A message from Cornwall Life editor Carol Burns: We’re #ThereWithYou
PUBLISHED: 12:52 20 April 2020 | UPDATED: 12:52 20 April 2020
We are in this together, that’s why our magazines carries a simple message on the cover this month - #ThereWithYou
I’ve had it pointed out to me that we are using the word ‘unprecedented’ an unprecedented number of times in recent months, so I have set myself the challenge of not using it here. And it’s more difficult than it sounds. A trip to the local shop, a wander down the high street or harbour front and a look at the sadly closed restaurants which by now would be hoaching are bereft. In my lifetime Cornwall has always been busy; every season bringing its own unique visitors, so I am unused to getting that out-of-season feeling.
And while much of Cornwall’s unique attractions has closed – hopefully to reopen very soon – there is much of Cornwall that sits in the open air and can be safely enjoyed, for an hour at least. May marks Mental Health week and I can think of few times that it is so relevant to so many of us. While many may still be in their house under doctor’s orders, more still will be housebound for want of anywhere to go. The mighty outdoors has never been so vital to us. This year we will find out if all those stories about how exercise and the coast is good for our wellbeing.
So whether it is a spot of quiet reflection, time to consider the future or simply some exercise – Cornwall can deliver. Perhaps I may finally walk Cornwall’s stretch of the coastal path, fulfil my annual new year resolution of spending time on the beach every day, where the waves continue to lap against the golden sands unheeded by any human crisis. I suspect we will find something comforting in that. Cornwall goes on and it will wait for us.
Back in the house, my 14-year-old son will be getting a rather different education – music lessons via skype, maths tests via virtual classroom – and a chance to watch plenty of nature, war and cultural documentary boxsets, learn to cook and discover a few French new wave classic films to ensure his French GCSE stays up to date. He’ll probably wish he was back at school.
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