MOMENTS IN THE TIME OF PANDEMIC - NO. 9

Hippocrates said ‘walking is man’s best medicine’ and at such an odd time, walks have certainly lifted our spirits…

Lockdown for us has meant three generations living under the same roof. My daughter Alexa and four year old Charlie, who live a short drive from us, moved in at the start, so she could work from her computer and I could help with child care. From the bubble of our home in a beautiful part of the Oxfordshire countryside it’s been easy to forget what’s going on outside during this difficult and worrying time.
We’re all stuck together here but the wonderful truth is that we haven’t been getting on each other’s nerves! The big thing has been having a routine. Mornings have been exercising and work for all of us; coffee break at 11.00 and lunch at 1.00. Then our afternoons were free and between 2.00 and 4.00 came our walks which remained one of the few activities open to all. Hippocrates said ‘walking is man’s best medicine ‘ and at such an odd time, walks have certainly lifted our spirits and played a big part in making our lockdown a happy time.
Our starting point was always from our front door. We discovered new footpaths and bridle paths; we avoided random rambles. They were always exciting, like micro adventures.
While our world became a smaller place we explored areas that we wouldn’t otherwise have discovered. We’ve witnessed the changes in the landscape in unseasonably warm Spring  conditions; new growth in the fields, the hedgerows coming into flower, trees changing colour, bluebell woods, being able to listen to bird song not drowned out by traffic - the joy of small things. At least Spring didn’t get cancelled during Coronavirus!
It’s all been a joy to glimpse into natural beauty all around us and appreciate this quieter way of life. Our walks enabled us to forget what was going in the outside world.
Footnote.
 Alexa and Charlie are back at their home now  as he has returned to school. We loved the simplicity of our lives together in those enforced two months of isolation and our walks will always be a very happy and joyful memory for all of us.
Jeannie Tognola, 19/06/2020 12:10:03
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