• You win some, you lose some…..

    I guess it was to be expected. As soon as optimism came cantering over the horizon and I succumbed to its allure by reverting to a more usual format for the family blog, the weather made an about turn and Covid-19 upped its pace to a gallop! Being stubbornly sanguine, farmers and gardeners do need… Continue Reading

  • It has served its purpose.

    On March 20th 2020 I began a detailed record of what I thought would (and turned out to be) a significant world event, with a blog entitled: ‘Surviving Corona-virus‘. Not supposing for one moment that the pandemic would continue for any considerable amount of time, I duly chronicled family and world events every few days… Continue Reading

  • Presents and birthdays

    17/05/21 UK Deaths: 5. Harborough Infected: 24. There are 86 local authority areas where there are five or more confirmed cases of the Indian variant with Bedford now joining Bolton, Blackburn with Darwen in surge testing. Covid-19 rates in the UK’s worst hotspots are being driven by a sharp rise in cases among younger age… Continue Reading

  • Medical ups and downs.

    10/05/21 UK Deaths: 4. Harborough Infected: 10. Covid-19 alert level moves from level 4 to level 3. As from next Monday, people in England will be able to enjoy a pint or a meal indoors, hug their loved ones, return to cinemas, meet outdoors in groups of up to 30 people; and meet indoors in… Continue Reading

  • Vaccine II

    03/05/21 MAY BANK HOLIDAY – UK Deaths: 1. Harborough Infected: 14. The number of Covid-19 vaccines given out across the UK has passed 50 million. After a better night, poorly Alice seemed much brighter when we made a video call to the family during the evening. It seems she is well on the may to… Continue Reading

  • Goodbye Chilly April

    26/04/21 UK Deaths: 6. Harborough Infected: 10. The European Commission is taking legal action against AstraZeneca, accusing the firm of failing to respect its Covid-19 vaccine contract. Criminally pointless, this action is about saving face and not saving lives, the only lesson learnt by pharmaceutical companies will be to not  accept any future contracts with… Continue Reading

  • Nearly Normal.

    19/04/21 UK Deaths: 4. Harborough Infected: 13. Travel from India to the UK is being banned for non-UK and non-Irish citizens from 4am on Friday. More than 10 million people in the UK have now received their second dose of vaccine. Today quarantine-free travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand began. Today is Jamie’s birthday,… Continue Reading

  • Reopening goes viral?

    12/04/21 UK Deaths: 13. Harborough Infected: 49. Pub gardens, shops, hairdressers, gyms and zoos have reopened in England, as rules are eased. Shoppers flocked to the High Street, with long queues seen outside many retailers. Millions of Indians travel to celebrate Maha Kumbh Mela despite rising corona-virus rates, the month-long festival will see people travel… Continue Reading

  • A Princely Exit

    05/04/21 Easter Monday. UK Deaths: 26. Harborough Infected: 133.  We woke to snow flurries and a chilly wind. During the morning Sue was expecting to play Petanque with her U3A group, but  thankfully it was cancelled. During the afternoon she went to visit Doreen in her flat, she had been having trouble with smells emanating from the… Continue Reading

  • Is This Freedom?

    29/03/21 UK Deaths: 23. Harborough Infected: 105. Today, six people, or two families are able to meet up outside and in private gardens. The government has signed an agreement for up to 60 million doses of  the Noavax jab to be produced in the North East of England by GlaxoSmithKline. The UK  set a new daily vaccine… Continue Reading