Overnight we have been put up a Tier and are now in Tier 4 in line with the rest of mainland Scotland. The Covid numbers have risen here on the Island and our hospital is at full capacity. Consequently, we are effectively in lockdown along with everyone else. Thank you so much Cherie for checking in on us, we are both fine at least at the moment. Gerard was at the hospital on Thursday, so we did an enormous shop whilst we were out and now will stay indoors and local for urgent needs. There appeared to be plenty in the supermarket and no shortages so I didn't feel guilty about doing a large shop. Thankfully the ferry is now running again to schedule as the weather has now settled and calm. I was able to get plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and have prepared some for the freezer. I also added some tinned peas, sweetcorn, tomatoes, green beans, baked beans, tuna, corned beef and plenty of pasta and rice to the store cupboard. We won't go hungry that is for sure. The hens have started laying again so we have once again got an abundance of eggs.
A quiet weekend thus far, catching up with a little reading and crafting. The laundry basket is also now empty just a little ironing to do. No baking as is usual for a Saturday, the temptation is too great when making cake and I don't need any in the tin for visitors with the new restrictions in place.
Take care and stay safe. This pandemic is far from over and the new variant so much worse.
See you soon.
So sorry that your lovely island is besieged by the Pandemic. You would think you stood a good chance of pulling up the drawbridge and being safe. Glad you have stocked up your storecupboard and can keep to home. Our little town supplies our needs I am glad to say and there are usually few people about. Keep safe, and hoping we can do so too.ReplyDelete
Have you had the vaccination yet.I was so relieved to get mine.We have been in Tier 4 since December 20th and have at least another three weeks of it.I would have thought it would be easy to contain on an island but I suppose so much comes in from the mainland.ReplyDelete
Keep warm and keep safe.
Glad that you could get a good shop done and have all the items you need. That you can also buy local is good. Hope that you keep ok.ReplyDelete
Take care and I am with you,grettings from annaReplyDelete
Please stay safe! I think you just have to take restrictions in your stride and get on with it. Sounds like you did a really good shop in good time.ReplyDelete
Pull up the drawbridge and keep that darn virus at bay. I am thinking of you all up there. xReplyDelete
I was sorry to hear this on the BBC news, and wondered how it would affect you. Stay home and stay safe.ReplyDelete
How unfortunate that it was necessary to tighten the restrictions on your Island. Good thing you have done a big shopping and will be okay as far as food is concerned. Stay safe.ReplyDelete
Amazingly throughout the Pandemic I'm so amazed and grateful there has been no disruption to the food chain (Psalm 37:25)ReplyDelete
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good health to you both.
Sorry to hear numbers have risen in your island haven. Good to see how well organised you are and have got all the supplies you need. As for us here in this province in Spain it is a question of sitting tight. We are on full lockdown again here in Alicante and they are talking of extending it. Keep well and stay safe :-) Amanda xReplyDelete
So glad you were able to get the shopping done, my friend. Stay safe. Hugs...Virtual...from Pennsylvania.ReplyDelete
So glad you are both safe and taking this seriously. You would not believe how people in Florida are, some still arguing about wearing masks in grocery stores. It is a disgrace. Stay safe.ReplyDelete
Join the club! We have been in lockdown since December 26th but here all it means is we can only go out for essential appointments, exercise or grocery shopping. I am just grateful for days when it is warm enough to get out for a walk. Today it is pretty cold (-11C).ReplyDelete
You have both been so careful so it is worrying to think that even a small island like Lewis can't escape this plague. Glad to know that you are well stocked.ReplyDelete
I did a shop last Thursday, some meat and a lot of veg with some frozen fruit as back up. Today I picked up some milk at the end of my walk so I will not need to go back for at least 10 days. I had thought about making another stop at the shops tomorrow while going into the office for an hour but really, I don't need anything so will skip that outing.
We have been in a State of Emergency since November and we don't expect it to be eased before March. And as of Feb. 1 Canada is making all non-essential travel REALLY difficult and REALLY expensive! Feb. March and April are the big months for heading south - so our 4 major airlines have suspended all flights to Mexico and the Caribbean until May. All international flights must land at one of only 4 airports. You must have a negative Covid test before boarding and you must have another test upon landing. Then you will go to a Govt. approved hotel for 3 days until your test results come back. This stay will cost $2000 per person! If your test comes back negative you can finish your 14 day quarantine at home with strict monitoring. If it comes back positive you will be sent to a Govt. run facility until you recover and test negative. It is about time!
