23rd March 2021 National Reflection of the year past – Day 365 since lockdown began in the UK

A genuine outpouring of grief for the lost 126,000 cannot be wrong. People will show that grief as they remember all those lost lives and the pain of missing them. That is part of the moving on, but the reflection will not end here, it must not end here.

Spent some time in graveyards recently resting on the provided and much appreciated benches, and reflecting on life and death. A dramatic and strongly coloured winter sky from St. Peter’s, Waverton.

We all want to move on, but there is not just a lot of sorrow but also a lot of anger. For many in Government such days of reflection are a possible deflection from actually learning the lessons of the past year. Gesture politics is a particular forte of this Government, using real feeling about an issue and wanting to express those feelings publicly, with avoidance of taking action. This includes clapping for the NHS workers and care workers and not giving them due recompense with a well deserved significant pay rise. It is also true of the calls for a Public Enquiry. If this Government has truly done ‘everything in its power’ to reduce the loss of life then they should not be afraid to be seriously questioned about the facts, after all Government is about accountability.

Interest in wedding photography is now returning as a part of our lives and that has given me something else to do apart from blog. I have also persisted with the cycling both outside and indoors and have got fitter and lost a bit of weight. Still think of myself as ‘the fat lad at the back’ but it has been great fun cycling with the family and even racing on Rouvy.

Taken at the Grosvenor Pulford, a wedding venue just south of Chester. Looking forward to returning there to capture more intimate moments of joy!
Shy bride and stunning pictures
I do not worry when a bride says she does not want many pictures because she think she is very photogenic, i generally encourage them with a few words and we end up with stunning pictures. Taken at Doubletree by Hilton in Chester.

We have also had our first vaccination for coronavirus, thank you NHS. Looking forward to the next instalment.

As was par for the course the Government was not clear about venues which were eligible to start offering weddings, so some have had to postpone yet again. Oona and I are both looking forward to getting back into it and I have a number of social distanced outdoor engagement shoot comes up. I am offering a free engagement shoots with every retainer paid booking.

Engagement shoot image by richard linnett photography
‘Discussing the future’. I like this far away look shot taken with them sitting on the Handbridge side of the river with the suspension bridge in the background.

The engagement shoot is a great chance to firm up the rapport that is usually already growing as a result of the initial meeting which I am currently doing on Skype or Zoom.

STILL!

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.

And in other personal news:

  1. Slow cooked Moroccan stew for dinner, gives me time to blog and Rouvy.
  2. I am now ‘Elite’ on Rouvy. This level promises a lot of ‘up hill’ cycling, great, bring it on!

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