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Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Sharing my patch

Since we moved to this area 32 years ago we have always walked the local footpaths especially the tow path of the river. After DD and her dogs moved away last summer and then I was busy preparing for my own move walking went out of the window for a bit. I decided once I had moved that I would walk for at least half hour a day and I did unless there was really torrential rain. I never saw that many people when I was out and about but that changed with the lockdown. Suddenly my patch was invaded so I found a lot of the time I was walking further afield when I could.

Some days I am busy or the weather is not so good so I have to stay with the hoards and I felt a bit resentful sometimes at all these people suddenly using MY space.

Then today I was on the tow path and a young mum with a little one in a pushchair and two bigger kids on bikes called to me from the bridge. She asked for directions and was a bit nervous of carrying on in case she couldn't get back across the river. She was amazed when I told her there was a beautiful mill just around the corner and another bridge. At that time I was concerned with a moorhen frantically calling her young to come into the river from the ditch. Whenever somebody went past they rushed back into the ditch. I asked the young boy to just hang on as the chicks were emerging again. As they came onto the path, the boy was so excited. He called to his sister to quickly look. I asked the mum how long they had lived here and she said forever but they had never walked further than the park before. Due to the lock down they were exploring and really enjoying it.

After that I didn't feel resentful just glad more people are enjoying the lovely countryside. Especially with their children. Later when I was home I saw them walking up the cycle track next to my home so I called out to them. They had loved it and turned out they lived near me. So maybe a few will carry on walking once everything else opens up. They will realize that they don't need to spend loads of money to enjoy life.


  1. What a lovely happening. I too was resentful of people in my patch but now it is lovely to exchange waves and smiles.

  2. I walk very early in the morning so don't see too many other people. Most seem to like walking in the afternoon around here.

    God bless.

  3. Isn't it funny (and yes annoying at times!) how there are so many more people out walking now. I wonder if it will last when things get back to a new kind of normal? Sounds like you had a lovely experience in the end though with the children.

  4. I love how friendly everyone has become, long may that last.

  5. I love seeing families walk with their children, and especially in nature when they can see something so beautiful. I notice many more people out on my path and in fact have changed my walking times to avoid them! Normally, I'd want to be right in there with them.

  6. It varies here - sometimes it can feel a bit crowded and other times we see no-one on our walk. Lovely experience you had - hope you manage to see the little family again.

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