Continuing to spread some light and pleasure to those confined by the current crisis. See post 1, here, for an explanation.
This is the fifth post.
This time of lockdown is so odd, so unfamiliar for most of us. Today, we needed some fresh food, so a short walk to the village shop was required. Our route takes us along narrow pavements lining a narrow road that carries large lorries that, in turn, carry huge logs from harvesting the trees in the forest.
We met a woman coming in the opposite direction and the pavement was too narrow to allow the required social distancing. A car was approaching the spot where we stopped to cross the road to avoid close contact. Five seconds would have been enough, but the woman ploughed on regardless and passed within touching distance.
Once in the forest for our walk, where we rarely meet anyone, this morning we came upon quite a number of people, all walking their dogs. But, without exception, all of them kept to the social distancing advice. Perhaps walking in the quiet countryside helps increase the patience that appears to be reduced by those using the roads, who knows?
My back was playing up today, so our walk was a ‘suck it and see’ venture. The photo above shows one of our narrow and steep favourite tracks. This morning, we passed it by and kept to more level areas. Walking generally improves my back problem, but climbing steep slopes isn’t recommended.
In Spring, the Young…
Rough and steep climb the narrow ways
tempting the fleet of foot to rise
above the mundane broad and level
But discretion sometimes is
the better part of valour
Today was one such time
and familiar beauty of the wider
trails still filled our hearts with wonder
our ears with spring flirting songs
of myriad eager willing birds
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