Hope everyone is okay. I’m writing this on Friday afternoon with not much of an idea of what to write. Some things never change. It is of course the Easter weekend and in normal circumstances I would have been off to the football today. These, of course, are not normal circumstances. Rightfully the focus right now is on keeping ourselves and others safe.
I’ve seen a few posts this week about where folk want to visit once circumstances permit. To be honest my first priority is to see those I love first. FaceTime (or your video calling app of choice) is wonderful but it is absolutely no substitute for being with people, their smells, looks, gestures, all their dimensions. It is for love that we are apart right now but it doesn’t mean it doesn’t still hurt. In the meantime FaceTime will have to do, to share our joy, sadness, fear, gossip and, above all, hope. Hope is vital in these times more than ever.
After the people will come places. My second priority is to walk by the sea. Having grown up by the sea, the closest I can get to it right now is through social media, photographs taken on other folk’s daily exercise or from their windows. Sea Window Craster or Shetland Webcams are just two sources of waves right now. Or of course photographs. My iPad’s current screensaver is a picture from a recent trip to North Berwick. For those who know North Berwick, it was taken on the beach right near the Edinburgh bus stop on Church Road. Despite the fact I prefer Dunbar, it was a particularly fine day all the same.
I haven’t read much in the last few weeks. Rather than reading books, I’ve been catching up with the Scottish football magazine Nutmeg. Nutmeg is excellent with lots of interesting articles about the game, its past, present and future and that view is in no way coloured by the fact I wrote an article in issue 7. I read one issue while on holiday in Lochaber last year, waiting for a road to reopen. I approach it like a book, reading it cover to cover. I have two actual books on the go, one by Mat Guy, Barcelona to Buckie Thistle: Exploring Football’s Roads Less Travelled, which a library colleague saw and thoughtfully sent my way, and a re-read of my favourite book, The Living Mountain by Nan Shepherd.
My telly watching has been dominated by quiz shows, railway programmes and Scot Squad on Thursday. (Watch Scot Squad. Seriously.) Yesterday I watched the entirety of the second series of Sunderland ‘Til I Die, the fly-on-the-wall documentary about the life and times of Sunderland AFC. The fortitude of their fans and people amidst their team’s struggles made me all emotional at times.
Anyway, that’s the Saturday Saunter for today, Saturday 11th April 2020. Thanks for reading. Loose Ends Redux is back on Wednesday. There may well be other posts as I go. Until then, keep well, keep safe.