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The Queens Jubilee week coming up!

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Friday, 27 May 2022, 12:41

All this week at the shops in the little village where I live, there is a bit of a buz going on, as they are putting up all the decorations for the Queen's 70 years jubilee. 

There are flags, buntings and balloons in red white and blue, there is also going to be a picnic in the park in the week of the Queens jubilee. People are putting up flags in their front windows and there is a feeling of celebration slowly building up around the village. 

My friend has put a huge picture of the Queen up in her front window. Others in the village have planted flowers of red, white and blue to show their support.

 I always remember at school when I was young,  my class mates and I waiting around for hours at the school gate, in the cold with our little flags, excitedly waiting for just a glimpse of the Queen as she came slowly past in the Royal car and visited the town where I lived. 

It was such a momentous occasion for us young children but I also remember, being just a child,  feeling a bit disappointed that the Queen was not wearing her Royal crown!  However, she looked very elegant and beautiful in a salmon pink suit and hat as she cut the ribbon and opened up the New Sports centre in our town.

 The Sports Centre went on to feature throughout my childhood life. That sports centre was the place where I first learned to swim with the school, where I enjoyed the fun and experience of ice skating with my friends and family, and where I went bowling as a teen. 

It was always a  great treat to go there from time to time,  because my parents were not very well off,  but it was usually a very special occasion and one that I always thoroughly enjoyed!

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Wild Pink Dog Roses

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Thursday, 26 May 2022, 17:02

Wild Pink Roses

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Marigolds

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Thursday, 26 May 2022, 16:55

Marigolds

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Rewilding the garden- Dozens of Daisies

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White Daisies

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What an- Annus Horriblis !

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Wednesday, 25 May 2022, 23:16


I am slowly unwinding from my last EMA. It has been a roller coaster of a journey this term and I am finding it hard to feel elated at the moment,  but rather I am feeling more like a survivor of some kind of an assault course !

It is not the fault of the OU of course, but it is the recent circumstances that are happening in this country at the moment, such as the high rising cost of food prices, the massive increase in energy bills and the lack of any compassion at all from this government, for those who are getting into difficulties.

In fact this government seemed only too happy to have celebratory parties, while we were suffering losses, Covid viruses, bereavement, stresses, cancelled nhs appointments,  hardships,  financial problems and lockdowns. This government are completely out of touch with the people of this country!

They live on another planet  🔵

IMO, I think he should either  help or do the right thing and leave !  ➡️

 🖐

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Birds Twittering in Treetops

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Wednesday, 25 May 2022, 17:35

Bird in treetop

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Flowers for a Friend X

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Flowers lillies

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EMA submitted today! 🌞

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Monday, 23 May 2022, 22:09


I have finally submitted my last EMA for the English Module E302. I did not use up the entire 3,000 words of the word count but decided to go for quality rather than quantity.. ✅

I feel shattered after that, I  never thought I would be able to muster up the strength to finish it in time especially after Covid19 illness and everything else. But somehow I managed to do it all and I made it, I have pressed the submission button and sent it off phew!👍

Good luck to all of you!

Best wishes

Gill


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Studying when Visitors called!

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Tuesday, 24 May 2022, 16:19

Studying hard today, I want to get this EMA finished up as soon as possible. I finished the assignment, so I just have tthe reference list to make, then take a screen shot of the creative work that I have chosen to write about.
Hopefully I can send it off by Monday all being well. 📚


Still feeling a bit tired and lack of energy but trying to stay strong!
Our new next door neighbours came round this afternoon. My husband answered the door, he is now better. They brought us a dozen free range eggs, they have an allotment in the next village with chickens. They seem very nice,  a retired couple who have come to live here after downsizing from a larger property to a smaller property.
That was very kind of them. I think they are just trying to be friendly. 🙂 with us. We gave them a bottle  of wine in return.🍷

I do hope the eggs will make me stronger !   💪

🥚🍳🥚🐔


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Covid 19 -The after effects! 😪

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Monday, 23 May 2022, 17:03

I am almost over Covid 19. Worst effects! Thank God! It was horrible, but now I have the after effects, where my muscles hurt and I am out of breath even by just going down the road to the corner shop. 👎

I need to sit down after every 5- 10 minutes of walking normally. I have back ache and pains in my legs. I do not cough so much any more but I have phlegm my voice sounds gravelly and husky and I feel sensitve to  all sorts of smells. I am constantly sneezing.

