Lockdown in Walberswick
We found ourselves in Fern Cottage when the lockdown was announced and as no guests were able to come we decided to stay put. For the next 3 months! And this is what happened - spring unfurled gently but steadily in the village and in our garden; the dog grew used to daily walks without a lead; we discovered fab new walks together and alone and grew accustomed to an empty beach; we made a new dry garden at the front and bulked up last year's planting in the back; we tried home-schooling for 2 weeks and then abandoned it; we watched as the village gradually came to life with day visitors; we rigged up a hammock and a swing; we watered the garden as the drought stretched on for two months; we said hello to now familiar faces by the Co-op and in the lanes; we cooked and ate together 3 times a day; we watched the daffodils, tulips and alliums come and go; we sowed vegetables and flowers in a tiny slice of allotment; we met up with friends on the beach for 2 metre conversations; and finally, we cleaned and repaired, packed up and locked the doors. It was magical.
A small family from east London.