Last week when the weather was warmer and I was talking to the window cleaner - from a safe distance - we both noticed a Yellow Brimstone butterfly passing by - first of the season for me. The day before that I'd seen my first butterfly of spring in the garden - a Peacock.
I wonder if the much colder weather that we've had after those sunny days last week, will send everything back into hibernation.
Out cycling and at home I've seen one hare around - probably not the same one and frequently frightened off a Buzzard, perched at the top of the Ash tree as I've walked down the meadow. I'd love to have photos but everything is always in a hurry!
I have a feeling that there will be a big recession after all the virus issues are over. Not all businesses will be able to bounce back and trade as they did before and many people will be struggling to live on less for a long time, some think 800,000 businesses will go under.
Sorry that sounds depressing but events from the past do tend to come round again and I've lived through several crisis - oil shortages, coal miners strikes, 3 day weeks, but at least it's unlikely that interest rates will rise to 16% which is what we had to deal with in the early 90's (I think it was)
After the 9/11 event people were encouraged to go out and spend to get things back to normal and it might be the same again although I hope people don't, as adding more debt to what they might already have isn't usually a good plan.
At the moment many people are being given mortgage and council tax holidays but they will still have to be paid at a later date so you will still need to be canny with money.
So prioritise .
I would put the things that keep a roof over your head and fed or keep you from being cut off/fined at the top of the list
Then CUT BACK everywhere else
And CUT OUT all those things that you know you can do without, it's time to be REALISTIC! for instance - magazine subscriptions, new phones every year, expensive beauty/hair products, designer clothing, buying something just because someone else has it already and after all you deserve it. Tons of toys for children, big birthday/anniversary/Christmas celebrations. Anything new that's available second hand. Some people go all sniffy at buying second hand but think about it..........antiques like these below have changed hands dozens of times and no one worries about that.
Most people move into a house that someone else has lived in - do you
turn your nose up at a "second-hand" house?!
Lots of these things might have to wait until the world is back to normal, so I hope those who need to know how to manage on less will remember.
Just found a question from Kate - I get wild bird food from Garden Wildlife Direct. Usually prompt delivery and different sizes available to order