Coronavirus โ€“ 300 Days later ๐Ÿ˜ท

It’s Sunday, the 17th January and we’re 300 days into the official announcement of the pandemic. When I wrote my initial post about the first 100 days of Coronavirus back in June last year, I assumed (and hoped!) it would be a one-off… …then in October, 200 days in, I found myself penning another, wondering …
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Website Makeover (2021)

Yes, it’s that time again! An opportunity to refresh the look and feel of my personal website – StevePalmer.com. With ‘you-know-what‘ giving many of us plenty of time on our hands at the moment, it’s been the perfect opportunity to pick up some new knowledge and skills! ๐Ÿ™‚ In truth, I could have left it …
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Return to The Palmichael (2020)

It felt almost like a return to normality tonight, as we took the short drive to The Palmichael joining David and Valerie to celebrate a recent birthday. The last time we were there was for Janet’s retirement ‘do’ back in March 2018ย and a lot has happened to restaurants since then โ€” especially since Coronavirus restrictions …
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Tiers for Fears

At just after 11.30 this morning, the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock announced from the House of Commons which-areas-were-in-which-tier. Unfortunately, just before the announcement, the Government website that listed the tier-breakdown in more detail buckled under the sheer volume of people all trying to type in their post-code! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ These new restrictions kick-in next week – …
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Holiday: Devon in Seven! (Day 2)

Just when you create a title for your blog-post that works perfectly, along comes something to ruin it! ๐Ÿ˜ฅ. After BoJo’s announcement last night, it looks like ‘Lockdown 2.0’ will require us to pack up early here in Totnes, and return home on Wednesday! – two days short!! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ “Devon in Seven!“ – now, what …
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Holiday: Devon in Seven! (Day 1)

With our foreign holiday plans in tatters (for this year at least) due to you-know-what, we’re still travelling, but instead, we’re staying closer to home and re-discovering the UK. Recently, we spent a brilliant time in Scotland and for this latest trip, we’re the opposite end of the country – in Devon. But first we …
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Tiers Before Bedtime!

As the second spike of this dreaded Coronavirus continues to take hold, today, the Government spoke to the nation. In what turned out to be one of those typically ‘worst kept secrets’ (the media was headlining it all three days ago!) the State announced a ‘tiered system of restrictions’ – in reality, a revised set …
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Coronavirus – 200 Days and Counting! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Crikey, I can’t believe we’re now 200 days into the pandemic! When I wrote about this after (just!) 100 days, I don’t think anyone imagined we’d still be trying to cope with the reality of the coronavirus nearly 7 months on!! In fact, as I type, it looks like things are going to get worse …
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Holiday: Scotland โ€“ Day 8, Seven Days a Highlander!

Well, we’ve just spent the past seven days in Scotland. The first half was a bit ‘off the beaten track’ with friends in Gartly, Aberdeenshire and then we drove to Inverness’s largest hotel – The Kingsmills – for the remainder. Not sure if that makes me a (temporary) ‘Highlander’ or not!? ๐Ÿค” Although we’ve been …
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