There is a Lot of Hope About…….

 

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Trees are like life itself,  never straightforward, always twist and turns.

Right now we are all experiencing some major twist and turns…. and not many of those twist are for the good. Even so when listening to friends, reading what many write, there is a high degree of hope for the future.

Most express the view that the world in which we live will not be the same again…but better.

There is a hope that real change to can come about. That Politicians will be a great deal more humble and listen and learn. Work for us not themselves.  Recognise that Climate Change is real.  Acknowledge the real trauma and loss to real people that is occurring….real people not statistics and graphs.  Politicians that will invest in Health and Social Care, rather than constantly cutting costs and beds.   Step forward without hesitation to do the right thing…. just as thousands if Health Care workers have selflessly done. Their lives on the line……. Don’t let them down.

Put people before profit please.  Not that I subscribe to the view that profit is a dirty word, far from it. But profit at the expense of people is not acceptable…..  There was a saying that “The Rich get Richer and the Poor get Poorer”.  Maybe that is still true to an extent…  what is true is that wealth is in the hands of a few.

With Hope very much in my mind, whilst I take my daily Lockdown exercise, it is uplifting to see just how the Natural World is thriving.  Exceptionally clear skies with no hints of vapour trails, air that does smell and taste so much cleaner are a genuine bonus.  Little if any traffic noise allowing the song of the birds to be clear to the ear. Those ‘Spring Greens’ now seem even greener.

So join me on this mornings walk. From Lake to the Woods, take in a few Bluebells and then slowly, no need to hurry and waste the sunny day, through the Dandelions in the meadow and back to the Lake….

 This mornings sunrise was full of promise and I guess HOPE

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Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

21st April

(C) David Oakes 2020

 

April…. a few years back

SCOTLAND ARGYLL

On the Isle of Luing, near Cullipool.  Overlooking the Firth of Lorn with great views towards the Island of Mull.  Luing is just one of the many hundreds of small islands along the West Coast of Scotland.

It is ever so peaceful, well it is now.  But like many of these small Scottish islands they were busy places of industry and agriculture.  All had mini ports, first for sailing ships then for the Steam powered cargo boats, including the famous Clyde Puffers.  When I say industry I should be more specific and say ‘Slate’ quarrying or mining. Luing and many of its sister islands were big slate producers.

Going back to my statement of peace….well I find it rather a privilege to sit and watch the day go by,  whilst looking about for clues of this past way of life, a tough and dangerous way of life. Then reflecting on just how important these seemingly quiet outpost were to what was becoming a new busy world elsewhere. It is a legacy that gives visitors like me a bonus to our travels….. another valuable memory.

 

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

21st April

(C) David Oakes 2020