New year, new strain

I have just shot my first doortrait since the end of the last lockdown. Wooly hats and jumpers instead of shorts and T-shirts this time. And instead of the harsh glare of sunlight to contend with, it is now freezing subjects on the doorstep and lens condensation.

But it was worthwhile thanks to more generous contributions to Kingston Hospital, which in common with all the frontline NHS is under severe pressure right now.

Last Thursday the Clap for Carers was revived. It all feels horribly familiar, but at least there is light at the end of the tunnel with the vaccine rollout.

Thanks once again for collectively raising many thousands of pounds for the nursing staff at Kingston. The cash went to build them extra showers and a rest area.

I hope you and your families are all well. I caught Covid for Christmas. It was scary, but thankfully neither I nor my wife were seriously ill. We thought we had been pretty careful, but this new strain is reportedly much more infectious.

Anyway, I wish you a belated Happy New Year and sincerely hope we can all return to the old normality by the end of Spring.

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