In Her Own Time

Oil landscape by Yorkshire artist Jo Sykes

“Walking on Ilkley Moor through a deep depression we passed through what used to be an old quarry of millstone grit or sandstone. The shapes and textures of the huge remaining rocks were impressive. Sometimes on our walks through wild spaces we come across areas that have been touched by human hand, often quite aggressively in the plunder for our stuff of life. Nature yields to this – not in total submission, more in resilience, because when we have moved on, steadily she moves to reclaim the land back to herself in her own time.

Often during the pandemic we have felt aggressively plundered by the situation caused by the virus doing its thing and it has been so hard to wait for it to pass, for our moment to reclaim back.

The lesson from nature is biding our time.”

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