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Day 3 – Friday 20 March

My family have been self isolating since my daughter woke up with a cough on Wednesday morning. I’m pretty sure she’s just got a cold and not Covid-19, but the advice is that she needs to stay away from other people for seven days and the rest of us for 14. So that’s what we’re doing.

Going for a walk round the green in front of the house. (NB this is ironic dressing up, not a serious attempt at protection) (photo: Tracy Kemp)

So far we’ve established a routine to help us focus on school and work as well as get some exercise. The drill is making sure we have regular breaks, and on some of them consciously get some exercise. We’ve been for a walk around the green in front of our house, which is deserted, each morning so far. It’s only about 200m or so all the way round, so we’ve done a few laps. It’s not quite the level of exercise I’m used to, but better than staying in the house. We’ve also been in the back garden, it’s fortunate that the weather is improving.

As well as exercise we’ve also got a family game programmed in for after dinner, and we’ve decided to take turns making dinner. Although that isn’t without controversy. Ander is included in the schedule, and he’s a pretty good cook, he produces some outstanding food. Better than I usually do. However, at 14, he hasn’t quite got the planning/timing part of it down. So dinner was a bit late, and there weren’t enough of some aspects, which if flagged earlier could have been rectified. We also had a rather acrid smoke in the kitchen at one point when he burnt some spices. That said it was a very nice dinner when I got to eat it. By the end of the pandemic I’m pretty sure he’ll be an awesome cook!

I spent some time last night trying to install jitsi so that I could do some video calls from my own server. Seemed like an interesting project. I’ve got it on the server, but it disconnects immediately when I try to start a new video room. So it needs more looking into. I also switched on ufw when following the install instructions, but I hadn’t had that on before and it broke my mail server. So I’ve switched it back off this morning. My suspicion is that jitsi isn’t working because my routing isn’t letting it use the ports it wants. All I need to do is remember how I configured it when I set the server up and update it!

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