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Remember Eric's Song

Tonight, don’t forget the clocks go forward; perhaps not fast enough to see a world free of coronavirus just yet, but hopefully soon. This is an unprecedented time in our history. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted on all our lives; the health and well-being of our loved ones, our workplace and even undermined the global economy. The way we live our daily lives, trying to navigate through these unique and evolving circumstances is an immense challenge.

In the wake of the pandemic, the way we work and do business may change for the better; more practices of working from home, less emissions from the ‘internal‘ combustion engine, increased awareness of our communities, more self-sufficiency and the biggest change we can hope to see is a world in which climate change has begun to decelerate.

Self-isolation has put all our lives on pause, given us precious time to reflect and, perhaps re-evaluate the way we conduct our lives. If we were to change only one thing, let’s make a positive adjustment.

At times like this, I am truly grateful to live in a rural location, affording me a limited amount of freedom from the social restrictions imposed by the government, and I want to share this with you.

At home we now tend to congregate by the dining room window from where we have a view of our garden to enjoy a little wildlife. There are several bird/squirrel feeders scattered amongst the trees, along with a small ‘reflection’ pool and ‘squirrel leap’ I constructed some-time ago. Goldfinches, siskins and great-spotted woodpecker feed. Crows and rooks, on the scrounge of a free meal, frequently visit the garden too, but Freyja our ever-vigilant Icelandic Sheepdog is intolerant of their presence and discourages them with her fervent barking. Red squirrels are regular garden visitors and always a delight to watch; they appear unperturbed by the enthusiastic barking.

Living in the Highlands is a privilege and we are so lucky to have goldeneye occasionally nesting in the garden. Each spring we eagerly await its arrival and we were not disappointed this year. This rare and beautiful duck made its appearance mid-week and could be seen enjoying the sun from the entrance hole of its specially designed nest-box; our harbinger that spring is definitely not too far away.

Next time I will leave the comfort of my window chair and venture out for our short daily walk. Freyja and I will take you on a walk through the woods and down to the loch looking for the return of migrant birds. So, until next week be safe, make the most of your new-found leisure time and be kind to each other. Until then, simply sing-a-long with the title and wear a smile - ‘Always look on the bright side of life’ Eric Idle!

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