The unstoppable momentum of nature!
During a time of crisis, switching our thoughts to fresher pastures - arguably easier in the New Forest than most places
A little light hearted though also serious reflection, by Mark Symons with cartoon by Hugh Lohan. 23 April 2020
"As the all-consuming virus dominates our thoughts and the media it might be a good thing to switch our minds to fresher pastures, to lighten our mood by changing tack. We have all heard that sudden interruption during a deadly dull or depressing dinner party conversation where someone says somewhat loudly. “Well, changing the subject!” These words are normally blurted out by the host or hostess out of sheer desperation, anything to save the party! Oh, and note to self, never ever invite the Thompsons again, we really don’t need to hear about their medical problems, especially so soon after the main course!
Life at the top of the food chain?
Perhaps now might be a good time to consider the marvels of our natural world. We humans, bound up in our little world of television and radio (and a great deal more of it since the lock down) eating our food from plastic packages, are we so advanced? Consider how much we depend upon oil then at the same time look out towards the forest and consider the flora and fauna. Tomorrow the sun will rise and with it all kinds of creatures. The warm blooded will seek out food after their night long fast. The cold blooded will wait patiently for the sun’s energy to liven them up. The incredible cycle that is nature will start again, some creatures will depart, some will arrive.
The New Forest and getting back into the real beautiful bug free world - Hugh Lohan
The joy of our forest and long may it continue.
New Forest prepares for another glorious summer, the sap is rising, fauna is getting frisky with the sound of horns locking in remote glades. Buds are bursting forth and seeds popping open as many hay fever sufferers will attest. As we struggle with a great loss of freedom, nature soldiers on. The New Forest will continue without toilet roll shortages or panic buying. Perhaps we are losing something here? I went for a cycle in the forest the other day and for a short while I eased my tired old muscles as I sat alone with my back to a tree. Slowly my pulse slowed, slowly I began to hear the birds and slowly I began to relax.
In the words of W H Davies:
What is this life if, full of care.
We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
Perhaps when we are taking our once daily exercise, we might try to re-connect with nature, even if it is only for a short time. It might save the party. Stay safe and our sympathy to those who are struggling during this difficult time."
Our writing and illustrating duo Mark and Hugh
Mark and Hugh both Lymington Locals who didn't know each other before the pandemic, approached us separately about providing original content for Lymington.com. We're experimenting together at the moment with combining their creative talents for your entertainment.
We also incidentally are looking for local historians to help us continue with our "Throwback Thursday" feature with short stories behind some of our local treasures on land and water both natural and built by man - do get in touch if you'd be interested in becoming a virtual, volunteer member of our little team!
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