The Hidden Church in Amsterdam is a wonderful museum. On the outside it is an ordinary canal side townhouse. On the inside however it is a glorious tardis; an entire Catholic Church with a labyrinth of staircases, rich artwork, period decor and the soaring two-story church itself. It was built at a time when the Dutch authorities were Reformed Protestants and Catholics were not allowed to hold public services. I have often wondered what it must be like living in a society where sharply differing public and private views are held, the state on one trajectory with sections of communities, privately on another. From conversations and newspaper articles over recent weeks, such differing public and private views are becoming more evident around the reaction and ongoing behaviours to CV (yes, I see from emails that it even has it's own acronym!). Some are clearly scared of the virus and and suffered while others believe the continued response is an over reaction. However for those who believe this to be an over reaction that may have more damaging consequences, such views are expressed cautiously. Like Catholics living in a Protestant Netherlands.
Nine weeks on and life, as we used to know it, continues to be restricted. There are glimmers of hope that the things we used to take for granted might start to resume, but for now, the rules are still clear in Scotland - Stay at Home! And so we have, for the most part. There has been no shortage of things to busy ourselves with. Ploughing, harrowing, rollering, seeding, hatching, dagging, digging, planting, feeding, painting, chasing, herding, bee keeping, fencing, rehoming, chopping, selling and the list of gerunds goes on.
I shall therefore leave the photographs to do the explaining and hope you enjoy the following gallery of snaps and videos.
Until next time, keep the faith!