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HFF everyone.

HFF everyone.
The ubiquitous oleander.
Well, my park has finally re-opened but there is only one thing one can do and that is enter and leave by one entrance only (five gates are closed. Bad luck if you live on the far side of the park, such as I!). You can walk round the outer edge of the park on the running track but running and jogging are banned. Lesser paths among the rose beds and so on are blocked, all seats are out of bounds as are all the children's play areas and the many cafes and bars. Masks are obligatory as is 2 metres distancing but these last two rules are ignored by many which makes me seethe like little else!

micritter, Rosalyn Hilborne, Fred Fouarge, Marco F. Delminho and 36 other people have particularly liked this photo

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 José Manuel Polo
José Manuel Polo club
De modo que esta foto se hizo fuera del parque, supongo.
Aquí se corre a pie o en bicicleta, por todos los sitios, incluso por trochas de montes. Muchos van sin mascarillas. Se ha abierto en Bilbao teatro Arriaga, a un tercio de su capacidad, concierto pianista Achucarro. Mañana se abre la frontera entre Euskadi y Cantabria (muchos vizcaínos tienen segundas casas en Cantabria; son más baratas que en Bizkaia)
3 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to José Manuel Polo club
No, I was determined to walk round the park ... on the inside, José Manuel! So I walked 3/4 round the outside before getting to the gate and then walked round the inside before walking round the outside again! A large contribution to my 10,000 daily steps target!
Yes, I saw all that on the news, As a classical music lover I fear for musicians' futures; their situation was precarious enough before. I fear for most people's futures. This will be a very difficult few months, years and decades for most people. We need to show far more tolerance and less belief in whatever our fellow bloggers say. It is a sad fact that people gravitate towards people who share their own views so that if you see that you share a view with 174,903 other people then you MUST be right (and as you are very 'tribal' you never escape your comfort zone to see the views of millions of others!!)
... it ain't necessarily so!
3 months ago. Edited 3 months ago.
 Peter Castell
Peter Castell club
A wonderful fence decoration, I hope you have a HFF Andy and a good weekend
3 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Peter Castell club
Thank you, Peter! Have a good weekend yourself!
3 months ago.
Jean club
Oh, I feel for you. I hope they open some of the other gates soon. Masks have only just been made compulsory here on public transport which I don't use. I think some people use them in shops but my shopping gets delivered. However I get really ratty about the two metres. Sometimes it's difficult to do but it's those who make no attempt at all that drive me up the wall. I'm very lucky to live in a country village where I can keep out of everyone's way.
3 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Jean club
I try and live as though I'm in a country village, Jean ... But the reality is that I live in a 1920s tenement block with 287 other flats in the block and only one entrance / exit. The doorman / concièrge / portero is conscientious and always wipes common surfaces down, but I feel the risks are still high for someone such as me with cancer issues, low immunity and type 2 diabetes. Yes, I feel I need the exercise and fresh air and my oncologist agrees ... Nevertheless I flinch every time I have to walk by a group of giggling teenage girls without masks and no comprehension of social distancing, etc. And it's not only the young ...
I cross the road rather than having to try and find a safe way through idiots. And I certainly don't think i'm being in the least bit paranoid.
3 months ago. Edited 3 months ago.
Annalia S. club has replied to Andy Rodker club
You certainly are not, Andy! It's everyone's responsibility to keep things safe also for those with higher vulnerabilities, but it is extremely tough to get this across to teen agers ... My brother has had to put his younger son on "house arrest" repeatedly (here in Italy we are practically fully de-confined now) because he keeps behaving in a way that puts his father at risk (my brother has severe heart issues). Sadly, many adults don't behave any better ... deconfinement here has meant a gradually increasing cavalier attitude. I hope we don't have to pay for this in spades.
3 months ago. Edited 3 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Annalia S. club
I agree 100% with your concerns, Annalia!
Try and stay safe!
3 months ago.
 Petar Bojić
Petar Bojić club
HFF and happy and healthy weekend!
3 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Petar Bojić club
Thank you, Peter!
3 months ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Admirable et bien rendue avec ces belles fleurs de laurier rose en avant plan.
HFF Andy.
3 months ago.
 David G Johnson
David G Johnson club
Some topical - serious and interesting reading up there.. Andy.. I can relate with all that's written.. Keep well... stay safe.. ''HFF'' and have a fine weekend 'as best that you can' // Dj.
3 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to David G Johnson club
Thank you Dave, you too stay stafe!
3 months ago.
 Dimas Sequeira
Dimas Sequeira club
Before reopening, that park must have been missed like a sort of Eden! HFF and all the best to your health, Andy!
3 months ago.
Danielle club
C'est de toute Beauté ****************
3 months ago.
 Amelia Heath
Amelia Heath club
Yes you have a little bit of freedom, but already it is jeopardised. I feel exactly the same as you about social distancing, Andy, and behave like a grumpy old lady when we pass people who don't seem to care about the 2 metre rule. I pointedly ask if they don't understand what 2 metres looks like, and am classified as being unstable. Thank goodness we live in a village and it's possible to keep out of peoples' way most of the time.
HFF and take care.
3 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Amelia Heath club
Well, under my mask I mutter various invectives, and maybe I had a serious verbal but not physical challenge twice by turning on my heels pretty sharpish. But I can't help myself. I positively seethe at the utter stupitidy of hoi polloi and people who should know better!
3 months ago.
 Erhard Bernstein
Erhard Bernstein club
HFF Andy!
3 months ago.
 Beatrice Degan(MARS)
Beatrice Degan(MARS) club
Lush flowering of rhododendrons, Andy.
They seem to want to communicate from outside and beyond the fence, which here appears to me as a symbol of that mask and other necessary precautions that we all, I say all of us, should get it into our heads to continue to use even in the open air against this insidious virus.
It's true: there are people (here fortunately there are few of them) and definitely not only the younger!, who act as if everything was over, which we know well it is not, and treat the more aware as paranoid!
Or maybe they , idiot,think they are super heroes, immune from everything, who can give a damn about public health.
HFF to you wishing you a very nice and safe weekend.
3 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Beatrice Degan(MARS) club
i agree 100%, Bea!
3 months ago.
FotoArt club
Danke für die schönen Blumen.
HFF - bleib weiterhin gesund und genieße das kommende Wochenende.
3 months ago.
 Jocelyne Villoing
Jocelyne Villoing club
Bonne fin de semaine Andy.
3 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Lovely floral composition.
HFF and a healthy weekend Andy.
3 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
HFF !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
3 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
A well composed floral image Andy, I fail to understand the people who have little idea what 2mts looks like and insist on being in my personal space.

