Heather Whitworth (RH Project Officer, Ulverston):
1. The azure blemish-free skies
2. The strange quiet that seemed to descend- it was a ‘heavy’ quiet that came over Ulverston, it felt like we’d travelled to a time long gone.
3. The beautiful weeks of Spring being so noticeable- because there was less of ‘life’ to distract.
Pat Jones (Finsthwaite): the time on the clock ceasing to matter ; the blessed peace and quiet filled with bird song ; the way that love leapt across the two metre gap between us in the village . Precious memories .
Carole Kidd (farmer, Rusland Cross): 1. Being able to move the sheep up and down the road with their new lambs on foot, risk- free. 2. How laid back life felt even when flat out working…time wasn't a factor. 3. Just the simple specialness of belonging to home quietly watching spring unfold, the roadside wildlife realising it was safer and not a contrail in sight .
David Hoyle (Thwaite Moss): How lovely our valley is especially with the quiet roads and the clear blue skies. How kind and nice our friends and neighbours are. How weird and fragile is the world at present.
Marion Brown (Bouth): how blue the sky can be when the air is clear ad free of contrails; how much community matters and how wonderful it is to be part of a special one; that simple things often give the greatest pleasure.
David Hamer (Bouth): re-discovering milk deliveries - I had no idea how exciting it was to find milk bottles on the doorstep!
Mandy Lane (Oxen Park): The wonderful respite there has been for the wildlife and the rural way of life. On a 2 hour walk one day I heard only birdsong and the odd sheep and lamb bleating. Blissful. I feel, guiltily, that I want it to stay that way...