Day Thirty-Five

Bishopsteignton Lockdown Diary

As the village reaches the end of week five since the Government’s lockdown: last night’s Government announcement and other news. The thoughts and feelings of the village as it faces the thirty fifth 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 Thirty-Six.

News since last nights announcement

Coronavirus: Top stories this morning – BBC Breakfast | BBC

Coronavirus: I refuse to risk second peak of infections – Boris Johnson speech Downing Street – BBC

Coronavirus: Spain eases lockdown measures to allow children outside – BBC News

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

The Ring of Bells

The Hair Studio

Bishopsteignton Banter

Teignmouth Oracle

4 Replies to “Day Thirty-Five”

  1. Last few days have been a lot of Skype/Zoom meetings with clients and projects I am involved with and matters arising as a result. Some of it very positive, some a bit stressful – but all positive in a way as the outcomes have all involved planning a way forward.

    Can’t justify finding anything I can do or invoice for for a particularly significant client next month, or for the foreseeable future, unfortunately.

    Been examining how existing and one new particularly exciting prospect in the tourist industry can navigate their/our way out of the present situation utilising their online presence. Been a pleasure to take on new and familiar responsibilities managing online marketing, social media, and publicity agencies as a result – which is not something I was expecting in the current climate!

    One of the local links above has some interesting reactions in the comments section – indicative of feeling in these times, if not, perhaps, the necessary understanding.

    Still eating my way through a ridiculous amount of potatoes I ordered a while back.

  2. Made it through another day. Chocolate and wine becoming normality to congratulate myself! But also doing nice walks everyday (so hopefully conteracting some of the calories).
    Online training course taking place for work tomorrow so fingers crossed it goes well. Sunflowers we planted are almost ready for repotting. Rain is due to arrive tomorrow which the garden will love but not being able to utilise for fresh air for daughter will make things another degree more challenging!! Aarrgg!

  3. This beautiful poem was written by our own Bishopsteignton Angel, Fran Edwards, who speaks thanks from us all.
    Bishop our Happy Place

    Bishop is our happy place
    A village made in Heaven
    With stunning views and special people
    The best there are in Devon

    Rolling hills and woods and streams
    And rivers running by
    Moors and sea and estuaries
    Beneath the clear blue sky

    Then there came Corona
    Something no one’s ever known
    A virus that can spread so fast
    We are all locked in at home

    We are all here to help each other
    With shopping, chats on the phone
    But sometimes this is difficult for people on their own.

    Thank goodness for our village angels
    A group we know as BERT
    With Elaine, Eddy, Roger and Nick
    Working hard to ease the hurt

    Another Angel’s Nikki
    Just working all the time
    Delivering food and groceries
    So that everyone is fine

    Angel Alison in the chemist
    Working hard from morn to night
    Getting prescriptions up to date
    To make sure we are all alright

    Then there’s Jane our vicar
    The sweetest, kindest soul
    Phoning her parishioners
    And speaking kind words, that’s her goal

    How we all miss the Chapels cafe
    For our coffee, cake and chat
    But Sue and Pete are coming round to us with cake
    How very kind is that!

    All in all we are so lucky to live here with so much love
    Thank you to all who care for us

  4. April 27th is my mother’s birthday. Although we don’t live in the same town any more (over two hours drive) I would normally have arranged to meet up, not necessarily the same day but around this time. Obviously this is not possible right now but it does bring things into focus when you must forgo celebrating what should be a happy day and make do with a phone call. Mondays are the one day we don’t open the shop so I try to do something special for myself as I have a bit more time. I recently bought myself (online) a new sketchbook so I took that into the quiet beer garden with a few drawing tools and sat in the sun to look around me for inspiration. I’m not a very confident artist but I did fill a couple of pages and I plan to use the sketches as inspiration for some textile work. I also had time to cook a hearty roast chicken dinner for the family and it was good to sit around the table together. It reminded me of the Sunday dinners we used to share with father-in-law and after he had become widowed and makes me think how fortunate we are to have at least our children with us at the moment.

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