Week 161

Friday 2nd April 2021 to Thursday 8th April 2021

The weather has been dry and occasionally sunny so I’ve been tramping the lanes, fields and footpaths of Surrey a lot lately and as well as shifting a bit of lockdown weight it’s been great to watch as Spring gathers speed…

The pond at Godstone

it wouldn’t be spring without the Primroses

or the Wood Anemones

or Daisies

Belted Gallowayย cattle on Colley Hill

Speedwell down amongst the meadow grass

Purple Deadnettle

the sand of Buckland meets the chalk of the North Downs

Blackthorn – flowers before leaves…

Hawthorn – leaves before flowers

Coal-tax post on the North Downs

wild Damson flower

Pulmonari – Soldiers & Sailors

Buckland Pond with a towered barn and a Union Jack

Cuckoo Flowers

Grape Hyacinth

Leigh Mill Pond near Godstone

Alkanet

Great Horsetail – not so great if it’s in your garden!

Shag Brook near Wonham Mill

Non-essential shops and cafรฉs open up on Monday and I’m looking forward to a pint and a pastie ๐Ÿ˜€

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Week 160

Friday 26th March 2021 to Thursday 1st April 2021

A wet and cold start to the week but the sun came out for UnLockdown Day!

We had a trip to Brighton ๐Ÿ˜€

A nice walk along the front

the remains of the West Pier

It’s just great to get out of Reigate!

the i360 parked at the top

It wasn’t busy at all…

the birdcage

We had lunch from a chippy on the beach ๐Ÿ˜€

fabulous curry and chips from the Regency 5/5

Obviously we couldn’t go to the seaside and not have an ice cream

it had to be chocolate!

Can’t wait for the shops and cafรฉs to open on 12th April ๐Ÿ˜€

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Week 159

Friday 19th March 2021 to Thursday 25th March 2021

Last week of the lockdown and I can’t wait to get out and about ๐Ÿ˜€

not much happening in Reigate

The weather has been dry so I’ve had a few nice local walks

the windmill on the golf course

sunset over the lake

Tuesday was a year on from the 1st lockdown. I think the kindest thing I can say about Boris is that he means well, 4/10. As for Matt Hancock, he strikes me as a man who finds it difficult to find his own arsehole most mornings, 0/10.

I think that’s BSL for ‘buffoon’

 

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Week 158

Friday 12th March 2021 to Thursday 18th March 2021

A cold and wet week.

going for a walk was a little challenging

But the flora says spring is on its way!

Cherry blossom

Sunday I had a quick trip up to Manchester to drop Lily off; bored of Reigate she wants to see the bright lights!

Manchester has changed a lot since I was a boy

What on earth are they up to in Europe with this vaccine? First they take months to sign a contract, then they are surprised they are at the back of the queue, then they won’t use it cause it’s no good, then they have a 3rd wave so decide it is good after all!

I think anyone whose booked a summer holiday in Europe is going to be disappointed. I am not too confident we’ll get away in October; it’s a complete cake and arse party.

 

 

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Week 157

Friday 5th March 2021 to Thursday 11th March 2021

The week started off cold and grim.

We only had oneย  day of decent weather

But things weren’t all bad…

there was a great day for Manchester United…

and a great day for Britain

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Week 156

Friday 26th February 2021 to Thursday 4th March 2021

A cracking start to the week weatherwise so I had a lovely walk up Boxhill.

The Sussex Weald from the viewing point at Boxhill

The week got better when I got my COVID vaccination invite ๐Ÿ˜€

The British one too, no of your foreign muck!

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Week 155

Friday 19th February 2021 to Thursday 25th February 2021

Nelly is back home!

Since last June starting Nelly has been a bit of a hit and miss affair. More miss than hit lately. The RAC man thought it was the battery and replaced it twice. It turned out the solenoid was physically lose.

100% ready for lockdown to be lifted

Boris has spoken and he says the stay at home law will end on 29th March and probably from the 12th April pubs and restaurants with outdoor tables can open ๐Ÿ˜€

So it looks like Devon & Cornwall in June & July is on ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

Cfor’s still taking lockdown in his stride

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Week 153

Friday 5th February 2021 to Thursday 11th February 2021

The week started off lovely and bright and I even had a ride on Zippy ๐Ÿ˜€

Snowdrops

but by Sunday it was bloody freezing again with a bitter wind as storm Darcy swept in.

Then the snow came…

turns out Snowdrops don’t really like the snow

poor Zippy

Cfor doesn’t worry about the snow

he takes it all in his stride

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Week 152

Friday 29th January 2021 to Thursday 4th February 2021

Week god knows what of this lockdown and the weather is wet wet wet! I’m so bored I’m doing DIY…

Lockdown fever

Meanwhile in the woods…

the bluebells have got their boots on

The EU vaccine fiasco goes from bad to worse, now they want to buy some Russian vaccine! What an utter shambles. If they don’t sort themselves out PDQ then I think our chances of getting over to Europe this year will be very slim. I’ve booked a couple of months in Devon & Cornwall starting at the end of May, we should be out of lockdown by then.

Boris has had the pair of them ๐Ÿ˜€

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Week 151

Friday 22nd January 2021 to Thursday 28th January 2021

A beautiful start to the week…

The first blue skies in weeks

But they didn’t last long…

stopping by the woods

With the EU cocking up their COVID vaccine orders it looks highly unlikely we’ll get to Europe any time this year ๐Ÿ™ Hopefully once all the old & infirm have been vaccinated here they’ll start opening businesses up and we can spend a month of two enjoying the Cornish rain!

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