Quarantine Day 0 – Seagulls

We’re Off

There will be little to write about for the next few days as we’ve now made it safely to our quarantine home in Christchurch UK. Thank you again Madeline and Mark!

Masked up and ready to fly

The journey was uneventful overall. Our daughter Sarah drove us to the airport in Greensboro, NC and we were able to take off before the thunderstorms and landed just before flights were temporarily held at Dulles Airport due to lightning. We were quite late leaving Dulles but flew across the pond and landed only about an hour delayed.

The lightening passed, we await our gate-checked bags at Dulles.

Immigration was a breeze and we made it to our bus to Bournemouth and train to Christchurch like the traveling pro’s that we are.

Allison jet lagged but happy

The sky’s were stereotypically English grey and there were fits of rain as we approached our destination but fortunately stopped as we walked the short distance to our temporary home. But the cool seaside air was lovely and the sound of seagulls occasionally breaks the stillness. Everything is so green and growing.

Bournemouth Station

Madeline met us and showed us to our room right off the back garden and we met the family including Molly the Spainerpoo. As we sat in the back garden the clouds broke and the sun turned the cool air quite warm. It was so warm in fact that even a nice cup of tea wasn’t enough to hold back the sun and jet lag induced haze. Sleep was about to overcome me. A short nap was in order.

Roses in the back garden

Anyone who has done this route knows that the best way to overcome jet lag is to hold-out past supper time before lying down. But since we literally have no plans for the next several days we are in no hurry to get on the right clock. Still we both kept our nap short (about 45min….I think).

In order not to bore you we won’t be posting very often for the next few days. Quarantine life will undoubtedly be slow and unchanging…a welcome respite after the hectic nature of planning and training over the last several weeks. But you’ll hear from us soon with at least an update regarding our Day2 and Day5 Covid PCR tests and any other fun items that come up.

For now…Arrivederci, Au Revoir, and Cherrio

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Mark Dowty

"An Intentional Life"

4 thoughts on “Quarantine Day 0 – Seagulls”

  1. The first step has been taken. We are curious how it goes with you.
    We wanted to be in London this weekend to see the final of the European Football Championship. But unfortunately the Germans have already left and so our tickets have lost their validity.
    We also wanted to take this opportunity to visit my cousin George in London. He has lived there for more than 30 years and we have never visited him there.
    But Corona has also thwarted the bill here. We didn’t want to do all of the requirements that you now have to take on yourself.
    A visit there will be possible at some point.
    We wish you an entertaining quarantine and a good start. And who knows, maybe we’ll meet on your way.
    It’s not a coincidence.
    Heike and Gerhard


    1. Heike and Gerhard,
      The Covid requirements are truly an obstacle but the timing was otherwise right for this pilgrimage. It would ha e been very difficult to wait a while additional year. I do hope we can meet; it would be a true joy.


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