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Ask not for whom the hound roos; she roos for thee.
(From: "Send not to know for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee." John Donne, 1624)












We mentioned at the end of last month that COVID was raging … and that continued into January. There was a quick, but not completely unexpected, full lockdown including school closure right across the country. It was probably too late and as the month went on, so the situation became worse. The figures went well above the previous highs. But the upside was that the vaccinations started in earnest and by the end of the month pretty much all of the care home people were covered. For us, life went on pretty much as before.

These lockdowns don’t really affect us much, if we’re honest. Interestingly, road traffic continued much as before (unlike the March 2020 lockdown) so we’re not really sure whether people are really responding to it! The courts stayed open so we continued to sit and our birthdays were celebrated with a fantastic dial-up Lebaneat meal … the same food as it would have been, but at a bijou restaurant (ie our dining room) and the huge upside was that we were all together. This was the first birthday celebration with all three of us present for years. A glimmer of a silver lining, perhaps.

That’s pretty much it for January! We had some annoying snow that just got in everyone’s way, but there’s little else to report. Hibernation, I think one calls it. Roll on the excitement of February!
Today is: 2021
Site last updated: Friday, Febuary 05 2021

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