Good evening, all.
Hope you're all having a good Tuesday.
It's still raining over here in Ireland, although the northern half of the country seems to be fairing a lot better than the southern half, with floods up to a meter high affecting parts of Cork at high tide this morning. I've not really left the house all day. It's past 7:30 pm as I type this, and it's still raining.
The Government announced last night that the whole country will be moving to the most stringent, Level 5, Covid-19 restrictions for six weeks, to start at midnight tonight. That means that, apart from essential journeys, no-one is advised to travel more that 5 kilometres (about 3 miles) from home, and people should work from home wherever possible. Schools and child-care facilities will remain open, but all non-essential retail and service outlets are to close. That includes hairdressers and garden centres.
I suppose if the weather doesn't pick up and allow me to do some work in the garden I shall be forced to actually get back to the indoor decorating work that I keep putting off, so that could be a blessing in disguise.
I'm going to start dinner shortly. Have two Christmas puddings in a large pan steaming on the hob at the moment, and wholemeal bread dough almost ready to go in the oven. I'm also planning to make a couple of Christmas cakes in the next day or so. I'm determined not to let the pandemic get in the way of Christmas! (Even if I do finish up having to celebrate it on my own.)