Views of COVID 19 – Chile, England, Finland and Portugal

Taking time out today to look at the darker side of life.  Sue Slaught is compiling a series on the effect of COVID 19 around our world, and I was honoured to be asked to participate.  The full text is here :

Views of COVID 19 – Chile, England, Finland and Portugal

Hoping you are enjoying the peace of this very different Easter, and that no-one you love has been affected by this frightening illness.  God bless!


    1. Thanks, sweetheart. Incredible, isn’t it? The whole world has been humbled by this virus. I admired your lovely flowers this morning. Still something to smile about 🙂 🙂

    1. I’ve just been on the rooftop admiring this morning’s sunrise, Peta. Not so spectacular, but lovely 🙂 🙂 That was an adventure and a half you had in getting to Mexico!

  1. I’ve just read your covid19 story Jo. So sad when you cannot walk in your cheerful group. I miss your weekly ramble and the beautiful photos of your adopted country. But I think if we all accept the rules and try our best to social distance etc. we, hopefully will come through this quicker. Bloggers are blessed with having a virtual community that is not affected by this turmoil. After all we have all been virtual “ social distancing” for ever. I read in the comments that you are not well. I hope you recover soon and that it is not something more sinister. I hope you are having a peaceful Easter, stay safe and I know you will stay positive

    1. I still have beautiful country trails I can follow, Pauline, though within strict limits, and I was lucky to have my trip to the Alentejo before this started. I’m still walking,a little,, though not today, when I’ve mostly sat in the sun. Just a very painful episode of arthritis, hon, and I hope it will be better tomorrow.. Thanks for your good wishes. 🙂 🙂

  2. I do hope you feel better for a restful day, Jo, and that you have a good and peaceful Easter. This was an interesting piece from you and I read several of the others too – Spain of course, though this correspondent’s life is very different from my daughter’s in Barcelona. This article in Der Spiegel is interesting if you haven’t seen it:

    1. I’ve done very little other than sit in the sun with a book, and a bit of Portuguese practise, Margaret. Sent Mick out for a fish supper tonight. Hopefully better tomorrow. Many thanks 🙂 🙂

      1. Slowly. But that’s a good way, isn’t it? 🙂 🙂 Very rough night with arthritis in neck and shoulders but a sunny afternoon has helped. Wine, next!

  3. A name from the past. Sue and I regularly communicated but some time ago now she just stopped without any explanation. I asked why but got no response. I think it was about the time that she thought she was the next Rick Steves. A shame really, I enjoyed her company, maybe I offended her in some way?

    1. I think that family issues and being a grandparent made a difference, Andrew. She doesn’t post as often these days, and I don’t always read and comment. There are only so many exciting adventures you can have, and I’m not an exciting adventure type. But she’s a very nice lady. 🙂 🙂

    1. And I, yours, Gilda. I walked across town for some shopping yesterday and was touched by the lavender strewn across the bridge. Take good care, hon 🤗🐰🐣💕

  4. It was interesting to read your guest post, Joe! By now I’ve heard and read so many stories from different people. Some are stuck in South America with young children, some had to cancel their long awaited wedding and so on. We are all in the same boat, and I only hope we’ll be more compassionate when this all ends. Nevertheless, Have a lovely Easter weekend. We are not doing much this year, it’s raining in Ireland and we are talking it easy. Aiva xxx

    1. I’ve not actually been feeling very well Aiva, but an afternoon sitting in the sun on my roof terrace has made me feel a lot better. Enjoy the peace and quiet 🤗💕

      1. I can easily relate to you. I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis just before my 30th Birthday and ever since then, it’s been one hell of a journey for me. There are good day and there are bad days and there are days when nothing helps to ease the pain. Take care 😘

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