The brain fog 😒 ☁️ is the worst as I keep forgetting things that I have to do and words disappear from my head just when I am about to say something. I have to go back and stand in the same place where I was standing before I said it to remember it, so it is really frustrating!

I feel tired after only  a couple of hours studying in the morning and struggle to find the energy for the rest of the day. I sometimes fall asleep in the afternoon and wake up when it is late afternoon!

If I put something in the oven and forget it's there! I have to use a timer now, which I didn't normally do. I used to be so active but now I just feel like a really old lady! 👩‍🦳👩‍🦯👩‍🦽

I hope I will get back to being normal again soon!

It is not the Covid that I suffered too much from,   though that was bad enough but it is this constant weakness I feel. I hope you don't get it anyone ! 


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Hard Times, Covid 19 and price rises

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Wednesday, 25 May 2022, 22:18

I am Struggling under this government just trying  to make ends meet!
Everything is becoming so expensive in the supermarkets as prices rise quite dramatically! This means eating much less and cutting back. 🍽

Some adults are having to go without food in order to feed and clothe their children. Children who are constantly growing out of their clothes.  👕👖👟

Children themselves are becoming stressed out by what is happening to their parents. They are having 'mental health' problems because of parents having to cut back all the time. No playing computer games because it uses too much electricity! 🎮🕹

Feral children are roaming the streets in gangs with nowhere to go, nothing to do!  😈😈

This mess is not what we voted for! !

I know this is not an easy time of transition, but It is unbelievable what the poorest people of this country are going through right now! Why should people be made into scape goats by this government, for what is this governments own mismanagement. Can't the government do anything to ease the situation of people struggling to cope with inflation and the escalating cost of living ?
         

   £    ?        ?     ?     ?     ?     ?   ?  

         🍞     📩  🧾   🏪  🔥⚡  🏠  😪  

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EMA and Covid worries

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Monday, 23 May 2022, 16:51

Feeling slightly nervous about the EMA. I don't want to commit plagiarism, so even though I did not copy anything word for word, I am worried that some words may match the original.  Difficult to concentrate due to Covid brain fog!  ☁️

I have tried to paraphrase and to change words around and try to use different words.
I have put references at the end,  as to where I found the information, even though I did not quote word for word, but just because I don't want to be in trouble.

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A Rose in bloom

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A RedRose

I discovered this lovely red rose growing near the door this morning. A few days ago it was just in bud, but now it has burst out, thanks to the sunshine and some rain showers in the last few days.

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EMA Word Count and Covid bain fog!1☁️

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Monday, 23 May 2022, 17:02

I keep ending up with far too many words for the word count which is 3,000 in this EMA. I had nearly 4,000 words but managed to bring it down to 3,050.☁️

Feeling hot and bothered and still feeling Covid effects of brain fog.
It is difficult because I then have to decide to remove something, but what to remove and what to keep?  Thats the conundrum!

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A Quiet Saturday Afternoon Recovering

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Sunday, 22 May 2022, 20:07

This Saturday was a recovery day. No more coughing just eating ice lollies to cool my throat. My throat is still quite sore so I am trying to cool it with ice lollies. I sat in the garden to soak up some sunshine.

My son who has special needs and I am a carer for, sat nearby me in the garden he was bird spotting that's a "woodpigeon"  he said. "Yes it is, well done!" I told him "Do you know what that one is ?"
I pointed to a low flying bird with a forked tail. "A sparrow?" He said

"Nearly,  its a swallow" see his forked tail and how fast he flies to swoop down to catch the insects." 

 "O yes I remember now" he replied looking up to watch it swooping around then it was gone. He immediately went back into his silent mode again. He likes nature, animals and birds.

He loves watching the birds. Our new neighours have placed more bird feeders along their side of fence so we get even more birds landing in our garden, which is lovely!

Thankfully, the cats stay under the hedges or around the little wood, where it is much cooler away from the hot sunshine. 

Later, I took son for a steady stroll around the park, as it was a while since we had done any exercise. We were both quickly tired,  with aching muscles, so we sat a while on the bench. The main field area of the park was completely deserted,  apart from the playground area, where the children were busy playing on swings,slides and roundabouts. We avoided the most crowded areas as we still feel poorly.

Instead,  we turned and took the country lane passing through the cemetery, passed the barn, slowly around the field along the footpath, through the village, past the church and home again. As a reward  for our walking efforts, we had a lovely ice cold, ice cream when we got back home into the garden! 

