This week, our Lockdown Spotlight shines on Dan and Ainslie Williams and their daughters, Mabry (11) and Wren (7). The Williams live at Danes Cottage, right next to the post box. They moved to Great Coxwell four years ago, after 13 years residing in Faringdon, in a cottage beside the Crown hotel. Dan met Ainslie at Dundee University – she still has parents in Scotland. For Dan, who has worked in the biotech science industry for many years, a new opportunity in the town of Delft, The Netherlands came along in January, which had meant living away from the family for four nights a week. Of course, the Lockdown has changed all that for the moment, and Dan works from the kitchen table now, ‘Skyping’, ‘Face Timing’ and ‘Teaming’ his colleagues in Holland each day. Dan’s work is intriguing and could ultimately have an impact on all our lives. He is involved in a project to grow meat from single cells (!), thus diminishing the impact of world beef production on the environment….wow!
Ainslie’s events business is also on hold. She was looking forward to another Tythe Barn event, planned for 7/8 June but now postponed until late summer (perhaps). She is definitely planning on a bumper event next year!
Mabry (Faringdon CC) and Wren (Longcot Primary) are also at home, missing friends badly now, but enjoying the sunshine and the garden. Their dog, Rory, (2) isn’t too bothered as long as he gets his walks and is pampered. His speciality trick is to eat any promising flowers in their garden!
What has been most difficult about the lockdown? For Ainslie, it’s been not seeing Mum and Dad. They normally descend on them from Scotland once a month, and have a holiday house in Faringdon, so that they can be close to the Williams family. But all is on hold for the moment.
By the way, Dan rides a motorbike but life on two wheels started badly. His second day on the Advanced motorbike driving course saw him crash before he even got out of Faringdon, and two days before he was due to trade it in for his super new BMW….
Village life from yesteryear.
Some photographs courtesy of John Gould and Jo Hankinson. See if you can work out where each was taken from….Who is outside the alehouse, and who are the cyclists??