Since my visit to the dentist and presentation with £2,500 worth of work to be done. Not cosmetic. Essential work to be done, I’ve decided it would be better to remain a little while here in this big ‘ol village.
Caught it the other day whilst wondering around Oxford getting things for work.
Walked in an Oxfam close to the Ashmolean, think that’s where I caught it. The shop was with people, (more than 4), the temperature was warm, the atmosphere was damp, (due to the rain). I stayed for as long as I could find out whether they sold lanyard clips and where the nearest WHSmiths was. That was long enough…
Went on through the pouring rain, right on into the centre of Oxford and the Westgate Arcarde and the Ryman stationer located on the perimeters.
It was not quite as warm in here. There were not as many customers, and they were not in such close proximity.
By the time I got back to the car, I could feel a cold coming on.
At the time, I put it down to the fact that I was drenched and had been walking around in the rain. I would warm up, have a lemsip, and it would go away after an early night.
Turned out, it didn’t get better. Symptoms escalated and sleep was difficult.
Developed some: aches, lightheadedness, runny nose, slight coughing and mucus build up, general cold-like symptoms.
On the Friday, I felt pretty washed out. This seemed to be the ONLY main symptom.
Rather than just go into work, I thought I’d use up one of the Lateral Flow tests they’d given me when I worked at Serco in Hinckley. We used to dish them out all day.
Surprisingly to me, it returned a positive result.
You can’t see the ‘T’ for some strange reason. You can see the second line though which is the positive indicator.
It is not faint. It is strong.
Came as a surprise to me and I’m 100% certain, without these tests I would have bowled into work and spread my latest iteration merrily around to all that I encountered.
I have no doubt this is happening at schools and workplaces around the country.
Not really Wolvercote, although that’s the nearest village.
It’s actually within the ‘Oxford’ city signs, so, technically, I’m IN Oxford, although it’s about a 30 minute ride on the bike. The cycle path from entering ‘the City’ becomes made up asphalt for the 6 or so miles into town.
Means it’s an easy and pleasant ride. Lot’s of walkers, boaters and cyclists, tourists, locals and families.
I’ve been here now for 2 weeks. I will be leaving today to move closer in to town.
I’m mooring about 1/4 mile from ‘Dukes Cut‘ named after the Duke of Marlborough who commissioned it’s creation in 1789. This is the northernmost entry to the Thames, by-passing Kings Lock.
It’s got solar. It’s got mobile. It’s got parking (for now). The parking is only temporary whilst the landowner is providing access to the navies working on the A44 improvements to store their equipment.
There’s room for 3 boats.
Here’s what it looks like.
Enslow to Wolvercote
Skipping Kidlington, which is the next stop down.
There’s places to stop, but they don’t provide me with three things I need, parking, solar and mobile.
Enslow was a nice stopover. On the edge of a nature reserve.