Days at home
After over a week of lockdown, days take a slower pace. The jobs outstanding around the house and the garden that have been neglected over for the past two years are tackled more slowly and carefully. Thankfully we are still allowed to have one walk a day and we have continued to take the usual dog walking routes at quieter times of the day.
Last weekend as the sun shone and after the announcement of the lockdown on Friday evening West Bay was still packed with visitors. It has been a real concern to locals with the understandable fear that the infection (already in the area in small numbers) could escalate and create extra pressure on our hard-pressed local hospitals.
We weren't the only location to be affected as large numbers headed to the coast or decided to travel to more isolated areas such as Cornwall, and Highlands & Islands. Thankfully holiday parks were ordered to shut on Sunday and second homeowners have been told to stay in their main place of residence. The police have also stopped and questioned some of those turning up to visit the Bay.
We do appreciate how lucky we are to live here and to be able to get outside and since our street party three years ago our neighbours all know each other. We stood outside our homes on Thursday evening to clap those in the NHS. Instead of the sound of the waves crashing on the shore, we heard the sound of claps and cheering resounding across the valley from Bridport 2 miles (3km) away.
Our central heating boiler broke down this week, we were so grateful that someone was able to come out and fix it quickly in the circumstances. I was quite scary having someone else in the house and we took lots of steps to make it safe for him and us.
With the sun shining all week it has been a chance to get out in the garden and watch the wildlife and notice how the growth of the plants change each day apart from lack of growth from our seed planting!
It's not surprising how quickly the sunflower seeds disappear with the number of birds visiting the feeder!
How are you coping with the change in lifestyle? Stay safe and well.