The Changing Seasons: February 2020

Believe it or not, this was taken on a rainy morning. Despite the insistent drizzle, the sun did its best to assert its presence.

That has been our February.

We have been on a self-imposed social quarantine in response to the Covid-19 outbreak. We imagine we are on a staycation with lots of opportunities to entertain ourselves at home. One of the benefits of homeschooling previously is we are geared up for exactly this sort of thing. We have space and time to catch up on projects put on hold, and to make lots and lots of goodies!

Are you affected by this public health issue? How are you coping?

Leaving you with one of my favourite songs by a currently favourite band. Keep safe & stay healthy!

Feature Photo taken at Swan Lake, Singapore Botanic Gardens

This is my contribution to The Changing Seasons hosted by Su at zimmerbitch.

57 Replies to “The Changing Seasons: February 2020”

  1. Oh no! I hope that you are all well and being cautious rather than ill.
    I’ve been doing a bit of virus-preparation in terms of making sure we could survive a couple of weeks quarantine. After the earthquakes NZers have been a bit more conscious of emergency preparedness, so we have a lot of stuff in place; it’s just a case of making sure it’s the right stuff.
    Stay well my friend.


  2. I see I wasn’t the only one up to cooking! Everything looks so delicious.

    Yeah, in Thailand, it’s been weird. Do we trust govt numbers? despite the large amounts of Chinese entering the country? Or is it true, the heat kills the virus or at least stunts its growth?

    We’ve been taking more precautions, but other than that, there’s not a whole lot else we can do.


  3. Do you have a recipe for your orange blueberry cake, Ju-Lyn? I want to make an orange cake tomorrow and it would be fun to try a different recipe. I even have blueberries in the fridge.


          1. We can only try. I received the email and thought, Oh no, I only have one orange, but thought I might sneak in a little of the juice as well as the zest. As for the yoghurt, it is an Australian thing. Lemon myrtle comes from a native tree ( bush tucker) and seems to be a real trendy flavour at the moment. I just finished some cheese that was lemon myrtle flavoured. If you like lemon flavoured things, it was delicious. I don’t know if you can source Kenilworth cheeses over your way?


  4. Hope you are all safe and well Ju-Lyn and your baking looks delicious! Here in Scotland people who have returned from holidays or business trips to affected areas are self-isolating too. So far all their tests have come back negative and hopefully it will stay that way.


  5. I’m impressed that you are so calm about it, Ju-Lynn. I’ve tried to encourage my family to put together a few supplies in case we are quarantined. We can’t survive beyond one day without having to go the supermarket. I hope your family is all well. They will certainly be well fed. Take care, Ju-Lynn.


  6. I’m glad you and your family have all you need at home. Keep safe! The food all looks very tasty. I am not confident we are well prepared in the UK. I feel especially worried about my mum who is in her 80s and is very sociable. If she has to stay indoors for any length of time, she’ll not be happy.


  7. I’m looking at those pictures thinking, “Woman! Why are you making me look at that delicious food? Don’t you know it’s Lent?!” πŸ˜‰ And, yes, Imagine Dragons are fantastic! Believer is a great song. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


  8. The care you take in food preparation and presentation is so cool ju-lyn! The C virus is coming to the States! It’s not impacting me yet, but I do travel every week for work. We’ll see what happens 😩


  9. Your delicious goodies have me drooling! How do you feel now weeks into social quarantine? For me I’ve been observing how quickly I’ve adjusted to this new normal. Signs are that the outbreak is slowing down here, but I think the trauma from this scare (masks!) will leave some scars.


    1. I am so glad you are vicariously enjoying our baked goodies!!!

      You are absolutely right about adjusting to the new normal – we have a routine when we leave the home and when we return. Some might say our protocols are over the top (mask-wearing, hand sanitising, social quarantine) but with these in place, we have less anxiety.

      But family and friends in Europe & North America are now getting hit, and the panic is beginning with them – so we are still watching and concerned for them.

      We are looking forward to doing more things later this month but are wondering if they will be cancelled given that in Singapore, we are still in a state of alert.

      How are things for you at work? We hear that many businesses have been hit hard.


  10. I think there is a positive side of cv… it’s having more time for yourself and the places around you or for some the safety of your own home. I already got an idea for the blog about it haha!


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