Here we are again. It is Day One of Lockdown 2.0. This second lockdown is in response to the rise of Covid 19 infections across England. And, what better time to take a walk in the local park.
For the next four weeks, and maybe or maybe not for longer, non-essential journeys to the beach or drives out to the countryside are not permitted and so, for town and city dwellers, the local parks will be the places to go for wide open spaces and greenery.
And Holywells Park in Ipswich has plenty of trees and a beautiful cascade of spring water ponds. It is a lovely park to stroll through.
The leaves are most certainly turning and some have already dropped, but there’s enough greenery to make the final stretch of my walk a dark and dramatic tunnel with light at the end, perhaps a metaphor for our times.
12 thoughts on “Lockdown 2.0 – A Walk in the Park”
Your local parks seem a real sanctuary.
Yes, it is a surprisingly tranquil oasis. Much appreciated.
That’s a beautiful park, how far is it from your home? I have only a tiny park in walking distance alas.
Actually it isn’t my nearest park, it’s about a 15 minute walk from me, but it is only 5 mins from my father’s flat. However, during the course of this year, what with one thing and another, even that has become too far for my father to walk, which is a great pity. I guess it’s public transport for you to Regent’s Park or the Heath – is that allowed during these times?
I am not sure about using the bus so will give them a miss for the time being.
Yes, I don’t think during lockdown it would be a considered a necessary journey.
Let’s hope so! Our outdoor spaces have become much more precious this year.
Haven’t they just. It makes me appreciate the civic pride of the Victorians and the expression of that pride through public parks.
Ah, how lovely! We need to get to green spaces to stay sane
Yes, it is amazing how much these green spaces and fresh air can help with our mood. Even just green colour can be uplifting. My small office is pale green with one wall painted a strong, rich grass green. Stuck indoors on a rainy day it really cheers me up.
It is a beautiful park. As you say, thanks to Victorian civic pride. It makes me think of working class people who had so little time away from their jobs, and limited transport. How they must have valued the green space. The hard lockdown in our state of Victoria came under much criticism, but has turned out to be effective. Let us hope you have a similar experience. I’ll be thinking of you.
Yes, I saw that the restrictions for Victoria had been lifted and things were looking better. Of course, you’re heading into summer as we face winter. We are hoping your low winter flu numbers will be replicated here. Many, many more people than usual have had the flu jab this season, so fingers crossed. I hope you are having a fine spring and you’re keeping safe.