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Light at the end of the tunnel, but no more strawberries

nae sporran

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Oct 29, 2014
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I'm just going to ramble for a bit to clear my head.
Two neighbours and a care worker in our extra sheltered housing have the virus. Christmas was not great due to C's daughter going down with a stomach bug and not joining us for the traditional lunch at Chinese restaurant. I rather enjoyed the peace, sorry that's a bit naughty but has a long story behind it. As C has only seen her twice on WhatsApp video call and not seen her son at all since November she is feeling a wee bit left out. Son has a bad habit when I remind him of promising to call then getting caught up in other things.
I think C has asked me when she will get cherries and strawberries every day for about a fortnight. I know there is fruit from warmer places, but it's always dry and hard so she won't eat it. She also asks if it is still winter every day. We've not even had the snow and ice other places have, though walking round the local streets on cold grey days is not quite the respite I like. Still, not I write that it is probably more than many carers get.
The light at the end of the tunnel is the vaccine has been booked for the 27th of this month at the local football stadium. Of course, C is immune and doesn't need to go, her father made her and the whole family immune for life apparently. I have to smile at the absurdity of it sometimes. Ach well, she took her Covid test happily when the care manager gave it and impressed me how easily she managed it. So, the vaccination should be fine, it may just take a bit of imagination on the day to get her out there. A sunny day would be wonderful though.
 

Izzy

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I’m glad you have the date for your vaccination @nae sporran It must be so hard for C not seeing her children and not getting all the things that make life more pleasant for her. Hard for you managing all of this too.

We have sleet and snow up here - it’s horrible. I think weather like this drags us down even further.

I hope all goes well with the vaccine - not long to go now!
 

Jaded'n'faded

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Hope V Day goes well... Perhaps you could find some strawberries on the way home. Have you tried frozen ones? They don't look quite as pretty but they are usually sweet and would work very well chopped into some double cream with a few meringues thrown in...!

(What? Someone else has already invented this dessert? Hmmph.)
 

Grannie G

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I find frozen summer fruits a fair alternative but also put fresh strawberries in the microwave for 30 seconds and it does improve the taste

It hasn`t stopped raining here and it is also very cold. It doesn`t help morale in the slightest.

I`m pleased you have a date for the vaccine @nae sporran. I`m waiting patiently and am comforted to know most of my 80+ year old friends have either had it or have a date.
 

marionq

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I like to make the occasional jelly as the gelatine is good for my nails. If you mix the strawberry jelly then stir frozen strawberries into it it sets within minutes. Add a dollop of cream or ice cream and C would love it.
 

nae sporran

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Oct 29, 2014
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I know your thread was meant to be serious @nae sporran but it has filled my head with wonderful images. Strawberries, meringues, jelly, cream, delightful. I shall treat myself tomorrow. (Hope the vaccine goes well)
Now I've got it all off my chest and had some good ideas I am happy to dream of knickerbocker glories 😀 . Thanks, Mary.