While we missed human contact, the relative peace and quiet was quite restful.
Of course, that was until the kids got up each day for their home schooling and other indoor activities.
We also became aware of birdsong, and not just the cry of the seagulls.
We could hear a male blackbird singing his magical notes and sometimes a song thrush showing off its repertoire.
One of the joys of the spring sunshine was the abundance of daffodils and the ‘flutterings’ of the season’s new butterflies who joyfully spread their colourful wings and enjoy the warmth of the sun’s rays.
At night we could see the stars from our window. The stars and planets twinkled brightly in the velvety black of the nocturnal sky.
And of course, the incredible community spirit prevailed!
Whitby stood proud with its network of fantastic volunteers.
Perhaps during trying times the ones we’ve had in the last 18 months meant with living ‘in the moment’.
We now listen to the rhythms of nature; feel the pull of the tides; feel joy if a rainbow appears and open a window so we can feel the breeze on our faces.
Even when it rains, the pitter-patter on the glass panes is another gentle sound we’ve noticed.
We understood the importance of lockdown and the benefits it hopefully brought with it.
We are blessed in so many ways: our family, our friends, our wonderful town.