Wednesday 8th April 2020 – Day Sixteen

Good morning all – I hope that you had a good night

These are truly difficult times, and ones that we shall never forget. As one of my members put in – we are really living through history. A few blogs ago, I asked what positives you were drawing out from this lockdown and period of isolation:

Here were just a few of the answers

“Catching up with friends and families that I have not spoken to in years….starting a new hobbie….keeping fit….organising and decluttering my life….reading and writing more…spending time with my family…..spending time with myself…”

Thank you to everyone who replied and shared with me their thoughts and observations about this period, it was fascinating to read.

What can I share with you today? – FOOD / SHOPPING

From Chris: Free-from apple crumble

3 Bramley apples (about 900g), peeled, cored and cut into 2-3cm chunks
½ lemon, juiced
60g sultanas
2 tsp ground cinnamon
60g maple syrup

For the crumble topping
175g gluten-free plain flour
100g free-from pure oats
90g dairy-free spread or coconut oil
50g pecans, roughly chopped
50g hazelnuts, roughly chopped
50g dried cranberries
100g maple syrup
dairy-free cream or ice cream, to serve (optional)

Preheat the oven to gas 5, 190°C, fan 170°C.

Put the apples in a 25 x 16cm ovenproof dish at least 5cm deep. Pour over the lemon juice and toss to coat. Scatter over the sultanas and cinnamon, then drizzle with 60g maple syrup. Mix well, then put the dish on a baking tray and bake for 10 mins. Meanwhile, mix the flour and oats in a large bowl. Rub in the spread with your fingertips, then stir in the nuts, cranberries and 100g maple syrup until just combined. Don’t overmix as it can become sticky. Scatter the topping over the baked apple mixture but don’t pack it down. Bake for a further 35 mins or until lightly golden-brown on top and bubbling at the edges.
Leave to cool slightly, then serve with dairy-free cream or ice cream, if you like.

INFORMATION – From Francis: Healthy Generations – DIGITAL CLASS NOW ONLINE!! Zoom class to learn Zoom! And also any other problems you have – SOLVED! With Peter partnership with IPF (Islington Pensioners Forum) Wednesday 3.30-4.30pm

Email or a text to 0757 978 5053 and he will send back the URL you can copy and paste into your browser – with full instructions!!

For all information on how to join this class and others please visit:

ART & CULTURE – From Chris: As most members of both the creative industry and our audiences are now based at home, Greenwich Theatre are announcing the launch of Greenwich Connects, an online programme of interactive theatre opportunities for anyone and everyone to express and expand their creativity and engage with other members of the community through a series of weekly events.

From Theresa: Hungarian Classics Free to Watch. The National Film Institute offers free online access to 35 Hungarian Classics with subtitles – literary adaptations, historical films and animations contributing to digital education introduced in Hungary due to the coronavirus outbreak. Precious entertainment for all members of the family staying at home

From Rosalind: Stage shows, musicals and opera you can watch online now for free. What’s on stage are updating their list daily with all the latest shows you can stream!

HEALTH – Marcos Viliotti is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Marcos’ Meditation on Tuesdays and Chair Yoga on Thursdays
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30

Lastly From Chris – funny side of life!

Coronavirus Diary:

Day 1 – I Can Do This!! Got enough food and wine to last a month!
Day 2 – Opening my 8th bottle of wine. I fear wine supplies might not last
Day 3 – Strawberries: Some have 210 seeds, some have 235 seeds. Who knew??
Day 4 – 8pm: Removed my day pajamas and put on my night pajamas.
Day 5 – Today, I tried to make hand sanitizer. It came out as jello shots!!
Day 6 – I get to take the garbage out. I’m So excited, I can’t decide what to wear.
Day 7 – Laughing way too much at my own jokes!!
Day 8 – Went to a new restaurant called “The Kitchen”. You have to gather all the ingredients and make your own meal. I have no clue how this place is still in business.
Day 9 – I put liquor bottles in every room. Tonight, I’m getting all dressed up and going bar hopping.
Day 10 – Struck up a conversation with a spider today. Seems nice. He’s a web designer.
Day 11 – Isolation is hard. I swear my fridge just said, “What the hell do you want now?”
Day 12 – I realized why dogs get so excited about something moving outside, going for walks or car rides. I think I just barked at a squirrel.
Day 13 – If you keep a glass of wine in each hand, you can’t accidentally touch your face.
Day 14 – Watched the birds fight over a worm. The Cardinals lead the Blue Jays 3–1
Day 15 – Anybody else feel like they’ve cooked dinner about 395 times this month?”
Day 16 – Learned coffee filters and dryer sheets twice as absorbent as toilet paper

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Be safe