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Originally published on Photoblog by Gethin Thomas FEBRUARY. 15, 2021

[198-365] 15th. February 2021- The bitter cold winds have finally decided to head off in another direction so we have had an instant change in temperature for a more normal 11 degrees C. This meant it was quite pleasant sitting next to the creek in the late afternoon where the lengthening day is starting to be noticeable.

It was idyllic.

Idyllic - like an idyll; extremely happy, peaceful, or picturesque. An idyll is a short poem, descriptive of rustic life, written in the style of Theocritus' short pastoral poems, the Idylls. His idylls are limited to a small intimate world, and describe scenes from everyday life.

It also meant bumping in to neighbours, most of whom have, like us been tucked away inside for the last few days lighting their fires.

When we moved in a year ago the village shop or bakery as it was, had not long closed after the owners had retired. Everyone was worried about whether this loss would be permanent, as the bakery had been there many years. Days before lockdown the premises were sold so there has been nearly a year of guessing and hoping as regards it's future. A shop fitting company had acquired it and spent most of last summer renovating the building and the apartments upstairs and a For Sale sign has been in the window for some months. Who would want to start a business in a pandemic?

Anyway, on our walk a couple of weeks ago we noticed about four new fridges/displays had appeared inside, but nobody seemed to know what was happening. Today we bumped into a neighbour who told us that we are getting a new village shop sometime in the next few weeks. Hurrah!

So today has been a good day and everyone we speak to seems to have been vaccinated so that is looking really good too. It is now 15 million and counting, one quarter of the population with their first jab. It's looking like we will be getting ours in about three weeks the way things are going, so are we finally turning a corner? Let's hope so. There is a light shining right ahead in that bend in the creek.

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