There we have it. Dublin is back in lockdown, more or less. Despite warnings and requests for cooperation, the rising Covid infection numbers did not motivate people to take more care and keep their distance. From yesterday, Dublin has been placed under stricter restrictions than the rest of the country. We are back to working from home (unless essential), home visits of only up to 6 people from 1 household, no indoor or outdoor organised gatherings, restaurants and cafés have closed their indoor facilities and may only serve outdoors or for take-away. Schools remain open, but college (due to open next week) will conduct most classes online. Sigh. If I am honest, I’d rather that the restrictions were even more draconian – so that we could sit it out over three weeks and then make a giant leap forward. But as it is, the policy makers always bow to business and economic pressure. But I admit, maybe it is easy for me to say I don’t mind restrictions. My work happens from home, anyway, and I do not have young children who still attend school.
At least one worry is off my mind, however.
Sorry for using the C-word already but My mother is most probably set for Christmas. We always celebrate the holiday with my mother who visits here in Ireland. This year, I don’t think it is advisable for her (as a 71 yo) to travel by plane, nor is it really feasible for me (with a vulnerable husband). I am an only child, and so is my mother, so there are no close relatives, bar my mum’s sister-in-law and her daughter (who have in all these years *not once* offered that my mother spend the holidays with them). I was wrecking my brain how to make sure my mum, who loves Christmas, is not alone over the holidays. The solution has come by way of my son. He is set to go to Germany to spend a year (hopefully studying, or else working) in Berlin. He won’t have the time for two weeks quarantine each if he were to travel home for the holidays and then back to Berlin. And so the stars have aligned and he is going to spend Christmas with his “Oma” (German for ‘granny’) instead. All concerned are apparently very happy about this plan. *phew*.
Sorry for the tangent, let’s check tumblr for the weekly goodie list…
- The tumblr Hobbit group rewatched BOTFA and lathalea has compiled their comments and quips, like last week. The Thorin meme in the middle of the post had me laugh out loud!
- I totally love gif queen riepu10’s gif set from the Follett promo. Nine times the fun
- #TeamLawn rejoices! A post by throntoncrusadepost. (Intriguing tumblr name, that…)
- This week astrovian is gone into Richard with dogs… cat lovers, look away 😉
- Richard looking down, courtesy of mzperx0506universe. Screenshots from Follett PR
- Hm, I have to admit that Billie Piper did not come to *my* mind, but as for the genre, I fully agree with gingerteaonthetardis
- This post does not contain Richard only, but otherwise is very apt. Posted by charming-merlin
- Oooh, angry Guy knows what he wants *coughs*. By nfcomics
- So, that’s why he is wearing those leathers… What a Guy Wants by nfcomics, again
And because a single digit tumblr best of is really too short, HERE is a link to Zee’s latest update to her Aside from Heaven (a continuation of the Manna from Heaven series). This is chapter 29, and the Aside is heading towards a close at this point.
Just as a quick weekly re-cap of general RA news – this week the Beatrix Potter Stories for Audible, of which Richard was one of the performers, has gone live. Another audio collection of short stories that Richard has been involved in, Reality and other Stories, is available for pre-order and releases on October 1, 2020. Those of you based in the UK or Ireland can also book tickets to see the filmed version of Uncle Vanya which will be shown in cinemas in UK and Ireland on October 27, 2020.
This is one of the rare cases where I approve of Ireland being lumped in with the UK. Here’s hoping that the play will after that also be shown in other territories. Maybe if we make it a success now, it will be broadened to other countries? I’ve bought two tickets because Mr Guylty strangely, unfathomably wants to see the play. Whether we will actually go, is another story. Who knows where we are with lockdown in 5 weeks’ time…
Otherwise, I hope you have added a comment to yesterday’s shrine post in order to be in the raffle. I took time off the internet yesterday evening, so I better go over there and reply to comments now. Ouch, that’s if my aching arm allows me. I spent yesterday and today sewing new masks, and I really need to get myself a new rotary cutter. I can’t always depend on my lovely friends to send me wonderful presents with useful tools… Big thank you to Helen for reacting to my whining last week, and putting two fabulous pliers into your box of thoughtful gifts 😘. They work a treat, and I immediately used them to make several more earrings 😁.
Have a lovely Sunday, stay safe, stay happy,