KAS Sisters, here we are, living a global nightmare, with almost every country in the world affected. We are all worried, many of us fall into the vulnerable senior group, and it seems the ‘new normal’ is to stay away from people, go out as little as possible, just hunker down and hope we and our loved ones don’t succumb to the virus.

Fortunately, our Forum is one of the safest places we can be.  We can reach out to our friends, chat, share our feelings about this pandemic and how it is temporarily changing our lives.  We can share ideas on how we are protecting ourselves as much as possible, how we are managing to keep from going nuts if quarantined, and maybe, just maybe, we can even find something to giggle about in the midst of this tragic event.  In other words, anything goes.

I hope we can fight this pandemic, armed only with knitting needles, crochet hooks, balls of yarn, our sense of compassion, and even our sense of humour.  I hope we can share our feelings in this safe place where no viruses can go (unless your computer has one).  It’s OK to express frustration or fears, and it’s OK to rejoice if you feel like it.  None of us have ever faced anything like this before – let’s get through it together, ’cause that’s what Kas Sisters do.

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How lovely to be able to get together for a happy celebration, Chris. I have no doubt that Sharon was there, joining in, in spirit. xo

That is a beautiful song, Glo. Anne will always be missed by those privileged to have known her.  xo

Who else does this......?   I can't be alone here........    I often find scribbled, or in fact quite detailed written messages to myself about previous projects.    I really surprise myself when I can, almost always, understand what my scribblings mean - my husband thinks they're hieroglyphics.......

Yes, Karen, I make notes too - must be the secretarial background. What I find particularly annoying is if I've made a note of a yarn I particularly like and then it gets discontinued. Pray tell me what is a dobber? I've never heard that in relation to knitting, I thought it was something you used when playing bingo.

My notes are when I've done a square or 2 from and ball then moved on to something else.   And watch the 123 theme for the dobber reveal..........tee-hee!

I really don't mainly because I am a champion at putting lists somewhere........ and then not seeing them again for decades sometimes!!

The latest news from France!!!!! We are locked down once more as from midnight tonight. It's a softer version of thee March/April lockdown, but for Jean Michel and I , it will be the same. We can only go out and about to do essential shopping, and only one of us can go. We can go for a walk around our village up to 1km away and with a signed authorisation on us.  For the moment, it's for a period of 2 weeks, but if the number of cases continues to increase, it will be extended. The number of hospital beds occupied with serious cases is over 50% occupied already. We live in an area that had very few cases during the first outbreak. Unfortunately, this time, we're being badly affected. I know how hard it will be for some people. All cafés and restaurants will be closed, as well as cinemas and theatres.  Once more the government has promised a very large amount set aside to help small businesses to survive, and employees will be entitled to partial unemployment.  We are in for a very long, difficult winter.

Valerie, I’ve been keeping my eye on France, as there’s only a very large puddle of water between us! In Wales we are on a softer lockdown too for 17days, it started last Friday at 6pm, they are calling it a ‘firebreak’. For us it is also one person only to do essential shopping, and exercise starting from our home. Schools are open, but with the exception of the older high school pupils. All other places are closed. We don’t know what will happen after the 2nd November.

A year ago, none of us would have imagined how 2020 was going to turn out, just as well, as it would have been overwhelming, we have to take one day at a time and hope that an effective vaccine will be found soon. We still have to count our blessings.

One of my blessings is Jess. Yesterday she was just looking through the window, just watching the rain, I wonder what was going on in her head.......

She’s adorable, Chris, a blessing indeed! I’m also wondering if our “firebreak” restrictions will be extended beyond 2nd November.

She's such a darling, and must be good company.

Your lockdown sounds pretty much like ours.For Jean Michel and myself, it's not too much of a hardship. We keep each other company, and we have a nice little corner store for food. It has all the essentials and is just 3 miles from where we live. And, of course, I have plenty of yarn to keep me occupied!!!!!

Yes, Valerie - back to lockdown!  Here in the north west of France, Brittany, we are very fortunate to have low figures for Covid.   For my husband Chris and myself the lockdown is not too much of a problem:  we have a small town with everything we need about 6 Km away.   We are also blessed with a large garden and the next few weeks, when it doesn't rain, we'll be trying to pick up all the fallen leaves and make it ready for winter.   When it does rain, well, I've still got about six large plastic boxes in the cupboard, full of yarn, so guess what I'll be doing!   The sad thing is not being able to visit friends so we can all keep our spirits up and share a glass of wine (one of our reasons for moving to France five years ago).   Chris (Chiplen, that is) - my sister lives in Shropshire on the border with Wales and it seems so strange that Wales is in lockdown and England is in chaos/denial.   Let's hope the wretched virus can be tamed very soon.

Yes Jill, it is strange that the United Kingdom isn’t ‘united’ very much at all! Our Welsh ministers are much more cautious, they listen to the experts and act promptly.... which is reassuring.

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