Life in Bengeo in Covid-19 Times, Part 3

Geoff Cordingley

An elder tree in flower on the lower path through Ware Park
Geoff Cordingley
A Cyprus tree on the lower path through Ware Park
Geoff Cordingley
Blossom on the lower path through Ware Park
Geoff Cordingley
Blossom on the lower path through Ware Park
Geoff Cordingley

After three months I have finally managed to play tennis!  Early morning it looked unlikely but we decided to play unless there was heavy rain.  Our optimism was rewarded as it did not rain whilst we were playing and the temperature was just right.  It seemed strange after such a long lay-off but not only was the physical exercise enjoyable, it was great to be out on the common amid the trees and the birds.  Well I had to imagine the birds as three of our courts are being resurfaced and there was a noisy machine flattening the tarmac!

Today it was back to my circular walk through Ware Park.  This has been a good discipline which I will continue on days I am not playing tennis.  It gets me motivated and , sets me up for the day.  Otherwise the temptation would be to sit around in my pyjamas reading and not getting “into the day.”

These times are even stranger with Dominic Cummings, Boris Johnson’s chief advisor, being allowed to get away with taking his family 200 miles to Durham during lockdown.  Then he drove to Barnard Castle, nearly 30 miles from Durham, apparently to test his eyesight!!  It seems that the mantra is “Do as I say not as I do.”

Then an American policeman chokes a black man to death for no good reason with three other officers standing around watching!  At least someone videoed it and the officers have been arrested!  Hopefully they will be found guilty. This has started a whole re-assessment of the treatment of non-white people in USA and UK.  Now a statue of Edward Colston, a slave trader, has been pulled down ad throw in the river in Bristol.  This has started a movement to remove all statues of people associated with the slave trade or oppression in Africa, e.g. Cecil Rhodes in Oxford.  Perhaps it will all lead to people being more respectful of each other.  We can but hope.

This page was added on 11/06/2020.

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