A house through time is a BBC 2 series which tells the story of an English city through the history of one of its houses. Two previous series, which I very much enjoyed have focused on the northern cities of Newcastle and Liverpool. As I belong to a history walking group and have written on my blog about our walks through Bristol I was excited to discover that the new series which starts this week is set in my home city. I think we all enjoy looking through the keyhole of an old house and imagining what might have happened inside. If you live in an old house as we do, it is fun to try and find out as much as you can about the lives of the people who lived there before you.
It was going to be very different, our government had planned a series of events on May 8th to mark the seventy fifth anniversary of the ending of war in Europe (V.E. day). Local groups were planning street parties, film shows and church parades. The bank holiday had been moved from Monday to Friday so we could celebrate. Instead we are in lockdown and not allowed to visit family or friends. I have noticed a definite change of mood in the last few weeks. Communities have come closer together in these strange times and I think people want to show that life goes on. We also need a bit of fun and a party for the children who have not been able to go to school since the middle of March. Continue reading “Social distancing for V.E. day in Bristol”
It is now the beginning of May and we are still in lock down here in England. I am slowly coming to accept the new normal while mourning my old life. I used to take trips to the shops, the hairdresser or a coffee bar for granted. Now we are only supposed to leave the house for essentials, health reasons exercise or work. Continue reading “The Snuff Mills Community Garden Bristol”
It has been a strange month. Like much of the world we have been in a lockdown because of coronavirus. Despite modern science we are faced with a pandemic without effective drugs, vaccines or treatments. Governments can only advise us to stay at home. In England this means we are only supposed to go out for essential shopping or exercise. To be honest this staycation is getting boring according to my google timeline I travelled a total of nineteen miles in March. Continue reading “Bristol life in a lockdown part two”
It is April 2020 and the country is under lockdown. Luckily we are allowed out for daily exercise and I have been able to spend time exploring the Stoke Park Estate which is in walking distance from my house. The familiar yellow castle which I can see from my bedroom window is one of Bristol’s most familiar landmarks. If you look to the left you can see it from the M32 as you enter the city from the east. Continue reading “The Stoke Park Estate Bristol”