It’s another lovely sunny day, it was the Spring equinox yesterday, and a week tonight the clocks will go forward marking the start of British Summer Time. On Thursday I saw the first lamb locally – though I think it would have been an unexpectedly early arrival. It’s the time of year when I start thinking about welcoming our guests.
But not this year. Please follow government and NHS advice and don’t think about travelling, don’t ignore the restrictions. I appreciate that it might seem tempting to escape the cities in search of isolation in the Highlands but it will cause chaos in rural communities.
I’m often asked about life here on Seil, “idyllic” is often mentioned, and yes, we are very lucky to live here, we have beautiful surroundings, clean air and a wonderful community.
But It’s going to be a hard time here too. So many people earn their living from tourism and hospitality and have seen their jobs disappear overnight. But you can help. Eventually the restrictions will be lifted and we’ll be able to welcome you back. In the meantime, if you can, and I know many people have lost their jobs too, think about buying vouchers and mail-order items. That way there’s a better chance they will still be here when you can come back.
Everything* takes longer to get here, we pay extra for our online orders; never mind the bridge we’re an island when it comes to delivery charges. Don’t get me wrong, we might complain about these things in the pub, but we do love living here. But at the moment the pubs, as well as all the cafes, restaurants, museums and other attractions are closed.
We’re half an hour from our local district hospital but our nearest intensive care unit is nearly three hours away in Glasgow. Our health centre is great, but it’s designed to cope with our small population. They’ll happily treat emergencies among summer visitors but can’t cope with large increases in patients.
Our local producers and shops are working hard to maintain supplies and make sure we have food and access to it, but our supermarkets are struggling too. We love serving you our freshly baked bread, but flour has disappeared from the shelves – perhaps in a future post I can share how we’ve been utilising less common ingredients?
Here are a few Seil and Easdale businesses who are selling vouchers:
Wherever you are, stay safe and follow the guidelines.
Caroline, George and Bramble
*Not the actual post, we have a remarkable postal service, occasionally it seems as if things arrive even before I’ve sent them.