Monday 31 August 2020

A Photo a Day 2020 #244

August: a Roundup


So my words have been few this month. My quality of photography has been mixed. It's been an odd one. Perhaps the theme has been an apt one. The school 'holidays' have gone by quick and reality looms as we return tomorrow to a situation where we get ill all the time anyway, let alone with Covid on the loose. Anyway, the less thinking on that matter the better for now.

August has been hot and largely relaxing. Time has been spent in slightly questionable ways, but there's always an argument for watching horror films with your cat at your feet in bed. Other than that, it's been good to see family and just not work. Also, the gym has been a blessing and I hope they continue to stay open because for many people it keeps the mind healthy, let alone the body.

I have no idea what tomorrow's 'September' theme will be. We'll see. 

Saturday 15 August 2020

A Photo a Day 2020 #228

For reference: Topshop Jamie Jeans, well-loved and nice and roomy for my fluctuating carcass.

I ripped these off in the heat today even though it is overcast, after a walk about town I was straight back into shorts when back home.

Sunday 9 August 2020

A Photo a Day 2020 #222

A shot taken when the sun was dropping in the evening recently on a walk. It looked incredible and this was the most vivid and contrasting shot of all I took.

Wednesday 5 August 2020

A Photo a Day 2020 #218

Day one of lockdown documented here in a photo taken on a walk into a weird and sober world. It was quiet, but it felt good to finally feel less guilty for having to quarantine from work as a preemptive measure. Who knows if we had the virus as we have never been tested, but as someone in the household had a cough and I had cold symptoms (like I have all around the year working around lots of germy kids), we were told to not come in. 

This day was a relief because we were all now in the same boat, not isolated from normality as before. 

Tuesday 4 August 2020

A Photo a Day 2020 #217

This is my favourite building in Fareham to photograph and I've discussed it in previous posts which you can see below. I caught the sky looking rather tempestuous on an evening stroll which kind of makes the building look a bit 80s in a a very pleasing 'Ghostbusters' sort of way! 

Monday 3 August 2020

Saturday 1 August 2020

A Photo a Day 2020 #214

This was taken when lockdown was in full swing back in April. I have quite a few beautiful nature shots under the new theme of 'Shades of Blue' which were taken at the start of lockdown when we were venturing into the countryside more to get our quota (and a bit) of exercise. It kept us sane.

Now we have the gyms back (but for how long?) It may be that at some point we have forms of lockdown imposed again. Today there is the suggestion that pubs will have to close for schools to open-- not a hardship for those of us who aren't regulars, but for publicans and booze hounds, not ideal. People being in denial is great for the short term, but we have to mentally prepare for things to get worse again (and if this doesn't happen, marvelous, I'm happy to be one of the miserable, cynical folk).

Yesterday our water cut out and we faced a day of no washing or drinking facilities. We had a few bottles of H2O stored in our fridge that we salvaged from a barely running tap before we lost all supply. I took a shower in the gym (thank God it was finally open at this time!) Water became a precious commodity and we didn't know how long it would take to fix it. Today, we feel like the luckiest people ever. The supply came back and with better pressure than we've been able to get for a while. 

We all covet the lifestyle we were accustomed to and certain things will hit us more personally. For you it might be having a holiday abroad, others may have lost income or struggle now even more than they already did. Looking at my 'lockdown' photos from a just a few months back take me back to a time when, for one moment, we kind of felt a bit more united. I need to hold on to what is important as the down days come and we still wonder what the future really holds.