UK Covid-19 cases begin to fall at last and the roll out of the vaccination programme is cranked up….but we brace ourselves for the wrath of storm Christoph. Not what you want to hear on a wet and gloomy January day. No pleasant urban walk between meetings today as I nurse an incredibly painful eye infection. So what are the wins today? My coffee order arrived care of a lovely hard working gentleman. Such deliveries help keep the economy going and brighten otherwise dismal days.
Today’s urban walk began and finished at Seaton in Seaham going down to Dalden area on the way to Seaham Harbour. We came across ruins of Dalden Tower https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1020292. The remains date to 1320 and are linked with the famous Bowes family. The lockdown really forces us to discover our locality. Apparently excavation carried out in 1965 and 20 years later revealed that the Manor House was much older than the tower added later. Would have been wonderful to see it in its former glory.
Only 2nd week in 2021 but the UK continues to lose in excess of 1000 precious lives a day. Hope that the vaccination programme has an impact soon. Mental health issues are immense at the moment here yet sadly very little tangible support is available. My opportunity for improvement today I guess was brought about by my daughter who has had to confront an extremely black phase of depression and anxiety. She beach combed at Seaham in County Durham and found some gorgeous sea glass. A huge reminder that nature will still bring amazing gifts despite the current catastrophe. We all must hang onto that thought. We are lucky to be here and this thing will go. We’re a day nearer already to better times.
Meet Tommy, Seaham campaigned vigorously to keep this stunning tribute to heroism in place at the sea front.
Remember every single day brings an opportunity for improvement.
Introducing Ruby isn’t she a breath of fresh air in these troubled times? Its a long story how she came into our lives but honestly she always appears when people need help. She stayed with a neighbour when he lost his wife. She visited us today like she knew our daughter was having a particularly bad time with her mental health. Just seeing her cuddled up on the sofa seems to melt away the worries.
The UK lost over 1300 people today due to this dreadful disease. It is suggested that individuals flouting the rules have blood on their hands. Kind of a convenient deflection of government’s responsibility really. For goodness sake we are an island how come we haven’t had a quarantine system for overseas arrivals even at the height of the first wave. I don’t know the answers only that its heartbreakingly wrong.
Sadly the dreadful #Covid-19 outbreak has impacted unimaginably on world travel and life itself. The world so needs a shining light as we come to terms with this new existence. I imagine that once local hostelries start to get going I will concentrate on using these and therefore supporting my local economy will be a priority. But the world needs a co-operative spirit so that we can help one another to reach new understandings. Perhaps that is our tomorrow maybe the #starofbethlehem timely visit can guide us all as we move towards a different future.
Travelling wise is to be prepared – I always research locations before venturing into them, to check entry requirements and current government advice etc. Given the pandemic the travel advice changes constantly. I hope to share more insights as the situation constantly evolves. I still take note of review sites although you do sometimes need to remain sceptical, and be aware of rogue reviews or even those that are overly wax-lyrical. I believe that discovering new horizons and learning from different cultures has broadened my life experience in a positive way. I hope that sharing these with you will be entertaining, and perhaps enlightening. I also consider that closer to home places are just as important to visit – there are some beautiful places in the UK and Europe that I have begun to cover – many more pages will follow when time permits. Cornwall at Easter 2019 was stunning, and the weather amazing.
If USA road trips float your boat, I have now written about several of these in the USA section (from American Civil War sites to the Wild West) – as well as an extra special City trip to New York last year. I have also been fortunate enough to venture into several Asian countries, to date I have written about Japan, Singapore, China and Uzbekistan – please click on the Asia section for details.
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