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Weird times in this pandemic
« on: October 10, 2020, 10:30:41 PM »
It is now nearly 9 months since SC and I were together.

I have sheltered Mum from the virus, so far and REALLY need 'us time' with SC .. 

The issue was finding someone to 'live in' with Ma ..who regards anyone staying over as 'strangers', ( unwelcome) apart from me ((
SC has had visas ready for some weeks, but finding a carer that Ma can 'gel' with .. is challenging and I simply don't want her in a care home in these times. [ Alzheimer's]


Started looking at flights to France, as we will stay there... SC wants to look at options for places to live in FR and Spain, but most flights ( direct) to France are silly money and indirects involve stop-overs in places that we don't know will accept someone travelling on ( situation changes daily! )  It seems that I will be UK based for the near future, so she'll be closer.

Then there's the PCR tests, as SC will not have to self-isolate for 14 days, if given the all clear.. so it is best she is tested at a French airport ..

May be she should come direct to the UK, isolate here and THEN go to France by car ferry / tunnel

So many unknowns and potentials to fall foul of a sudden change in rules.











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Re: Weird times in this pandemic
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2020, 08:45:34 AM »
SC wants to look at options for places to live in FR and Spain


With the coronavirus thing going on, will France or Spain allow you both to move there? Since your mom has Alzheimer's and it's important to be close to her, will SC consider living in the UK?
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Re: Weird times in this pandemic
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2020, 05:12:48 AM »
For 'climate reasons' SC would clearly prefer NOT to live in the UK.

She offered to help me get ma through to the new year.

It is still swimming weather in Sochi, so she is giving up 'her job'  of remaining tanned.

 

The new carer sent from an agency is 'gelling' with Ma...so I might escape 'the basement', yet.


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Re: Weird times in this pandemic
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2020, 03:57:50 AM »
..and then again, not ? ((

Macron will speak to the nation this evening re plans to deal with the latest surge in new cases.

TWO places were I was due to visit re work are now RED zones and SC and I planned to meet in Paris, later this week ..

 :wallbash:

SC has been making long skirts in preparation for the tropical temps of western Europe .. She is on the beach, in Sochi !



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Re: Weird times in this pandemic
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2020, 02:25:59 AM »
So, a 10 hour overnight train ride and SC has been to have her fingers scanned and photo taken to be allowed back to the UK.

During this pandemic, her Schengen, UK and passport expired, while she was stuck in Russia...

Then the French 'kept her passport for FAR too long..

Now the Brits have it..

I gave her money to pay for  keeping her passport, while awaiting a decision, but she decided to trust them to issue her permission to return, promptly. ))

No passport = no meeting...until she gets it back.

I wish I had her faith.

At least in the case of the French, I had the might of EU Directives on my side.

The British? They should also comply and we would win any 'fight', ultimately...but I HATE these strange times..

Last night some firm from New York lifted $100 from our account and I spent hours in chat...2 times being cut off...as my phone screens saver cut in and 'terminated' the well advanced chat to be refunded and my card being blocked...and a new one being ordered...

During the third chat the agent declined to issue me a new card, so I had to insist via a supervisor..

Went to send money to SC... 'blocked'..."poss. fraudulent transaction.." :wallbash:

Another hour plus in chat to get my savings account card unblocked.

Why, if people are working from home, does it take so long to find an agent.

Are banks cutting back on staff?

I HATE the algorithms that 'identify' fraudulent transactions as 'OK' and what should clearly be seem as me being labelled 'potentially fraudulent'..

 ((


UPDATE:  SC was the only person waiting for an appointment for Biometrics ..we paid extra for a flexi-appointment and there were no free ones for 50 days ahead..hmm?  Seems like a racket

Took 20 mins - as all docs had been uploaded to the UK VI server and they just wanted to see her passport, Schengens, previous UK admissions, Russian 'passport' ( ID book) and copies of our marriage docs and my  passports and birth certificate

All other stuff was uploaded to the server as *I* have to prove myself as born in N.Ireland, that one parent was and that I've been resident for six months or more ..  Have been in the UK for all but 5 days in 2020..lots of bank statements, Tax/ pension stuff and proof I've been caring for Mum at home

Now... we wait ..

SC is on the sleeper train back to Sochi

She rarely puts her hair up, but decided she should for her visa for the UK ?

Here, she sat in a railway stn, and showing me how she looked ..

*I* think she looks totally different .. so I hope she doesn't confuse the poor decision maker ;)




She was nearly asleep before the train came in ..



Nearly 3 days away ..just to get your fingers scanned and one's photo taken !

The best part ... the Visa is under EU Directive rules on freedom of movement - so it is FREE ...paid for the earlier appt and  courier return of passport ( with the Visa ?)






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Re: Weird times in this pandemic
« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2020, 03:43:20 AM »
The application for SC's right to return is probably gathering dust in Moscow..

Can't help logging in twice a day to see if there's progress.

It will be interesting to see if a DM ( decision maker) asks me to send originals of docs previously seen on past entries..

Yesterday, folks that have been waiting months and just days all had positive responses, so may be they only look at our route to be together, occasionally?

Still beach weather in Sochi, so SC is working hard on her tan.




 

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