It's a year to the day since we entered our first lockdown (closing time).

What has changed?

I have stopped writing in this blog. I think I have found other things to do. The novelty (and strangeness) of this situation wore off a long time ago. It's now a normal way to live. I give everyone I pass a wide berth; though it has to be said, some others do not. We still wear masks indoors (e.g. shops). Some ignore this rule and I decided I will no longer use the village shop in Portslade for that reason. 

I am still "teaching" through a lap-top screen. There is a promise of return to work soon (12 April). We will restart gradually, building up back to the stage we left off in December. We are trying to work out how to prepare the gymnasts to compete again, even though we are still not sure when we will be allowed to hold such an event.

I received my first dose of vaccine yesterday. It is a stunning example of NHS efficiency. I got a text message on Thursday evening and made an appointment that evening for Friday morning. I was guided in to the front door of the surgery, briefly sat (for the jab), then walked out of the back door. I was in and out of the surgery in well under 5 minutes. 

We approach the equinox, and plants are showing signs of life. I have begun to spend a little more time on the allotment again, preparing for the year ahead.