Day Five

Bishopsteignton Lockdown Diary

Last night’s Government announcement and other news. The thoughts and feelings of the village as it faces the fifth day of lockdown.

News since last nights announcement

Coronavirus: UK deaths climb above 1,000 – BBC News

Coronavirus deaths rising fast in Europe and US – BBC News

“UK will do well to keep deaths under 20,000” – health official – BBC News

33,000 new UK hospital beds for coronavirus patients – BBC News

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 in the comments section below. Tomorrow we shall lock these comments and publish Day Six.

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

From Bishopsteignton Banter

From The Old Commercial Inn

From The Hair Studio

7 Replies to “Day Five”

  1. I have now not been out of the village for just over a week. Quickly getting used to working in the Old Commercial as a shop (which comes with a whole different sleep pattern), though i do not expect it to ever feel quite right! Yet more new faces in the shop today, still selling out of baked goods and another beautiful day outside.

  2. Shopping day. Now shopping for three small households – me, my high risk group father and his wife and a properly self isolating mother and son.

    There was enough stock for the overall exercise to be worthwhile however with 3 small but quite diverse shopping lists wound up visiting Tesco, Lidl and Morrissons acquiring a total of 8 different receipts and a task to deliver the right stuff to the right people. I seem to be up a tin of peaches – sorry Dad!

    The lists may have to become a little more mundane in future especially if I acquire other people to shop for.

    Went in about midday and the experience was quite comfortably controlled in all three stores – by the staff and customers in Tesco and Morrissons and by the customers in Lidl.

  3. Yes Day Five and after the week of allotment and gardening duties I have been sat watching one of my best films today, ‘Robin Hood Prince of Thieves’ on tele while knitting my Land Girl Jumper; back and front done and now finishing the first sleeve. I must admit it has been so nice just to sit down for an hour or two. Then made crispy beef with chilli sauce, slow braised sweet and sour spare ribs and stir fried mixed veg and prawn rice. The freezer is slowly getting emptier of meat, chillies and veg! Now sat down with my feet up.

  4. I have been in the Old Commercial Inn Off Licence and Bakery working all day, the shop continues to grow in popularity and soon we might not be able to keep up with demand, especially on hot food takeaway orders in the evening!
    I delivered a Bounty bar and a Turkish Delight bar to a customer today by inserting the chocolate into a plastic zip lock food bag along with 60p change, after first removing the £2 coin she had left in the bag for me on her doorstep. I heard her thank me through the door and I promptly took the money back to the shop, I then disinfected the coin. It was the strangest task I have ever had to complete at work, and that’s saying something as I am usually the bar manager of The Old Commercial Inn when it is a pub.
    No walk today, I have consumed two pints of Hunter’s White Gold and one pint of Hanlon’s Port Stout.
    Hopefully I will get a walk tomorrow!

  5. Another busy day here at the bakery/off-licence/shop/not-pub. It is the landlord’s birthday today but he was still up at 5am baking and luckily there is still some gorgeous clotted cream, Victoria sponge to help celebrate. I took a walk down to our village stores where everyone was adhering well to the 2m distancing while queueing outside but it was a little more difficult to do in store. We are restricted to one item of staples like milk, etc. Shoppers are being very restrained but only having one till means your shop takes a little longer than normal as people are buying a bit more than they would normally. Nicky has a lot of volunteer helpers ferrying deliveries to those isolating, stacking shelves and processing deliveries and customer orders and it was great to see some of the younger villagers helping out.

  6. Day 5 of the Governments lockdown saw the 2 week self isolation in our house come to an end.
    Thankfully my sons illness was contained to just himself with nobody else displaying any of his symptoms.
    I made it out to Tesco last night with some PPE as a precaution and thanked the staff for all their efforts and was saddened to hear of the rudeness they have endured from many of the public over the past few weeks.
    Despite the dystopian feel whilst out and about, a personal highlight of the week was the #ClapForOurCarers on Thursday night.
    An emotionally charged moment hearing so many people showing their appreciation across the hills.
    Home life has involved various DIY projects and today some gardening, planting out potatoes, tomato seeds and wild flowers.
    Anything to avoid home-schooling my kids!
    To end, the night skies have been stunning all week. Not sure if pollution levels have dropped much, but the stars and the International Space Station have been so clear.

  7. Getting used to the phone pinging now – only 43 messages today – still more volunteers being added to the list, the village response is amazing.
    I finally had to give in and overcome my reluctance to join Facebook so I can keep up to date with Bishop Banter and check on how many of the local businesses are adapting to the lockdown (e.g. which pubs are offering takeaway meals and/or alcohol) – not just for me but so that I can let others know!
    …..Today’s flower picture for Meg was taken on the tennis court next to a tennis ball!

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