Day Nine

The theme for Becky’s  April Squares challenge is ‘top’ 

    1. On Top of the World – summit, crown, peak or uppermost part of something
    2. Under the Big Top – topping or covering (or if you’re really lucky circus)
    3. Room at the Top – first or highest in position
    4. Cherry on Top – something made even more wonderful by becoming square
    5. Top and Tail – or maybe you’d prefer to play around with word combinations such as top dog, top stitch, top full, top line, top fruit, top hat, top secret, top knot, top drawer and top dollar!
(no) room at the top

Social distancing on top of Trencrom Hill. I have never seen so many people up on ‘my ‘ hill in the four years I have lived here. So for now, we are remaining at the bottom.

April Squares | Day Nine

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

39 thoughts on “Day Nine”

  1. I love the photo, but don’t like the approach some are taking to social distancing. So irritating for you to lose your hill xx

    1. The report from Manchester police is pretty shocking! People need to take this seriously. And be fined or jailed even.

  2. Yesterday I drove out to a nature preserve in the countryside and found more people visiting than I’d seen in the 20 years I’ve been going there. After a couple of hours wandering in nature I returned to the parking lot and had to give a wide berth to a swarm of teenagers hanging around the car that had parked right next to mine.

    1. Yes, it appears the teenagers think they are invincible wherever they live. And the younger ones. We avoid the hill now as last time we were there some young kids were chasing each other around and coming uncomfortably close to us. I understand why they need to run, but they should still understand the limits.

  3. There’s only one walk near me that’s become tricky because of the number of people using it. But even here, people are careful and dance away from each other. Mind you, we’re all old fogues.

    1. I think that’s the problem. Younger folk don’t seem to understand what keeping your distance is – especially children. I had a nightmare last night where I went out and there were crowds of people everywhere – queuing along the streets, driving on the roads, crowded into the doctor’s surgery. I was totally shocked as I couldn’t move for people and wondered if there had been an announcement ending the lockdown. I’m actually beginning to feel anxious about crowds now!

      1. True enough! It’s been a bit underused these last couple of days, but the sun’s out again now. Been on an Easter egg delivering mission for the local kids this morning. 🙂 🙂 Roof top views and a giggle or two coming your way on Saturday. Couldn’t make it fit for today and I’m part of a feature Sue Slaught is doing tomorrow. Sigh! It’s all go 🙂

  4. I’m still trying to figure out what it looks like to me. Maybe an animal [with a very flat snout] looking toward the left?

        1. I think I had previously named this one as Mick Jagger (lips), it does depend on which side you look at them.

        2. That’s the funin it: quite often everyone sees something different in thos rocks/clouds. 🙂

  5. Aaargh, people….what do they NOT understand about keeping distance? That’s why I have been isolating for over 3 weeks now

  6. Just posted about that on my blog. Not the rock, the social distancing.
    Nice to see ‘your’ rocks again, Jude.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

  7. I love seeing your rock formation and I am glad you have easy access to open space.

    Social distancing is more difficult in a northern town packed with terrace houses, but almost everyone is trying to do their best. Places where people can walk are busier than they were before.

    I’d guess that a big proportion of people were not going outside at all, especially at first. I’ve been wondering how people’s immune systems will react to being in a cleaner than normal environment without any contacts for weeks at a time.

    1. I do feel sorry for people living in towns and suburbs, especially where parks are closed, and they are forced to walk on narrow pavements. Driving to a large open space does seem reasonable, but I suppose car parks become a bottle neck. And yes, good point about immune systems.

    1. I suppose they needed a rest after climbing up the hill, especially if they came from the car park. Oh, no that can’t be right, they are not supposed to drive to exercise… I suppose they could be locals, though locals don’t normally linger on the rocks.

  8. I’m feeling quite lucky that most of my infrequent excursions beyond my gate have been marked by quite sensible and respectful behaviour by others — except the bloody cyclists who have decided that they now own the roads AND the pavements.

    1. Yes, cyclists whizz past us sometimes and horse riders two abreast. Given part of the lane is probably no more that 2m wide that means we really do have to squeeze into the hedge! And god help us when a tractor appears…

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