Lockdown here means we only go out for a walk once a day. Given our contracted physical world, this has become a highlight of the day, exploring and getting to know places nearby. The lockdown began just as spring was about to burst. I decided to walk the same route through a nearby park each day.
The rewards have been seeing rapid changes particularly plants emerging, their flowering and their glorious fragrances.
Lush fresh leaves burst forth to the melodious sounds of birdsong. How is it that those small creatures make such a loud noise? The chicks of water birds, oblivious to the virus, have also been doing well. A pair of swans have nine, yes nine, cygnets in one of the old docks nearby!
To avoid the crowds, I walk early each day and at the same time. Others have a similar idea, so we are now nodding acquaintances or have socially distant conversations if it suits. I see others going about their daily business to support us: the underground staff member watering the flowers to make the station look cared for, the street cleaner going the extra distance to pick up rubbish, the Borough’s elected mayor on his way to the Town Hall. Or even a woman distressed because she had had a row with a neighbour.