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  • Week Thirteen of Lockdown and Some Downs and Ups

    Week Thirteen of Lockdown and Some Downs and Ups

    We are now into week thirteen of lockdown due to the coronavirus. Even though it is the longest time I have stayed in the same place since I started travelling in 1996 it does not feel as though I have been here for three months. I continue to find a mini-adventure every day in my little world. In the big world restrictions are being eased including the opening of non-essential shops. Boris Johnson is painting his private jet red, white and blue and the football season has started again but behind closed doors.

  • Week Twelve of Lockdown and Goodbye to a New Friend

    Week Twelve of Lockdown and Goodbye to a New Friend

    During week 12 of the lockdown due to the coronavirus a spell of cold weather keeps the crowds away. I continue my early morning walks sprinkled with greetings and short conversations with local residents I am getting to know. Rosemary is absent for a few days as George, her dog, is not well.

  • Week Eleven of Lockdown and an Invasion of Inflatable Paddle Boards

    Week Eleven of Lockdown and an Invasion of Inflatable Paddle Boards

    Week 11 of lockdown and the hot weather continues. The residents of Sandbanks residents are seeking a solution to overflowing rubbish bins, illegal parking and boy racers late into the night. Large flotillas of inflatable paddle boards compete with an increasing number of kite surfers for the small, artificial beach that fringes North Haven Lake, part of Poole Harbour. It is all so normal and hard to believe we are experiencing a coronavirus pandemic

  • How to Check Border Restrictions during the Coronavirus Pandemic

    How to Check Border Restrictions during the Coronavirus Pandemic

    Borders are starting to open again. But there is no standard procedure. Discussions rage about the best way to deal with the easing of lockdown restrictions. Some favour quarantine and some prefer testing at the point of entry. The continually changing scenario makes it very difficult for holidaymakers to plan their trip. But two resources have recently been created to ease the way through complicated regulations. The Re-Open EU website and the Timatic Database

  • Week Ten of Lockdown and the Siege of Dorset

    Week Ten of Lockdown and the Siege of Dorset

    It is week ten of lockdown in England. As the weather gets hotter so the surge of people to the coast and beauty spots gets out of control. Roads are jammed with traffic, beaches are littered with rubbish and the police are overwhelmed with the drunk and disorderly. Maintaining a social distance is impossible in these circumstances. Did the government relax restrictions in England too soon?

  • Week Nine of Lockdown – A Second Week of Staying Alert in England

    Week Nine of Lockdown – A Second Week of Staying Alert in England

    Hot weather and permission to travel an unlimited distance for a day out results in a sudden huge surge in the number of visitors to beaches and beauty spots all over England. Although Scotland and Wales are still under strict lockdown this does not stop people attempting to cross the borders. Social distancing becomes impossible in some places.

  • Italy Is Open to Visitors Including Those from Britain

    Italy Is Open to Visitors Including Those from Britain

    Italy opened its borders to British travellers on 3 June. Visitors arriving in the country will not have to quarantine for two weeks but it is mandatory to wear face masks in places where it is not possible to practice social distancing.

  • Week Eight of Lockdown and Restrictions Are Relaxed but Only in England

    Week Eight of Lockdown and Restrictions Are Relaxed but Only in England

    Although the restrictions of lockdown have been relaxed as we enter week 8 there is some confusion about exactly what we can and cannot do now. Most confusing is the new slogan that only applies to England – to Stay Alert. We await clarification from the government.

  • Week Seven, the last Week of a Full Lockdown in England

    Week Seven, the last Week of a Full Lockdown in England

    The Coronavirus and related COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage around the world. But there are signs that some countries are now able to relax some of the restrictions imposed on their populations. China, where the virus originated, is already allowing executives from some foreign companies to enter the country despite the coronavirus travel ban in an attempt to restart its economy according to some sources.

  • The UK Slides into a Sixth Week of Lockdown

    The UK Slides into a Sixth Week of Lockdown

    At the start of Week 6 of the lockdown made necessary by the Coronavirus pandemic the stay at home restrictions remain in force. The wonderful weather in Dorset enhances my early morning walks and bike rides. However, it also acts as an incentive for many to break the rules and the police have the hard task of enforcing the rules for the benefit of us all.

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