‘Be kind. Be compassionate. Have patience.’

How have you been doing for exercise recently? At my end, things have been decidedly poor. A couple of weeks ago, I therefore realised I had to take myself in hand and find ways to incorporate more walking into my life again.

It’s been a bit hit and miss, due in part to needing a reason for the walk. I love walking for pleasure when I have scenery to absorb and/or a companion to talk to but going it alone through the streets is somewhat underwhelming.

However, the café in the local park has re-opened and I do like its coffee. So, for a treat I thought I would pop down there yesterday morning. Twenty minutes there and back – not a bad stretch.

Sitting on a picnic bench sipping coffee whilst working my way through a copy of Le monde diplomatique which had been on a bookshelf unread for fifteen years, I felt liberated. It was the first time I’d been outside the house doing my own thing for three months, so no wonder!

As the caffeine hadn’t kicked in by the time I’d finished the cup, I’d been tempted to get another. Caffeine doesn’t agree with me, though. And having just been reading an article about the imperative of dealing with climate change in the newspaper, another disposable coffee cup made it even less appealing.

Instead, I wandered towards the shops to see if the chemist’s was open. It was and so was the electrical shop, where I was able to get a new charger cable for my daughter’s phone.

I’d just been saying how happy I was to support a local business when, walking back towards home, I noticed a sign in the haberdasher’s window. I think it speaks for itself.

The lady who owns the haberdasher’s is in her 70s. I hope the notice is there as a general reminder rather than a response to unseemly customer behaviour.

Back home, I was cheered by the sight of bluetits in the far apple tree. Unfortunately, the photos I took of them in there didn’t show them clearly enough but I managed to get a better shot as one of them came towards the house. It is so good to see a wider variety of birds enjoying the garden these days.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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14 Responses to ‘Be kind. Be compassionate. Have patience.’

  1. I’m pleased you got out

  2. Pleasant place for a walk! My walking has become a challenge. I’m not brave (foolish?) enough to return to the exercise room in my apartment building. I love walks outdoors, but it’s been so hot here, in Texas. Some days I get out there early for a cool walk, but not every day. Too hot in the evenings, usually.

  3. nanacathy2 says:

    I aam really looking forward to a walk with coffee half way through, so far I don’t know of anywhere that is open.

  4. I have been walking because of the dogs but I am itching to go out and do something ‘just because’ like your cup of coffee in the park.

  5. Looking forward to a time when the coffee shops go back to accepting reusable cups. I think some are but I haven’t ventured near any yet.

    • Helen says:

      I’ve not heard of any that are. A friend in Norway thought it was bonkers that we could get a takeaway coffee but not in a re-usable cup.

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