Well, I wasn’t expecting this: as in so many countries around the world, it seems the Coronavirus pandemic has brought the UK’s economy to a shuddering halt. Many businesses, including our printers, have closed with no plans to reopen anytime soon. Obviously printing is out of the question at the moment but with so much uncertainty in the economy I’ve taken the decision to delay publication until the situation is more predictable which, given the way things seem to be going, could be some time yet – maybe even next year. We’ll just have to wait and see. I’ve decided to use the time to make a few more improvements and to restore some corners that were cut due to looming deadlines, so maybe it’s all for the best.
We’ll see what the coming weeks and months bring. I’m sure there will be changes but hope that things will not be so severe that we can’t continue to enjoy our beloved countryside. There are few occasions that I can think of when it has it been so important to maintain our health and well-being, and the fact is that, for those of us lucky enough to live in County Durham, the opportunity is right there on our doorstep every day! Spring has well and truly arrived but within the restrictions of the lock-down it isn’t easy to appreciate. When I’m not tinkering with the books, I’m developing ideas for the next publications but it’s frustrating to leave them on the computer.
Hopefully this will all be over soon and as many of us as possible will be able to resume the simple joys of living that exercise in the countryside offers. With regard to the guidebooks – The Weardale Way and The Teesdale Way – I’ll update the site as soon as I know what’s happening myself. Whatever happens, guard against the virus and maintain well-being with some basic lifestyle choices: be as active as you can, eat and drink healthily and in moderation, get plenty of sunshine, fresh air and sleep, and stay positive. Be well!