What is the best way to make a trip to the pharmacy exciting?
During pandemic lockdown it is when this is considered an essential journey and petrol has remained in the tank for weeks.
Off we went this morning to Milford on Sea for that heady pleasure. The establishment’s door was open. Just inside stood a table on which the pre-ordered products were placed by the friendly staff for the masked and gloved Jackie to pick up. There were no other customers behind whom to queue.
I had hoped to walk along the clifftop on the way home, but there was nowhere to park so I settled for the occasional stoppage along a largely deserted road.
For fear of an influx of campers and city dwellers escaping infested metropolises The New Forest District Council along with many others of beauty spots has
sealed off entrances to the forest and beaches like those at Milford and Barton.
Here, a facility in which spaces would be at a premium in such spring sunshine was occupied by one single seated pedestrian.
A locked children’s playground’s attractions stood idle.
Promenades were almost deserted;
this desultory hound appeared to be struggling to keep up.
Hazy spray beset the Isle of Wight and The Needles;
waves and spray also beset this side of the Solent,
where beach huts, replaced after the devastation of the storms of February 2014, stood locked.in isolation.
A solitary figure sat in contemplation on staggered steps;
three walkers passed a woman in the process of emptying her pooch.
Turning into Downton Lane we observed a tractor toiling in Roger Cobb’s sun-kissed field.
While Nugget briefly visited his feeder, Burt entertained us with his trapeze act this evening as we dined on Jackie’s wholesome chicken and vegetable soup with crusty sourdough bread, followed by mixed fruit crumble and custard. The Culinary Queen drank Hoegaarden and I continued with the Valreas.