Spring!

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After seeing all these flowers in bloom I was going to name today the first day of Spring despite a cold front heading this way. In fact a fellow blogger in the US beat me to it, as he explained, today was the Vernal Equinox apparently, making it the earliest Spring in over 150 years. Thanks Buddy!

My outing today was to the supermarket, which I had already postponed for several days trying to comply with the present advice. It was glorious weather, warm and sunny. I descended into town on foot as public transport had been stopped due to Coronavirus. I needed money from the bank for shopping but decided instead to pay by card in the supermarket to help avoid transmitting any bugs from the cash-point to the supermarket. When I came to pay at the checkout a sign asked customers to pay with cash, why I don’t know, I should have asked of course … but let’s face it, whatever you do it is never going to be right with someone.

Update: misinformation correction

In fact the supermarket sign said: ‘Bargeldlos’, in other words pay by card. Sorry for that a complete misunderstanding.

So then I wandered through the empty streets, which are usually pretty empty this time of year, to the ‘House of Guests’ where I wanted to wash my hands before drinking from a bottle I had purchased and climbing back up the hill. A sign outside informed me that it was closed until further notice due to the Coronavirus. As was the next possible place and the one after that. So despite the ‘wash your hands’ rant that the authorities are forever plugging they seem to be doing everything to prevent it.

I only mention these two examples to illustrate that whatever you do with the best of intentions life is never so cut and dried or that simple so you have to find a sensible balance yourself.

The problem as I see it is not so much the Covid19 virus but flu in general, which has seen climbing death rates over the past years in Europe and it has reached a crisis point where hospitals can no longer cope. This is why we all need to watch our hygiene from now on even once the Covid19 has passed by, which I am sure it will do. In fact China reported no new cases today, if you can believe anything you read or hear in the news.

3 thoughts on “Spring!

  1. thanks for the shout out. lol
    yes, many more people have died from flu since January, than from the current coronavirus. that fact comes from the cdc and who websites.
    strange about the cash unless they are not cleaning the card machines touch screen/buttons/pen. i often ask the cash clerk when the last time the “pen” on those machines was last sanitized. i usually get the “who is this asshole” look. lol and i sign with my fingernail.
    we do not clean public things as often as we should and i know people dont wash their hands near enough as i have watched men walk out of the public bathroom not washing their hands and i have been told by women friends, women do the same thing.

    money is very dirty and many paper bills have tested positive for cocaine!

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    1. Yep, when you think about all those things we are pretty resilient overall as a species. I think it’s good that we are being made more aware of hand washing etc., as the global community grows it becomes more important than ever.

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