Day Sixteen

Bishopsteignton Lockdown Diary

Last night’s Government announcement and other news. The thoughts and feelings of the village as it faces the sixteenth day of lockdown. Logged in visitors can post their comments below.

While responses to the Coronavirus Lockdown develop over the next few weeks, we want to record thoughts and actions in Bishopsteignton one day at a time. Please leave two or three sentences and any images you may have in the comments section below. Tomorrow we shall lock these comments and publish Day Seventeen.

News since last nights announcement

Coronavirus: Top stories this morning – BBC Breakfast | BBC

Posts on social media by local businesses and organisations made on this day

From Bishopsteignton Banter

From Teignmouth Oracle

From Teignmouth Secondary School

6 Replies to “Day Sixteen”

  1. My first day of isolation. Plenty of work to be getting on with. Some phone calls and texts from kind friends offering to help out with shopping etc. I might try and spread out help so no one person is overly burdened – 12 weeks is a long time.

  2. A simply stunning sunny day, so had lunch outside in the garden – the birdsong was amazing and NO traffic noise!
    I had to go out to a pharmacy to get a real stockpile of items for myself, Mum and my neighbours (mainly plasters, sanitary products and hay-fever tablets). Having found the village pharmacy shut (it’s Wednesday afternoon and I forgot this) I decided to venture further afield and go to Boots. Its a good job it was a lovely day as only one person allowed in a time, so although there were only 8 people waiting outside (all spaced the correct 2 metres apart) it took 40 minutes to be allowed inside. Quite eerie shopping completely alone in a large store in the middle of the day, but it felt relatively ‘safe’ to use this system. Even so, used loads of hand sanitiser before getting into the car and washed my hands thoroughly on reaching home. Still, I shouldn’t need to go again for at least 6 weeks…possibly longer.

  3. Today i surprised a few people with a gift of home made curry as after 2 weeks of isolation and eating your own food who wouldn’t want a random “takeaway” delivered (safely). We (myself and partners daughter Ava went and collected a backpack full of Alexander, Dandelions and Doc leaves for a few days of free rabbit and guinea pig food in the sun as part of our daily exercise.
    I also was given a roadkill pheasant to pluck and dress.
    I am enjoying the lack of road noise and tranquillity and the fact that people in this village are polite and say hello abet at a distance at the moment.

  4. An early start and another beautiful day. Feeling very lucky to live in a household of 6 and to be working in the shop where we have a bit of contact and chat with some of our neighbours, regulars and newer customers. I’m badly missing my partner, friends and extended family who seem worlds away, “which makes me mightly melancholy”.

  5. Things seem to be settling down to a bit more of a routine here. We are learning what customers are buying more of in our little shop and adapting our products and purchases to offer what we can to satisfy their current requirements. The baker and his assistant start at 5am and finish around 10am which is when I take over cleaning down the kitchen, cooking off the pasties, counting stock and ordering from suppliers. The baker changes hats to become the workman working on renovating the bar area, with assistance from various other members of the household. Today was sanding and painting the timber. In the meantime the shop girl (one or other daughter) opens the shop at 8:30am and serves until 2pm when we all have a bit of a breather and a snack. At tea time the workman takes his hat off, puts his feet up and eats his dinner while the shop girls opens again at 5pm and I cook for the takeaway food customers. When we close the shop at 9pm I start cleaning down the kitchen again and the workman-baker is already asleep so he can be ready for the 5am start the next day!

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