I’ve had a bit of a hiatus from blogging and social media recently due to buying a house and health issues (hip injury, not the virus!). Now that my company has imposed remote working, and the UK is going into lockdown, with schools shutting later this week, it seems like the perfect time to get back to blogging.
Recently a friend was surprised at my often persistent optimism. But sometimes you need a bit of optimism and hope to get you through dark times, however bleak. So here’s a new blog series I’ll be sharing over the next few weeks (or months). I’ll share good news and positive vibes that I hope will help us all feel a bit better.
Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.Albus Dumbledore
- Italians are finding joy together despite being in lockdown.
- BrewDog are using their resources to make sanitiser and are offering it for free to those in need.
- The effects of Covid-19 are reducing the pressures we’re putting on the planet, resulting in cleaner water, less carbon emissions and drops in air pollution. Whilst this isn’t something to celebrate, it does show that we can reduce our impact if we choose to act.
- Enjoy looking at the stunning trees that have been nominated for European Tree of the Year and read their fascinating stories.
- As a resident of Wales, I was thrilled to see that our government is banning single use plastics. I hope this will set a trend in Britain and beyond.
- The UK is creating its first ‘super’ national nature reserve in Dorset. We need lots of connected landscape-scale projects like this if we’re going to help nature recover in the UK.
- The National Trust have opened their parklands and gardens for free during our social distancing period.
- Beavers are no longer classed as extinct (now classed as critically endangered) in the UK by IUCN as their numbers thrive in Scotland and reintroductions continue across the UK.
- Australian surfers and activists successfully fought off Equinor’s plans to drill in the Great Australian Bight. Yay for activism!
- A wild tapir has been born at Rio De Janeiro’s Atlantic Forest, the first one in over a century. It offers hope that this endangered ecosystem can recover.
- If you’re self-isolating but need a nature fix, check out some wildlife webcams. My favourite ospreys have returned to Rutland Water, have a look. Or check out Monterey Bay Aquarium’s wildlife cams. You can also find webcams of all kinds of animals on the Wildlife Webcams blog.
- Over 200 Covid19 mutual aid groups have been created across the UK to help the vulnerable in our communities. If you feel able to help, find and join your local group here.
Things I’m grateful for:
- All the birds visiting our feeders in the garden. Goldfinches, greenfinches, starlings, blue and great tits, jackdaws, magpies, collared doves and pigeons. It lifts my spirits to see them and helps with the boredom of working from home!
- Spring is here! The daffodils, blossom, lesser celandines and the daisies are out. Butterflies and bees are appearing. It’s warmer and the birds are singing and making their nests.
- All the amazing medical staff putting themselves on the frontline to keep us safe. It’s our job to try and keep them safe in return. #DontBeASpreader
Have you seen any good news lately? What are you grateful for?
Stay safe and healthy readers, and keep up the social distancing. My thoughts and best wishes go out to any of you struggling with the difficult times. Sally xXx