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Thursday, 17 September 2020

Covid Hugs


There is a new generation growing up who are learning that living with Covid-19 is a way of life.  I happened to be at the City Transport Station when local girls’ high school pupils arrived to catch their buses home, and found it intriguing to watch how they said goodbye to each other.

Teenage girls are well-known for walking arm in arm and giving each other hugs.  Not any more though, with all the emphasis on staying apart from each other.

These girls were hugging without touching, with the head turned away from each other and the bodies coming in towards each other to be very close but never touching.  The whole lot is achieved in mere seconds (it happens so fast) and is apparently known as a Shadow Hug. 



I met up with one of my brothers-in-law and his wife for lunch today, but we gave each other “proper” hugs. 
We met at one of the city’s garden centres and enjoyed a café lunch together.




We wandered around the plants afterwards but I never bought anything – except for a bandeau (made of polyester) which looks to have many uses, so hopefully will be handy to have around.   

A large part of the actual inside-shop is devoted to gifts as well as seeds, fertilizers etc.  There were some lovely things for sale but at the sort of prices where one only looks and drools!




We still have the wind today, but much more cloud and even a few light showers of rain. 

Time now for a nice hot cup of tea 😊

Margaret.


23 comments:

  1. I call garden centers like this fake, they buy everything in including the plants just for the markup and sale, we have one close to us, which has a great coffee shop. I prefer to use local nursery's, where they produce most of their own plants, and the ones they buy in they know how to care for, when purchasing plants here, they are always able to give information on how to get the best from the plant.

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  2. I call those 'air hugs' - I prefer them to the suggested elbow bumps, as I have nerve damage in my elbows!
    Sounds like a lovely day out!
    Stay safe
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  3. Hello,

    I like the sound of shadow hugs, that is cute. The boho bandeau is pretty, the garden center prices are usually higher here too. It was nice you had a get together with your family. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  4. A virtual hug is never going to feel as good as a real hug, but it is what we are stuck with right now, I guess.

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  5. I like to look at places like that...always fin just to see what they have.

    As for the shadowchugging, I have been no where to see that.

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  6. "Shadow hugs" Cool!

    I use "Virtual Hugs." Standing well apart from the person, I make a huggggging motion with my arms, and say "Virtual Hugs." And they do it back, to me. ~smile~

    So I take it, you are not wearing masks or doing social distancing...?

    We do, except for our family next door.

    😰😱Did Blogger finally do it?????😰😱

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    1. There is meant to be social distancing but in reality it is now seldom seen except at shop checkouts where it is marked on the floor. Masks are only compulsory on public transport. There seems to be a huge expectation that Sick People will remain at home and so the Rest Of Us will be fine - so few people have had it here that a lot of the general public have become very blase about it all. Well, so it appears to me anyway.
      What did Blogger finally do? LOL

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    2. Aha, I see - I just read your blog - Blogger are finally making everyone switch to the NEW version :))

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  7. Having lunch amid flowers and Pretties is wonderful. There's lots to look at and admire even if one doesn't buy anything. I like the multi purpose bandeau. In a pinch it could double as a mask.

    I'm curious too....what did Blogger do?

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    1. I tried the bandeau out as a face mask - I thought it might have been too loose but it fitted perfectly and I think it would be great for the purpose if need be.

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  8. Dearest Margaret, that Banadana looks very spring and welcoming! I love the story you shared about young students who hugs from the air. I am one of those people who usually hugs my friends when I see them but that I cannot do anymore (hopefully not for a long time). Glad you also got to meet your in-laws and have a nice trip at a garden center (which I would very much love!)

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    1. I am usually a 'hugger' as well :) Now, one needs to ask "Do you hug?" before doing so (our restrictions here are not as severe as some places - hugging is not recommended but is allowed).

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  9. you can always use another bandeau, I have extremely thick hair so these comes in handy. As for hugs I think we are in a different world now that covid is on the scene, there's no going back.

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  10. My three year old grandson has adapted to the times. He had his haircut and wore a mask during that time. Children adapt more easily than the rest of us I believe.

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    1. I think you are right there Marie, children are a lot more adaptable than adults.

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  11. My T and I just "click ellbows", seems to be ther German way?
    Great you had such a fine time-out! Hugs from here! Like.... that is safe, right.

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  12. I love going to a garden centre for lunch, it seems the perfect place to have something good to eat and then have a look round at all the plants. As for hugging, we seem to do a sort of arms wide pretend hug at the required distance! I don't think I'll ever actually go back to big hugs.

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  13. Still wind and rain, Margaret, here in Auckland. But I saw a flash of red as the sun went down - so, tomorrow is another day, as they say, but this time it's weatherwise.

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  14. No real hugs here...we call them air hugs by reading out our arms:)

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  15. The bandeau looks cute. I've never heard of one. I love to look in garden centers like that, but usually can't afford to buy anything. We woke up to temperatures in the 50's this morning, and the wind blowing. Quite a change from the hot humid weather we've had lately. It feels wonderful.

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    1. I can almost hear your garden breathing a sigh of relief as well :)

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  16. We always enjoy visits to our local garden centre and as well as the lovely plants/flowers the tea room (or coffee if you'd prefer) is a nice place to visit too.

    Stay safe and well.

    All the best Jan

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