A time for renewal
We burst in tired and concerned, but inside was very comfortable.
There was everything we needed and a terrace facing south. But now I was
wondering, do you run all the crockery and cutlery through the dishwasher
before using it? Do you disinfect handles and switches? COVID is still a worry,
but we had to take some things on trust, and we settled in.
Family and friends, that we had not seen for three years,
came. We were all strangers even though we had talked on video. They looked
older, thinner, (or fatter) and shorter (not taller at our age) than I remembered,
and I expect that they said the same of us. We sat outside carefully removing
masks when we were comfortable and did not hug.
Rewilding is where nature is allowed to take care of itself and
where we restore the balance between people and the diversity of wildlife. I
could see that this place was where people could live alongside the animals and
plants in the area. We heard the green woodpecker yaffle and saw the kestrel
perched on high Scots pine. Rewilding is supposed to restore our health and wellbeing
and we certainly felt the benefit of such a calm and tranquil place.
We went to the restaurant on site (our first in two years)
and sat outside in the herb garden to eat fish sandwiches (caught in the nearby
On the edge of woodland there was a plantation of saplings
all with very tall tree guards that almost swallowed them up. I soon found out
why they had to be so tall as one morning a deer wandered past our window. There
were rabbits too which would have joined the deer in gnawing the bark of any
little tree so it could not survive. As we left clutching our rubbish for
recycling, I saw that some of the saplings were being watered with a hose.
It is not easy getting back to normal after a disaster
before life can be renewed.
(Taken from my column in the Shropshire Star)
Rewilding and renewing