Still In Lockdown

It’s been almost 2 months now & we still remain in lockdown.

Luckily the weather has been fairly good & some days have been really hot. It’s given us a good opportunity to spend more time in our small, but pretty UK garden. Wish the sunny, hot weather was like this more often.

I will admit that I am not convinced that the existing UK government has handled the Covid-19 very well. That said it’s not something that they’ve had to deal with before albeit that one of their Conservative ministers thought 19 meant the nineteenth time it had happened. Hopefully we can all get through this with minimum disruption to our lives.

We will not be visiting Spain this year which is a real bummer. Rescheduled our Spanish holiday for April 2021 and may consider adding another Spanish holiday in 2021 to make up for it.

Sadly the UK still has solid plans to leave the EU but who knows what the next 7 years will bring. We now have an intelligent Labour leader who could quite easily become PM in 2024, so who knows what the future holds.

Still plan to remain in the UK after retirement but will do my best to make the most of the 180 days to travel Europe – Spain, Italy, France, Greece, Portugal….

Things Have Changed

As we continue to make the most of life in the middle of a lock down pandemic it has given me time to think about a few things.

This, combined with the recent death of my mother in law which I had known for over 40 years, has made me appreciate the importance of being geographically close to family & friends.

The coronavirus has also helped me understand the importance of being in a country like the UK. There are many things wrong with the country, but there are so many more things right. It’s really made me realise how thankful I should be to live & work in the UK during a worldwide crisis.

Don’t get me wrong as I still want to spend around 3 months a year in Spain & other parts of Europe but the UK will always be my home.

Another UK Week

It’s been another cold & wet week in the UK, often accompanied by very strong winds. Then again, February is always a strange month for weather in the UK but when it’s the 4th or 5th month in a row of miserable weather, it all starts to get a bit depressing.

The last few weekends have been a disaster for going outdoors & although it’s nothing that a lot of warm clothing & accessories can’t solve, it’s just not been easy to get a bit of much needed sunshine & vitamin D.

Hopefully as Spring approaches we will start to see improvements in the UK weather. Let’s hope so as I have been monitoring the difference in temperatures & sunshine hours between Southern England & Northern Spain over the past 87 days. So far, on average, we have had 3.9 hours less sunshine per day & it’s been 6.2 degC colder on average per day. That’s 339 hours less sunshine in that short time alone.

That said I have been in Northern England this weekend so at least I am heading back South later where, apparently, the weather is slightly better.