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May 2020 - Silver linings
As I write, we are still in near-full lockdown. I don't really need to spell out what that means, as this has been going on for so many weeks I am sure we are all perfectly aware of what we should (and should not) be doing. However, hard as this is on us as individuals and families there are a few unexpected bonuses and I am sure we could all use a little positivity.
Firstly, the environmental impact has been tremendous. I am surely not the only person to appreciate the improved air quality of our lovely area - the decreased traffic has helped here, and also meant less noise pollution. The blue skies are less cross-crossed with jet trails and seemingly a brighter blue as we enjoy the glorious weather that heralds approaching summer. We would have to speculate that this reduced traffic, pollution and disturbance must be benefitting local wildlife too, from insects to birds and mammals. Here is hoping that these benefits are long lived.
Secondly, there seems to be a lot more local residents enjoying our spectacular surroundings. Joggers, walkers, cyclists, scooters, whether singly or in families or couples, everyone seems to be out and about and perhaps the enhancement to our physical well-being will be long lasting as well.
Lastly, the community spirit is alive and well. Frequent stories of neighbours helping each other (whilst maintaining a safe distance of course) and the smiles and greetings whilst out exercising are pretty uplifting. Moreover, the outpouring of support for key workers of all types is something we MUST make long term. Long after this pandemic is history, let's remember ALL the heroes that kept us well, fed, hygienic, safe and looked after.
I hope there are many more silver linings that I have not mentioned here that you have discovered. Stay safe everyone.
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