As an 86-year-old lady, I was told by my family that I must not go out when lockdown hit us. I said to myself: fine, there is plenty to do in my garden and family and my neighbours were caring for my needs. It was only when I read the interesting article by Kate Joester, my goddaughter, that I realised it was not sensible to be relying just on gardening, I needed proper exercise. With the article in mind I decided that I must venture out and keep my distance every day.
I am fortunate to live on the very outskirts of lovely Stratford-on-Avon, and I can be in a country lane in three minutes. After reading Kate’s article, I started taking a daily walk – and how much better I feel!
I live in a close, and after passing a very colourful corner at a nearby house I arrive in the lane which leads me to our local canal. There is an element of peace about it during lockdown and I can hear the birds singing. Over the hump backed bridge I have to decide: today, do I go left, or right? I went right today, the path leading into Stratford.
Along the way I saw a mother coot with so many babies, and mallards with a trail of babies rushing up to me, hoping I had food for them. On my way home I passed a mother and father swan with four cygnets. They were very cautious of me. As I progressed home I thought about how wonderful nature is, and how uplifting my walk had been. On arrival home I treated myself to a cup of coffee and time to reflect on my garden and the huge hostas in my pots, given to me by Kate's grandfather.
What can older people do this National Walking Month to keep walking, keep active and keep well?
UK lockdown rules still allow for us to leave the house once a day for exercise.