26th March 2020 – Thursday
My phone has been super busy lately. Since we’ve been on lockdown everyone seems to be on their phones, keeping up to date with the news, texting each other and sending each other memes, jokes and such.
I received word today that my local park (Victoria Park) is closed to the public until further notice. Specifically, Tower Hamlets council have decided that because of some selfish people who still do not know what it means to social distance themselves, they have closed the park to everyone. This makes me so angry! I don’t understand what it is that some people don’t understand? Now, because of their selfish deeds, other people have to suffer. I feel sorry for the parents who live in flats with young children. Where are they going to take their child to get some exercise and fresh air now? It makes my blood boil.
Only half a day of home-schooling today. The reason being is that the kids Kumon work had arrived in the post today. Kumon is a Maths and English programme which the kids do on a daily basis. They are supposed to do one booklet a day and once a week they go to the Kumon centre to hand in their books and get new books. Since almost everything is closed now, the Kumon centre has decided to post two weeks’ worth of work at a time. They have been waiting for work since Tuesday but now three days later they have to do three booklets to be up to date. After their Kumon marathon the kids did some slime making in the garden. Devon found a bag of sand in his room so made a little beach scene using a little bucket and his Pokémon figures. It was actually super cute.
The weather has been really great during this lockdown. Sunny and warm – the irony of it!
Today I made doughnuts. I don’t make them very often because it is quite a long-winded process. I haven’t made them in a while so last night I prepared the dough, let it rise for a couple of hours then popped it in the fridge overnight. This morning I knocked back the dough, cut the dough into round balls and let the dough rise again for about few hours. See what I meant my long …
So I deep fried the dough in some oil, only a couple of minutes on each side … and voila! There you have it! These doughnuts are super light and fluffy. I made about 20 of them and decided to give some to my neighbour. I know that if I left them at home I would just devour them all. That would not be great for my ever-expanding waistline.
Today something special happened. For the past few days a request had been circulating around social media. The nation should come together at 8pm tonight and applaud in honour of the NHS. A lot of people in the UK take the NHS for granted. I know this to be true because I hear the negativity from friends and family all the time. They take it for granted that they can just go to their GP and see a doctor and get a prescription for some pills. They complain that they have to wait 2 weeks for a non-urgent appointment and that waiting times for operations are abysmal. The NHS is not perfect … yes you may have to wait, but for what you get it is pretty special. The NHS (National Health Service) has been around since the 1940s and was a result of the governments idea that everyone should have access to good medical services. The NHS is funded by tax-payers money and it is a service that is very expensive to run but it works. People think it is a free healthcare service, and technically for those who do not work and pay taxes, yes it is free. During this period of unrest and the coronavirus going on a mammoth rampage around the country, the NHS staff have been tirelessly working around the clock helping those that have been affected by the coronavirus.
I didn’t think this “national applaud” was going to happen to be honest. The way the nation has been behaving lately has made me lose a little faith in humanity. But at 8pm on the dot, I could hear some of the people on my street clapping and cheering, banging pots and pans and shouting “thank you”. It was a nice gesture … some people are asking “what is the point?” The point is to show support and solidarity. Have you ever heard of the saying that “manners don’t cost you anything?” There’s my point right there.
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I hope you are all staying safe wherever you are. Stay safe and look after each other and remember this pandemic won’t last forever if we all do our bit! We need each other now more than ever before.
~ The Cake Lady (and family) xxx