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More from Stony Stratford, and What I’ve been up to Under Lockdown

Social Distancing Project 95With my electro-mechanical hat on instead of my photographer’s one, I maintain and fix the machines at the Washeteria launderette in Church Street, Stony Stratford. Here, I’m checking to see that a dryer is working okay. Since the lockdown, If I work there it’ll be in the evenings, when the launderette is closed. There are no issues with distancing then; I’m on my own.

The Distance Project 11

Many of these photos of Stony Stratford were taken back in mid June, and some lockdown rules have been changed since then. There’s also some shots from my own life, to show you how I deal with social distancing.

I've now published well over a hundred shots from the Distance Project. There are many more good photos that I haven't posted; there just isn't the room for all of them. Still, more from the project next week. The project is to photograph 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 96A woman folds her dried washing and talks to another launderette customer, who is sitting at the far end of the shop.


Social Distancing Project 97The veterinary surgery has stencilled two pink circles on the High Street’s pavement and another one in the doorway, to help customers keep their distance.


Social Distancing Project 98All the events on this notice board in Church Street have been cancelled, due to the pandemic.


Social Distancing Project 99Though the Willen Hospice book shop in the High Street is closed, they’ve cleverly put some gardening books in the window, and a sign with the web address of their Ebay shop so you can still buy books and other charity shop type things. You might not be able to read it clearly in the photo, so here’s the link.


Social Distancing Project 100This shop in the High Street was looking forward to opening, in mid-June. Another sign in the window says things like, “One customer at a time” and “Please let us handle the samples or fetch the goods”


Social Distancing Project 101In mid June, cycle shops like this one on London Road were one of the few shops allowed to be open. This is the last photo from Stony Stratford for this post.


Social Distancing Project 102Once a week I put a chair in the car and drive over to see my sister. I put the chair in her front garden so that we can sit and talk. Our auntie doesn’t live too far away so after the first visit we invited her to bring her own garden chair over every week. You can’t beat talking face to face; talking over the phone is okay, but it’s not the same.


Social Distancing Project 103Our auntie; our Mum's little sister.


Social Distancing Project 104My postie has brought me some parcels that are too big for the letterbox. By the time I’ve opened the front door at his knock, he has already stepped back.

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