COVID DIARY: DAY 23 Strawberry Pavlova

No, this isn’t the name for the new version of Android. The missus dug out another one of Mary Berry’s recipes, adjusted ingredients with what we had in the pantry and whipped up a pavlova. If you don’t have white wine vinegar, you can use lemon juice like we did. Also, if you don’t have corn flour you can use regular plain flour. Crunchy on the outside, smooth and mallowy on the inside. It was great tasting but far too much sugar for a diabetic to eat guilt free.

To balance out the pleasure of the pavlova, I did a dumbell workout by HASFit on YouTube. It was tough but they also demonstrate easier versions of the exercises. I tried following it with Day 5 of Yoga with Adriene but something twinged at the back of my knee so I stopped. A short while later it felt better so I went out into the yard and weeded all the plant pots.

We’re living in strange times. This illness took an 11 year olds life today, but a woman in her 90s has recovered from it. Another 900 and something people have passed in the UK, with around 2000 in the US. Despite that, people are still flaunting the lockdown rules. I heard children playing in the street today.

To be human is to be aware of your mortality. This awareness helps us make reasoned judgements, balancing potential rewards with consequences. In the West, thanks partly to secular mentality, we seem to ignore the long term consequences, often for short term, fleeting pleasures. I fear that we as a species will very quickly forget or ignore the harsh lessons taught to us by COVID.

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