Colin & Elizabeth took the opportunity during the first 2020 lockdown to explore their local area on foot spending a lot of time in Bushy Park watching geese, swans and other water birds build nests and hatch eggs.
They were fortunate enough to be within a few metres of a swan on its nest as some cygnets emerged from their eggs (see photo at right).
In Bushy Park they also saw a deer with its fawn and on the Boating Pond watched terrapins sunning themselves on a log.
Later in the year they explored the wildlife in their own garden with an elaborate bird feeder and a motion triggered camera.
Numerous bird and squirrels have come to the feeder.
The acrobatic antics of the squirrels are amazing.
On one occasion they saw six parakeets feeding at the same time (see photos at right).
Colin's health has been a challenge this year.
He had a planned prostate operation in February with the bonus of two bladder stones being removed at the same time.
But not so routine was the heart attack a fortnight later which saw him whisked in an ambulance to St George's Hospital in Tooting where they inserted a stent.
Colin is now fine (except for the abundance of pills he takes each morning, noon, and night).
Last year, Colin & Elizabeth completed walking the Thames Path downstream from Hampton Court.
This year, they have started walking the Thames Path upstream from Hampton Court.
It went quite slowly at first but the second lockdown in November has given them the time to push on.
So far (24 Nov) they have reached Henley - a good start but still a long way to go to reach the source of the Thames.
Many rural sections of the Thames Path have been walked twice because a lack of convenient public transport has meant parking the car, walking along the Thames and then walking back again.
The traditional August family holiday in France had to be cancelled because of Covid-19 and our chances of getting together otherwise have been limited by lockdowns and other restrictions. This has resulted in no family photo this year. However, family Zoom meetings every Sunday evening have helped the family keep in touch and share up-to-date news.
In a gap between lockdowns, Colin & Elizabeth managed to get away to the Jurassic coast (Dorset) in October visiting Swanage and Lyme Regis before moving on to spend a few rainy hours with Miriam in Exeter.
While in Dorset they discovered the Etches Collection museum devoted to the finds of a modern fossil hunter, Steve Etches.
Colin has been busy this year getting Teddington Baptist Church Covid-19 secure.
This has been a frustrating experience with government imposed restrictions issued at short notice followed by constantly changing guidelines.
However, as result, the church has been able to run in-person as well as online and live streamed services.