May 12, 2020

Some apprehension today, as I am expecting it to be busier out and about, on the back of the government’s announcement encouraging a return to work. I hope, I really do, that people will be considerate and make the effort to social distance themselves in busier places, with more of us around. Most people are considerate, but I’ve seen enough of the small number who aren’t to think it a legitimate concern. Read more

April 27, 2020

Here in the UK, the guidance on what constitutes a reasonable excuse to leave the house includes ‘driving to countryside and walking (where far more time is spent walking than driving)’. We took this at face value yesterday and drove to a local spot for a 3 mile walk in woodland. It was a lovely day and we enjoyed bluebells and the fresh green of new beech leaves. There were a few other walkers about but everyone was considerate and sensible. Read more

April 19, 2020

About 20 years ago, we went travelling in Canada, and part of our time was spent driving across the prairie in Alberta and Saskatchewan. It is a fascinating landscape and so very different from ours here in the UK. It was also a disconcerting experience, and much as I enjoyed it I also found it oppressive. I put this down to the geography. In the UK you always know more or less where you are. Read more

April 16, 2020

Tonight I ventured to the supermarket. Two items of note; * my wife wrote a shopping list which included 1 block of strength 3 Cheddar cheese, 1 block of strength 4. I misread it and bought 3 blocks and 4 blocks respectively. So inadvertently I have now stockpiled cheese…. * while waiting at the checkout a customer gave the young woman working the till a bunch of flowers, at which she promptly burst into tears. Read more

April 9, 2020

Some positives from the last week or so… For the second time in a week I have seen a peregrine falcon. This one was circling about a hundred metres above me - the heavier build was a give away, distinguishing it from our other falcons and hawks. The white on its face catching the sun as it wheeled, it climbed higher and higher without so much as a flap of the wings. Read more

April 7, 2020

In order to stay positive, I am trying to limit my intake of news. I want facts, not sensation. Even some of the output from those sources I deem to be more measured have arguably strayed into the unnecessary at times. I also find decent analysis useful to listen to as well. I have recently subscribed to the podcast Outrage and Optimism. One of the hosts is Christiana Figueres, who led the work at the UN that resulted in the Paris Agreement. Read more

Stephen James

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