Archives – March, 2020

Coronavirus Lockdown Day 5 – Empty Highways and Workers Needed

Coronavirus Lockdown Day 5
Martin Buckland took this picture of the A34 at 15.30 on Friday 27th March 2020 when in normal times both lanes would be full going north, either with slow-moving or stationary traffic. It was taken from the Sunningwell bridleway bridge and Martin had to wait till there was traffic to photograph. Most of it was lorries.
Coronavirus Lockdown Day 5
On our exercise walk today we first crossed the Market Place to post a letter in the outside box rather than going into the Co-op. That was about midday.
Coronavirus Lockdown Day 5
We headed down Bridge Street for a walk along the Thames Path and back by the Causeway.
Coronavirus Lockdown Day 5
A rope cordon had been put round one boat with the notice ‘Due to Corona – Please Respect Boaters Space.”

All except one deckchair had been collapsed as it was much colder than the previous few days and nobody was sitting outside.

The path towards Culham was a little busier than usual with people out for a walk. Most people maintained a safe distance on passing..
Coronavirus Lockdown Day 5
From the causeway we could see a tractor going back and forth across a wide field, preparing the ground for next summer’s crop. We are reminded how important food production is after the experience of wide scale empty supermarket shelves.

Coronavirus Lockdown Day 5
I was also sent a list of national job opportunities showing there is a lot of work available in the NHS, supermarkets, warehouses, delivery services, and care homes. Some jobs are temporary during the current pandemic, and some permanent. I expect the farmers will soon also need a hand to help pick crops.

Leave a Comment March 28, 2020

Barton Fields in March

Barton Fields in March
This is the view we have of St Helen’s Church from our back garden. The view will change and the steeple be mostly hidden as the leaves grow back.
Barton Fields in March
Yesterday we walked near Barton Fields and so I have some pictures of the green leaves reappearing in the nature reserve in March. The ground is drying out and green reeds are growing out from the ponds and marshy areas.Barton Fields in March
The Abingdon Naturalists bring a sample of the pond life for the Abingdon Science Market on the Market Place, which could not happen this year.
Barton Fields in March
A lot of the trees and bushes have their early leaves. This is the view where Barton Fields is bordered by the Sustrans cycle path.
Barton Fields in March
These are a few of the many millions of leaves appearing out from buds.
Barton Fields in March
The butterflies and birds were too far away to get a clear picture, but I did get close enough to these two insects.

1 Comment March 28, 2020

Coronavirus Lockdown Day 3 – Deliveries, NHS Workers applauded like Royalty, and the two meter rule

Coronavirus Lockdown Day 3
The postmen and women no longer take your signature but sign the screen themselves. Another delivery person took a photo of a parcel, on our door step by my feet, as proof of delivery.

The milkman continues to drop off our milk, but because so many people have signed up recently, Milk & More stopped new registrations and can no longer guarantee to deliver the milk before 4 am. Their aim now is ‘to get all deliveries out before the end of each delivery day. In the instance that we can’t deliver to you, we will email you.’

There was the 8pm applause for NHS workers today. My wife said there were some people outside their doors in West St Helen Street clapping. I had the strange experience of being in a village soon after 8pm. Round the winding village street, people were standing outside their front gates applauding. Any NHS person would have felt like royalty, so let me pass on that applause to any NHS person reading this.
Coronavirus Lockdown Day 3
Watch any TV drama / soap and it looks like some bygone age. Not only do they not obey the 2 meter rule, but they go to the pub, touch handles with their hands and then put their hands near their mouths.
Coronavirus Lockdown Day 3
In Abingdon there are strips of tape to help peoples keep to the 2 meter rule in many places. These strips are for customers waiting to go into the Coventry Building Society at the top of East St Helen Street.
Coronavirus Lockdown Day 3
It was a sunny day and we went for our exercise walk in the area between Barton Fields and Radley Lakes. We saw very few people but did meet Jan Morter (ex Abingdon Mayor) and kept the 2 meter rule. We also met some other people coming through a narrower path, beside the Thames, and dived into the undergrowth – to avoid getting too close.

7 Comments March 26, 2020

Coronavirus Lockdown Day 2

Coronavirus Lockdown Day 2
Here is the view out of our window in day 2 of the lockdown. The rest of our household stayed in today, working from home, but I was at work doing support work, I got involved doing shopping on behalf of two houses for people who need to stay at home. Both Sainsburys in Didcot and Tesco in Abingdon were fairly well stocked, and not busy so it was not a problem to keep a social distance.

While out and about I was surprised how many other people were out cycling, or walking, as their daily exercise in the sun. It did not feel like a lockdown.
Coronavirus Lockdown Day 2
Back home there was a postcard from Emma and a phone number offering to help if we were self isolating. An Abingdon group have tried to cover all of Abingdon with this offer of this important help.
Coronavirus Lockdown Day 2
On the news it was said that 405,000 people have signed up in 24 hours to volunteer with the NHS after a recruitment drive to help the vulnerable amid the coronavirus crisis,

12 Comments March 25, 2020

Coronavirus Lockdown Day 1 in Abingdon

Yesterday the UK lockdown began (for those not already self isolating.) It will last at least three weeks. The new rules are that we can leave the house to shop for basic necessities – infrequently as possible. We can go out to take one form of exercise a day – alone or with members of the household. We can also go to work so long as we don’t need to self-isolate (if our job is on the list of allowed work).
Coronavirus Lockdown Day 1
It was a lovely sunny day and very quiet for West St Helen Street. This is the view from our upstairs window on the first morning of the lockdown.

South and Vale District Council wanted this message shared:
If you have been shopping for neighbours or family members who are vulnerable, elderly or self-isolating, please continue to do so. 

The government says you are allowed to leave your home to provide care or to help a vulnerable person. Just be careful to follow the usual guidance about washing your hands and keeping a safe distance from others.

 Where possible, it is sensible to leave the shopping on the doorstep for them rather than handing it to them directly.

Here are three pictures from our ‘exercise’ walk in the Abbey Gardens and Meadow.
Coronavirus Lockdown Day 1
Coronavirus Lockdown Day 1
Coronavirus Lockdown Day 1

4 Comments March 24, 2020

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