What does ‘celebrating the everyday’ mean now?
When we came up with the theme for this year’s blog series back at the start of January we had no idea that only a few short weeks later the country would be facing a pandemic, with many people now working or self isolating at home.
As it turns out we couldn’t have picked a better judged topic – celebrating the everyday resonates in these strange times when very little feels normal.
I am lucky enough to have a garden and green spaces nearby. Like all CPRE staff I am now working from home and as I write this blog post at my desk in my study I can look out of the window and see trees on the verge of coming into leaf or blossom. Meanwhile in the back garden the signs of spring are colourful – generously sized white hellebores, delicate pale purple flowers on the rosemary and red goblet like tulips. Buds are breaking everywhere I look. Sadly there is no frogspawn in the tiny pond but maybe next year.
The previous post in this series was all about appreciating the birds in our gardens. In my garden the goldfinches are back with their distinctive tinkling call, the sparrows are busy on the feeders or collecting nesting material and the starlings are, as ever, squabbling.
Later this year there will strawberries, raspberries and broad beans (if we get on and plant them!) to harvest and enjoy.
Noticing these little things helps keep us connected to nature which is a positive step for our health and wellbeing.
We may need to avoid unnecessary travel but through gardening and growing, looking after the wildlife in our gardens and taking walks (with appropriate social distancing measures in place) where we deliberately look for signs of spring breaking through we can still maintain contact with the natural world.
One of the impacts of coronavirus may be that we slow down. If we look at this not as a time of narrowing of horizons but as a time of deepening appreciation then we may learn more about the place in which we live.
What will you do to notice the signs of spring on your doorstep? You could take photos, sketch, paint, write or start a diary. Treasure what you see and share it with others.
Shelly Dennison – CPRE Bedfordshire Communications Officer