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Roundabout Verwood & Three Legged Cross June 2020

Thursday, May 28th, 2020

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Dear readers,

It’s over 2 months now since the start of lockdown on March 23rd and as Government restrictions are gradually lifted and hopefully, if we can all be patient, we may return to something approaching ‘normal’ in the near future.

If we ever get back to the previous ‘normal’ remains to be seen but we appear to have permanently changed some of the things we do anyway. Many of us have discovered the benefits and extra time that working from home can give us and also shopping less often or online.

Leisure has now become part of our daily lives too, rather than something to squeeze in just at weekends which many have found is another of the bonuses working from home brings. Fortunately the weather has behaved during lockdown and we have had the most glorious April and May enabling us to enjoy many sunny local walks and bike rides which has helped a lot of course!

It’s hard to believe that just a year ago last June we had a week’s holiday in Northumberland which included a much anticipated boat trip to the Farne Islands to see some of the little chaps featured on this issue’s front cover! Just a bit too early though to see any young puffins – or pufflings!

Closer to home you may be very lucky to spot the tiny colony on the Jurassic coast during June.

Hopefully we have now turned the corner and we can all now start to look forward to giving our close friends and family members a hug which I know so many of us have found very strange and very much missed!

 

Roundabout East Dorset Villages June 2020

Thursday, May 28th, 2020

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Dear readers,

I have just realised that all of our June magazine covers feature wings of some kind as a theme and all can in fact be seen this June!

Although the aeroplane featured on the Ringwood cover may not be around for too long and is a visitor only because of the current pandemic as it is delivering much needed NHS equipment to Hurn airport.

You may be lucky enough to spot the other two cover features in June along the Purbeck coast on a visit now we are allowed to go out on day trips. You will probably have to be really lucky to see any of the Purbeck puffins as there is only a tiny colony apparently.

But last June we spotted quite a few of the beautiful iridescent adonis blue butterflies as featured on the East Dorset cover along Peveril Point near Durlston. Which reminded me how much we enjoy the Durlston Castle cafe after a coastal walk and like all of you no doubt, hoping that it won’t be too much longer when all the cafes and tea shops are open again! It just seems that a walk or a bike ride without a reward of a coffee, a cake or a cream tea just isn’t right somehow!

Hopefully we won’t get a second wave of this awful virus as the lockdown is gradually eased.

We have had all sorts of virtual get togethers during the past few months – coffee morning, quiz nights, group chats, even choir practice, but let’s face it – you can’t really beat a good old fashioned hug from your loved ones which we all hope to be able to have very soon!

Roundabout Ringwood June 2020

Thursday, May 28th, 2020

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Dear readers

This issue’s cover photo was taken early one morning in May and features the Airbus that you may have seen regularly delivering NHS equipment from around the world to us via Bournemouth and other UK airports. The aircraft has been cleverly registered as 9H-EAL which is a nice link to its current use. There is also a similar aircraft registered as 9H-NHS!

As you are probably aware we are keen cyclists (my husband mainly!) so to be honest apart from not being able to play tennis, lockdown has given us lots more opportunities for more cycling instead.

And also to experience something strange in the Forest that we rarely hear. Gone was that relentless almost permanent background hum of traffic from the A31, A35 and A338 to be replaced by absolute peace and birdsong – lots of it! Distant cuckoo calls could be heard every time we ventured out and the normally shy deer seemed to find lone cyclists not at all intimidating!

In fact at the beginning of lockdown the Forest was as if it had become a new concept of a National Park for walkers and cyclists only! Now there’s a thought! (Although not if that has to include those awful gung-ho lycra clad sportive riders who might just as well stay at home in their garage on turbo trainers as it must be impossible to enjoy the Forest en masse!)

But lockdown is gradually being eased as I write and it will really be great to finally give our families and close friends a hug very soon, although what the new ‘normal’ will be remains to be seen!