Monday, March 30, 2020
Let's Keep Warm
Olga and I went to the Heath yesterday and had a long walk. Not many people were out. For one thing, the temperatures were in the low 40's -- not exactly comfortable spring weather!
I'm taking the position that going to the Heath conforms to the government's lockdown rules, as long as there aren't too many people around. After all, it is local. I figure it's my one outing for the day, and I'm only going once a week or so. Hopefully I won't be drone-shamed.
I could not believe how chilly it was. It even snowed a couple of times. What kind of crazy spring is this?
Here's a better look at the old pine on Sandy Heath that was damaged in our windstorms several weeks ago. I'm still not sure what's happening here. You can see one of the cables supporting the tree running off to the left, about a third of the way up from the ground. That cable connects to an adjacent tree and was there long before the wind damage, to counteract the pine's leaning.
Olga enjoyed the near-empty (and cold and windy) playing fields on Hampstead Heath Extension.
As usual, we passed through Golders Hill Park on our walk back toward home. The tulips are looking great! None of the tulips in our own garden bloomed this year, though a few of them sent up leaves. We've never done well with tulips.
After witnessing the crazy intermingling of kids on the playground last weekend, I was glad to see it's since been closed to enforce social distancing. The swings have been taken down and the equipment covered with netting. I mean, I'm sorry for the kids, but it's better for everyone.