Non much to write except a Covid-19 update, both the wife and I went down with Covid on 21st December and were told we had to isolate until 31st December.

We managed to emerge today still feeling slightly fragile and with some extremely odd taste buds and all I can say is; as a man who has trouble coping with flu, I don’t want Covid-19 again.

Let’s hope this is the start of a full recovery, followed by the vaccine and a return to normal life, for like everyone else we have a lot of catching up to do!

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About The Diary of a Country Bumpkin

I am a retired actor, although to be honest I only retired because I wasn't getting any work and the option of becoming an unemployed actor/waiter at my age was ludicrous, especially as my waiting skills are non-existent. Having said I’m retired, I don’t think there really is such a thing as a retired actor for I am still available for work, I just don’t have an agent or any connections with regards to obtaining any worthwhile work. I have over the years done student films when there is nothing else available, always low paid (if at all) the only incentive was always the promised copy of the finished film for your show reel which nine times out of ten always failed to materialise. I spent many years looking after my aged mother who had dementia, hence the lack of acting work but shortly after her death I was lucky enough to run into an ex-girlfriend of many years ago and our romance blossomed once again, resulting in us getting married in 2013. My move to the countryside inspired me to write The Diary of a Country Bumpkin which tells of my continuing dilemmas in dealing with the rigors of the countryside from the unexpectedly large number of pollens, fungal moulds and hay products waiting to attack the unsuspecting townie. I enjoy writing, see my play Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori on The Wireless Theatre Company, The Plays Wot I Wrote and The Battle of Barking Creek both available on and am very fond of classic cars so my ideal occupation would be acting in a film I had written set in the 1930s/40s, we live in hopes. I am delighted to say that since venturing to the countryside where space is not quite the premium it is in town, I have due to the availability of two double garages acquired more classic cars to form a small collection the pride of which are a 1947 Bentley Mk VI and a 2000 Bentley Arnage. My various blogs and websites are continually evolving and I’m sure that by following the appropriate links you will find something which will edify or amuse.
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  1. Glad to hear of your recovery Joe.

  2. Joni says:

    Good to hear you and your wife have both recovered. Would you say you had a mild, moderate or severe case? What symptoms did you have – any shortness of breath? Did you have to go for another test to prove negative? I don’t know anyone who has had COVID so am curious?

  3. Slowly, slowly Joe. Good to hear you are on the way to recovery.

  4. Ade-Oluwa says:

    It’s good you and the madam are out of the woods of this virus, sir.
    Can I respectfully suggest you nutritionally boost your immune systems first before considering a vaccine, at all?
    I don’t think the stories going round the “block” about the violent and sometimes mortal reaction to the vaccine, are mere rumours or fiction.

  5. Ade-Oluwa says:

    Happy New Year, sir.
    Glad you made it.

  6. Jane Rosebery says:

    I am glad you are both doing better. Happy New Year!

  7. adguru101 says:

    Glad to see that you’re both doing well. Happy 2021!

  8. Susi Bocks says:

    Oh, no, Joe! It seems so many of my WP community has been afflicted. May you be feeling much better now.

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