Quiet and Misty

If you’ve been following the news much during this first week of lockdown 2.0, you might have seen or heard that traffic levels in various parts of the country haven’t reduced as they did during the first lockdown. Obviously, the main difference this time is that the schools have stayed open and many children are driven to school. However, when I walked down to see my father on Sunday morning it was very much quieter than usual.

A busy Covid Sunday.

It was so quiet at this normally busy junction in Ipswich that I was able to capture this damp autumn street view. Not a single car in sight. Disappointingly though, by the time I arrived at my father’s flat, the early mist had almost lifted. This was a pity as my photograph would have been greatly improved if the bulk of the hulk had been shrouded instead of spotlit by the morning sun.

Ipswich Waterfront – marina, harbour, docks.

It was just a quick picture from his balcony as even though I wear a mask and the door is open for fresh air, I try not to stay too long in his flat, just in case.

Speedy visits are not the only changes to my walks down to the Waterfront. Back on 29th April this year, Suffolk County Council closed the Waterfront to vehicles, apparently for three weeks. This was to enable plenty of space for physical distancing for the 2,000 or so residents who live in the surrounding apartment blocks. Yes, the closure was for just three weeks! Knowing what we all know now it comes as no surprise that the road is still closed half a year later.

Covid restrictions – no vehicular access along the Waterfront.

Author: agnesashe

Artisan, blogger and passionate East Anglian working from home.

13 thoughts on “Quiet and Misty”

  1. Most atmospheric, Agnes…that first image almost eerie in its quietude….stillness, solitude. So very un 21st century England as we knew it!

    1. Yes, it is not a traditional ‘fine’ view, but it has its moments. It is good for my father as he is interested in the comings and goings of the cargo ships, yachts and the odd old barge. And, like a few of his neighbours, he has also followed the progress of a family of swans this year as a pair of signets have turned from brown to white and learnt to fly.

  2. A very interesting post Agnes. I have returned to my blogging from one of the most severe covid lockdowns. I was interested in your photos and story. We had a second wave in Melbourne and were locked down from the rest of Australia including the rest of our state. A very severe lockdown. BUT. Today 14 days of 0 cases and 0 deaths.Stay safe over there we hear it is troubling. And I hope your father is especially safe.

    1. Hello and welcome back and with such great, positive news. Yes, I have been reading about the Melbourne lockdown. Glad it looks like you are through the worst. I am afraid over here in parts of the UK, there have been issues with compliance even though our lockdowns have been no where near as draconian as elsewhere in the world. Our numbers of deaths from Covid are bad and sadly as usual it is the poorer communities that are taking the biggest hit. My father and I live in a quiet, sleepy county with some of the lowest numbers for infection rates and as long as he doesn’t need to go to hospital and he follows all the health advice he should be okay. šŸ¤žšŸ»

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