Day Twelve

Bishopsteignton Lockdown Diary

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

News since last nights announcement

Coronavirus: China stops for three minutes to remember the dead – BBC News

UK coronavirus deaths increase to 4313 – BBC News


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

From Teignmouth Oracle

From Bishopsteignton Banter

5 Replies to “Day Twelve”

  1. I took a trip around the block to pay in a cheque at our village Post Office today. I fully expected to have to wait in a queue outside in the street (which is fine on a sunny day like it was today and there is very little traffic anyway) but there was no-one in front of me – a big surprise! Carrying on towards the village stores I could see several people waiting in line as they have reduced the number allowed in the shop at any one time down to three. Lovely to see neighbours and pass the time of day, even at a sensible distance. I miss the banter with the regulars over the pub bar. Seeing pictures of friends’ beautiful gardens whilst reading about what they cooked or planted or read or heard is really no substitute for the “in real life” communication that is part of being human.

  2. Well, as it was Saturday I decided to totally relax and sit in the sun and read a book. Luckily I had a paperback waiting for a holiday opportunity, as I normally read on my ipad and I cant see that in the sun! The, for an hour’s exercise I continued the 1939 Register walk, comparing the addresses then with the addresses now. It’s amazing how many houses still have the same names, even if they are newer buildings. So many of the plot names have endured. It also means that I am discovering parts of the village that I normally have no reason to visit, including the house off Church Rd. that Clifford Wallis had built for his family when he retired as schoolmaster at the then primary school, now the Community Centre. A sweet little house that looks like it has hardly changed. Then, the highlight of the day, at 8.59pm, we watched the International Space Station fly over in a totally clear sky. Now those people could teach us a thing or two about isolation! Check here for when and where to see it.

  3. With current social distancing rules I’m chatting to whoever I can over my garden wall!

    Bishopsteignton sheep

  4. We beginning our third weekof lockdown. How are we feeling? How have we occupied our time? Is this experience giving us new thoughts and ideas?
    Having decided to make sure that we put structure into our day we have enjoyed working to plan. The most noticeable thing has been the lack of pressure in not having to attend appointments, have commitments to follow up and not needing to use such words as “we must” or “we should.” There has been time in abundance, peace all around and wonderful weather to lift the spirits, all of which has helped us to achieve all we have tackled as best we could.
    We are so thankful to have a garden. The first project was to move the pond from one warm side to a more sheltered space in the hope our frog will return – a three day challenge.
    My well loved 37 year old greenhouse (which was bought second hand all those years ago when I was almost half my age) but still somehow continues to give, has had a good sort out and now shelters: tomatoes, beetroot, peppers, garlic, spring onions, flowers in seed and last years Geranium cuttings. Hopefully as the shoots appear we can share them out amongst friends and neighbours and maybe there will be something to provide for the Village Show in September.
    Ken my artist husband has managed to work and paint in his studio most days. When the wet and gloomy days return he has arranged a small corner area with a table for me to work on my own art projects and hopefully develop my flower painting skills. I am sure to benefit from his advice but I know he will be the one to choose the background music!
    Looking through the lovely fabrics I have collected over the years but not feeling I ever had the time to return to sewing and creating, I made a start in making a wrap around skirt out of an old Laura Ashley dress. So delighted with my efforts the plan is to create a summer wardrobe and not have to buy anything. Any left over fabric can be turned into more shopping bags for Sustainable Bishopsteignton.
    Our walks, as lovely as they have been have been tinged with sadness. We are not used to crossing the road to avoid meeting others but are determined to offer a greeting. Neither have we ever experienced queuing outside the shop and other outlets, 2 meters apart and only being allowed in for our produce one at a time. Some people have donned facemasks. We deliver shopping to one family and leave the goods on the doorstep, just giving a wave at the window.
    Whatever we do or how we occupy ourselves for our benefit, we must remember that not far from our own front doors are families in great distress, traumatised, bereft and extremely fearful for the future. We count our blessings, always remain thankful and also live in hope that this dreadful and horrid intrusion on our lives will soon leave us alone. Let us be grateful and know that one day, all will be well.

  5. Hubby tried the Tesco shopping trip again today – much more successfully! No queue outside and shelves fully stocked today (even managed to buy some precious toilet rolls) – yip[pee]!!
    I finally had to admit that I can’t see through my fringe (was supposed to have had my hair cut on the 26th March). Took a chance on cutting it myself and it’s not too bad – a massive thank you to Jane for posting a “how to cut your fringe” video guide on Bishop Banter- you’re a life saver!!!!
    Spent a pleasant afternoon in the garden in the glorious spring sunshine deadheading daffodils and planting geraniums in pots. We saw a few neighbours walking in the gardens so were able to have a chat (at a safe distance).
    I also had time to reflect a little today and realised that somehow this awful event is forcing us to re-evaluate what is important and allowing us to spend precious time with our families and supporting our neighbours.

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