Peter Hollick, Councillor, Dunstable Town Council shares his experience of this unprecedented time

A strange and challenging time for us all but also one that gives rise to some concern about when and how we can return to a more ‘normal’ life.

I found that notional list of jobs to be done – then came across all those forgotten or which arose from others being done – start one job and others always seem to appear!

Garage contents


The garage was tidied weeks ago at the beginning of lockdown; the book case was sorted with the odd books around the house brought together – even letter tags added for clear alphabetical author access (I like alliteration).  I didn’t sort out the books by height as one person was reported to have done in a library, or sorted them out so the titles made a sentence as has also been done! Some people have more time on their hands than they know what to do with!!

This has been a time to not only open various drawers and cupboards, but also to clear out unwanted, unused, no longer loved bits and pieces.

Given a few days of good weather some painting – windows and doors of the Summer House; a Spring clean for the green house and a spruce up of the garden generally, has kept me busy outside. To look at what has been achieved gives me a sense of satisfaction. The bags of weeds, hedge clippings, cut up branches of trimmed trees, twigs and general sweeping stand as a testament to my efforts while waiting until the Tidy Tip opens for this and other general rubbish.

And then there are the improvements around the house which have come to mind.

And then there are the ‘Teams’ and ‘Zoom’ meetings to keep my Council work up to date replacing the old fashioned face to face way of working – when will we (‘properly’) meet again etc.?!

And then there was this suggestion that I might write about how I had been surviving the lockdown!