I agree. Just wish our government would pull their finger out and get on with it.Delete
I am so very sorry that you are in lockdown again, but the hospital being at capacity is quite scary. My husband and I have not really ventured far for almost a year. I don't really mind, especially as the local grocery store and Target have curbside pickup so I don't actually have to go into the stores anymore. Stay safe.ReplyDelete
You had a busy day. I went out to place my birthday roses at various shrines to Mary around town. I stayed masked and there was no one else around.ReplyDelete
Stay safe both of you. XXXXXReplyDelete
So sorry that you are in lockdown again. It's good that you were able to stock your cupboards. We are not seeing shortages here either but some things have limits on them. I suppose that is to prevent shortages. Stay safe and well.ReplyDelete
I'm sorry the dreaded virus is filling your hospitals. We're a mess here in the USA due to the horrific example set by our failed ex-president to his poor minions who won't wear masks and still believe it's a hoax. I'm glad you have re-filled cupboards and can stay safe at home in your cozy cottage. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)ReplyDelete
Good to know that you both are safe and have ample supply of food in store. The situation is the same here, our hospitals are almost at breaking point. Cases have increased.ReplyDelete
Sorry to read of a lockdown for your area again. Stock of food and essential needs is good. I bought a lot the other day that were low price and coupons helped me save money. I'm glad I have a Small pantry that's in my buffet table that used to be my grandmother's. Hopefully Gerard is doing well and you too. I need to make cookies this next week as we are running low on what we have. Take care and God bless you in the weeks and months ahead.ReplyDelete
Oh Lorraine, I'm so sorry to read that higher numbers have come to your island paradise. I am relieved to know that you were able to get a good stock-up of supplies though. I've got a grocery order in to be picked up on Monday morning. Since Canada is beginning much stricter travel restrictions, I expect the U.S. to follow soon. Alex doesn't think he'll be able to return to the UK on his February 11 flight to London from Tokyo because of the new rules. He just finished his two week Japan quaranteen after arriving there from the UK. He's fairly certain that both he and his fiance had it in February but they weren't testing yet. They were both SO sick when they returned from Christmas travels.ReplyDelete
We are eagerly awaiting vaccinations. Dennis qualifies for it but there are still none available for him. I don't qualify yet, even with my medical issues.
Praying for you and Gerard to remain healthy and happy in your cottage. I'm sorry to hear about the hospital being full. Even more important to avoid people.
Our friends dropped dinner from our favorite German restaurant at our door tonight for my birthday. We used to go there together for special occasions but it's been a year. The restaurant was so very happy for the take-out order. They are struggling since indoor dining is banned in our state.
Blessings and hugs,
One just can't get away from it at the moment. I'm glad you are well, despite the problems.ReplyDelete
Hi ! Lockdown here too...The numbers are horrific in Portugal...ReplyDelete
Glad to be in the countryside, like you ;)
It's hard but it's the only way to be safe...
Have a lovely week in your little cottage !
We're not safe from this virus anywhere. Let's hope that the vaccine does the trick. Stay safe.ReplyDelete
Take care. Stay safe.ReplyDelete
Glad to hear you are fully stocked with food and other household essentials. Apart from being in lockdown, you have the additional issue with goods transports being jeopardised when the weather is stormy. Stay safe xReplyDelete
Glad you are well prepared for a lockdown. It must have been a shock to have so many cases. May you continue to stay well and let's hope things improve really soon.ReplyDelete
Take care and stay safe in your lockdown, hopefully things will be better soon.ReplyDelete
Sorry to read you are now in Tier 4, but pleased you were able to get a good shop done!ReplyDelete
Take care, stay safe and warm.
All the best Jan
It is all just so unreal.ReplyDelete
Please stay safe. Better days are ahead. Keep the faith!
Stay safe and busy. Love Jo xReplyDelete
I'm so sorry you are under such great restrictions. It's wonderful you were able to get your pantry well stocked. We are still being very careful here. We were lucky to be able to get the first vaccine shot and will get the second one in late February. I'm so hopeful as the vaccine rolls out this horrible pandemic will end. Stay warm and cozy and well, my friend!ReplyDelete
It is scary when hospitals start to fill up with patients. I am glad that you are safe and cozy.ReplyDelete
Gosh, that is not good. We are getting better here. Our state curfew was lifted by one hour, and hospitalizations are down. I pray it goes away soon.ReplyDelete
Glad you were able to stock up whilst you were visiting the hospital. Such strange times we are living through, take care both of you:)ReplyDelete
You would think that being a small island they could have continued to keep the covid under control. Glad you have plenty of food — and I hope craft supplies! — to keep you going for a while. Take care!ReplyDelete
That's true. I'm glad that you are all stocked up with food. It makes such a difference to have plenty to eat and drink. As you said, this is far from over. Staying home makes all the difference.ReplyDelete
I'm sorry to read that numbers are rising in your area again. We are under restrictions here, too, and it angers me when I see people flout them. Our Canadian government is toughening up on international travel, and I am glad. It sounds like you are all stocked up and will stay cozy and warm in your cottage. Blessings.ReplyDelete