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All fluffed up!

What a difference a day makes! Yesterday we had snow; today it felt like spring. I’m glad I got out to appreciate it because I hear that rain is on its way next week. Oh well, it was nice while it lasted. By the look things, this fluffed up Collared Dove was enjoying the brief respite from winter as much as I was.

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Making Tracks

So, with Margate being in the news for rather unfortunate reasons (apparently the Kent mutation started here), I thought I’d focus a cheerier thing that happened in the town today – it snowed! Just for an hour or so early this morning, swiftly followed by rain. I suspect it had gone by the time many had risen, so here’s the evidence that snow did indeed come to town.

Given that putting the bins out each week is about as exciting as it gets these days, a sprinkling of snow on the ground in the ground was something to celebrate. I’m sad it was over so quickly but, given that I can still feel the chill in my bones several hours later, it’s probably for the best that it was merely a fleeting diversion from the norm.

Now, back to reading books and editing photos for a few more weeks…..

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Home Safety

Lockdown 2021 feels so different to the one last spring. Obviously I haven’t been out much, so I could be wrong, but there is a general sense this time that people are just resigned to it and getting on with it. I’m not seeing the rainbows or the teddies in the windows; and clap for carers is a bit of a damp squib (which I find totally understandable, as it became politicised and tired. Even the person who initiated it won’t participate this time around).

On social media there is a distinct lack of quirky lockdown memes trying to keep our spirits up, and even the advertising seems to have changed – no more romanticising how we’re all in this together and trying to outcompete each other on the Coronavirus caring stakes. Instead we’re seeing lots of adverts for nurses and teachers (hmm, can’t think why……), and some quite amusing ones too, as if humour is allowed again. Oh and a lot for property sites, which I guess is a reflection of the stamp duty holiday, and for home delivery. Who doesn’t love the ‘Just Eat’ advert with Snoop Dog doing the catchiest jingle since ‘Do the shake and vac and put the freshness back’? I think that, and the ComparetheMeerkat adverts, are just about getting me through lockdown.

Well, I’m digressing, but I do think that this has been a fascinating period for social history, and it is interesting to see how fashions quickly change, even in terms of the perceived acceptable public response to a pandemic. I guess, one year on from when we first started hearing about that ‘Novel Coronavirus’ in Wuhan and wondering what it has to do with us, living with the virus is now the new norm.

So, maybe today’s picture, which was taken in Ramsgate incidentally, looks suitably nostalgic. It harks back to that time, way back in 2020, when war was declared on a virus and we all pulled together to help defeat it, with that misguided belief that it could all be over by Christmas….

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Extreme Social Distancing

This picture may look like it was posed but I promise you it wasn’t. It’s just two people outdoors doing their thing during lockdown 3.

The feeling of solitude and sense of possible loneliness reminds me slightly of Hopper paintings. But there is also a sense of defiance – these two are owning Lockdown 3 and are not going to be beaten by it. Well, they did have a fantastic vantage point of what turned out to be a stunning sunset – so I’d say it’s 2-0 to the girl in the red hat and the guy in the yellow coat vs Covid 19.

I just want to know when they will drop the album….

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