Spring Is Sprung

Trotting about the local walks and lanes during the one hour exercise is a very welcome breath of fresh air with unexpected benefits during the lockdown.

Silence is the key. Amazing how our busy lives incorporates a degree of noise, the background hum that is like permafrost. You don’t really don’t notice it until it goes. Suddenly the roar of the motorway, the screech of the railway, the rumble of aircraft has halted. Replaced by the sound of birds who have always been there but now they take front and centre stage.

Plants and flower in the hedgerow that were a visual blur in the corner of your eye from the drivers seat come into sharp focus. Scents abound, and the detail involved in the construction of individual flowers is seen- maybe for the first time.

But all this will change. We will emerge from the lockdown and re enter the wide world but in a very different form. The road to recovery will be long and arduous, we will be in convalescence for a whilst we recover our social skills and economic stability. We will start to pollute the air, generate noise and tentatively re-enter the world we once knew. In the meantime it really is an opportunity to see and smell the natural world. ‘Smelling the coffee’ might have to wait a while.

Alistair Owens

The meandering thoughts of someone with too much time on his hands. Tending to see the obscure and irrelevant in most events I have been forced to record this by family members as a means of diverting attention away from them. But I see their plan.

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