• Living in Lockdown – 6

    30/03/20 A bitterly cold day. Sue took a short walk to the postbox to post an Easter card and I chose a route on my morning cycle that I haven’t been able to follow for quite a few months. The fields and rural pathways have sufficiently dried out enough to take a tyre without slipping… Continue Reading

  • Living in Lockdown – 5

    The death toll in the UK reached a frightening 1019, however putting it in perspective, over the last 24 hours another 832 passed away in Spain. However, the NHS England medical director Prof Stephen Powis says if the death toll in the UK is kept below 20,000, “We will have done very well”. There is… Continue Reading

  • Living in Lockdown – 4

    26/03/20 Overnight there was yet another hard frost, 113 unfortunates weren’t here to witness the gorgeous day that followed. In total, Corvid-19 has accounted for 578 British lives. The death toll is much less compared to Italy and Spain and no doubt many other nations, but the grief is shared by us all, as is… Continue Reading

  • Living in Lockdown – 3

    24/03/20 After a hard frost overnight we woke to another sunny day, the temperature reaching 19 degrees during the afternoon. It is our first day under the new rules decreed by the government after Boris Johnson’s address to the nation at 8.30 pm last night. Drinking my morning coffee I could see that there was… Continue Reading

  • Living in Lockdown – 2

    23/2/20 Today a seven year old girl was stabbed to death by a complete stranger in a Bolton Park,  an eight year old boy was savaged to death by a pack of dogs in Dublin, Alex Salmond was cleared of sexual assault charges and the trial of the men accused of murdering PC Andrew Harper… Continue Reading

  • Living in Lockdown – 1

    It’s just a few days since I published the last blog, but I think in the present circumstances that it is befitting that I note down at more frequent intervals the events and details of the enforced changes in the way the Palmer family attempt to adapt to our new and more vulnerable world. On… Continue Reading

  • Surviving Coronavirus

    Since returning from the Amazon on the 20th of February it is certainly a very different world to the one that we knew before we boarded the Magellan at the beginning of January. Of course because we were cruising, we had (through idle interest) been monitoring the unfortunate passengers quarantined in port on the cruise… Continue Reading