Our local airport is a gateway for carriers such as Ryanair and TUI taking passengers to reasonably close destinations in Europe and private aircraft. It is unusual to see jumbo planes sitting on the tarmac but with the grounding of so many flights internationally, some of British Airways planes are parked for storage in Bournemouth.
Before things start to get back to normal (or as we are told ‘the new normal’) I decided to drive by to see what the fuss is about.
Well, it is impressive to see these planes crammed in to our little airport and I had the added bonus of watching the NHS delivery plane take off.
The enforced time at home and in nearby open spaces should have dragged but goodness, the 1st day of June has arrived quickly. Maybe the time spent exercising outside has eroded more hours of my days than the spin class at the gym or maintaining communications with friends and family through online tools has resulted in more frequent contact: lengthy conversations as we try to compensate for hugs and the joy of presence.
On these hot weekends, daily exercise along the beach can feel like being in a pinball machine, trying to avoid social contact of less than 2 metres, so we go for a walk as the sun lowers for the night. The water is shallow in Poole Harbour and when the tide is out, it is possible to walk a long distance before sinking in to one of the channels. This adult and child enjoyed their evening stroll, making the most of the quiet waters of Lockdown.
Today is the day after our first family online birthday celebration. Our baby granddaughter reached her 1st birthday, loved by many but only cuddled by her mum and dad on that special day. She didn’t mind but the rest of us wish we could have hugged her to demonstrate our love rather than ordering items to be delivered in cardboard boxes.
There are more family birthdays coming up in the next few weeks and I know we will get used to singing happy birthday to a computer and blowing out virtual candles.
Our early morning walk around one of the world’s largest natural harbours was stunning today. Hardly any wind stirred movement on the water and the boats were at rest. It was a wonderful way to start our day and helped me forget the negativity in the world’s struggle against the virus. One day at a time, I try to raise my spirits and retain hope that all will be well in the end.