Coronavirus may have forced us to lock down and stay physically separated, but in some ways we’ve never been more connected.
As families continue to find ways to cope with the restrictions forced by Covid-19, a colourful example of community spirit – and a crafty way of keeping the bairns amused – has emerged in Monifieth.
A “lockdown caterpillar” has formed on a path alongside Grange Road. Started by a local family with a handful of painted stones and a plea for others to join in, it has quickly become a talking point in the town and scores of youngsters have been adding their own creative spin.
There are now well over 300 stones in the line, which stretches to almost 100 feet and features everything from smiley faces and animals to national flags and even a message from the local community police.
Mum Joanne Lindsay and her two daughters came up with the idea and she says the family have been delighted by the response.
Posting on Facebook, Joanne said: “The girls are actually speechless at the amount of interest it has had. We really just thought it would be some school friends that would join in!”
She added: “Makes me smile every time I see people putting their own stones down, and taking pictures of it all.. Something so simple but so special.”
Over on the community Facebook page Our Monifieth, locals have been praising the effort and vowing to get their paintbrushes out.
Debbie Houston posted: “I’ve got stones washed and drying in the kitchen to do this today! Thank you though. Such a lovely idea isn’t it? Gives us another long walk too.”
Janette Clarkson said: “Great, hope it gets even longer!! Well done everyone.”
One even suggested it should be entered for the Guinness Book of Records.
Other communities are said to be starting their own caterpillars, so the question is: whose will be the longest by the time lockdown ends?
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