Nannies 4 Grannies Ltd News Letter No. 7

  • May 26, 2020
  • Kay

Nannies 4 Grannies News Letter No 7 Home Care and Companionship in St Albans and Harpenden - We hope you find it of interest.


A note from Kay....

Covid-19 has been with us in the UK since the beginning of March and the effects of the pandemic have affected each and every one of us. You should know that all at N4G have stayed safe and well during this time. But we maintain our vigilance and have maintained our Social Distancing whilst supporting our loyal clientele. These are difficult times… apart from the appalling statistics we are fed each day, we know that loneliness can be amplified by the lockdown, hospital visits have been cancelled, doctors and dentists are difficult to see and shopping for essentials can be extremely difficult. I would like you to know that we want to help you through the coming months as we make the ‘baby steps’ that Boris mentions back to some form of normality. If you have any requirement whatsoever, please contact me by phone or email – details below – and we will help you out. Stay safe.

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.... This Spring and Summer

VE Day

Many people in Britain didn’t wait for the official day of celebration and began the festivities as soon as they heard the news on 7 May. After years of wartime restrictions and dangers, from food and clothes rationing to blackouts and bombing raids it was understandable how eager they were to finally be able to let loose and enjoy themselves. Colourful bunting and flags soon lined the streets of villages, towns, and cities across Britain. On the eve of VE Day, bonfires were lit, people danced and the pubs were full of revellers. In 1945, Edward Blunden was a full-time writer and would have seen VE Day as providing the perfect opportunity to use his poetry to reflect on the true meaning of victory. See his poem here..

VE Day in Harpenden during lockdown..

lots of houses in the area carried bunting together with the NHS rainbows that the local children are making. In our particular part of the town we are graced with a very large number of musicians who every Thursday as part of the ‘clapathon’ combine as a socially distanced orchestra to entertain us. They all all marked VE day by playing their entire repertoire and it was greatly enjoyed and appreciated by all.

The Garden - Jobs for May and June

  • Hoe borders regularly to keep down weeds
  • Be water-wise, especially in drought-affected areas
  • Pinch out sideshoots on tomatoes
  • Harvest lettuce, radish, other salads and early potatoes
  • Position summer hanging baskets and containers outside
  • Mow lawns at least once a week
  • Plant out summer bedding
  • Stake tall or floppy plants
  • Prune many spring-flowering shrubs
  • Shade greenhouses to keep them cool and prevent scorch

Looking forward….. to Summer TV

A guide to what’s on the Box You can’t go out at the moment so here are some TV ideas to look out for.

All Creatures Great & Small returns to our small screens in 2020

One to look out for - The 8th of January 1978 was the year that the original BBC TV series All creatures Great and Small entered our living rooms, and now around 42yrs later it returns to our small screens! Channel 5’s remake of the hit tv series will air during the summer 2020.

Around The World In 80 Days - BBC - TBC

The BBC has acquired the David Tennant fronted drama. Following an outrageous bet, Fogg and his valet, Passepartout, take on the legendary journey of circumnavigating the globe in just 80 days, swiftly joined by aspiring journalist Abigail Fix, who seizes the chance to report on this extraordinary story.

Des – ITV - TBC

On a slightly macabre note, ITV has commissioned a three-part true crime drama starring David Tennant, inspired by the real story of serial killer Dennis Nilsen (aka Des), who killed boys and men between the years of 1978 and 1983.


….As you know there isn’t much open except the supermarket.. But there are some things you could be getting on with as the lockdown continues. If there is anything that interests you just call Kay at the office on 01727 857988


Being stuck in your home isn’t fun – Age UK have tips for keeping active here. They talk about Yoga, Gardening and Chair Exercises which can all help keep you mobile.


We are doing shopping for many of our clients and we know that families and friends are getting involved too. Age UK has lots of advice on its web site here. They provides invaluable advice on whether you can go shopping and what the various supermarkets are doing to help.

In the News


It’s been a while since I looked at the symptoms – here is a reminder.

What are the coronavirus symptoms? Coronavirus infects the lungs. The two main symptoms are a fever or a dry cough. These can lead to breathing problems and shortness of breath. The cough to look out for is a new, continuous cough. This means coughing a lot for more than an hour or having three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours. If you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual.

You have a fever if your temperature is above 37.8C. This can make you feel warm, cold or shivery. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published an expanded list of symptoms which some people may develop: Chills - Repeated shaking with chills - Muscle pain – Headache - Sore throat - New loss of taste or smell

It takes five days on average to start showing the symptoms, but some people will get them much later. The World Health Organisation says the incubation period lasts up to 14 days.

Captain Tom Moore

When Captain Tom Moore set out with his walking frame at the start of April he had a modest goal: to raise £1,000 for the NHS by walking up and down his garden 100 times before his 100th birthday. One of his daughters, Hannah Ingram-Moore, thought it might make a nice little story for the local media, and so on 7 April her consultancy firm, knocked up a press release heralding his mission. £32 million later…. An inspiration to us all.

The danger of Covid-19 Scams

Unbelievably, Criminals are targeting people looking to buy medical supplies online, sending emails offering fake medical support and scamming people who may be vulnerable or increasingly isolated at home. These frauds try to lure you in with offers that look too good to be true, such as high return investments and ‘healthcare opportunities’, or make appeals for you to support bogus charities or those who are ill.

Reports from the public have already included online shopping scams where people have ordered protective face masks, hand sanitiser, and other products, which have never arrived and a number of cases have been identified where fake testing kits have been offered for sale.

The guidance remains the same:

  • Never disclose security details, such as your PIN or full banking password
  • Don’t assume an email, text or phone call is authentic. Call the business’s official number to check
  • Don’t be rushed - a genuine organisation won’t mind waiting
  • Listen to your instincts - you know if something doesn’t feel right
  • Stay in control - don’t panic and make a decision you’ll regret

At Nannies 4 Grannies Ltd we offer Companion Care and Support for residents in St Albans, Harpenden, Watford and the surrounding areas.

Contact Kay on 01727 857988 to discuss the range of specifically tailored services we can provide for you or an elderly loved one. For full details go to our website Nannies 4 Grannies. Stay up to date with older issues by following us on Twitter or Facebook