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Life in lockdown 3
not just at home
Goldsithney . St Hilary . Rosudgeon
Quite a feeling of déjà vu.
We have closed again as a member of staff has tested Covid positive. In line with government guidelines because we have had contact with someone who has tested positive we must self-isolate for 10 days. I know some people have gone and got a test and then carried on as normal if theirs was negative but that's not how it should work
I know I could do with a couple of days off, but shutting the shop wasn't what I had in mind and we can't go anywhere
Not that I've been anywhere lately anyway. As I treat I have done the cash and carry run on an odd occasion but other than that I've hardly left the premises since last March.
Looking out the window on the outside world as I watch people walking by it's as if it's just a normal day.
How we all long to be able to meet up with friends and not have to plan a trip to the shops in regimental style
Stay safe, keep looking out for those silver linings and I look forward to seeing you all on the other side
Joanne, Godsithney Store
Lockdown 3 has brought more time spent on a computer than ever before. Teaching online has been a steep learning curve for everyone involved but it has been wonderful to have the chance to see each other every day, share our news and continue learning together when our classroom has otherwise been empty. Pets have joined us each morning including guinea pigs, cats, dogs, stick insects, peacocks and even a sour dough starter! We all say each day how much we are looking forward to getting back to school as normal.
I’ve been lucky to be working in schools some days each week but when I couldn’t it was musical zooming again. I’ve tried all sorts of things to make it possible for everyone to participate either at home or at school, with or without instruments, so that included kitchen samba. You really can make music with anything! Tom has continued to be part of everything. He’s a great teaching assistant.
After 7 hours and 90 jabs I blessed the God of Tea and the lady who brought homemade brownies. More jabs next week and onwards into the summer. I quite like the freedom of scrubs but the face covering steams up my specs.
Lindsay, Lafafa Catering
This is just prior to the 11am. Morning Service of Holy Communion at Zennor, for Palm Sunday. Some members of the congregation can be seen in the background chatting to the Priest. The ubiquitous face-masks are all in evidence, and unsurprisingly, hymn-singing is not allowed, which definitely puts a damper on things. So I have taken to providing an opening voluntary composed of all the seasonal hymns from which in normal circumstances we would have chosen four to sing during the service.
On this occasion the hymns included “Ride on, ride on in majesty,” “All glory, laud and honour,” “My song is love unknown,” “Praise to the Holiest” and “O Sacred Head” – the Passion Chorale. The three other points in the service at which I provide music are firstly: a meditative piece for when the Priest proceeds to the Holy Table or Altar to prepare Holy Communion; secondly: in similar vein during and after the administration of Holy Communion to the congregation; and thirdly, by contrast: a rousing exit voluntary at the end, to send the people on their way on an upbeat note.
In these constrained times of Covid-19, my role is seen as more important than ever, since without sung hymns our services would be bereft of music, which for most worshippers would be depressing in the extreme. Can you imagine “Songs of Praise” without music?
Even though as a musician, I can and do read and write music regularly (in “normal” times I of course use the hymn book for congregational singing), at the organ during these services I play from memory and by ear, working from a prepared list of titles, as you can probably see on the music stand. This means I can go on as long as necessary if there are delays – often improvising on the hoof – or “turn on a sixpence” if a sudden change of mood is necessary. This tends to come into its own at weddings, though there have been precious few of those recently!
Although much of the music I use cannot by any means be described as sacred, I nonetheless try to tailor it to create or enhance a suitable mood of contemplation – or indeed rejoicing – as befits the ambience of worship.
Counting the birds on my feeders for the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch Sunday 31st January 2021. My favourite family of long tailed tits came- taking no notice of social distancing and simply flying off together after their free lunch. Lucky things!
I miss James so much, I miss the life that we should be sharing now and growing older together. I miss his smile, his wit and intelligence, his conversation and knowledge, his kindness and gentleness, but most of all his love.
He was diagnosed with an aggressive and inoperable brain tumour at the beginning of February this year and passed away a month later – only eight months after we had begun our new and joyous life.
We met 55 years ago in the sixth form, dated for a while and then went our separate ways. At the beginning of the first lockdown in 2020 we reconnected via social media, there then followed many emails exchanging memories of people and places from our past, bread recipes, photography tips, favourite reads and films, anecdotes – all manner of topics. Lockdown became bearable as daily I looked forward to a new tale from the north. James visited for a couple of days in July… and never went back! I don’t think we could believe our luck, finding each other again and falling in love at 70. It only happens in fairy tales, or so I thought.
I can now only feel so very grateful for the wonderful, albeit too short, time we spent together. Tears fall freely and frequently, interspersed with smiles as I remember the most amazing man that is James.
I still love you James, let your soul and spirit fly into the mystic
(Into the Mystic Van Morrison)
Counting down the days to the unknown; we’ve all got our personal agendas on what we’d like to do or go, eagerly awaiting the day we get our time to spend it how we wish.
We often say, “ We’ve done that, we’ve done this, we’ve been there!” Abiding by the government’s restrictions.
This lockdown has been by far the toughest, with homeschooling, a baby to look after and the daily household keeping. At times we have all snapped at each other but we do reflect and think about others who are worse off than us.
What keeps us going is the planning ahead, the thoughts of Spring and the light at the end of the tunnel.
Louise, Nick, Jessica, Cohen & Hali
Annie, Lindsay, girls & Blue
Emily, Seb, Kitty, Kia, Seagame, Amana, Zion & Pirate
It has been a struggle for a lot of people this time round but knowing I am going to make a difference makes it worthwhile. The masks make my glasses steam up which is a nuisance and they can make it hard to communicate with people who rely on your facial expressions to understand. But hopefully the
end is in sight
During lockdown, a number of old, misused, or unused bicycles were donated by people in the area - glad to have the space in sheds and garages! Each one was assessed for its potential or for its parts if cannibalised! Some needed a few new parts but all that were at all fit for repair were put in working order.
These bikes - a steady stream over the months of Covid- have been taken to the containers at Long Rock and shipped off the Moldova on the lorry that comes every few months.
An email has been sent by the pastor in Moldova to say how much these bikes are valued as they give the working generation a mode of transport to get to employment. As they are able to remain in the villages now, the parents and their children are living as families once again.
After Christmas I hit a low point – feeling my work plans had been ruined by the virus situation. I felt stuck.
Along with many others, I decided to turn to the cold water – and was surprised to find just how much it has helped me through.
I now have a serious addiction, which I hope will stay with me for the rest of my life.
I am disappointed – now both of my owners are getting into the water. I am not sure about it, but oversee with diligence and care.
I’ve always swum in the sea every day. It is my sanctuary and never fails to make me feel better, whatever the weather, whatever the temperature. It has been a real help to me during these times and I feel so fortunate to be able to walk to places of such beauty. I’m glad Adam is now getting the benefit of the cold water too, not sure poor Tom approves though.
The lock downs were a tricky time for many people particularly because they were unable to meet up with friends and family or take part in activities that gave their lives meaning. It felt great to be getting the boat ready in order to resume working once the lock down eased. Getting back to work and no longer relying on government hand outs was important for self esteem. Once again we would be able to get people back out on the water to share spaectacular West Penwith coastline and the wildlife of Mount’s Bay.
Duncan, Marine Discovery
Setting sail on the first trip post lock down brought back the sense of freedom that working on the water brings. Sharing that sense of freedom and escapism with passengers is a real pleasure and then end of the lockdown made all the more special.
and they sailed away for a yer and a day....
© Annie Bungeroth 2021