Such excitement this week as Lockdown protocols were eased slightly and we were able to visit the family in Kimbolton. A big treat and our first proper excursion into the wilds of Cambridgeshire.
Zac and Julie have a large home in Stonely with a garden, adjacent to Kimbolton, where two of the grandchildren, Tyger and Fin, were at school. Poor Tyger has had his year wrecked by the pandemic and had, in March, to be rescued from Thailand as lockdowns were imposed round the world. He and his friend, Chip, literally got the last plane to the UK out of Bangkok having only been in the country at the start of their backpack travels for about three days. I guess this is a story repeated many times all over the world but it doesn’t alter the sadness at seeing plans shattered. I feel so sorry for our youth : Tyger goes to Imperial College at the end of summer but not like students before him; the possibility of making friends, of sharing things, of proper tutorials and lectures in the company of colleagues – these have all been compromised.
It was a great day; the sun shone and the roasting lamb on the Weber went down a treat with some rather nice wines. Everyone can cook in that family. A miracle! And such a help too.Like many homes everywhere lockdown must be a claustrophobic experience.
With four strapping men, Julie has her work cut out and its great they can all help.
Jabe is locked down from Loughborough University; Fin is still at Kimbolton School for a year or two longer. We just stayed the day; no overnighting allowed yet and drove back to Mistley in the early evening.
Then on Tuesday the next event – our first visitors – as Friends Helen (Bourne) and Robert (Finlayson) drove down for lunch on Midsummer Day with the sun burning down and unheard of temperatures bleaching brown our Green. So out with the hoses later to revive all our new planting efforts!
Our Friend Sarah across The Green is selling The Old Custom House, a double fronted Georgian construction and her home for the past twenty years. It was this gem that Helen came to view; also Swan House overlooking Swan Basin in the village centre diagonally opposite the Thorn Hotel & Post Office. It has a view down past the little dock, over the estuary towards Harwich.
Such excitement. A change in routine. A planned luncheon. It made me nervous suddenly, its so long since those epicurean grey cells have been exercised. What to do? What to give them? Epic decision making in these times of Lockdown.
It all went well. Apart from appalling traffic coming out of London that is. It’s a long way to come for the day, a 165 mile round trip but they felt it was worth it and everyone enjoyed the visit – distancing notwithstanding.
So another week has slid by: Zooms of Bridge, of international family visits, tea parties in gardens (and sometimes not) and the usual Boxset and Bio sessions! Lots of navel gazing.
We are alarmed though at the poor interpretation here of the easier rules. There is deliberate flouting though not on the Bournemouth Beach scale I am happy to say. All our medical friends say there will be another large spike later this summer.
Well, we shall see…………..
Stay safe all.