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*An English Journey Author*: Unusual Occasions


Oh my, it was a distinct world at Christmas.  How briskly it is all modified.   I am guessing I will not have the ability to inform anybody something they do not already know.   However is not is so very, very unusual to suppose that even a month in the past we weren’t giving severe thought to all of this?   

I believed I might look by way of my images and see what I might been doing initially of March.  And that is the place I used to be: 

That is the village of Metfield in Suffolk, and I might been attending a jumble sale.   You already know, a type of village gross sales elevating cash for a superb trigger. We had been packed collectively within the village corridor and I might obtained a some interesting-looking books, a booklet of unused ornamental craft papers, a model new colander (to interchange my previous one which I might melted accidentally) and a model new liquidiser to interchange mine which is on its final legs. (T.’s certified to test it out for electrical security, which he is carried out, and he says it is superb). 

We got here out with our trophies, which had value a complete of £3, and the sky was a beautiful blue, and the breeze was blowing some early daffodils about and it instantly felt like Spring as a substitute of winter.

Because it had been each heat and moist, the street that led previous the church was one huge puddle.  We waded throughout it and went into that church which has an historical clock, which dates again to the seventeenth century.  The clock face is on the bell-tower, however the mechanism is saved on the ground within the tower,  and its loud, regular “tick tock” will be heard all around the church. 

Taking a look at this little movie now I take into consideration all that has occurred because the clock was made by Mr. Garrett in 1629.  I imagine will probably be ticking steadily away in Metfield Church lengthy after everybody has forgotten about Coronavirus. 

Issues turned extra severe, however a few weeks in the past we had been nonetheless in a position to exit into Essex to see the daffodils at Warley Place in Essex. I blogged about this uncommon nature reserve ten months in the past, and after I obtained residence, I put a notice within the diary to go in March 2020. And so we did, and it was all however abandoned. What an unimaginable sight it was, with acres of daffodils. It was all so lovely that we stayed for a lot of hours, stopping to have a picnic and low.   

We determined to discover nature reserves and footpaths close to to London after that.  And so, simply twelve days in the past, we had been right here (beneath), in a little-known spot of Hertfordshire countryside, above 3/4 hour drive from our residence, watching a shallow vast clear river glittering by way of a inexperienced valley,  and an unimaginable blue sky above, with hills round and a few little gothic cottages. Here is a view from the underside of the hill.

And listed here are the cottages, subsequent to the church.

The very subsequent day, although, the federal government locked down. We had been informed to remain at residence, and naturally we have now obeyed – there hasn’t been any temptation for me to threat contagion, as a result of I understand how simply this virus spreads. There is a chart on the finish of this submit that reveals how only one contact could make an entire lot of distinction.   However we’re allowed to stroll or cycle close to residence, for functions of train, and that is what we’re doing. I simply hope no one closes the  open areas close to us.   The blackthorn is now absolutely out however there are nonetheless just a few leaves on the timber.  Thank goodness for wildness. 

It’s tragic listening to the information and my ideas are with those that might be affected, which embrace me and my very own shut household.   I do not suppose anybody can really feel complacent.

However what can we do, besides the issues which can be in our energy? We can not probably alter a world drawback, and so, simply as with the local weather emergency, we will solely do – and maintain doing – completely all the pieces potential to not make issues worse and purchase time for therapeutic to occur.   If we take care to not unfold the virus, we’re serving to to save lots of lives by suspending infections and spreading them thinner so the medical companies can take care of the numbers higher.  And, in fact, in order that scientists can develop vaccines and coverings and producers can produce sufficient ventilators for individuals who might have them.

 Fortunately from the again of our home we have now a detailed up view of a giant cherry tree which is correct now in full bloom. 


In order that’s me. I will be checking my favorite blogs and leaving some feedback after so lengthy away. Please keep secure everybody and attempt to assist others to remain secure too.  Keep in your house, or your backyard, do not go nearer than two metres (six ft) to anybody who is not in your individual family. (Even the drainholes round listed here are warning us of that) 

 I have never been in Blogland a lot during the last months and so I am now going to go to my favorite blogs.  I hope very a lot that I’ll discover all of you properly, and that you’re going to stay so. 

How are you dealing with the unusual occasions we’re in?

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