The Coronavirus Diaries, 8th July 2020

For nearly a week Celia has been in a state of suppressed, and sometimes not so suppressed excitement at the prospect of a haircut this coming Friday. So she is having to be very grown up at the moment as the appointment hangs in the balance. This morning her husband Charlie was told to go to A&E at St Thomas’ after Celia had called 111 on his behalf at breakfast time. He was allowed to come home, but there is talk of a follow up appointment at Guy’s hospital for investigations. So I imagine that tomorrow Celia will be on tenterhooks hoping that appointment will not be on Friday while at the same time hoping it is if the need is urgent. She’ll be torn.

Last night I had an email from City of London libraries to say they will reopen under certain conditions shortly. There were reassurances about books borrowed before lockdown, and advice to renew loans online if we didn’t feel ready to enter a library building. I have one book borrowed from CoL, another from the London Borough of Southwark. I live in Southwark. I have walked by some of Southwark’s libraries over the last few months, and, crucially, over the last couple of weeks. I have looked at notices, hoping for information about plans to reopen. Nothing. Nor have I received any email message. Fired up by the message from CoL, today I had a look at the LBS site. There was a notice about libraries closing due to Covid 19, nothing about reopening.
I thought while I was there I should check if I had another book to return. Easier said than done. My password was not recognised. I had to request a reset. When it came through I put in the password that had been rejected as my new one. You need to use a new password came the message. Hmmm. So another set of figures, and into my account. Then what a surprise, and not a nice one, to learn that the book I borrowed was due back yesterday and there’s a fine to pay. WTF? I am also a member of Lambeth libraries, so I thought I should check my account there too, but I couldn’t get into it. There was however a reassuring message about items borrowed pre lockdown which let me know I had no fines accruing.

I have actually found it very difficult to read during this period. The world is strange enough without becoming immersed in a work of fiction. Maybe watching The Luminaries helped, but I am finally able to enjoy The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood which I borrowed from CoL in March, and I am hoping this means I’ll be able to read more than five pages at a time of The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel before reaching for something less exciting.

It’s raining now, and has been damp much of the day, but MasterB is letting me know he’d like to go out, so I shall stop here.

Stay safe. Keep well.


2 thoughts on “The Coronavirus Diaries, 8th July 2020

  1. Sending my best to Charlie and Celia. More for Charlie’s health than Celia’s haircut but with the hope they both turn out triumphantly. I’m not planning on a haircut or a meal out until the New Year as the numbers in our state continue to spike. Just read that almost 50 new cases in town are due to fraternity parties. I had no idea the frats were even open – classes are all virtual for the coming term. I trust the library will be forgiving with the late fees and I am envious that you can read at all for pleasure. I do fine for work purposes but even magazine articles literally make my eyes glaze over from lack of concentration.

    • Apparently many of us have had problems reading. A lot of the time I have thought I was stealing pretty well with the stresses of the current situation, but any novel that demanded concentration was out. I’m glad that seems to be easing. I manage newspaper articles ok, and non fiction isn’t so bad. Interesting how stress affects us. when I was in touch with Celia this morning she said all was well with Charlie, so fingers crossed that continues.

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