I’ll not forget the morning of 4th March 2021, driving to St Christopher’s Church in Hazelmere to receive my first COVID-19 vaccination. I knew it would be another couple of weeks for the vaccine protection to be significant.
The relief was immense, immediate, and tainted with some level of guilt (that I am now covered but others are not yet so lucky).
By the middle of the month the number of daily COVID-19 deaths in the UK had fallen below 100 for the first time since October.
At 12noon, on 23rd March, people of the UK took a minute’s silence to look back and to remember the 126,172 people who have died from the virus since the beginning of lockdown.
The schools have been re-opened to children in the past couple of weeks (after two-months of home / online education).
Incredibly, the UK vaccination programme set a record this month of administering just under 850,000 vaccinations in one day!
Today (30th March) the ONS reported that half of people in the UK now have the required level of antibodies to protect them against against the virus, either through infection or vaccination.
Compared to the end of last month, it’s like I’m observing the world through different lens now. There is rennewed optimism and a sense that society is beginning to turn the COVID crisis around.
The weather annd climate channge:
During the past winter I’ve spent much more time outdoors than I’ve ever done in previous years. I’ve been getting more walks with the dog this year than ever before adn working in the garden has been a particular priority. The past few weekends have I’ve been focussed on tidying up and seeding the area that I landscaped in the autumn. Over the past few weeks I’ve thinking about when to plant the veg-patch. A by-product of the kids getting older, leaving home and taking on other responsibilities is that I can find time to indulge in these activities.
Increased exposure to the elements and the great-outdoors has drawn my mind increasingly towards climate change again as I’ve been feeling the effects of slightly unusual weather patterns through-out the year: This month, for instance, it started off really cold with a rainfall that was well below average for this time of year. In fact we’ve had so little rain that I’ve been watering all the trees that we planted in the autumn as the ground was way too dry and they were all struggling to survive. Last week we experienced the second warmest March day on record, with temperatures of 24.5 °C (76.1 °F) in Kew Gardens (the highest since 1968).