Today was another day of blue skies and summer heat. Hoover Bags have a prominent position at the Monday Market in Abingdon.
An ambulance had blocked a FedEx Lorry. Life-saving was making commerce wait – like during the lockdown.
This evening was warm and muggy. I went for a walk and became aware of the bright clouds and silhouettes as I passed the railings near Waitrose.
I started taking pictures of silhouettes – including this silhouetted tree without leaves in the Albert Park.
Another tree had an early autumnal look because of the heat.
It led me to my final silhouette down Spring Road by the cemetery.
The sky bloomed orange for some time after that.
Temperature went above 31 C as an alert was put in place telling people to take extra care in the sun.
I wonder about the risks of swimming in the River Thames. But I do know that not swallowing water reduces the risks of getting Weil’s disease.
It was a lovely sunny day. Whether that will help stop the spread of the Coronavirus no longer seems sure. The southern states of the USA, and Mexico and Brazil are still experiencing a rise in cases, and they get a lot of sun.
Government advice about bubbles, and numbers of people in groups, and whether you can hug people and go indoors with them is becoming very confusing, and changing by the day, and so we are better to stay alert. We, and not the government, are responsible for our own health.
W H Smiths re-opened today in Abingdon. A lot more businesses including pubs and restaurants and hairdressers can open from July 4th. However tattoo shops, nail and beauty salons, and gyms still have to wait for their go ahead.
Nail salons and tattoo shops were wearing PPE before the rest of us. It is ironic that they are at the end of the queue.
We went for a walk on Monday evening, and I took a picture of Abingdon Bridge. There was sunshine behind and dark clouds ahead. North Abingdon had a downpour, and South Abingdon got little or no rain.
On the walk we saw that Fabulous Flowers were set to reopen on Tuesday with a flower display over the door.
Parking rules must be tightening up again. On Lombard Street, all the parked cars had a Police Notice stuck to the windscreen.
Waitrose were handing out umbrellas for people in the queue. At the very end of April, the month is trying to make up for all the missing April Showers with one downpour .
With the shopping I got an Abingdon Herald. On page 22 is a message from the editor.The Herald has been hit hard by the lockdown in sales and advertising revenue. During the next six weeks they offer free delivery.
For May Morning (Friday, 1st May), Rotary Abingdon planned to have a choir singing on top of the Abingdon County Hall and a May Pole in the Market Place. This is postponed until 2021.
The large event in Oxford, that attracts thousand of people, has also been cancelled. However Oxford are having a virtual May Morning. People can join in by tagging their own social media posts with #MayMorning .
From 6am on May Morning you can see a Virtual May Morning live stream featuring: The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford Horns of Plenty, Oxford University Morris Dancers, John Otway, and many more. The Choir of Magdalen College have recorded their parts individually, and through modern technology will be singing together. I don’t know how the Morris Dancers will dance together while apart.
Since the introduction of GDPR many regional USA websites have closed access to the UK saying ‘We recognize you are attempting to access this website from a country belonging to the European Economic Area (EEA) including the EU which enforces the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and therefore access cannot be granted at this time.’
So it is not quite so easy to stay up to date with what is happening in Abingdon, Virginia. I have found the following news about the recent storms and floods and coronavirus pandemic from 2 days ago …
Mon April 13th 2020
Washington County, Virginia. is under a state of emergency due to severe storm damage, and widespread flooding.
Fire crews were conducting a water rescue on Woodby Lane in Abingdon on Monday morning after flooding in the area caused residents to evacuate.
Residents of apartments on Henderson Court in Abingdon, Virginia were evacuated after overnight rains caused flooding in the area.
Mon April 13th 2020
As part of efforts to ensure the wellbeing of the community, the Town of Abingdon will be closing its offices.
All playground facilities and pavilions with picnic tables are not available for the time being due to the coronavirus concerns. Outdoor pavilion reservations for sites owned by the Town are discontinued.
Other parks that are public are staying open with normal operating conditions as long as visitors follow proper social distancing guidelines.
An Abingdon glass company is supplying several hospitals in the region with an extra layer of protection from the coronavirus. Leann Meadows, owner and operator of Highlands Glass Co., said when she opened her residential and commercial business more than 10 years ago, she never dreamed she would be helping to save lives one day.