Cycling through a Pandemic

Social Distancing In Operation - Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6864

Social Distancing In Operation – Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6864

The lockdown rules only allowed you to go outside for exercise once a day.  So I decided cycling would be perfect as you can take a packed lunch and stay out all day.

Cycling through a Pandemic

It has been really difficult to buy a bicycle as everyone else had the same idea.

Cycles for sale - Westhay, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_7196

Cycles for sale – Westhay, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_7196

Cycling was a perfect way to see the outside world while staying safe as no one else was around.

Stay Safe - Westhay, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6845

Stay Safe – Westhay, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6845

The cows were fascinated by any person that passed by.

Cattle on Harter's Hill - Coxley, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_7210

Cattle on Harter’s Hill – Coxley, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_7210

While cycling you discover unexpected things that you miss driving a car, or never reach on a walk from home.

Travellers Welcome - Bream Rd, Nr Lympsham, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_7107

Travellers Welcome – Bream Rd, Nr Lympsham, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_7107

In a beautiful spring the Somerset Levels were probably the best place in the world.

Mudgley - From North Chine Drove, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6732

Mudgley – From North Chine Drove, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6732

But you were never very far from reminders of the pandemic.

Library closure - Stawell, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6546

Library closure – Stawell, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6546

Everyone was taking precautions in Cossington.

Gnome Precautions - Cossington, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6540

Gnome Precautions – Cossington, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6540

It was clear that some cars in Batcombe had not moved for a long time.

Happy 2020 Christmas - Batcombe, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6326

Happy 2020 Christmas – Batcombe, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6326

Those cows again near Shepton Mallet.

Hello Cows - Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6320

Hello Cows – Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6320

Time to take a break.

Holcombe 2 1/2 - Leigh St west of Leigh-on-Mendip, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6313

Holcombe 2 1/2 – Leigh St west of Leigh-on-Mendip, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6313

In Wookey Hole a cow sees their first visitor in months.

Over the wall - Wookey Hole, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_4797

Over the wall – Wookey Hole, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_4797

In the local nature reserves the skylarks are nesting next to the footpaths that no one is using.  While in Latcham barn owls seem to be nesting in post boxes next to the road.

Barn Owl Nest - Latcham, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_2615

Barn Owl Nest – Latcham, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_2615

The spring weather brought out the flowers in Butleigh.

Butleigh - Somerset, UK. ID IMG_2873

Butleigh – Somerset, UK. ID IMG_2873

The pandemic did stop play.  Unused football pitches soon became covered in dandelions.

End of play. ID BR52153

End of play. ID BR52153

Every ride seemed to end up at Glastonbury, where even the trains are strange.

Glastonbury Train Station - Somerset, UK. ID IMG_2845

Glastonbury Train Station – Somerset, UK. ID IMG_2845

And the artwork is stunning.

Welcome to Glastonbury - Somerset, UK. ID IMG_2733

Welcome to Glastonbury – Somerset, UK. ID IMG_2733

These things you keep smiling.

Keep on Smiling - Westbury-sub-Mendip, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_2608

Keep on Smiling – Westbury-sub-Mendip, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_2608

Time to watch nature in your local area.

Local nature watch - Wells, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_2746

Local nature watch – Wells, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_2746

For some, Christmas was delayed until good times returned.  Eventually, in spring some of those trees were thrown out.  How did they still have needles?

Christmas is over - Wells, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_2493

Christmas is over – Wells, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_2493

But money is short so best to search out a bargain in Coxley.

Poundland - Coxley, Nr Wells, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_2482

Poundland – Coxley, Nr Wells, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_2482

And have an outside pint of cider in Mudgley.

Wilkins Cider Farm - Mudgley, Somerset, UK.. ID DSC_9853

Wilkins Cider Farm – Mudgley, Somerset, UK.. ID DSC_9853

Not all shops in Westhay took social distancing seriously.

Jam Sale - Westhay, Somerset, UK. ID DSC_9746

Jam Sale – Westhay, Somerset, UK. ID DSC_9746

But there was always a spot to safely leave your shopping trolley at the Bishops Palace.

Shopping Trolley - Bishops Palace, Wells, Somerset, UK. ID BR53638

Shopping Trolley – Bishops Palace, Wells, Somerset, UK. ID BR53638

And finally…

Time for another break in Red Lake.

West Pennard 1 1/4 - Redlake Farm, Glastonbury, Somerset, UK. ID DSC_9091

West Pennard 1 1/4 – Redlake Farm, Glastonbury, Somerset, UK. ID DSC_9091

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