Tuesday 13th October – 15th meeting of 2020
Another month has gone up and we met up again at Fabb House coffee shop in Orpington.
Luckily all our ladies could make today and as we met we used two tables keeping social distancing all the time and wearing our masks until we sat down. We ordered at the counter and our teas, coffees, cakes and sandwiches were served to us.
We chatted for some time and because we had finished our food and drinks we ordered more teas and coffees. Of course Coronavirus was the main topic of conversation but we were all pleased to hear that our families and friends were all still well and managing to get on with their lives in this horrible situation we are in.
Any of you who follow this blog will know that when any of the group reach a certain age we present them with an array of gifts which could be funny, useless, pretty, horrible, sensible or stupid. Well our two ‘babes’ have now reached that age and join us all in the 70’s club. So in our usual traditional we had all collected a lot of gifts. Normally we have a big lunch and present the presents one by one and watch them open them but that just wasn’t possible with all the restrictions due to Covid-19. So they were both presented with a huge plastic bag of all the gifts and cards we had for them. It did seem a shame we couldn’t do it in your usual manner as it is such fun and so enjoyable but this way they still got their ‘special birthday gifts’. One ladies did open one gifts which was a London mug with lots of different teas in which she seemed pleased with.
We had a really nice coffee time and so enjoyed meeting each other. At the time we didn’t realise that it would be our last meeting of the year as restrictions tightened again as the numbers of cases contracting Covid-19 increased and meetings were not allowed.
This year has been a really difficult sad and stressful one. It is hard to believe that this virus has brought the whole world to a halt, taken so many lives and impacted on everyones lives so much. On a positive note I am pleased to say that all our group family and friends have been safe during this time and hopefully we will all stay safe in the months ahead. The news of the vaccine being roll out is marvellous and so amazing that it has been developed, tested and now being given in such a short time.
Our statistics for this year are really so different from our previous years. Meetings just 15 half of which for coffee and cake! We were very lucky that we did have a holiday. We went to Warner’s Cricket St. Thomas, Somerset in February and had a really lovely time before the Covid-19 virus hit our shores!
This has been a hard year for everyone but I just hope that 2021 is a much much better year. I wish you all a very enjoyable, happy and peaceful Christmas. I thank all the followers for taking the time to read the blog and hope to be back more regularly in 2021 to tell you of the adventures and stories of our group The Freedom Ladies.