…that I like the quiet a Lockdown brings?
The English newspapers want me to believe that our current (very light, food shops open, schools open, garden centres open, take-away food open, off-license sales of alcohol open) Lockdown is breaking the mental health of the nation because they can’t go to a pub, café or restaurant or go shopping for clothes.
I don’t think that’s true. At least, not where I live. What I see is people out walking in pairs or small family groups, enjoying the footpaths, canal paths and parks, giving one another space but being friendly and cheerful.
I know I’m seeing a skewed sample. The income in my town is thirty per cent above the national average. There are a lot of retired people. The countryside or riverside is seldom more than a twenty minute walk away.
I understand and sympathise with the large number of people under stress from not knowing if COVID will cost them their job or their home or their business and the pressure of being locked together in a crowded house or flat in a city. or being barracked in Halls of Residence in your University.
Yet my own experience of Lockdown is mostly a quiet relief.
I enjoy being able to walk quiet streets in town…
…and walking the paths of the parks, rivers and canals.
I hope that as many people as possible find some pleasure during Lockdown from the freedom to walk in pleasant places.