In 2020 there was an outbreak of 'flu. It started in China, and by March 2020 the WHO labelled it a pandemic.

The UK government's response was to restrict people's activities in an effort to slow the spread of the virus. These policies meant many people, myself included, were unable to go to work.

I decided I should spend some of my spare time writing this journal. There will be no theme to individual entries; just whatever I feel like writing. The images are (with a few obvious exceptions) taken within a half mile radius of our house.

On Friday 13 March, the news suggested we should be more careful with our social contact. We were all discouraged from going to large social gatherings. 

The children I teach were suddenly more aware of washing their hands and keeping clean. The idea of washing your hands to the song "Happy Birthday" was floated, to ensure you staid at the tap long enough to wash the virus away.

On Sunday, Hil and I cycled to the sea front. We enjoyed a beer at a table by the beach outside the "Tempest" PH. There were not that many people there, but that may have been simply because it's March and still a little chilly.

On Monday 16 March, British Gymnastics cancelled all national events until the end of June. Home Nations and local organizations followed suit the next day and, by Wednesday, all gymnastics events across the UK were cancelled.

On Wednesday the government announced the closure of all schools at the end of the week (Friday).

This period in time will be the subject of many history lessons in the future.

On Thursday, the club made the decision to close its doors to the majority of our members. We hope to be able to provide the remaining (competing) gymnasts a dispersed training schedule that allows everyone to maintain their social distance.

Friday's gymnastics session began as normal at 4:00pm. By 6:00pm, we heard news of the next stage of restrictions. The club was closed down that evening at 8:00pm.