Happy New Year 2021

Goodbye 2020: A year spent mainly in lockdown. Welcome 2021: Will our lives return to normal and can we meet family and friends again?

Happy New year I hope the road ahead is not too bumpy

Goodbye and good riddance 2020. Here in South West England,  We have spent much of the year since March in lockdown and although we have been luckier than many people I have missed seeing family and friends. I realise how much I used to take for  granted, the ability to catch a bus when I wanted, to go into a coffee bar or the local library.  Slowly we got used to queueing for every thing, to wearing masks in shops to keeping our distance and washing our hands.  There are a lot of familiar faces who have been missing from our streets for months and I hope that they are merely shielding. A few years ago as a nurse I would have been on the frontline rather than watching from my sofa and that makes me feel guilty and rather useless.

Reasons to be cheerful

Well what can we expect from 2021?

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I think that there are reasons to be cheerful, the Oxford vaccine was aproved today and the Pfizer vaccine is already being given to the more vulnerable, the over 80’s and care home residents.

My family are all well. My daughter tested positive in November but recovered quickly. A couple of my former colleagues ended up in hospital with breathing difficulties but luckily survived.

Like many others I have learnt to appreciate the local parks and have enjoyed watching the wide variety of birds that visit a local lake. A rare albino mallard duckling became a local celebrity.

The words of the Robert Burns song that is traditionally sung at midnight on New Year’s eve seem even more apt this year when we are not allowed to meet up with family and friends.

Tenors sing Auld lang syne

Well how was your year? Are you making any resolutions?

Author: Anne Fraser @theplatinumline.blog

I am a retired nurse from Bristol. I am married with five grown up children, two grandchildren, a boy and a girl and two cats Heidi and Tilly. I like rambling, history and travel and I am hoping to connect with other people around the world who share my interests. I am especially keen to hear from other older bloggers.

8 thoughts on “Happy New Year 2021”

      1. Thanks for visiting. I think getting in touch with people from around the world is the best part of blogging.

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  1. Oh Anne, it makes me so sad to think you feel rather guilty and useless that you’re not on the front line. I can see where you’re coming from but I wish you didn’t feel like that. You make a difference when you were a nurse and now it’s someone else’s turn to do that role. You just focus on getting through all of this safely.

    I’m glad you’ve found some things to be grateful for, some silver linings to this rather awful year. I really hope the government doesn’t screw everyone over with the Pfizer vaccine. Have you heard about them wanting to give the second dose after 3 months rather than 3 weeks, rendering it pretty much pointless just so they can improve the stats and say they’ve injected more people? These things make me so angry, when the vaccines should be a sign of hope and something that can help to return us to ‘normal’ life again.

    Anyway, I’m glad your daughter is well and that your former colleagues are out of the woods. I’m also grateful that my parents are safe and well, even though they’re going stir crazy since shielding from March onwards. Here’s to hoping for a brighter – preferably Covid-free – New Year! Sending my very best wishes to you & yours, Anne 🎉

    Caz xx

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  2. I’ve had a similar experience with COVID as you, Anne. I’ve missed traveling and easy visiting with family and friends. My youngest daughter’s whole family was ill with COVID, but none had serious complications and all are fully recovered. We all kept our jobs, and so we feel quite lucky–though I have to remind myself of that on occasion. Vaccination has started in my community, as well, beginning with the most vulnerable and those most at risk of contracting the virus. One of my sisters, a nurse, has received her first vaccination. Another sister, an aide in elementary school, is scheduled to receive hers this Friday. Here’s hoping we are on our way to putting COVID in the rearview mirror and moving on through a less bumpy 2021!

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    1. My husband has had his first vaccine as he is over 80 but I am likely to have to wait for mine. We are still in a strict lockdown which is quite depressing.

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