Friday, April 2, 2021

Great news.

There's a stiff breeze blowing off the river this morning. 

It shows.

Great news. 'The Font' goes to the medical centre to catch the receptionists early in the day. A chance to press our case and wonder why so many local 50 year olds have had the jab and we haven't. The stern lady behind the desk says there are no vaccines available and that we'll be called when it's our turn. She thinks late May . At that moment our doctor wanders past the front desk. He has two vials of the Pfizer vaccine coming on Saturday. He'll be administering doses on Sunday. Could we be at the school in the little market town at lunchtime ? 'The Font' doesn't need asking twice. 

The big news in the village is that the two horses have returned to keep the grass in the field next to the cemetery under control. Sophie doesn't mind horses ... at a distance. Close up it's a different matter. They loom so large. She hurries along the lane making sure that Angus is between her and the newcomers.

Then it's through the far gate, into the orchard and on to the safety of The Rickety Old Farmhouse. The wisteria now bursting into flower. I'll have to get up a ladder today and trim back some of the tendrils that are creeping through the shutters and pressing against the windows.

 This played on French radio this morning as we drove back to The Rickety Old Farmhouse :

This seems like such an exotic thing to do. A walk from DC to NY . Day 1 :


  1. Great news re the vaccine. I have a friend here, whose husband is an airline pilot (so she’s supposed to be front of the queue) and she got runs yesterday because there were a few extra doses at the local medical centre and someone knew she was waiting. It will be another 4-6 weeks before they start the rollout to over 65s here. Meanwhile we hope the border is well policed!

  2. That is really good news! My son had his first shot of the Pfizer vaccine last Wednesday. He said the shot itself was painless, but he had a sore arm and felt wiped out for a day or so afterwards. I guess the tiredness is to be taken as a sign the immune system is responding, so good news. I saw the article about the guy who is walking from DC to NY, but I lost interest when I realized his route has him missing the Jersey Shore entirely. The wisteria is starting to bloom in Tokyo as well, just as the cherry trees are shedding the last of their petals (Charlie finds the floating petals to be extremely exciting).

  3. Hari OM
    good news indeed... the ROF's garden appears to be a real sanctuary, a balm to the soul. YAM xx

  4. Excellent news, finally, on the vaccine front. Hope all goes well on Sunday. Great, as always, to see the wisteria coming into bloom.

  5. Great news indeed! How infuriating that getting it was down to persistence and a bit of luck being in the right place at the right moment, but at least it's on the cards now.
    We both had a sore arm and felt rough the next day but otherwise were elated.

  6. That's great news. You motivated me to run to the pharmacy early this morning, and they actually put me on the list. I just turned 60, and according to Macron's address Wednesday night I should be eligible starting April 15. No co-mobidities to let me jump ahead. The pharmacy noted me and that I live two blocks away and can be there in a couple of minutes if they find themselves with a spare dose at the end of the day. I was told I should be called in under two weeks.
    My doctor is wonderful but young and, I give her credit, savvy--all calls go through an answering service and any contact is via taking an appointment on Doctolib. My previous doctor quit in her early 50s from burnout--everybody had her number and she was very responsive, so too many took advantage of her. But when a person has a question like, hey, can I be on the list for a shot because I can come in minutes if you have an extra dose, it requires taking an appointment.
    The COVID section on the ameli site has disappeared...

  7. So happy that doctor walked by the front desk at the right moment. Our 1st Pfizer jabs were easy with no side effects aside from a slightly sore arm. The 2nd jab resulted in some chills and low energy for a short time then gone in 24 hours or less. Must admit the feeling of relief was profound.

    Your greening up world looks wonderful and I always so enjoy seeing your blooming wisteria each spring.

  8. Yes, indeed, congratulations! Among my friends and acquaintances here in SE USA, the majority have gotten the vaccine not by going through vaccine registration sites, but by word of mouth (go here now, call here now). Of course, that's no statistical analysis, but somewhat troubling, nevertheless. Your flowers seem well ahead of ours, which surprises me, but it makes for pleasing photos!

  9. Sophie's wind blown look reminds me of a Super Model posing in front of a fan. Gorgeous. I am scheduled for my Covid vaccine for April 26th and second one on August 16th. Love the garden pictures as we had light snow yesterday.

  10. chic alors!encore un peu de patience pour la fabrication d anticorps et la vie va redevenir comme avant!

  11. SO happy you're getting the jab!
    It's such a relief to be vaccinated... like setting down a heavy load you're weren't entirely aware you were carrying. xx

  12. Wonderful news! No chance of a swing-by slot opening up here - all very tightly controlled and allocated by NHS in order of priorty group. Not that I'm complaining at all. I had my first dose of AZ 6 weeks ago - sore arm for a week plus chills and flu-like aches for 2 days but that's acceptable. Super smooth organisation at vaccination centre. Counting down to dose 2 now! England is doing 50+ group now but in Scotland it's a bit slower and in NHS Grampian we're still on the 55+ group.