Yesterday evening I said good-bye to the thistles, ragwort, dock, and grasses, with all the butterflies and bees that they attracted, where I have been visiting in recent weeks. The wild field, the one beside the barley with the lone pine, had been mown. This is what the field looked like 10 days ago:
The coronavirus pandemic lockdown is not over. The dangers are still with us. Life will not be back to the way it was any day soon. We are entering the new normal where everyone should be doing their best to minimise the risk of infection to themselves and others – indefinitely. But restrictions are lifting. Even the more vulnerable are getting out and about a bit more – with caution – including myself. Maybe time to think differently about the new situation we find ourselves in. To adapt. To change the way we think about the new lifestyle. So this post marks the end of the series of Daily Walks in Difficult Times. I feel glad that I have been able to take advantage of the lockdown to get outside most days into countryside on my doorstep for fresh air, exercise, and my mental wellbeing.
It has been a wonderful opportunity to observe the details of nature in my immediate neighbourhood unfolding from spring through to summer. The warm weather seems to have brought on growth quickly and early this year. Many plants have already flowered and seeded, and are fading and dying. Farmers are harvesting crops and mowing the fields right now. The landscape is looking different as it undergoes the transition from one season to another. I will still be exploring the outdoor world and recording what I see with my camera; not only near Charlton Down but also hopefully reaching places a little further afield. I am looking forward to safely visiting new locations with my camera.