Thursday, 30 September 2021

A Busy Month

Covid is still with us. It keeps looming up among one or other of my friendship groups, reminding me to keep on gelling and sticking mask to mouth. I just hope that's enough of a protection. Next week I'll be getting my booster Covid jab so that's a bit of added security but even with the reassurance of gel, mask and jabs, life is still out of kilter. 

A Sukkah
High Holy Days: Last year the Jewish High Holy Days were observed from the safety of home but this year the Synagogue has reopened. I was unsure about going but decided to attend the service for Rosh Hashonah, the New Year. I was appropriately masked and gelled up but there were so many people there that I left before the end and only returned earlier this week for a quieter ceremony of Shemini Azeret. This marks the end of Shavuot, a seven-day festival when meals are shared in an outdoor hut that has only leaves and branches as a roof. Yes, it sounds strange on the page but it's fun to take part in so long as the weather isn't too autumnal. It's all about remembering the time that the Israelites travelled in the wilderness when they left Egypt.

Poetry: A few days ago I posted on social media the good news that my poem, 'Post-war Kids' has been accepted for publication by Green Ink Poetry, and will be available next month in both an online and a print edition. I'm particularly pleased with this acceptance as it is one of my favourite poems. The theme for the edition is roots and I interpreted that in my usual nostalgic way. I've written about being a kid in the 1950s. I'll post up the link as soon as it's available.

Demolition: While all this has been going on, we have had builders in. They have demolished our old conservatory which was on the verge of falling down, was far too hot to sit in during the summer and too cold in the winter. They are building a new garden room which we have been assured will solve all our problems. The builders are quite self-contained but I am living with the sound of constant pop music, drilling, sawing and the provision of copious mugs of coffee. It was meant to be a week's job in June but has turned out to be nigh-on a month's job in September. Which brings me full circle back to Covid. The pandemic has apparently created havoc with the supply of building materials as well as every other aspect of our lives. 

At least 'Strictly Come Dancing' with its glitter and glamour is back on the TV so that's something to smile about. Stay safe and, in the style of the Strictly sign off, keeeeep gelling!



7 comments:

  1. Good to hear you can at least go to your ceremonies if you wish, Ros. I have a feeling we are just going to have to get used to Covid coming and going as it pleases. Our numbers are going down, but with everything open again and no restrictions, they're sure to rise again. I was the only one wearing a mask in the supermarket today. Sigh! Congratulations on having your poem accepted! That's great news. As for the builders, I'm glad they are actually doing the job for you. I am having a very stressful time because I asked a builder I've used several times before to build a downstairs loo in my country cottage and paid a substantial deposit...wait for it...in November last year! Since then he hasn't contacted me once and despite numerous emails, calls and messages to his office ladies, all I've got to show for it is frustration and anxiety. Maybe he's having trouble getting building materials too, but I wish to goodness he'd tell me!

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    1. That sounds worrying re your builder. I hope he gets back to you soon. I thought we'd waited a long time but that's totally unreasonable. Good luck with it x

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  2. I attended Kol Nidre and Neillah services. First time in the synagogue for a couple of years.
    Looking forward to reading your poem.

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    1. Hope you had a good Yom tov. Isn't it strange returning to places that were once part of our regular lives. Covid has a lot to answer for!!

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  3. Glad things are busy, you have acceptances, progress on your garden room, and of course holy services. But, I've noticed, everything is just a bit off kilter. I attend stuff, then feel nervous, and leave. I think about going to things and talk myself out of it - almost too much trouble. And yes, anything with worker bees becomes a monumental job - due to timing on materials, workers, etc. Good luck and carry on!

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    1. Thanks, Joanne, I do hope one day things will return to normal ranging from workmen obtaining building materials to us in the UK getting petrol delivered to our service stations. Hope you're not having the same trouble. Your journeys are longer than ours I suspect. Have a good weekend x

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