The Unbearable Emptiness of Lockdown

I was going to write about my experience of walking from the Waterfront to the Town Centre on a ‘busy’ Friday lunchtime in Ipswich, but I think on this occasion the pictures speak for themselves.

The Hold – on hold
Shoppers’ car park
Busy Buttermarket
Tree parking
A delivery

Author: agnesashe

Artisan, blogger and passionate East Anglian working from home.

11 thoughts on “The Unbearable Emptiness of Lockdown”

  1. I’ve felt the same way driving around here on streets with only a few cars when there were so many. It’s profoundly unsettling, the depopulation of public spaces.

    1. Yes, that’s exactly the expression ‘profoundly unsettling’. But it’s not what we feel in the empty natural environment is it? I think humans have somehow lost their way.

      1. Your comment sums up perfectly what I have been feeling. I am at a loss to know how or what to think or how to plan for going on. It seems so much is wrong and I feel out of step and wondering where and if I belong anywhere anymore. You are right, an empty landscape is a comfort, though, because it isn’t empty, really, but full of life, trees, animals, insects…I am feeling more and more I would like to spend more time in that environment than in the manmade.

      2. Yes, I entirely sympathise with your feeling and agree that during these unstable, unknowable times nature has more to offer with its cycles of life.

  2. Bill just came back from the supermarket, usually busy on a Saturday morning, and said “there’s not much movement out there”. Plenty of parking, etc. . . . But he still managed to get stuck in a queue at the checkout (social distanced of course).

    1. It comes to something when THE high-risk activity of the week is the trip to the supermarket. Well done Bill! So far I’ve queued from 10 mins to nearly an hour to enter a supermarket, but I do think the first wave of hysteria has washed over us. now Certainly looks like New Zealand have dodged the bullet and with luck Australia is doing very well and will end up like New Zealand, yes perhaps??? Can’t see intercontinental air travel making a massive comeback anytime soon.

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