Not a foul place to quarantine (Image: Luke Flanagan / SWNS.COM)
A British couple has managed to dodge the coronavirus pandemic – by turning into the one inhabitants of a tiny island with no electrical energy, gasoline or working water.
Luke and Sarah Flanagan moved to Owey Island off the west coast of County Donegal in Eire on March 14, simply two days earlier than the UK went into lockdown.
The pair had no concept concerning the impending pandemic and say the aim of their keep on the 300-acre land was merely to take 12 months out to take pleasure in a slower tempo of life.
Whereas taking scenic walks, going fishing and tending to homegrown crops, Luke, 34, and Sarah, 36, have simply managed to maintain themselves away from Covid-19.
Luke, a joiner by commerce, mentioned: ‘It’s been actually bizarre and unusual listening to about every part that’s occurring whereas being remoted on this little island.
‘As you may think about, we haven’t needed to fear about social distancing.
‘The expertise as an entire has been unimaginable. The tempo of life is so gradual but it surely’s pretty, we spend our days out strolling with the canine, rising our personal meals and studying new abilities.
‘It’s not for everybody however we have now liked it.’
Not the worst view (Image: Luke Flanagan / SWNS.COM)
Owey Island is a small patch of land off the coast of Donegal containing a handful of properties with no faculties or outlets and solely two slender roads going via it.
Luke and Sarah live in a small cottage utilizing coal fires to maintain heat, a tank to gather rainwater, gasoline bottles to prepare dinner and photo voltaic panels to cost their electrical gadgets.
They use the collected water in addition to water from a effectively to clean themselves and clear their garments whereas rising their very own meals for sustenance, elevating hens for eggs and even braving the seas for fish.
Luke mentioned he has been in a position to learn to catch pollock, the most typical sort of fish within the space.
Additionally they salt their catch in order that it may be saved and stay edible for longer.
The couple’s solely means off the island is through dinghy round three quarters of a mile to a different island, which is linked to the mainland by a bridge.
Luke and Sarah even have two canine for firm (Image: Luke Flanagan / SWNS.COM)
Whereas there are some homes on Owey, they’re solely inhabited in the summertime months and, in keeping with native historical past books, the final time anybody spent the winter there was 1974.
Luke and Sarah are initially from Leeds however have been having fun with life dwelling within the Scottish Highlands when the possibility to maneuver to Eire introduced itself.
They observed an advert on-line providing the chance to turn out to be the tenants of a small cottage there and determined the possibility was too good to move up so determined to take a yr off from work.
In accordance with Luke, the home-owner wished to show it’s doable to spend a complete winter season on Owey in a bid to encourage others to do the identical sooner or later.
The couple has needed to be taught many new abilities (Image: Luke Flanagan / SWNS.COM)
Luke mentioned different residents began arriving on the island as summer time 2020 approached and that many helped them by instructing them about the right way to survive the situations.
The couple move the time in Owey by tending to the property, studying and enjoying with their two rescue canine.
Fortunately, due to close by delivery lanes, the couple are in a position to get good sign on their telephones, which implies they’ll communicate to their households again in Leeds and maintain updated with the information.
No different individuals have stayed on Owey throughout winter since 1974 (Image: Luke Flanagan / SWNS.COM)
Sarah, a social employee, mentioned: ‘My total ideas about our time on the island are how extremely fortunate we’re to be right here.
‘Now we have each discovered a lot and had experiences I’d by no means have even imagined.
‘From studying concerning the sea, fishing and boats, to elevating our personal animals, issues I’ve by no means had something to do with earlier than.
‘It’s been so cool to find out how a lot materials stuff you truly don’t want, and as I suppose individuals would have performed in years passed by, making use of what you have got fairly than shopping for what you need.’
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