When the Island went into lockdown not much changed to my daily
routine, as farmers we are essential workers our animals still require
cleaning, feeding and milking daily along with our crops still needing to
be drilled and harvested.
At first many of us didn’t comprehend the severity of the virus together
with the impact it would cause our economy or how our businesses
would need to diversify to stay viable. It has been testing times but as
an industry we have managed to keep our heads above the water. The
pandemic has made me thankful for what I have, a job to pay my bills
and blessed with plenty of outdoor space to roam.
I’ve found that while the Island has been in lock down, islanders have
become more connected to agriculture and the countryside, exercising
in the country lanes during the day has meant locals are able to observe
the farmers at work. We mustn’t forget the period of panic buying,
supermarket shelves low if not empty on imported goods however the
locally sourced food shelves replenished and in abundance.
Trying to stay positive I have used this time as an opportunity to
complete projects while at home, for my partner and I our weekends
were spent building a vegetable garden and chicken coop, something
we always talked about doing but could never commit the time. Sadly,
we have missed out on celebrating special occasions, seeing friends
getting married, cancelled holidays abroad and restricted seeing our
loved ones in nursing homes. I hope Coronavirus will soon be a memory
of the past and we can go back to living how we once did, we should
never take our freedom, health, friends and family for granted.