HFF and a safe weekend.
3 months ago. Edited 3 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Roger (Grisly) club
I would personally want a hunting licence to go out and shoot the vermin, Roger!
3 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
HFF, Andy !!!
3 months ago.
Xata club
Lo oleandros son la alegria del verano aqui en el Sur. Al aire libre teneis que andar de cara tapada? Que locura...
Aqui solo en los lugares cerrados o si hay gran concentración de personas en la calle.
HFF Andy
3 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Xata club
I prefer to err on the side of caution and wear masks outside, Isabel. After all I live in a city and every street has many pedestrians at all times, so masks are essential.
3 months ago.
Xata club has replied to Andy Rodker club
I understand... As we don't have the same reality here we can't really imagine what you have been through.
It is hard to breath with a mask on, I feel quickly dizzy, but I have a reduced lung capacity due to an accident at work 30 years ago, because of that I had to stop climbing (Alpinism) and have problems in altitude... so I avoid as much as possible places where I need the mask, I buy online and go walk in the wild where I dont see anyone, otherwise I stay home.
Do you still work online or classes are reopened?
3 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Xata club
Yes, it is different here. Sorryy you can't go climbing any more, Isabel.
I have only one face to face class, re-started two weeks ago and held 3 metres apart with masks and in a well ventilated room. My other other classes are all online, through Hangouts, WhatsApp, Jitsi or Skype. Many people use Zoom but that costs money (it's very good though and probably worth it) and I need the free platforms and tools at the moment, for obvious reasons!
3 months ago.
Xata club has replied to Andy Rodker club
I still can hike, but in high altitudes with rarefied oxygen my lungs dont cope.
Well, keep safe and keep living, online work is a great thing. I heard of zoom but I dont know about it, as I only need to comunicate with friends whatsapp is enough (and the only one as I have no account in any social media...)
3 months ago.
Boro club
Jolie !!! HFF Andy
3 months ago.
 Diana Australis
Diana Australis club
HFF Andy...and I hope you have a really interesting weekend
3 months ago.
 Herb Riddle
Herb Riddle club
You are getting there Andy -as are we... yes, loads of our people ignoring these rules too. We in Oldham, last weekend had a 2-3000 unofficial Covid Isolation Rave in one of our country parks in the middle of the night leaving a right mess around including many examples of drug abuse. Locals and police seem to be powerless to prevent another such 'Rave' this weekend. Only heavy rain -does that. Social Isolation - lots of our young people don't know the meaning! better get of my high horse now :) Great shot by the way. Well done.

