Chiswick Confined – My Corona Blog IX

Day 10 – 2nd of April 2020

In which our intrepid Hero has his feet up and can only be arsed to post some pictures.


We’re busy doin’ nothin’
Workin’ the whole day through
Tryin’ to find lots of things not to do
We’re busy goin’ nowhere
Isn’t it just a crime
We’d like to be unhappy, but
We never do have the time

By: Jimmy Heusen-Van & Johnny Burke


Actually, I haven’t been that lazy as I have been writing a longer Blog for the weekend reading and in any case I thought I would just share some positive local pictures from my shopping expeditions.

My first comment, however, is to name my person of the week. Actually I can’t name him but I can tell you about him.  He is the gentleman who runs the Post Office at 168 King Street.  He hails from Yorkshire, which probably accounts for his sense of community and down to earth sense of humour while he runs it single handedly for most of the day. He is open from 9 am until 4 pm Monday to Friday but closes at 9.30 on Saturdays – on his own. When I compare his attitude to that of the Main Post Office in Chiswick I am constrained to give him a ‘shout out’ as my local hero this week.  Mind you, there are many local heroes keeping our shops opening, keeping the royal mail going, waste collectors and that’s not even thinking of all those carers and people working at all levels in the NHS.

Sensibly Distanced Queuing outside the King Street Sub Post Office

While I am on a positive note – I hope you noticed the introductory photograph at the head of this post.  The open gates of Ravenscourt Park.  I haven’t seen any official notice from Hammermith & Fulham but the park has certainly been open for a couple of days now.  That should ease pressure on the Riverside or just on the pavements from joggers and those taking a stroll.  Please do be sensible with distancing but how nice to be able to take a spring time walk over the coming weekend.  Talking of sensible – I was also pleased to see good distancing outside the Tesco Local too although I have no idea why anyone would want to wait outside Tesco’s when there are several genuinely local independent supermarkets just a couple of minutes away.

A healthy distance apart at King Street Tescos.


While I was strolling along I took time to read some of the notices in shop doorways.  Many are quite simple and even curt but others leave a message for their community.  Here are two of my favourites.

Don’t you just want to give Honor (aged 9) a hug ?


I love the Ladies that run Parle Pantry. They are always ready with a smile – i hope the cafe survives the crisis and I can go back to hogging one of their comfy armchairs.

I am going to have a glass of wine now – see you tomorrow.  As Dee and Ruken say, “Be safe, Be Kind and try to Be Happy.



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