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Life not quite as usual

Members of the Blandford Museum Victorian Garden Group are not meeting on a regular basis, nor as a group, but the garden is being kept going this spring by one or a maximum of two at a time working for an hour or two throughout the week as their exercise, and are able to observe social distancing.

The Garden will be planted for maximum floral impact using minimum labour, with the results visible from the street – watch the space!

All events at which plants are usually sold have been cancelled, but will be available from time to time at the Museum door with an honesty box, with proceeds going to local NHS.

Here is a selection of images showing some of the other activities people have been undertaking during the lockdown.

A table full of pre-loved books, games and toys appeared in the Church Lane car park with an invitation to passers-by to help themselves and put them to good use

And jigsaws, board games and other familiar pastimes began to make a strong recovery from cupboards in which they had been stored. This giant game of dominoes was just one of the amusements and board games which found their way out of the cupboard.

Brian Wareham, unable to go out to take photographs, settled for a night shoot in the back garden to show how far the stars travel in three hours over Blandford in 44 images taken with a wide angle lens and processed to produce this image of the merged trail.

The photo by Roger Saurin shows the public paths around the local countryside near Iwerne Minster that can be enjoyed. Roger said: “During these uncertain times of lockdown for all, it is comforting to know that some of the outlying villages have great walks to take without braking Government guidelines.”