With all of the things we are due to miss this year (mainly sport) due to lockdown, I keep looking forward to what I hope we will manage to do this summer. It feels like coronavirus and lockdown could completely wipe out the summer. Which isn’t the end of the world, of course, and we all have to do what we have to do to keep people and the NHS safe.
But I really would like a holiday. I don’t ask for much. I just want to go to Padstow.
We booked a holiday in Padstow for ourselves and the younger kids months ago. Yes, we go every year. But Padstow to us is summer. It’s also a home from home. It’s a place to relax and unwind. And in a year when so much has been cancelled, we need that more than ever.
I’m trying not to think about it, but as the weather improves, my mind keeps turning to walks around the harbour and the beach, as well as running and cycling along the Camel Trail. My son keeps talking about pasties, and I keep thinking about Rick Stein’s fish and chips and the delicious cream tea on the South West Coast Path.
In my head, the sun is shining. The reality is, the sun doesn’t always shine in Padstow. In fact, we seem to have a knack for being there when it’s rainy. But I would take a rainy Padstow over no Padstow. The sun would be a bonus.
In July, my husband and I were due to go to Amsterdam for two nights. By some remarkable coincidence, the younger two kids were both due to go away on school trips at the same time. My son’s rugby tour has already been postponed until next year. Incredibly, my daughter’s Paris trip hasn’t yet been cancelled or postponed, but I’m sure it’s only a matter of time.
I’d really been looking forward to Amsterdam, but I can’t see it happening.
At the end of August, we were due to go to Center Parcs with my whole family. We did that two years ago and we had the best time. I think that is very unlikely to happen. My parents are in their 70s and there is talk of over 70s having to social distance for a year or more, until there is a vaccine. Social distancing in the swimming pool at Center Parcs is impossible.
Of course, there might be a miracle in the next few weeks. But I can’t see it happening. It would be so nice to salvage just a few weeks of summer and to at least enjoy our trip to Padstow.
And we can look forward to Center Parcs in 2021, when hopefully lockdown will be a distant memory…