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Institute of Tourists Guiding

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Moving house during a pandemic

My blogs are usually about places I have visited that trigger some thoughts.  But with the latest Covid-19 restrictions and the current lockdown none of us is able to go anywhere.  Except that I have moved house, so this blog is a bit more personal.

The headline picture is “Bugingham Palace”; a home for little creatures created by the enterprising staff at Hughenden Manor, which I visited last summer.  These creatures are probably very fussy about their habitat, but their needs and desires are much simpler than ours (we assume).

My wife and I, on the other hand, have sold our house in Berkshire and temporarily moved to Sonning Common in Oxfordshire.  We moved on 22nd December, three days before Christmas and in the middle of a pandemic.  Why don’t we make life easy for ourselves?!  Having done all that, we haven’t been idle during Christmas and New Year.  There have been many boxes to unpack, much sorting out to do and, inevitably, trying to find the important things that we had carefully put to one side.

So, well into January, I can finally get back to writing a blog.

Sonning Common is at the southern end of the Chiltern Hills.  There are lovely country walks from the doorstep.  And as one of my friends said: “you’re moving deeper into Midsomer Murders territory – watch your back”.  I’m looking forward to exploring this area much more thoroughly and, hopefully, being able to guide small groups again as restrictions ease.

To all of you “Happy New Year” and let’s hope that we can do more in 2021 than we were able last year.