Like you all, we were waiting to hear what the advice would be for cocooning and perhaps our hearts sank just a little when we heard the 5th May announced. We know we must – but it is a challenge for us. There are a few ways of looking at this challenge. The main one for some will be that we can procrastinate no longer! Whatever about saying ‘I just looked at the 2 weeks like a holiday’, it will be much harder to reach the end of 5 weeks and still think we were on holidays! Some of those jobs we did not want to do will just have to be taken on… watch this space.
We have to count our blessings with the weather during the last few weeks – and just as I type this, the sun has gone in! Do try to keep up some exercise – there are lots of classes on the previous emails. I did like the joke received last week ‘Stepped on my scale this morning and it said: Please use social distancing, one person at a time!’
We have some updates that may prove useful:
· Great reports of the service from the Farm Shop.
· Supervalu deliveries – you do not have to use cash. This can be done by card provided you let Derek know. You can phone him with your order and say that you will use your bank card. When he gets to the checkout, he will call and you can give your details to the supervisor in Supervalu and they will process the payment.
· Jones Garden Centre will take orders over the phone and will deliver.
· The Fingal Support Line is 1800 459059 and operates from 8 – 8, 7 days a week. (If there is any help needed for deliveries and collections, they will take your details and arrange it for you). And can direct you to other supports.
· Cleaning your deliveries… sometimes antiseptic wipes are just not available so a good alternative is a spray cleaner with bleach and kitchen roll or baby wipes – and then the hand wash when you are finished.
· Eircom are not moving to charging for the moment as they realise that this would not be a good time for people to become disconnected. If you have sent us your update email, that is the one we are going to use.
· Garden centres and hardware shops may be opening after this weekend – there is some disagreement about this but, if you need paint, might be worth seeing if they are by giving them a call on Tuesday or Wednesday.
Covid, cocooning and banking – The Banking and Payments Federation of Ireland have produced a booklet which is attached to this email. Well worth a read.
Covid lifespan on surfaces see the attached poster
Over this Easter weekend, you may be interested in the following links for the local churches –
St. Patrick’s Catholic Church http://www.donabateparish.ie/ lots of links and information of services.
St. Patrick Church of Ireland http://www.swords.dublin.anglican.org/donabate.php
Donabate Presbyterian Church https://www.donabatepc.org/blog takes you to each weekly virtual service of talks and hymns.
Other interesting links that have been sent in…
https://masks4all.co/ home-made face masks – very good for stichers and non-stitchers
Newsletter from The Healing Room with some good ideas… https://mailchi.mp/48764d812eed/healing-room-newsletter-online-offerings?e=4c98d838f8
The Senior Times – 2 copies attached
So that’s it for this week. If you come across something that you think would be of interest to members, please send it on to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you all for your encouragement.
Again, remember to stay at home and stay safe.
Best wishes to all.