HFF, have a great safe weekend.
3 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Herb Riddle club
I would have them all shot.
3 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
╚»★«╝ This is very nice. Have a great weekend, and stay safe ╚»★«╝
3 months ago.
 * ઇઉ *
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Wonderful shot, Andy!
HFF and a great weekend!
Stay strong and keep well, Andy!
3 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to * ઇઉ * club
Thank you,
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3 months ago.
 Percy Schramm
Percy Schramm club
Colourful and fantastic impression of the park. HFF, have a fine wekend, Andy !
3 months ago.
gezginruh club
HFF and have a good weekend,Andy!!
Stay safe and healthy!

Best wishes
3 months ago.
 John Lawrence
John Lawrence club
Wonderful shot Andy, social distancing is a joke, ok in supermarkets but parks I enter slowly and will come out if there are to many people, now the campaign is for 1 metre and I think it is to early, i am in my seventies with underlying health issues, Have the best weekend you can HFF! Stay safe and healthy.
3 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to John Lawrence club
Agreed! I'm 62 and at risk on 3 counts. I sometimes feel I want to take a machine gun and eradicate these anti-social scumbags! And that is definitely NOT like me! But they really are beyond the pale. Where are the police these past few weeks? Now more than ever the idiots that don't whear masks where they should or who wear them under their nose, under their chin, on their f.....g arms for Chrissake ... need to be arrested and fined and imprisoned (in cramped, confined conditions) and then left to get on with the lottery of viral infection, and with absolutely NO SYMPATHY WHATSOEVER, when the virus returns and strikes them down.
I need to stop before I explode!!! Goodnight!
3 months ago.
 Mario Vargas
Mario Vargas club
tough times means ...good walks
We never forget this covid 19, i lose many colleagues, painful but hopefully family is still ok
Keep healthy and safe
For sure: HFF
3 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Mario Vargas club
I feel for you, Mario!
3 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
It's a shame that except on any form of public transport our Government will only "advise" people to wear masks where Social Isolation is difficult to achieve such as in shops. We always wear a mask when we go into a shop, but more often than not we are the only ones doing so. They don't seem to understand that it is to protect others just as much as to protect themselves. As for Social Distancing - it's a joke! Rant over!

This is a really pretty shot Andy.........the Oleander look lovely in the sunshine. Well captured sir!

I hope things improve for you soon my friend...........meanwhile HFF and have as good a weekend as you possibly can!

