Today is the first day of Spring and it’s bloody ironic that after all the crap weather we have endured together over the last few weeks this weekend, when we can’t get together as a group, looks set to be sunny and fair.
To look on the bright side it makes it much more tempting to get out for a solo run or walk or indeed to head out with our families or dog. To those of you who are having to stay inside because you are isolating then I hope you get to enjoy the sunshine from your garden, balcony or just through the open window.
The Guidance on Social Distancing currently says ‘You can go for a walk outdoors if you stay more than 2 metres from others’. You can check the latest guidance here: Social Distancing.
We should count ourselves fortunate indeed that we live in the leafy suburbs and therefore have a choice of places we can get to locally to enjoy some time outdoors. Sutton Park, Newhall Valley or Pype Hayes park are in easy reach for many of us. As are local Nature Reserves Hill Hook and Park Hall. Please note with it being a sunny weekend lots of folks are likely to be tempted out so try and choose a quieter time of day.
Spring is my absolute favourite season and you don’t have to go far to enjoy the blossom on the trees and the new life unfurling on trees and hedgerows. Listen out too for the birdsong – perhaps it’s because the skies are quieter but I’ve noticed it much more this year.
In a short driving distance Cannock Chase, Kingsbury Water Park and RSPB Middleton Lakes are all open to give folks access to the outdoors. National Trust are working hard to keep Coast and Countryside open although check their website because they feel they may need to restrict access to smaller parks and gardens to adhere to Government guidelines on mass gatherings.
Whatever you do remember all cafes, visitor centres and similar attractions are highly likely to be closed so you might want to pack a picnic! Also remember to pack your phone and take a photo. Share it with me and I’ll try to keep the SE Fitness social media filled with happy, sunny photos.
It’s been a week of turmoil and unsettling change for all of us. Be thankful for the sunny weekend and whether you get out for a ‘safe’ walk or run in one of our local parks or just sit quietly in the garden with a cup of tea and a biscuit I hope you can let your mind relax, take a deep breath and enjoy the moment.