Lockdown: Life in the village

We live in a ‘semi-rural location’ in Gloucestershire – a village reasonably close to a town. The village has a high proportion of residents in their 60s, 70s and above, and not many kids. During lockdown, we’ve spent a lot of time walking round the village. With no friends locally, the kids are usually with us. We see the same things and same people every day. It’s a bit like This Country combined with Groundhog Day.

We have endless discussions about a dog that sometimes barks at us and sometimes doesn’t. It’s out most days when we walk past and some days it comes charging down the drive to bark at us and other times it completely ignores us. We talk to it and about it, and my younger son always reminds us: ‘It’s not your dog!’.

These are some of the observations we’ve made in recent weeks. We’ve said them, then stopped to take a long hard look at ourselves. We are literally turning into Kerry and Kurtan, just with less ‘effing and jeffing’. Is this what life has become?

One of these is an actual line from This Country. Can you spot which one?

  • ‘The bin’s been emptied’ (this is a bus stop bin, not ours)
  • ‘The hat’s fallen out of the tree’ (an item of lost property)
  • ‘I saw a lady with her caddy and I knew what she was going to do – she emptied it into the bin!’ (again, a public bin, not her own)
  • ‘You know that decomposing fox? It’s face has finally caved in.’
  • ‘The man in the orange coat was wearing a blue coat’
  • ‘Our nice lady with the dog was talking to the grumpy woman!’
  • ‘They could have eaten the flake, that didn’t even touch the ground’ and, later – ‘I can’t believe it still hasn’t melted properly’ (we’d seen the same dropped ice cream on the ground six times in a day)
  • ‘Who’s that?’ (we see some people in the distance we don’t recognise, we always recognise EVERYONE) ‘Oh I know who it is, I saw her in Sainsbury’s yesterday.’
  • ‘We should stop here if you don’t want to see the dead rabbit.’ ‘I thought that was the dead rabbit.’ ‘No, that’s a different dead rabbit. The other one was more flat.’

This Country, Kerry and Kurtan, Life in the village, Village life


Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. This made me smile so much, we go on an evening walk and have similar conversations!

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    • I’m so glad it’s not just us! I’ve probably missed most of the boring things we’ve said, but this is just a flavour of the way things have become for us.

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  2. hahaha! We’re exactly the same here. The littlest changes seem such a big deal.
    I keep meaning to watch This Country. x

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    • Glad it’s not just us! When everything is the same every day for weeks on end, these tiny things suddenly become worth talking about. X

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  3. Haha, this made me laugh. We don’t tend to all go out together that much so I usually have these sorts of chats with my dog!

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    • It’s good to hear that you still have them with someone! That must be nice to walk just with the dog. I love our family walks, but I do also like the solitude of walking on my own. X

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  4. We live in a large town, one of the largest in Scotland, so I am not the same just now, but I grew up in a really small one, so I do understand this. The little things are the most noticeable x

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    • It must be very different living in a town. This is definitely a village thing! x

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  5. That’s hilarious! We live in a town so it is different for us but know friends who live in villages have all said that lockdown has driven them nearly crazy! I have used the term Groundhog Day a lot over the last few months, most people have no idea what I am talking about

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    • We love our walks, even though we walk the same way at least twice a day, but it is definitely driving us crazy! We were using the term ‘Groundhog Day’ ourselves, but had never actually watched the film, so we watched it a few weeks ago on Netflix!

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  6. That is so funny, and definitely the type of observations that go on in villages.

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    • Glad it’s not just us! We did laugh when we stopped and had a good listen to ourselves and realised just how boring our conversations had become.

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