Day Eighteen

Bishopsteignton Lockdown Diary

Last night’s Government announcement and other news. The thoughts and feelings of the village as it faces the eighteenth 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 Nineteen.

News since last nights announcement

Coronavirus: Top stories this morning – BBC Breakfast | BBC

Coronavirus: Boris Johnson out of intensive care but remains in hospital – BBC News

Coronavirus warning: economic damage worse than Great Depression – BBC News

Coronavirus: US weekly jobless claims hit 6.6 million – BBC News

Coronavirus tests and masks sold by fraudsters online – BBC News

Coronavirus: New York ramps up mass burials amid outbreak – BBC News

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

From Bishopsteignton Banter

From the Ring of Bells

From the Old Commercial

From Bishopsteignton Parish Council

From Teignmouth Oracle

3 Replies to “Day Eighteen”

  1. Spent the day coming to terms with my as it turns out somewhat nonchalant request for video of last night’s amazing “Somewhere over the Rainbow” performance so I could record it for Bishopsteignton Heritage. There is so much incredible footage – I only hope I can do justice in producing a montage worthy of the event and those who took part! All credit to those involved and Jason McMurray for making it happen!

    There will be retrospective postings on yesterday’s page and elsewhere as and when I can make them available.

    Other than that, I have friends to thank for fulfilling some of their kind offers for help during my isolation and for those who have offered since on discovering it. Reassuring, life affirming and humbling.

  2. Last week the family, there are six of us in the household, came to terms with the fact that Easter just wouldn’t be the same this year and it was decided to stick to our regular hours so as not to confuse customers. But as we have advanced into Holy Week it has become more difficult to ignore where we are in the year as I am bombarded with images of new born lambs, tree blossom and the large box of Cadbury’s Creme Eggs on the shop counter. Being half Greek we get to celebrate twice most years as Easter in the Orthodox Church calendar doesn’t often coincide with the Western Christian rite. One of the big features of this season for Greeks is experiencing the special festive food that only appears at Easter. I will miss the red-dyed, boiled eggs that are used in a game similar to conkers that were part of family teas when the children were young. This year I decided I had to mark the occasion somehow and so I made (for the first time) koulourakia, Greek Easter biscuits which seemed to go down well and I am now looking forward to a roast lamb dinner on Sunday., even though we won’t be attending any church services.

    Photograph of Greek biscuits.

  3. Good Friday! The weather is absolutely gorgeous and it would be a lovely day for a walk on the beach but there’s a sinister virus outside so we MUST heed the Government appeals for everyone to stay at home.
    I had to run a medical errand for my sister-in-law (who is still in a care home whilst her broken leg heals). She needed more medication to be picked up from her flat which is in a beautiful spot on a headland right next to Institute Beach in Torquay. The sea was as calm as a millpond and a brilliant blue under the cloudless sky – so tempting to have a paddle but obviously this would not be classed as ‘essential exercise’ so I resisted. Managed to have a sort of face to face conversation with my sister-in-law through a window she is on the ground floor in the nursing home) but couldn’t give her a hug. Not sure when that will be possible again…
    This Easter really should have been a bumper weekend for our local tourism businesses. The beautiful weather would normally have had thousands of people flocking to our beautiful coastline, instead the beaches are deserted and the hotels, bars, cafes and restaurants are all closed.

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