One of the most amazing things about the way humanity has responded to the coronavirus is the incredible compassion and creativity we have shown to our neighbors and loved ones. From balcony sing-alongs to dance parties to entire rock concerts streaming online, creativity has helped us all weather these stressful, heartbreaking times.
A family from Wellington, Somerset has found a way to cheer up gloomy neighbors. Using dozens of pieces of jumbo colored chalk, they colored each individual brick of their terraced red-brick house. The end result is a beautiful rainbow facade that is bringing joy to their neighbors.
26-year-old mother Fern Taylor started the project with her daughters, Arabella and Matilda. Her partner, Marco DeFazio, climbed used a step-ladder to finish the decoration.
“We took inspiration from another post we saw on Facebook where they had done half the house, and originally that’s what I was going to do,” said Fern.
“But my partner said we couldn’t stop there and got the ladder out and said he’d do the rest.
“We used jumbo chalks, and it took us about six hours. We probably started with about 40 [sticks],” continued Fern. “The girls really enjoyed it. Matilda is two and didn’t quite understand, but she did help a bit.
“Arabella is four and was a keen helper. She helped for a good half an hour and then they sat and played and watched mummy and daddy finish.
“The amount of people who have stopped and smiled, or asked to take photos, has really cheered up. It’s so sweet,” she added. “People have slowed down while driving past. We even had an ambulance stop and say they loved it.”