March 2020 Update

Water house

Well, what can I say? These are undoubtedly extraordinary times!

With no news on a date for my operation, which was meant to be happening in March. And no more light therapy, I was planning to go to France. That way if a date came through and I needed to be home quickly it wouldn’t be a problem!

But first I was going to the Isle of Wight, as you may remember from last months update, Grange Farm had opened up. Unfortunately, the weather was still atrocious, with strong winds and heavy rain! Not a problem, although I can’t go at the moment, I’ll go in a week or two’s time. After all, it’s only the start of the season, and they’ll be plenty of other opportunities to go!?! (or maybe not!)

Graylingwell Chapel, Chichester
Things Soon Changed

Vicky (my daughter) and her family were meant to be going to Spain, so I was on cat sitting duty! Thankfully, though they didn’t go, as the country got locked down and all flights were cancelled, because of the Coved-19 infection! Now, with no cat sitting duties and no appointments, I thought I’d getaway.

France was my first choice, the weather looked slightly better there, unfortunately, or rather, fortunately, as it turned out, I couldn’t get a sailing! Things in France were deteriorating fast, with hotels and restaurants being ordered to shut! And soon all ferry crossings were suspended!

I thought about going to the Isle of Wight but decided that wasn’t a good idea either!

Now we are in full lockdown and only able to go out for food shopping, medical supplies and exercise once a day while observing social distancing! That’s fine by me, I’ve always been good at social distancing! Exercising once a day is also okay, they never said for how long or how far! And being out on the bike it’s easy to avoid any social contact! But now there seems to be a rule about how long and how far you go for exercise! In light of this new rule, I’ve taken to cycle touring around the garden!

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Once again, I came to the aid of an old lady who had fallen over! I was cycling through the village when I spotted her crouched on the floor. After helping her up, she said that she had misjudged the kerb and had tripped over! She’d recently had knee surgery, and was unable to get up on her own. After sitting her down on a bench, and talking with her for a while, she said she was fine to continue, and her car wasn’t far away. Deja vu or what!!

With this lockdown, I’ve been keeping in contact with family and friends via the internet. Although that didn’t go too well with Indya when I pressed some filter on my phone!

Man and baby
Indya wasn’t impressed

Unable or rather not allowed to go to the supermarkets! I’ve been banned by Vicky and Julie; apparently, I’m in the “vulnerable group!” So they’ve been bringing me food parcels, although I’ve now managed to get an online delivery from the supermarket, for next week at least! I’m sure I won’t starve, I have a freezer full of stuff. And if there’s one thing you soon learn when travelling it’s, make do with whatever is available!

As for my operation, who knows when that’ll happen! But that’s the least of anybody’s worries, there are far more important things going on in the hospitals at the moment! And a final word to anybody that knows or follows me, I wish you all well, stay safe and most importantly, be kind!

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Odd Photos Taken In February 2020


Odd photos Garry has taken in February. Some have appeared on the website, others on Garry’s social media platforms, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

Despite the lousy weather Garry still managed to get out on a couple of rides, to Brighton and Littlehampton, and, of course, he took plenty of photographs.

Many of the photos this month are of the sea! Garry’s been trying to get that perfect shot of the waves crashing over the prom.

Other photos this month are more of Garry’s culinary efforts in the kitchen! There are also some unseen photos from previous tours.


February 2020 Update


Well, that’s February out of the way, and winter over and done with! Well maybe not fully, but Spring is hopefully just around the corner! The days are getting longer, campsites are starting to open, and I’ve only got one more session of light therapy! We just need to get rid of the bad weather, which we seem to have been having for months now!

Swan in water
Swan on the boating lake in Littlehampton

The beginning of the month was good, we had some calm weather! Which I made the most of by going out for a few rides, only locally, but at least I managed to get out! It was definitely the calm before the storm though, as Storm Ciara hit, quickly followed by Storm Dennis! And it’s remained unsettled for the rest of the month!

I was hoping to be camping on the Isle of Wight this weekend (the last weekend of February.) Grange farm campsite has opened up for the season, but with storm, storm Jorge, I thought twice about it! After all, it’s not as if I’ve not been there before!

Pier sea
The old West Pier, Brighton

I’ve continued my light therapy throughout February, which has been steadily reducing, from three times a week, to two and now just once a week. And as mentioned earlier, I only have one more session to go! Those three months have certainly gone very quickly! ! Not too sure it’s made any difference, which is a bit disappointing. But at least I got a nice tan, and it was worth a try!

I think I may have had a mild dose of flu, as I really didn’t feel too good and was running a temperature for week or two, so I was a good boy and kept away from everyone, especially Indya! (And no it wasn’t Covid-19!)

Garry was running a temperature

There’s no news on a date for my hip surgery, making it look less likely that it’ll happen in March, but you never know! The other problem now is that Covid-19 which could clog up the hospitals! But every cloud has a silver lining, no operation means I might be able to go away somewhere! That’s if this weather ever improves!

Trying to get that one good photo
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With all the strong winds, it’s made for some pretty spectacular seas! Which I’ve enjoyed watching, and have been down to the seafront most days. In the hope of getting that one good photo, which I never really managed, but at least it kept me occupied and out of trouble!

Apart from the rides at the beginning of the month. Trying to get that one good photo, and my visits to therapy, I’ve spent a lot of time in the kitchen, cooking more Asian meals. And have spent more time walking rather than cycling!

Chinese crispy pork belly