It’s hard to believe that this time last week I was in Wales, on behalf of the Open Spaces Society, for a meeting to discuss the Welsh government’s proposed access reforms for public paths.
I left home at 5.30 and drove to Builth Wells, stopping near New Radnor for breakfast and a short walk up the hill in drizzle.
The meeting was held on the Royal Welsh Agricultural Showground, agreed to be the most mutually inconvenient place to meet in Wales. I enjoy wandering around the showground and especially love the sculpture Fire and Passion by Robert Rattray, made of horseshoes. It was commissioned by the Welsh Pony and Cob Society’s young ambassador, Euros Llyr Morgan, from 2017-2019.
The meeting, of about 20 of us, ended at 4pm and I was home by 8pm.
On the way I heard Sir Patrick Vallance, the government’s chief scientific adviser, on the Today programme talking about the ‘herd immunity’. While the virus was certainly dominating the news, I had not appreciated that four days later we would all be having to work from home and that the world would have been turned upside down.
That meeting in Wales is therefore memorable for being my last physical meeting for an indeterminate period.
Stay safe everyone, and stay in touch.