JOURNAL

Nature in Isolation: Ecological health in the time of Covid-19

By christinaillenapeake, Apr 12 2020 10:11AM

Beddington Lane ERF. Lands being restored once filled with landfill waste.
Beddington Lane ERF. Lands being restored once filled with landfill waste.
Dawn on Mitcham Common - The last frost
Dawn on Mitcham Common - The last frost
Mitcham Common - Chicken shop box
Mitcham Common - Chicken shop box
Mitcham Common - Abandoned pushchair
Mitcham Common - Abandoned pushchair
Mitcham Common - Burnt out motorbike
Mitcham Common - Burnt out motorbike

I never realised how big my territory was until it became this small. The very idea of territory was always the preserve of animals in nature programmes scenting and spraying to know who had been where and noting the message of who is the 'Big I Am!'. Now I'm pacing the house and its like the house has become your mind of sorts merging the physical and mental space. I have always worked from home alot but I also was always out and about the same amount for kids, work, fun, travel, space, to breathe. So now my territory is restricted I find that the space I do have I am learning much more about. The woodlands, trails, rivers and wetlands I am finally learning are much more extensive where I live and the amount the local council near me have been doing to maintain them and I think maybe more than that how we treat them.


Since completing the 'Waste and Wilding on Mitcham Common' photo essay I have continued to document the land around me but more than that these spaces, ecosystems, nature enables me to breathe when I started to feel trapped being home all day and the boundaries between work and home have all but evapourated. Although we are being incouraged to work from home this is not home working in its usual sense. To work from home doesn't mean all work is restricted to that place.


I guess today I am writing because I that feeling of a full body shudder needing to get out. My kid does that, tensing everything until everything shakes and his teeth grit together. Time for a long walk on the common metres from anyone listening to the birds are so loud this time of year. Even the birds in my garden have gotten used to me as they bearly notice as I sit while they attack the bird feeder. Never been through so much seed in my life. The nature home slash garden waste hill thats becoming a mountain which has a rather nice wooden front door laid across one side as I can't get to the dump must have tennants by now. The caterpillars I bought for my son's home schooling nature project are seriously big now and looking to make a great esecap. Everything in nature at the moment seems to be getting louder, bigger, stronger, brighter and I love that about the spring roaring into summer yet in direct contrast the streets seem so quiet to me yet its comforting to hear the basslines and scents of petrol from BBQ firelighters and sweet flowers in the breeze. .


I'm looking forward to getting my bike moving again as for some reason when I tried to pump up the tyres I managed to flatten them. Not sure what went wrong there but little brother got me a bike pump that can't fail. So off for a long walk/run in the woods so I'm not screaming into a pillow later. Proud of me! Really keeping the drama to a minimum today!