Take care.
3 months ago. Edited 3 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Keith Burton club
I am gobsmacked to wonder what lodges in peoples noodles to think; "I am outside the loop. I am an individual, the government can't tell ME what to do. I am an idiot. I am PROUD to be an idiot. I don't care if I slaughter my fellow civilians because I am a ... (I shan't continue because my language might become intemporate!)
3 months ago.
Keith Burton club has replied to Andy Rodker club
This virus has brought out the best in most people, but unfortunately also brought out the worst in a substantial minority.
3 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Keith Burton club
You have paraphrased me to a 't', Keith!!! :o) ... (with added tact!)
Thank you very much!
3 months ago.
RHH club
Things are opening up here but they made no sense even when things were difficult. Bought something in a store and the cashier was behind a plex sheet with a mask on but handed me my change with a bare hand. The stuff in the stores has also been handled by others without any attempt made to deal with it while shopping cart handles are studiously cleaned.
3 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to RHH club
Yes. These things perplex me deeply!
3 months ago.
 Gilbert H
Gilbert H club
Belle floraison ! Bonne soirée
3 months ago.
cammino club
Beautiful fence decoration! HFF! I can very well understand your problems and fears!
3 months ago. Edited 3 months ago.
Peter_Private_Box club
Hi Andy

A very nice picture, and story too.
Then they wonder why people who live in close proximity to each other have more instances of corona! They can't see the bleedin' obvious!

Best Wishes, HFF, a nice weekend, and stay safe!!
3 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Peter_Private_Box club
Logic fails so many people, Peter!
3 months ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
HFF, excellent
3 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Trudy Tuinstra club
Thank you, Trudy!
3 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
Oh what gorgeous flowers and I am like you re: the people who don't wear masks and don't keep to the 2m rule make me fume. My daughter in Turkey - where it's obligatory to wear a mask when out in public, is horrified when she sees people walking around as if there's nothing wrong going on in the world. She's too scared to go out, even though she wears a mask, because yesterday some people who had come down from Istanbul, were found out to be all positive when tested!!! They'd been down in her home town for a week, so how many people have they infected? Also the hospital is full to bursting on the intensive care wards. Those people are so selfish and deserve to get the virus at this rate. So please stay safe.
3 months ago. Edited 3 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Jenny McIntyre club
I want the police and army out in force and really having a go at the selfish bastards. They need to be VERY heavily fined and if necessary imprisoned (and celled with known positive prisoners). Yes, I DO feel very strongly about this, and I don't care who knows it!
3 months ago.
 Steve Paxton
Steve Paxton club
Andy I know just why you would be so annoyed, the news has just come through the Victoria OZ has closed and locked them selves down Covid 19 spike. While we enjoy freedom IN WA I am always very mindfully it can all come undone by people not caring or doing the right things.

HFF you enjoy as much of the weekend as you can BUT keep safe no matter what.
3 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Steve Paxton club
I refer you to my reply to Jenny, above, Steve! Yes I agree with all you say. Stay safe!
3 months ago.
Annemarie club
most beautiful

Happy summer solstice:)
3 months ago.
 Fred Fouarge
Fred Fouarge club
HFF Beste Andy===Blijf Gezond en houd te taai!
3 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Fred Fouarge club
You too, Fred!
3 months ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
A lovely picture Andy. Now Spain is letting many European countries back in for holidays, including UK. I hope they are not allowing this too quickly! I know they depend so much on tourism but it seems too quick to me. Take care....I have 4 masks that I made and have given some away as well. Better to be safe than sorry.
3 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Rosalyn Hilborne club
Thank you, Rosa! Yes, I agree, but what a delicate balancing act to be achieved! I dont know the answer and nor does any government or international agency. And nor does any online forum, or what have you!
We are all in uncharted waters. I just hope that honesty, sincerity and goodness can prevail.
3 months ago.
Rosalyn Hilborne club has replied to Andy Rodker club
Huh! Online-forums! They all know the answers!!
3 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Rosalyn Hilborne club
Well, here at ipernity we don't preach to one another and that is a blessing!
3 months ago.
Xata club has replied to Andy Rodker club
Indeed here we don't, and that is so good. I don't go anywhere else, no time to loose with fake news and extrapolations based on anything: just live the day and hope for tomorrow...
3 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Xata club
My philosophy exactly, but it doesn't stop me getting mad at the selfishness of SO MANY idiots!
3 months ago.
Xata club has replied to Andy Rodker club
3 months ago.

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