Dancing in the Moonlight

13 May


May 13,  2020

Day 53

Rain on and off again today. Winter is officially here and the drought is broken for sure and at last. What is also official is that for the first time in five years the quail have not left to winter down in the blackberry cane thicket near the community vegetable garden. It seems about thirty in three groups of fat and happy and thoroughly friendly birds have decided that the pickings are easy and the company nice here at Lot #18. Where once we could back off the feeding for a few months and rest and relax, we now have a new paradigm of our own making. It’s a happy challenge and the quail are worth it. Seeing them standing patiently on the steps outside our bedroom window, looking in at us, calling ‘Good morning! What’s up? We’re here!’ is so beautiful it melts our hearts. We walk outside and they come down the steps and skitter and dash into the grove and out again and set to with a will when we scatter their seed on the pavers. Life is good, life is good, life is good!

I am finally healed. My lungs are clear as they ever get and that’s a good feeling. Valerie’s back is slowly mending and her stomach, which has suffered terribly from the cocktail of medicines she had to take, is slowly recovering. Yogurt is now on the menu and things are looking up. We spent most of the morning in bed listening to wind buffeting the trees and rain drumming on the metal roof. Inside we are snug and warm and though I never got to replace the roof this summer, it will probably last until next year.

After a late lunch of sausage sandwiches and soup I went out to the workshop and made headway on projects. I finished fabricating a new and better mount for my homemade laser sight and flashlight attachment for my crossbow. Tested it until it was spot on, then made seven new bolts using epoxy, nails and knitting needles. I built a magnetic calendar from some small tile squares, magnets and glue. Found the parts for the lamp repair and got them ready for tomorrow. Organised the shelves and the spare parts and hardware bins. Lots of tiny steps, each taken at the right moment, contributing to the greater whole, all while the river of time rolls majestically past.

Wrapped up at dusk and found that one of our neighbours dropped off a mother’s day package for Valerie that her daughter had couriered to the estate gate. They also left some groceries for us from a trip they’d made into town. There is a buzz in the estate, in town and even countrywide, that you can feel deep down. We are moving to Level 2, stage one, tomorrow. The country is going to open up internally, climb back onto the saddle and ride. Whether we can figure out a way for external visitors to join us in our rodeo is another story, but for now, we’re going to see whether we can stay on top of the numbers and emerge into the sunshine of a new day.

Checking the figures before dinner I see that we have gone another day without a new case and there are still five Zeroes on the board.


Zero New cases. 4 Recovered cases. Ratio of recovered cases to active cases is 93.6%.

For 53 days we’ve felt like this…


Hafiz takes up swimming


Now we feel like this…





Lots to do yet. Many questions to answer, but for now, for a day or two while we shift down another level, we’re going to have to be excused for smiling just a little.

Thank you all. Stay safe and good luck.





8 Responses to “Dancing in the Moonlight”

  1. rochellewisoff May 13, 2020 at 11:57 am #

    Dear Doug,

    It’s great to read such an uplifting report. So glad Valerie’s on the upswing. I’m breathing easier knowing your lungs are in proper working order. I’m thrilled to see all the zeroes. I wish I could say the same for us. I love, love, love your quail reports. So sweet.
    One little thing…”Wrapped up at disk” I think you might want to exchange your i for a u. 😉
    Love to you both.

    Shalom and stay well,


    • dmmacilroy May 13, 2020 at 1:32 pm #

      Dear Rochelle,

      Fixed it. Thanks.

      Yes, we’re happy too. Stay out of the stores and get ready to pour lots of hand sanitiser into the pool.



      • rochellewisoff May 13, 2020 at 2:18 pm #

        Actually, they’re saying the chemicals in the pool will protect. The locker room is where I’ll need the disinfectant.

  2. Sandra May 13, 2020 at 3:28 pm #

    So glad to hear you’re both feeling better. And things seem to be steadily improving on the Covid front there. Here we have a little more freedom, people are free to drive, and those whose businesses are permitted to operate can go to work if they cannot work from home. No restaurants, clubs, bars, leisure facilities. But just being able to use my car was a delight. Still not really supposed to be out, but the police no longer have cause to stop and question drivers so I’ll take my chances. Stay safe.

    • dmmacilroy May 13, 2020 at 9:11 pm #

      Dear Sandra,

      I read a story in the Mail about a lady driving along the edge of Beachy Head. Was that you?

      We’re glad you’re safe and sound and hope for the best for ‘that precious isle set in the silver sea’.


      D + V

  3. sustainabilitea May 13, 2020 at 3:40 pm #

    Excellent news from your part of the world, especially regarding you and Valerie! Although we don’t have quail right around us, there are quite a few in the area where my parents live. They’re pretty cute and boy, can they move!! 🙂 We’ve not really been too much inconvenienced during this whole crisis, but I look forward some day to not having to wear a mask when I shop. Since I don’t really do a lot of shopping, it hasn’t been bad, mostly just groceries and a few things at a hardware store. I think it will be some time before I feel sure enough about the level of cleanliness to go to a restaurant, but that’s OK. We don’t go out that much anyway. I am looking forward to flying, whether to California to visit one daughter and s-i-l or elsewhere. Won’t be going to France this year, although I do plan to drive to Wyoming towards the end of summer. I think it will still be awhile until I look for a new place to get my haircut, but thankfully it looks fine, just longer, and I can trim my own bangs.



    P.S. Rochelle beat me to the disk/dusk think, although I saw it earlier when I was reading on my phone. Don’t you love having grammar nerds as friends and followers? 🙂

    • dmmacilroy May 13, 2020 at 9:06 pm #

      Dear Janet,

      Grammar: The difference between knowing your shit and knowing you’re shit.

      I love my grammar nerd friends.



      P.S. I called Emmanuel and let him know you won’t be coming. Soon as I did they lowered their alert levels a couple of notches:)

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