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  • Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 34 Brings Optimistic News About Vaccination

    Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 34 Brings Optimistic News About Vaccination

    We are now in the first full week of Lockdown 2 in England. Already there are doubts that it will not end on 2 December as originally promised. It will take at least 2 weeks before we know if this second lockdown is effective. Will we be released from lockdown in time to celebrate Christmas? It is too early to tell.

  • Diary of Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: England Enters Lockdown 2

    Diary of Life During a Coronavirus Pandemic: England Enters Lockdown 2

    Bonfire Night 2020 will be memorable as the day England went into Lockdown 2 in a second attempt to control the coronavirus pandemic. Another four weeks of home alone in Dorset and lovely walks on Sandbanks Beach – whatever the weather.

  • Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: A Stormy Week 32 of Lockdown

    Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: A Stormy Week 32 of Lockdown

    It is week 32 of lockdown in England due to the coronavirus pandemic and the last week of October. A dramatic deterioration in the weather and the arrival of Storm Aiden on the Dorset Coast makes it a miserable half-term week. But it does not deter the kite boarders who are quick to take advantage of the strong winds.

  • Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 31 – A New Slogan #Hands #Face #Space

    Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 31 – A New Slogan #Hands #Face #Space

    During Week 31 we have a new slogan – #Hands #Face #Space. It reinforces what we already know but will people take notice? Wales and Northern Ireland decide to go back into lockdown. England clings to a three-tier system of local lockdowns. Scotland also opts for a tier system. PM Boris Johnson promises we will have a Christmas.

  • Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: England Enters 3 Tier Lockdown

    Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: England Enters 3 Tier Lockdown

    During Week 30 of Lockdown in the UK the number of COVID-19 cases is spiralling out of control in some areas and further restrictions become necessary. Once again England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland seek their own solutions. My week starts in Dorset and finishes in Hertfordshire via Cranborne where I spend a night at the delightful restaurant with rooms, La Fosse.

  • Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: Local Lockdowns Proving Ineffective in Week 29 of Lockdown

    Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: Local Lockdowns Proving Ineffective in Week 29 of Lockdown

    During week 29 of Lockdown in the UK cases of COVID-19 continue to rise sharply especially in the north of England. The government is considering another total lockdown as a circuit breaker as local lockdowns are not working in England. My life continues with daily walks often delving into the local history of the places I visit in Hertfordshire.

  • Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: Flags and a Flight in Week 28 of Lockdown

    Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: Flags and a Flight in Week 28 of Lockdown

    Week 28 of Lockdown in the UK is an interesting week for me. It starts with a memorial to those who have died during the coronavirus pandemic on Sandbanks Beach and ends. I take a flight on the British Airways i360 on Brighton seafront and then I delve into some local history in Hertfordshire. Outside my bubble of one, the number of positive tests for COVID-19 is still increasing at an alarming rate and local lockdowns do not seem to be having any impact.

  • Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: Autumnal Ramblings in Dorset

    Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: Autumnal Ramblings in Dorset

    It is week 27 of lockdown in the UK due to the COVID-19 and local lockdowns are failing to control the rapid increase in infections. New, nationwide restrictions are put in place this week but I feel distanced from reality as I spend another week on the Dorset coast enjoying walks on Sandbanks Beach, through Durleston Country Park in Swanage and around Brownsea Island.

  • Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 26 of Lockdown - An Urban Experience

    Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: Week 26 of Lockdown - An Urban Experience

    On my return to the UK I spent a few days in Hertfordshire before going back to Dorset. I experienced some of the changes caused by COVID-19. John Lewis, a major department store in Watford had closed down. I discovered a lovely walled garden and old orchard in Shenley village. I ended the week back in Dorset spending a day in Swanage and walking on Brownsea Island.

  • Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: More Wonderful Walking in Italy

    Life in a Coronavirus Pandemic: More Wonderful Walking in Italy

    My diary records a second wonderful week in Madonna di Campiglio a mountain resort in Italy. I am finding the COVID-19 restrictions in Italy are liberating because everyone follows them. And if they don’t there will be trouble. Nevertheless, the number of confirmed cases is increasing and Italy has been moved from the green list to the amber list by the UK government. Even if I do have to self-isolate when I get home it will be worth it and I am prepared for this possibility. 

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