I can start this weekly letter with optimism as there has been very good news on the development of what appears to be suitable vaccines having been formulated. As the Health Secretary has stated it is good news but it will only be in general use when there is confidence that it is effective without side effects. The scientists are to be congratulated for pulling out all the stops.
This being Remembrance week I would like to say how impressed I have been in the manner in which the Nation has paid their respects. Every family in the country has, I am sure, been affected by the great conflicts that have taken place and still continue to do so, and we all like to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice, or have suffered from these conflicts.
What an interesting and challenging week I have had. On Sunday my daughter called in to give me a pre-lockdown haircut. She did not stay long as she wished to see quite a few clients in the days remaining before she has to cease her hairdressing and beauty treatment business for four weeks. On Monday we discovered a water leak under the sink, what with one thing and another it was Thursday before the leak was fixed. It also threw up the fact that our external shutoff valve did not work effectively so that and the water meter had to be replaced. All done now, am I glad that I had an insurance to cover all of this.
I missed writing to you last week but I had the pleasure of my son and his family staying with us. They live in Stratford-upon-Avon, where we were going to visit for the weekend. Plans changed as our son phoned to say that he did not want to risk our health in that area due to the number of visitors that descended on the town from the Birmingham area, where infection was increasing.