Welcome Dear Friends.
Here we are, November is upon us, the eleventh month of a very different year. The clocks have gone back an hour and Winter has set foot on the doorstep.
November 2020, the month that celebrates the topaz and chrysanthemums; and, sees Scorpions and some Sagittarians enjoy their birthdays. Happy Birthday Folks!
Instead of looking back; eyes now ponder over what the Christmas festivities might be like this year. Certainly a very different one I guess.
Thus wears the month along, in checker’d moods,
Sunshine and shadows, tempests loud, and calms;
One hour dies silent o’er the sleepy woods,
The next wakes loud with unexpected storms;
John Clare (The Shepherd’s Calendar)
With the spike in Covid-19 infections and deaths; November has seen us, here, go back into a national lockdown again for two weeks; with similar restrictions predicted for the beginning of 2021.
Fortunately we are able to continue to move within our own area; go shopping for essential goods only; collect medications; exercise outdoors; but, no one is able to cross in or out of district boundaries. The only exceptions being for going to work; making a compassionate visit to a loved one; to provide care or a valid “reasonable excuse”.
We can no longer meet with people from other households indoors. Extended households are allowed and overnight stays are banned too; and, we can only meet no more than five others outdoors. It has become mandatory to wear a face covering in shops; all public spaces and all public transport.
These are dangerous times for everyone; one persons cough could mean another persons serious illness or even death.
Thankfully I will be able to continue to venture forth, locally, bearing camera: sketch pad: sanitiser gel: mask: protective gloves and maintaining social distancing (2 metres). However the vagaries of our Winter weather put increased limitations upon these ventures into the outside world.
I would like to express a special note of appreciation to all of you who visit, follow and read my blog.
I also extend a very warm welcome to all new visitors, readers and followers.
To those many writers I follow; an apology for not spending more time visiting and reading your valued blogs. There are so many artists, photographers, poets and writers with such beautiful and interesting blogs; and, so many new exciting emerging bloggers.
I wish that I could read every single one. I am finding it ever increasingly difficult to pay each of you regular visits; this is something that continues to bother me. I trust you all understand the dilemma faced.
I take this opportunity to say to you all;
“Happy November; and many thanks for following Art, Photography, Poetry. I truly appreciate the visits: the follows: the reads: and, all your positive comments. I am extremely grateful for your valued and continued generous support; thank you everyone.”
During these difficult times; Stay Well: Stay Safe: Stay Smiling.