23rd February 2021 Roadmap out of Lockdown published – Looking forward myself to cycling country lanes this Spring – Day 334 since lockdown began in the UK

So we have a ‘Roadmap‘ and although we are not meant to think of dates, it is full of them! Feel free to follow the link for more details but here it is in a nutshell for weddings. One assumes transmission mitigation will still be required as the Roadmap is not so clear on this apart from in schools, with the usual ‘constant review’ phrase being used. Mask wearing, hand washing, two metre social distancing, etc. will still be required perhaps even in Step 4 and many may choose to carry on with this anyway!:

Step 1

6th March – weddings with up to 6 attending and not limited to exceptional circumstances.

STEP 2

12th April – at the earliest – assuming Step 1 does not cause infection problems, weddings and receptions with up to 15 attendees allowed, permitted premises only.

Step 3

17th May – at the earliest – No change from step 2 for weddings, but Christening, bar mitzvahs and other life events also allowed.

Step 4

21st June – at the earliest – No legal limit on life events or social contact.

Feel free to challenge me if I have anything incorrect, happy to update the blog anytime! Expecting a flood of emails from couples changing their dates yet again from this year to next with the uncertainty of dates, dates being provisional on 5 weeks between steps as a minimum to check the reduced lockdown have not led to a surge in cases.

We should frankly be in a better position than this with only the vaccination program a success along with limited financial support for people stopped from working. I will not forget the mess this Johnson led Government has made of this countries response to the pandemic, the numbers of people who have died and suffered, and our livelihoods put in jeopardy or even destroyed.

Onto something more personal and cheerful.

This is the lovely book I was bought for my recent birthday by my son. We love to cycle the country lanes of Cheshire and these routes may help us to spread further afield in Northern England.

Sorry for the delay in posting but we have have been focusing on our cycling whether that is getting out at every opportunity, or Rouvy, and of course yesterdays announcement of the Roadmap.

I received a lovely present for my birthday from my son, ‘Lost Lanes North’ by Jack Thurston. It is well written and reflects our love of the countryside and how a bike can get you into the quiet open spaces and get you fitter at the same time.

Regular blog followers will know we have been exploring the lanes around Chester quite a bit during lockdown and have been finding those quieter spots on our doorstep. Lots of beautiful smaller places around Chester we normally whizz through in the car, or are off the main roads we normally take as we head of to wedding gigs and other events. With the Spring fast approaching we have already enjoyed the early snowdrops and daffodils which crop up on the lane-side. Some are obviously planted, and some seem to be growing wild in the hedgerow and give a spark of unexpected colour beginning to supersede the browns and greys of Winter. I like the Winter for its quiet solemnity and the life secretly dormant beneath the bark and sod. According to Wikipedia: ‘The English word winter comes from the Proto-Germanic noun *wintru-, whose origin is unclear. Several proposals exist, a commonly mentioned one connecting it to the Proto-Indo-European root *wed- ‘water”. So for us in Europe Winter is the wet season. Makes a lot of sense as we have bought a lot of waterproof clothing o get us through this part of the year!

Image taken last spring near the one mile from Chester signpost between Handbridge and Eccleston village.

One thing I am learning is the need to apply hand signals when cycling, and it is not jut for car drivers, the ‘Linnett peloton’ needs to know what I am doing as it is usually me leading on the komoot routes I plan. Below is a video by GNC, the ‘Global Cycling Network, which goes through all the basic signals you need to learn as a cyclist. I also use my trusty bell quite a lot, something many cyclists remove as ‘a bit naff’ but I have found it very useful on routes shared with others, especially pedestrians.

This is a Youtube channel I follow. Lots of good advice here that might avoid some of that road rage cyclists sometimes get!

The reason we chose Rouvy is because two other members of the family can use my subscription free, and the video is more realistic and of real places unlike other more popular virtual cycling apps.

AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE I WILL STAY AT HOME, KEEP THE 2m RULE AND WEAR A FACE MASK

Staying at home! – STILL Protecting the NHS – STILL saving lives

I AM STILL Keeping safe

Stay safe.

Welsh Government’s Guidance on weddings and civil partnerships can be found here:

https://gov.wales/guidance-marriages-and-civil… and the frequently asked questions at: https://gov.wales/coronavirus-regulations-guidance…

To read the current Government guidance on getting married in England please follow this link: COVID-19: Guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships.

You may also want to read the frequently asked questions sections of the guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do.

  1. Housework today.
  2. From ‘Talented’ to ‘Elite’ on Rouvy later. Troubled as always with that word ‘elite’!

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