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Dramatic photo for a dramatic week

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What a week it has been! I think this photograph makes a great metaphor for the past few days: The calm moments represented by the sunflowers and the sky representing the dramatic moments, of which there have been one or two.

A photo representing my week.  A dramatic sky over a field of sunflowers.
A photograph that resembles my week perfectly: The sunflowers representing the calmer moments and the sky the more more dramatic ones.

You want to know about the drama don’t you? Well both Helen and Izzy had their first full week back at school. Izzy has taken the return to school and socially distancing measures in her stride. Helen is also doing a great job of adjusting to life at secondary school and all that involves during The ‘Rona Era.

In a sign of the times we live in, however, Helen was sent home on Wednesday because she had a sore throat. It turned out to be a false alarm, but I did my best to get her a COVID-19 test to be on the safe side.

Oh my word, have you attempted to get a COVID-19 test? You’ve no doubt seen the news headlines this week about the testing system being unable to cope? I was briefly immersed in that world and I did not enjoy it.

Remember that “computer says no” Little Britain sketch? I called the helpline. No, couldn’t help because the helpline relies on the online system to book a test and the online system had crashed.

I made repeated attempts to book a test online. On the odd moments when the website was actually working, I was told, time and again, that no home, drive-through or walk-in tests were available.

I think there’s going to be a huge amount of this. Kids haven’t mingled in such large numbers for months so run-of-the mill bugs giving you a headache or sore throat, maybe a mild flu or cold, are going to run rampant. School staff, quite rightly, will be hyper-cautious and kids will be sent home (again, quite rightly) but the testing capabilities don’t seem to be in place to cope with what is a highly predictable situation.

Enough of the drama. What of the calm moments? On Monday and Tuesday of this week, I gave myself a treat.

I took myself off to a nearby lake and undertook a British Canoeing Paddle Explorer course. With the high season having ended, it was just the instructor and I on a massive lake in water that was surprisingly warm.

After what has been a very demanding six months, I just wanted to do something totally different. it may sound like a cliche, but having been living with the impact of COVID-19 for some time now, it was great to get out on calm waters (although I may write something about this in more detail in a week or so).

Oh, and as for the photograph, I took it when we visited a ‘sunflower jungle’ last weekend. It should have been a sunflower maze, but to reduce the risk of people bumping in to each other, a one-way path was cut into it that you simply had to follow.

if you haven’t figured it out, it’s actually two different images that have been merged. The gun-metal sky in the original was just too boring so I added the red sky. It’s not a perfect edit. It’s a skill I need to improve but I quite like how this one turned out.

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17 thoughts on “Dramatic photo for a dramatic week”

  1. I have seen online a lot this last week about the capability of the testing. Not great but it is all new isn’t it so may take time to get it running smoothly and at a capacity to cope with the demand.

    Sounds great and peaceful of the canoe course john. With just you and the instructor I bet that was a great peaceful and relaxing experience.

  2. I am glad everything was OK with Helen. What a worry and a lot of drama to get a test.
    What a great treat for yourself. Canoeing really is something a little different.
    That is a fantastic photo! I did wonder if it was 2 photos merged together x

  3. Now you had me convinced that was one photo, I couldn’t see the edit. Glad you’re getting use of your new purchase and I hope you’re enjoying the open waters #mysundayphoto

  4. I didn’t realise it was two different pictures, but I did think you were lucky to capture it! It is stunning.
    The testing sounds like a right nightmare. My daughter had a cold within days of starting school. Although it was definitely a cold, it was a pretty bad one, so she had one day off. Loads of her year have had it, they all had one day off and nobody even mentioned the ‘c’ word or testing, for which I am VERY grateful!

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