Through 2020 -
Two things seem to feature largely this year – the weather and the Pandemic.
Weather: After the first two days with sunshine and mid 20’s, cloud, wind and occasional showers and lower temperatures followed for three days, then real barrel-
Nature: With the weather being as it was, as I wrote to a distant friend at the end of the month, ‘the garden doesn’t know what to do with itself, it’s looking better than it’s ever done. Yes onions lifted, potatoes all lifted, broad beans all picked, runner beans and French beans being picked, gooseberries in abundance, rhubarb in abundance, tomatoes going orange every day, couldn’t ask for more.’ It seems like it’s been a perfect June as far as growing things is concerned. Flowers, shrubs & bushes all bursting colour in abundance. Bird life has been changing. A pair of blackbirds have just had their second brood, a large gold finch family has been destroying the peace at regular intervals. a family of seven long-
Nationally: June was a month of restrictions starting to be lifted but the emphasis was briefly taken off the Pandemic by demonstrations against racism:
1st – some primary schools reopen for Reception, year One and year Six.
3rd – a significant increase in sleeping problems reported by Kings College London
6th – Racism: Thousands turn out for continued anti-
7th Racism: statue of 17th century merchant, slave trader, Edward Colston is pulled down by anti-
8th – new arrivals to Britain to self-
9th – plans for all primary children to return to school before summer holidays dropped.
13th – Racism: large opposing protesters clash in London
15th – face coverings on public transport now compulsory
15th – small retailers now allowed to open
19th – alert level reduced from 4 to 3
25th – masses of people descend on beaches in Bournemouth area
25th – hottest day of year recorded
29th – spike in Covid cases in Leicester means a shut-