Blackberry Ways

Carrying on With the New Normal

Social Distancing Project 154In the church hall at Little Horwood, the sub-postmaster from Deanshanger provides a post office service for a few hours, one day a week. The table helps to ensure customers stay back, and provides a place for them to use the card reader while still keeping their distance.

The Distance Project 18

Here’s a few Distance Project photos from a month or two ago that I haven’t shown you before. The first two are from Little Horwood, and the others are from Winslow. I’ve shown you photos from both places before, but these were all taken on a later date.

As the lockdown rules change, behaviour has changed. As I wrote this, I heard on the radio that the government are considering stricter lockdown rules. They say they want to prevent a second wave.

Just when I thought I would soon be running out of things to photograph for this project, it looks like there will be more to come. I didn’t think the pandemic would last this long, and I’d rather photograph something else now. But I have to carry on.

(Edited, September 2021)
This is just one of many posts from The Distance Project and the project is to photograph what people are doing differently under lockdown. The 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 155Delia, along with her husband Peter, had been shielding as a vulnerable individual (this photo was taken just after restrictions had been eased). She told me that the village had been wonderful to them; although they had only lived there for a couple of years they had received a great deal of help.

She said that she had got fed up under shielding and she had read all her books, but Peter had ordered more on Amazon.

Delia had been swimming earlier in the week at her grand daughter in law’s hydrotherapy pool at Cublington. It was all set to open when the lockdown began, but had not opened when I spoke to Delia in July.

Social Distancing Project 156Social distancing in Tomkins Park in Winslow. Some bring their own seating, some sit on the tables.


Social Distancing Project 157In Tomkins Park, four youths throw a ball around and test each other’s reactions. They are far enough from the path behind them so that people like this man on a mobility scooter can pass by at more than two metres. These are not the same four youths we saw in Little Horwood doing the same.


Social Distancing Project 158This was taken on the August bank holiday Monday. On any other year the Winslow Show would have just opened and pedestrians would be walking in through this gate. The field, just across the road from Winslow Hall on Sheep Street, Winslow would be filled by the show.

I remember going to this show as a child, when it was called the Winslow Gymkhana.


Social Distancing Project 159The Winslow show field, on the same day as above. The only sheep in the field at the show would be in pens.

Winslow Hall is in the background and the wall in the previous photo is just this side of it. There’s often a setup photo taken by the organisers from somewhere near this spot, on the Saturday before the show.

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