The last few weeks have been weeks of frustrated plans and learning to adapt to the changing circumstances and unexpected stuff life throws up.
We flew back to the UK mid February. As you may recall from our last post we welcomed our grand daughter in to the world on the 20th February. We planned to stay until the 4th March but sadly Graham’s Mother passed away on the 3rd March so we delayed our return. We are grateful that we were in England at the time and were able to see her during her last few days.
Once arrangements had been made for her funeral and thanksgiving we rescheduled our return for 25th March but now with the current Corona Virus pandemic impacting both the UK and Portugal this flight has been cancelled by Ryanair. Portugal has also declared a state of emergency, the marina is closed and no boats are allowed in or out. We have reluctantly accepted that the best thing for us to do is stay in England. We will be staying in Southend for the next few weeks as we see how this crises develops.
The latest NavTex warning fromPortugal is quite severe. I really don’t think they want us there.
Southend was Graham’s childhood home and he has enjoyed visiting some of the places he knew as a child. There are interesting things to be seen wherever you are in the world. Below are a few pictures of Leigh and Southend including a picture of Graham’s Grand Father’s flat and the park he remembers his grandmother visiting in her wheelchair.
In the next few weeks hopfully we will see the sun a little more and may get to take a walk down Southend Pier, the longest pleasure pier in the world.
I expect that you all have your own challenges coping with the current Corona Pandemic and we hope you are all staying healthy. At the moment is unclear when we will be able to return to Portugal and start our summer trip, we need to expect that the summer will be very different to the one we had planned for ourselves.
We will keep you updated.