have new birds nesting in the garden, I think Liz said they were tits.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Ebbie
Date: 29 Mar 20 - 11:41 PM

Here in Juneau, Alaska, population about 31000, we reportedly have 5 cases of confirmed with either one or two deaths, depending upon whom one believes. Alaska itself, has of today 102 confirmed cases, the preponderance grouped around military bases.

I live in a complex of about 65 persons, most of us over age 65, and so far as I know, no one is currently ill. It appears that most of us are staying home- when I take my little dog out 3 or 4 times a day I rarely see anyone. I spend my days drawing portraits and landscapes, listening to music and watching TV. I would like to tune in political news just once or twice a day but so far I don't have that much self control.

I have to keep reminding myself of the fact that previous generations' lives have been far more constrained than mine currently is. There is one delicious moment in the day- when I first awake and have not yet been slammed with the knowledge of the day.

Hi Skarpi! I love knowing that I have a friend in Iceland, and a very talented one at that.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 29 Mar 20 - 07:41 PM

I wish that Liz the Squeak
would update us on the resident tits.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 29 Mar 20 - 09:17 AM

rich-joy, I hadn't seen that before it is beautiful - I'll be sending it out to 2 lists.

Here in Sydney, on the edge of the CBD near the beautiful Harbour (tho it is hidden by lots of buildings) we are in self isolation, but I go out each day to buy the newspaper & get a few groceries, one day I even got toilet paper!!!

I'm sending lots of emails & making lots of calls & receiving lots of calls, too.

My craft groups are cancelled (2 per week & one per fortnight), all concerts & sessions are cancelled, all libraries are closed (when I run out of Library books I have lotsa' books of my own to re-read!)

Not many people are around & most of us do keep our distance, but this is backpacker land & some are determined to have FUN! & PARTY!

I'm working on current craft projects & will soon tart on a big one I've been meaning to get on with for at least 3 years, a blanket/quilt of t-shirt motifs, fortunately I have some very experienced quilter friends to ask including JennieG (who like then others has never made a t-shirt quilt)

I'm also scanning & blogging archives of my folk club, and doing on-line jigsaws & paper crosswords.

sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 29 Mar 20 - 06:31 AM

All good here in my little (pop. 25k) town on the edge of The Lincolnshire Backwoods. My Border Terrier and I get our designated ‘one exercise-period per day’ by means of a 90-120 minute walk (3 to 4 miles), mostly along a section of our river-bank where it’s unusual to see any other human being. Our local Tesco has an ‘OAPs-only’ hour on three days per week, and numbers of people permitted in the store at one time are very strictly limited, trolley-handles are wiped after use by a store employee but I wear disposable nitrile gloves anyway, so I’m not too concerned.

Mrs. Backwoodsperson is an ‘Essential Worker’, but she’s able to work at home most of the time, only having to go to the office, where there’s only one other employee in attendance and in a different office, for an hour or so per day, so we’re pretty comfortable with that.

There are, of course, distinct benefits to sticking close to home - the house is unusually clean and tidy, my guitars are getting considerably more playing-time than normal, and I’m trying my hand at songwriting again - unfortunately with not a great deal of success so far!

Stay safe, stay well everybody!


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Manitas_at_home
Date: 29 Mar 20 - 04:57 AM

Liz the Squeak, Phoebe are fine here in London. The streets are pretty quiet, every day seems like Sunday morning. The supermarkets seem to be getting their stocks in order and although we can't always get our favourite items the necessary stuff is there. We live in a part of east London with lots of Victorian terraced housing and lots of corner shops which seemed to stock stuff when the supermarkets were selling out.
The 'lockdown' in the UK is pretty lax, we're allowed out to shop for necessities, or to walk the dog and for one form of exercise day for which there seems to be no time limit. It doesn't appear to be enforced although there are stories of traffic police stopping caravanners and telling them to go home. Some parks have been closed after so many people flocked to them (before the lockdown) that social distancing was impossible. The people that used to do all their exercise in gyms seem to be appearing on the streets now.


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