Staying in looking out, face masks and signs in windows; defining features of 2020 life.
Ephemeral beauty in the mundane
Containment. Day five since receiving the Government’s text message. Stay Home. Protect the NHS. Save Lives.
Shortly after a beautiful sunset Beckenham clapped for the NHS
Karen said to Pete. “Don’t worry, you will be allowed out again one day.”
Beckenham rush hour – Covid -19 style
I’ve never known such a serious threat, and am glad people appear to be following Government advice.
Everything is different now….
New social distancing rules, Beckenham
At all seems a little unreal at the moment. I wonder if this is how the public felt in the Phoney War” in the winter of 1939 and spring of 1940?
We know what came after….
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…” C. Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, 1859
It was a little overcast today but there was plenty of colour in the Drive by the High Street.
A little distraction of current – transient – issues by things that have withstood the test of time.
I’m not sure if it’s just me but the High Street looked emptier than usual today. I hope that isn’t a sign of things to come…
Karen fell ill on Friday night and we drove home Saturday. I fell ill on Saturday. By this morning it was over. The weekend was filled with two main sources of information: social media, and the TV.
Hence we were unsure of what to expect when venturing out today as so much attention from these sources had been spent on the panic buying in supermarkets and deserted stations etc.
Well we shouldn’t have worried: M&S was full of product and busy, while Sainsbury’s shelves were emptier than usual but we still purchased everything on our list bar getting a shoulder of lamb for Sunday; and the queues weren’t too long either.
I like social media and TV but they clearly offer a very narrow range of realities. I suppose the time to really worry is when these go off because however distorted they are, they’re better than nothing.
Normal service will resume when I’m better.
I don’t think it’s Covid -19, but it isn’t very nice …
Our little piece of Portsmouth
Portsmouth bids farewell to French frigate Chevalier Paul
Detail of Portsmouth Naval Memorial’s finial.
Baker Trayte’s distinctive yellow work vessels are dwafted by the French frigate Chevalier Paul, moored at South Railway Jetty, Portsmouth Naval Dockyard