Ireland day 0173. Sunday 20 March 2022- Covid2
One of the peculiar features of Covid – for me at least – is that it completely alters your sleep patterns. So for example yesterday I spent most of the afternoon sleeping which meant that I was awake for half the night. I thought for a moment that perhaps I should make another start on “Ulysses” but that’s pretty hard going even when you are in full possession of your faculties, which I definitely wasn’t last night So I just lay there listening to the sounds of the night. It was quite interesting actually. At about 4am a bird started singing joyously in the trees outside. I don’t know what it was, as I think it is still too early in the season to be the dawn chorus, so maybe it was just a territorial robin chasing off an intruder. But whatever it was, it was quite melodious and a cheering herald to the first day of spring.
Then finally when the robin decided to go back to bed at about 5:30, a fox started barking vigorously just below our window. At least I think it was a fox as it sounded a bit like dog, but it fired off its barks in a salvo of about five then paused for a second or two before resuming. Eventually he decided to retire as well, and I dropped off again at about 6:30. I’m hoping I sleep a bit better tonight but at least if I don’t I know I will have an interesting soundtrack to accompany my wakefulness.
I tested myself again this morning, hoping for a miracle which, of course, didn’t materialise. The pesky red line was just as strong as yesterday with not even the slightest hint of fading. I am feeling a bit better than yesterday though still coughing like mad and living from one Paracetamol dose to the next. I don’t think there’s a lot you can realistically do about it other than sit it out and let nature take its course.
Anyway on a more positive note – Val, Bev and Pete had a superb day out in the Wicklow Hills today, covering the fist stage of the walk – from Marley Park to Enniskerry – in record time. The weather was perfect and – even better – its looking good for the next few days as well. That’s quite unusual actually, as normally when Val and I go walking with Bev and Pete we are subject to torrents of rain and freezing wind, So Wicklow has been a bit of a departure from the norm but now I am beginning wonder – is it me that is the harbinger of storms? For everyone’s sakes, perhaps I should take to my bed more often?
Today’s photos (click to enlarge)
|My view for the last 48 hours|
(No map today)