When the lockdown was announced, I thought it would be the ideal opportunity to crack on with the blog, and with unlimited time to spend on it, I would produce so many posts on all sorts of subjects.
However, I didn’t. I didn’t know if it was general inertia or the fact that the lovely weather meaning the garden was more appealing, but I think now I’ve worked out what it was.
The beginning of lockdown was also the beginning of one of the most beautiful springs I can remember. Wall to wall sunshine, and fantastic bluebells, blossom and endless blue skies; all especially miraculous after a very depressingly long, wet, dark winter.
We are surrounded by almost limitless options in terms of footpaths, and the woods, paths and hill tops became an absolute lifesaver, an escape from home, the news, stress and dare I say it, each other!
I have never run so much in my life (DRY tracks – miraculous!) and the kids have been willingly going for walks, which hasn’t happened since they were small. The dog is in seventh heaven, and I have discovered all the little side paths, shortcuts and longer “I wonder where that ends up” paths that I had always walked past. I also bought a little macro lens for my iPhone, which is a great way to look differently at the world around you, and has been a real winner in the garden.
All this is, I know, in sharp contrast to the millions of people living in towns and cities, stuck with four walls, maybe young children, and trying to work as well as keep everyone sane. A walk in the park is stressful, with too many other people around, and the lovely weather is more of a taunt than anything.
So, it seemed a bit insensitive to say “hey, look at me, I’m having a lovely time thank you!” while lots of people aren’t. Now, though, there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel, so I feel able to wax lyrical about the countryside, and suggest lovely places.
Dorset & Devon are not open as usual yet, and there is deep worry & suspicion about people flocking down to visit the beaches, but I think in a few weeks, things may start opening up a bit and we can all relax and, being careful, get out and about again.
So, look back through the archives, see what you fancy, and when everything is open again, please come and support our cafes, pubs, attractions, gardens and shops – we will need you more than ever after months of missed opportunities. The coast doesn’t change, apart from the odd rockfall, but things will certainly not go back to ‘normal’ in a hurry. And maybe that’s not always such a bad thing. What aspects, if any, of lockdown would you like to keep?