After a bit of a dodgy start to the day, it’s turned out glorious, so we’ve made the most of it.
Not quite warm enough for shirtsleeves on our walks, cardigans were good enough.
Walking through the park, there was a lot of honking going on and geese chasing off other geese from nesting sites. There’s no sign of the small flock of greylags I saw last week
though the solitary one and her partner are still together.
The swans have also gone, and the number of ducks aren’t as many as last year or the year before. This could be because there are no visitors coming in to feed them.
Walking round the block, the birdsong is wonderful. So many different kinds, all in a joyous harmony that warmer days are here. The laurel and privet bushes are teeming with sparrows, some not so shy as to hide in the foliage, but sit and sing on the outer branches, undeterred by either the dog or I as we walk by. Blackbirds call and cheep to their mates, and this year I have seen goldfinches for the first time since our arrival.
Blue and great tits are visiting our garden, as is a tiny wren and the cheeky robin which perches on the fence eyeing up the freshly dug soil. The worms in that we have composted are fat and juicy, and judging by the amount that both male and female blackbirds are flying away with, I think there may be a nest with chicks near by.
There were a couple of cyclists and one other dog walker on the prom itself, and two people at opposite ends of the beach with their dogs. Yesterday the police were patrolling the prom at both ends, and on Easter Sunday we understand it had actually been sealed off. It’s so quiet, you could probably hear a pin drop from half a mile away, but I swear the air is cleaner and fresher, and everything looks brighter and more colourful.
Like most, we have no idea how long this lockdown will last, and envisage months rather than weeks. Small businesses that rely on the Easter and summer trade to see them through the colder months may never recover. Our local chippy has just had a complete outside facelift and last week had a notice up that he was only opening two evenings. Now that has been removed and like the restaurant and bar next door he will remain closed for the duration.
So far, the weather has been kind and I am grateful that we are able to get out to enjoy our natural surroundings and do our shopping. In today’s circumstances, it makes you appreciate the little things so very much.