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A Red Rose in the garden.

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Saturday, 21 May 2022, 21:52

A Red Rose

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A Pink Rose is Now Growing on Rose bush

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Monday, 16 May 2022, 09:31

A piink rose on rose bush

The roses are out early this year!

This one smells absolutely amazing !

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Something funny happened today - Covid Brain Fog!!☁️

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Monday, 23 May 2022, 17:05

Trying to get rid of a niggly lingering Covid cough. Today I opened all the windows, the weather was not too cold, just overcast with a little sunshine.


I put some fruit on the stove to cook to make a fruit compote because my friend gave me some rhubarb! She thought fruit might be good for me.


I then got on with my EMA studies it was all going ok and I probably wrote too many words over the word count,  but never mind. I felt quite pleased with myself,  I thought that this essay is finally coming together well little by little. I wanted this to be my best essay ever, to make up for the points I lost out on the other TMA.

Suddenly there was this awful smell of burning and I thought someone was making a bonfire outside. I went into the kitchen to look outside the backdoor.
Then I suddenly realised that I had left the fruit cooking in the pan with the heat up and it had all boiled dry!
Oh no! It was a horrible burnt mess !

The neighbour came out sniffing the burning pan. She knows me and that I have had the Virus and she said just like that "O Dear! What have you done burnt something? That will be your Covid brain fog!" ☁️
And With that we both burst out laughing! 😄😅

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The Lord is Our Shepherd!

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Sunday, 15 May 2022, 17:45

Black sheep graxing in field

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Unexpected knowledge!

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Sunday, 22 May 2022, 20:32

I have been writing a lot today for the EMA.  Now I have started writing I can't stop! maybe a delirious frenzy of Coid!  I could even surpass the 3,000 word limit. The topic I have chosen has opened up a large subject, which I had not expected to happen. It is very interesting and I am doing a lot of independent research but I must just stay focused and not get carried away! I have to stick to the EMA question. Hold my nerve and take it a step at a time! There is still a long way to go but I am feeling cautiously optimistic!


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Look theres A Magpie on the fence!

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Monday, 23 May 2022, 17:46


A massive Magpie

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Bluebells in the woods

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Wednesday, 4 May 2022, 08:56

Bluebells in woods

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Whitebells and Bluebells in the woods

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Whitebells and bluebells in the woods

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Studying EMA and writing up notes

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Sunday, 22 May 2022, 21:55

This morning I managed to write half an essay ( rough copy)for my last EMA assignment of E302, which is not too bad going considering I had Covid to deal with!

The weather's  looking good outside it doesn't rain, so that's ok. In the  afternoon I will take a slow stroll up to the recycling point at the big car park,  along the main road. It is not too heavy just 2 bags containing  plastic bottles and papers. I walk very slowly because I am still suffering Covid symtoms!

From there I will walk the circuit around the village including park, Cemetry, industrial estate and up to the Co-op on the edge of the village. I could go back through the field but I am still feeling very fragile today, I will just go around the footpath behind all the houses, then turn at the the school playing field, past the library and theatre.

Once there, I will cross the road and down a lovely leafy tree- lined avenue, this leads into the back way,  through my little lane to where I live. That will be my 3/4 hour exercise for today! I feel quite exhausted after that!

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We shall overcome- by Pete Seegar- peace movement song

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Friday, 29 Apr 2022, 19:25
We shall overcome
We shall overcome
We shall overcome, some day 

Oh deep in my heart
I do believe
We shall overcome, some day 

We'll walk hand in hand
We'll walk hand in hand
We'll walk hand in hand 
We'll walk hand in hand, some day

O deep in my heart
O deep in my heart
I do believe
I do believe
We shall Overcome,some day
We shall Overcome, Some day

We shall live in peace
We shall live in peace
We shall live in peace, some day
We shall live in peace, some day

Oh , deep in my heart
I do believe
We shall Overcome, some day


We are not afraid
We are not afraid
We are not afraid, today

Oh, deep in my heart
I do believe
We shall overcome, some day
We shall overcome, some day

The whole wide world around
The whole wide world around
The whole wide world around
The whole wide world around, some day

Oh, deep in my heart
I do believe
We shall overcome, some day

Lyrics from a song in Public Domain adapted by Pete Seeger 

I also like this version by Joan Baez !

https://youtu.be/nM39QUiAsoM

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