Wednesday 6th May 2020 – Day Forty Four

Over the last weeks and months, I have a wonderful array of suggestions, links, youtube videos, podcasts, recipes, recording, photos. It will probably take me until the rest of the year to read through and visit all of them!

This one sent to me yesterday, is a particular favourite. So if you have not watched this, please do, it really is very beautiful (The Great Realisation – below).



From Phil W:

The Great Realisation.
A bedtime story of how it started, and hindsight’s 2020.



Today marks 44 days of Lockdown – wow can you believe it. For me the time has gone fast, but for many this period has been a very difficult time. To support you through this period we can offer the following:

  • Regular phone call (even daily)
  • Support with shopping
  • Free Food Parcel
  • Zoom activities
  • Signposting you to advice (benefits, IT problems, health related)

Please get in touch if you need help!


What can I share with you today?




Foodbank – this service has begun in earnest, Phil and his volunteers are now getting FREE food parcels to residents in the local area. We are flexible with regards to who we can help. If you fit the following criteria, please contact us:

  • Self Isolation due to symptoms
  • Isolation due to vulnerable or shielded status
  • Income reduction because of lockdown & crisis measures
  • Income reduction while waiting for benefits to arrive
  • Homeless

Go to Registration Form



From Phil B:

I have copied a recipe for some staple Irish food. Some places call it Wheaten bread or Brown Soda bread. Originally it was only eaten by wealthy families until white bread arrived then it was the poorer people who ate it.

Hint: if no butter milk is available use about 20 m milk with two teaspoons of lemon juice. Leave for five mins.

Wheaten Bread

  • Mix 6 oz of wholemeal flour, 4 oz of plain flour, a level teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda and a teaspoon of salt
  • Make a well in the mixture and stir in butter milk until the dough is firm
  • Put on a board and flour both sides
  • Put in a greased tin and bake in a moderate oven for 45 minutes



From Cindy:

Local shops open near you – interactive map. This is where you can find information about local shops open across Westminster.

Here’s the Link



From David S:

Royal Opera House.
La traviata in full from The Royal Opera. Premieres 8 May 2020. Renée Fleming and Joseph Calleja star in Richard Eyre’s sumptuous production of Verdi’s tragic opera of love and loss.


From Theresa:

Flowers for Mrs Harris. Based on the novel by Paul Gallico. Book by Rachel Wagstaff. Music & Lyrics by Richard Taylor

Ada Harris spends her days dusting, darning, polishing and scrubbing. But her first glimpse of a ravishing Christian Dior dress sets her off on a journey that will change her life forever…


One of the most heartwarming British musicals of recent years – GUARDIAN

Here’s the Link




From Chris B:

The world is in crisis.
Keep Calm, Stay Wise & Be Kind. This Meaningful May Calendar has daily actions for May 2020 to help us respond to this global crisis with a sense of purpose and meaning. (PDF attached)


Download Calendar



From Seven Dials Housing:

Coping with Lock Down.How are you dealing with all the changes that Covid-19 will bring for the future? Can you picture a different life? Do you have feelings of fear and anxiety? What issues have arisen from being thrown into hyper domestic life or becoming a carer in the family? Are you carrying out self care – are you looking

after yourself and others? Join the CCH Live Wellness Hub to discuss the tools that work and how to cope with lock down, involving techniques and exercises such as breathing techniques and meditation.

Date: Thursday 7th May

Time: 5.00pm – 5.40pm

Via Zoom

If you are interested in attending, then please submit your details

View leaflet for more Information




From Jerry who asks:

What is your favourite “Doctor, Doctor” Joke?

Patient – Doctor, doctor!  I keep thinking I’m a dog.

Doctor – Take a seat.

Patient – I can’t, I’m not allowed on the furniture.



From Jean: “…..

If you thought toilet paper was crazy … just wait until 300 million people all want a haircut appointment….”



That’s all for now!

You can contact me on 07759 646507 in case of an emergency

Be safe