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A Winter’s day at the Beach

The weather has been remarkably spring-like these past few days in Kent. On Sunday the sunshine brought so many people out to enjoy the beach. We had been encouraged by the government to stay at home this weekend, as the virus numbers are currently so high. But I think that, for the sake of everyone’s moral, a few hours in the sunshine is allowed. Especially as there is evidence that vitamin D, which you get from sunshine, not only protects you from catching Coronavirus, but also makes the symptoms less severe if you do get it.

It shouldn’t come as any surprise that Vitamin D helps your body to fight against the virus, as it generally helps to boost the immune system. It also helps to support healthy heart, bones and skin. Plus, as a bonus, it can boost your mood – it’s no wonder we’re so happy when the sun is shining!

Previously I talked about the mood-boosting qualities of the sea – so when you can combine those properties with sunshine, it’s no wonder that British folks just love spending time at the seaside. And, even in a time of Covid, I think a bit of this is allowed – especially as a I lot of the people I saw were wearing face masks and practising social distancing.

So this may have to be the new normal – enjoying a bit of time in the fresh air when we can while taking precautions – and some may feel that even that is off limits. But a sedentary life is not good for our minds or our bodies; so it’s a balancing act and we all have to do what we think is right both for ourselves and our fellow citizens.

If you are having to limit your time outdoors you can also get vitamin D both in table form and through certain foods such as oily fish, red meat and egg yolks. Light boxes can also help your moods and help to combat SAD (seasonal affected disorder) syndrome that many suffer from in winter. In fact I have one sitting beside me now while I type.

This image forms part of my Daily Print series, and is available to buy here

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Lockdown 2 Day 12

This photo obviously wasn’t taken today, but I’ve been working on a new batch of greetings cards and am thinking of including this one. There’s something very English about it, in a Martin Parr kind of way. It’s that sense of determination in the people frogmarching along the side of the bathing pool – that they will enjoy themselves and simply ignore the cargo tankers moored menacingly nearby. I just love the colours of the photos too, especially the inflatable rings, which just happen to match the girls’ bathing suits (though I’m sure that was deliberate on the wearers’ part). And there’s just something about people walking in a line that I like!