Awaydays in Scarboro – Easing of lockdown

Walking in the spa gardens and on south cliff

Awaydays in Scarborough
The Italian Garden and spa view
Awaydays in Scarborough - the Clock Cafe (not open), the shop (open) and deserted views towards the town
Awaydays in Scarborough – the Clock Cafe (not open), the shop (open) and deserted views towards the town
Awaydays in Scarborough - the pond and frog walk in the Italian Gardens and the Rose Garden
The pond and frog walk in the Italian Gardens and the Rose Garden
Awaydays in Scarborough - South Cliff and the Red Lea hotel
South Cliff and the Red Lea hotel – small insect with purple wings

Easing of lockdown and chance to catchup and slow down

This was our first chance to take a break. Social distancing was good. No visits to pubs or supermarkets. Nothing open down on the foreshore. To make sure all was well and tidy up any projects.

The lintel on the flat’s front windows rubbed down and painted with hammerite. It took minutes to complete, but hours to move carpets and furniture and, afterwards, to clean me up and some of my clothes. At home, our family bubble has now been meeting almost daily and we do our own shopping, so Scarborough sort of took us back into lockdown. It describes why we go – time and space. Back to normal at home – we are running out of them.

The wheel was half constructed on the site of the Futurist Theatre. Sadly I didn’t have my camera.

Lots of talk about how the pandemic is an amplifier and accelerator. The cracks that have been around for a while have suddenly got wider. Social inequality, social care and racism are examples. Just how much will be done remains to be seen. Our very presence in Scarborough highlights the gap between the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’. Climate change hopefully will bring forward innovation ahead of time – as long at it makes money. Reasonably-priced electric cars sooner than expected maybe. Will opening up the economy be the same for everyone?

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