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Social Distancing Project 36Charlotte Hall came to the churchyard to tend a grave for her neighbour, who is unable to leave home during the lockdown.

The Distance Project 5

This week’s photos are mostly from out in the countryside, and from the park by North Willen lake in Milton Keynes. While some businesses are able to carry on with restrictions, others remain closed. But it’s now okay to travel further to get exercise and fresh air.

In the project I'm photographing what people are doing differently under lockdown.

(Edited, September 2021)
This is just one of many posts from The Distance Project. That link will take you back to the very first posts, but if you want to see them in reverse order, just click on the link in the categories list that's on every page. The project ran from April 2020 to September 2021.

Social Distancing Project 39Bessie Davis came from Steeple Claydon to walk along footpaths between Botolph Claydon and Granborough, but it was so windy she decided to stay in the car. It was a wise decision. Half an hour later she would have been caught in a short but heavy shower.


Social Distancing Project 37In J.C. Meat’s farm unit at Hogshaw, Charlie the butcher puts away meat on Saturday lunchtime after the shop has been open all morning. The shop has been opening as usual on a Saturday but they’ve now set up an ordering scheme. It takes just a couple of minutes to collect and pay for your order; cutting risk to a minimum. They’ve also started making Friday deliveries to help those who have to socially isolate.


Social Distancing Project 38The Green Dragon Eco Farm has been closed since the lockdown began, but the Easter school holidays sign is still up, six weeks after the Easter break.


Social Distancing Project 40Two months after Mother’s Day the advertising banner is still up, outside the Crown at Granborough. Mothering Sunday was just one week after the lockdown began and the pub is temporarily shut.


Social Distancing Project 41Families keeping well apart run down the slope between the Buddhist Peace Pagoda and Japanese temple at Willen.


Social Distancing Project 42The Buddhist temple at Willen is closed, but they have built a small shrine outside. The sign will not be clear on this blog, but it says:
“Dedicated to the victims of Coronavirus and the healthcare professionals who are risking their lives while supporting other people”
The temple's 40th Pagoda Ceremony in June and Hiroshima Day lantern ceremony in August have both been cancelled.


Social Distancing Project 43Iris and Pip Payne enjoy ice cream at the Medicine Wheel at Willen. They’d driven from Little Horwood to walk in Milton Keynes.

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