Around Oban with Kay McDonald – 30.7.20

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I spotted my first queue of cars the length of the Bealach an Righ on Friday last week and while it did make me slightly nervous, I was also delighted that things were improving and getting back to a semblance of normal.

As Joe and I have been out and about we’ve been encouraged by the response of visitors to the restrictions in place – they’re having a good time and doing it responsibly, as are the locals.

It’s a difficult time, as we want to get our lives back to normal but have to be conscious all the time that things aren’t normal – at least once a day I get to a shop door and have to run back to the car for a mask and I know I’m not alone, which is fine as at least everyone is wearing masks.

Lunch out was daunting the first time, but now I know what to expect and it has been easier every time. I’m delighted with the care that has been shown by the places I’ve visited, which has made it easier to relax and enjoy my meal. As one of the few ways of getting out and about, I think eating out will be a popular way of socialising.

We all need to find our own way of adapting to the new normal and it will take some time, with everyone choosing the way that suits them best. And as we adapt it’s important to remember that this is different for everyone – it’s vital to remember that we don’t know the reasons behind some people’s decisions and we shouldn’t judge but be kind and show some understanding.

The photograph last week was of the old school at the top of High Street. This week’s snapshot isn’t too far away and certainly brightens the street.