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July. After months of insecurity and much dithering by our government in the UK, we ventured out, cautiously, even actually leaving London. Though the first time we did felt as though we were breaking some sort of boundary law. We had become accustomed to our little bubble in South East London!

The number of deaths were dropping, many countries seemed to be on top of things during June and July and in the UK, Summer was possibly the best we have had in donkeys years. The beaches were rammed, traffic was back to it’s chaotic routine in London and there was a relief of sorts in the air.

We remained cautious, a virus that killed and affected and infected so many, does not pack its bags and go after 6 months. We kept our distance in supermarkets, rarely went out socialising and met small groups of friends outside.

When our neighbours generously offered us the use of their villa in the South of France, we snapped it up. After the final copies of the first volume were sold in August, I was, to be blunt, knackered! It wasn’t just illustrating quite harrowing stories, but the behind the scenes. Organising and packing 2000 + parcels to be sent around the world, customs, Royal mail drop offs, returns, missed parcels. Yes I was ready to slam down by the pool for a few weeks.

Just before we left in August, stories were coming in of more infections around the world. Chaos around travel, more ridiculousness from the Government, mini lockdowns and tiers coming into play.

We arrived in France at the villa at the end of August, with a plan to stay for 5 weeks and relax. So I had time on my hands. France was going through a surge in

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cases, we were watching the news daily to keep an eye on the situation, only going out locally in the little towns nearby. All the French were adopting masks whenever out and this was a strict requirement.

I realised that things were not improving as much as we had hoped. It almost felt it was actually worse this time around. So I picked up my pens and began the second Volume,.

As the book progressed it was becoming obvious that we were in a serious situation globally. There were huge marches occurring in every country, hundreds of thousands gathering, protesting, marching. Political and cultural issues, covid deniers, elections in America and across Europe.

I initially thought that I wouldn’t have enough stories to make Volume 2 any where near as full as Volume 1. How wrong I was.

The second Volume is an extra 40 pages long!

Doing these books is hard. It’s not a case of drawing a few pictures and writing a few words, but the research. A friend likened my mental state to having PTSD. Reading and trying to not judge or be emotionally affected is not an easy task.

So will there be a third?

No.

But then I said that after the first....

After finishing the first volume of the Corona Diary, I really didn’t have the energy to do another. And as we neared June 1st, which was the the end date of the first volume, it felt as though the virus was calming down. Governments across the world were opening borders and flights were taking off. People were holiday bound, socialising gently and it felt as though we could move on with our lives somewhat.

What misguided fools we were...

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