Monday 23rd March
I had a 1-2-1 this morning at Otterbield on Derwent Water. It was difficult to adhere to the social distancing guidelines but not impossible.
We were treated to a glorious sunrise and I broke with protocol and grabbed a quick shot myself.
This evening the Prime Minister announced that the UK would be entering a period of lockdown for a minimum of three weeks. He explained that these precautions where necessary to slowdown the spread of the coronavirus and relieve the pressure on the NHS.
For the next 3 weeks I am only allowed to leave the house for:
- collecting essential supplies such as food and medicine
- exercise (limited to once per day)
For someone that makes his living in the outdoors this is the worst possible news.
My first day of lockdown has been rather unsettling.
I spent the day creating a video sharing how I intend to spend my time while I am unable to get out to shoot. It has just gone live and the early signs are not good. I suspect people are fed up with Covid-19 already.
I did manage to get out for a walk (as my permitted daily exercise) and took my camera with me. It was still good to be able to take some photographs even if the subjects were a little more modest than what I am used to.
A better day for me today.
I had my first Skype session since launching the service officially at the weekend. It is always exciting when someone puts faith in you, investing not just their money but their time as well.
I also sold 5 prints! That is a new record. I am sensible enough to realise that this is people’s way of showing me support during these difficult times and I am extremely grateful for that.
With all of the excitement I wasn’t able to get out for a long walk this evening so I decided to pop out into the fields behind where I live. I was a really lovely evening.
Perhaps this lockdown won’t be so bad after all.
Today I started work on a photobook. I have decided to create one that documents the first 2 years of my YouTube channel. Starting with my very first video it will run right up to the point at which I left my old job.
I am using Blurb to create it but it is going to be far too expensive for me to sell. I have therefore decided to convert it into an eBook which I will give away for free. I hope it will provide people with a pleasant distraction during these difficult times.
This evening while out on my walk I stopped to photograph ‘a thingy’. I must have passed it 100 times and never given it a second look. But after 3 days of lockdown it has been transformed into a fascinating photographic subject!
Yesterday we received the news that the government would introducing measures to support people that are self employed. People that run their own small businesses will be able to claim 80% of there income up to £2,500 per month.
This is great news for Mrs Sale and a weight off of her mind. Unfortunately I do not qualify as I am yet to file a tax return as a self employed person but that was to be expected.
To celebrate we chose a different route for our evening walk. To get to Hardendale Nab we had to cross the M6 motorway which seemed eerily quiet.
I don’t know if things had been starting to get the better of us both but last night Mrs Sale and I really let our hair down!
Today we are both feeling a little tender. My first lockdown hangover.
It’s not all bad news. Yesterday I released my 6 Month Update video which mentioned my mentoring service. This morning I have 2 new bookings for next week!
I am starting to think that if I keep working hard and get a bit of luck I might just see out this crisis.
The thing about weekends during lockdown is they are almost indistinguishable from weekdays.
Today I did pretty much what I have been doing all week. Spent most of the day in the office before heading out for a walk.
The roads are very quite though.
My business has been severely impacted by the lockdown here in the UK.
Unable to leave my village except to collect essential supplies I find I am not even able to distract myself by heading up into the fells.
But I have hope that if I keep my head down and keep plugging away I will survive the coronavirus crisis.