April 13th – Dusk, on the canal. The bite of a chilly spring evening. The sound of wind, waterfowl grumbling and no traffic at all.
I realised that for the first time in weeks, nobody else was on the canal towpath. I was alone.
Since the lockdown, people have taken to canals for exercise and walking in a way I’ve never seen before – which is good: I really want people who don’t know the beauty of local canals to come and share it.
But it’s still nice to find myself here, alone, but accompanied by my thoughts and feelings. It it at moments like this I feel least alone.
I stood enjoying it for quite a while.
Realising I was shivering, I got on my bike and rode back home.