In this months issue what is unavoidable is the impression of the anticipation of the lifting of the Covid-19 Lockdowns. We aren’t quite there yet but it is getting closer unless something drastic goes wrong.
I get the view that most of the contributors to the magazine tend to travel alone on their treks. There’s even an article on how they cannot get their partners to enthuse about what they love to do. The anticipation of the lifting of lockdown in their case is not so much the act of walking, we have been able to do that all the time, just locally and within bubbles. What is different is the ability to travel further afield and even stay away over night. Something we haven’t really been able to do for over a year now. These times are not without precedent; the Spanish flue epidemic just over 100 years ago tragically killed nearly 230,000 people. This time it is that technology has enabled us to share our experiences, grief and joy much more rapidly and easily than then. For many, this has brought experiences into our lives that we would never have shared. For every person lost, for every family grieving there is deep, deep sympathy.
Conversely, for every person that has kept things going, the emergency services, refuse collectors, shop assistants, shop deliverers (for most of our delivery’s we have used Asda) and all other people there is sincere gratitude.
Tonight’s post was meant to be a comment on the magazine. I finished reading it a couple of days ago, and having refreshed my mind of the content I think the one that has struck me most is the article on the England Coastal Path. How the path is still being developed. There are parts of the path in this area, It might be interesting to explore at least part of it.