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Sunday, 22 March 2020

Sad, but not surprising

Press release last night from Grough




Such a shame, they will miss sights like this but it the right advice.  I woke early today and knew I'd not get back to sleep. So quiet when I stepped outside;  yes, it was very early on a Sunday morning but even so, hardly any traffic noise which is unusual.



The Keswick Mountain Festival has already been cancelled, on Friday a Cornwall MP was asking holiday-makers and second home owners to stay away from the South-West.



In the campervan I am effectively self-isolated . . . and with water and power I can be completely self-contained too;  the jury is still out as to whether I can/ought go to Scotland this summer but I suspect a verdict will be delivered very shortly.  Right now it is not looking good.






28 comments:

  1. Much the same here Jayne, with a possible complete lockdown for all of us from Tuesday, according to our youngest son. The only time we'll be allowed away from our property is to purchase necessary groceries. I'm so unsure of anything at the moment, but we'll plod on our own little cocoon. I've just posted too, but tried hard to make it normal. Stay safe & big hugs from way down south.

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  2. Same here in Wales, they are asking for hotels and caravan parks to be closed and Anglesey council has asked tourists to stay away from the island. I understand you would be self-isolated in your campervan and you'd be able to walk in the countryside avoiding contact with other people, but sadly not everyone is so considerate. Advice from our Health Minister is to avoid unnecessary travel.

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    1. I read a news report this morning where people in large motorhomes had turned up intending to stay a long time to ‘self-isolate’. It has not gone down well:
      https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/21/scottish-government-furious-at-travellers-to-highlands-and-islands
      Up to now the two caravan clubs have said they would keep sites open, I wonder how long before they are forced to revoke that?

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  3. My Easter break up in your neck of the woods has sadly been cancelled as of yesterday but it was inevitable, and given that the site is on a farm absolutely the right thing to do. Like you I can be self-contained in the van if necessary so I'll be thinking of places in the countryside/by the coast where I can get to even if it's only on a daily basis. Love your photo, that's just the sort of sight I appreciate :)

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    1. Hi sweetie, I thought about sending you that press release last night but figured you would (sadly) find out soon enough.

      I have also reached the conclusion that I will be restricted to day trips, but we are both very fortunate to have some very, very lovely places within that ‘limit’.

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  4. We are living in very strange times and I feel so sad for all those businesses, dependent on tourism, that won't be able to recover from this. X

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    1. Hi Jules, I have just had the same conversation with a neighbour - it could be Foot & Mouth, or another flood, but once again our wonderful small businesses have had an entire season’s income taken from them.

      (Oh, and the conversation was at the bottom of my drive with much distance!)

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  5. Dear Jayne
    Sad, but inevitable at the moment. We also need to do what we can to help those on the frontline. For some businesses that offer it, buying online will help, but for others, it will be a really bad time.
    We all need to do what we can to help.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Quite right Ellie, thank goodness for online . . .

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  6. Husband and I have already decided not to use our caravan this year and intend to cancel our Caravan and Motorhome Club membership (why pay for something you aren't going to use). We will rejoin when things settle down. This will hit all our local communities hard. My daughter decided to close her little shop in Wigton yesterday for the duration, she said she wasn't the only one. Look after yourself Jayne, stay safe.

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    1. Eleanor, I am so sorry to hear about your daughter, but not surprised. I am wondering what will be left when I next go into Cockermouth 😢☹️

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  7. Apparently some tourist destinations are heaving with cafes and amusement arcades packed. No doubt the consequence will be that we will all face more stringent rulings.

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    1. I saw that Sue, and as a result the National Trust have rescinded their ‘open for free’ decision of a week ago. The good weather doesn’t help (bugger, who ever thought I would say that!!)

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  8. Oh goodness....it just keeps rippling outwards, doesn't it?

    We live in a very tourism-based area and I can't even imagine what sort of long-term impact this will have. The reverberations will be felt long after the immediate dangers have subsided, I think.

    One of our garden centers announced they were closing yesterday....I don't mind telling you I was gutted. They're going to attempt a curbside delivery service but that will mean building an online store -- which strikes me as a gargantuan and expensive task -- I feel for them very much as they're a family-run business with local employees.

    On a completely random note, my lovely Nanna was born and raised in Keswick <3 xo

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    1. Oh Mel, we’re almost family then 😄😄

      Interesting you mention garden centres because I already plan to go out and ‘panic buy’ tomorrow - only my intention is to stock up with potting compost.

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    2. I had myself a bit of a moment yesterday when I heard the news and felt like I wanted to go and panic-buy the same. And seeds. Then I remembered I can get it elsewhere and I should just take a deep breath. I *will* be stockpiling, though...not gonna lie.
      🥰

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    3. Well, I confess . . . Management and I went into town earlier. If it is a product I buy every year, and I always buy this amount, is it ‘panic buying’?

      But I now have my seed compost - and it looks like many other people have done the same thing. I was in that store at the beginning of the week and they had LOADS. This afternoon, virtually none left. I am relieved we went when we did.

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  9. Beautiful photo of the sunrise. I think we're all going to have to have a staycation this year with more stringent rules and regulations coming into play all the time, it's only a matter of time before our movements are restricted. I still don't think people are taking it as seriously as they should and this is why the government are having to make people follow the rules. There were people spilling out of the pubs round here before they had to close.

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    1. Jo, hope for the best, but expect the worst. I pray you are not proved right in your concerns about whether we will be allowed to move about freely. Thank goodness the pubs/clubs have been closed down.

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  10. Remain hopeful about your Scotland trip. It is mid-March so let's all hope that better times will be here within a couple of months. We are wondering if the summer home owners in our area are going to start showing up in late April as usual.

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    1. I cannot see it happening m’dear. There is already ‘anger’ in Scotland and the South West at motorhome owners going to these less populated places, it has been made very clear they are not welcome. Less densely populated areas are at the bottom of the resources chain for healthcare services in normal times, people are worried that visitors will add to the burden.
      Just a moment ago I received an email from one of the two national Camping organisations advising they have closed all their sites in the UK. The other organisation will have to do the same.

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  11. It is really sad that it has come to this but I think it is for the best at the moment. I wrote about this in a post the other day. Whilst I appreciate the impact that no tourists will have on our beautiful county, the impact on the health services will be far reaching. As you say we have less people living here in the entire county than many major cities, we are very spread out and so is the healthcare. We have to hope that by reducing movement for a few weeks/ couple of months it will flatten the curve and then we can start to move around again.

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    1. Absolutely right Mum. People I know “down south” cannot comprehend that for many major conditions, Cumbrians find it “normal” to have to travel 3 hours each way to the big hospitals in Newcastle. We just do not have the resources here to cope with a big increase in demand.

      Take care neighbour. xxx

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  12. Very unsettling times with all we know fast disappearing as wise and nescesary precautions are put in place and our horizons narrow by the day. Take care:)

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    1. Hi Rosie, I think you have summed it up perfectly. Take care and keep in touch. xx

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  13. Thank you Dear One!

    Yes, my Birthday is this week. -smile-

    I've seen a lot, in my lifetime, but this 83rd will be a *duzzzzzzy*! -smile-

    Gotta' -smile-... The opposite, does no good!

    Good that tourists can not come this year. For your sake!

    Gentle hugs,
    Be calm,
    Be safe...

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    1. Glad you saw my message, many happy returns.

      Health implications aside, not good that tourists have to stay away - most businesses here are small, many family run - no “big box stores” in this part of the world. They are losing a whole season’s income.

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