Thought for the day 15 March

52 weeks ago today the Prime Minister announced restrictions urging over-70s to shield. Little did we realise at that stage what lay ahead. It’s probably as well that we didn’t. If we had known that we’ve have nearly 12 months of severe restrictions on our movement (and the balance made up of not-quite-so-severe restrictions) how would we have reacted, how would we have coped, how many would just have given up and turned to face the wall? There are times when we think it would be lovely to see into the future. In practice it is often better not to know what lies ahead, but just to take each day as it comes. Yes, we need to plan ahead, to think about the future – but make the most of today

Lord, there are times when this last year seems to have lasted for ever, and times when it seems to have flown by. There are times when we get very nostalgic about the past, and there are times when we are totally caught up with the future and making plans for next summer, next year or whatever. Help us to appreciate or acknowledge the past, and think carefully about the future, but remember that we live in the present – and try to make the best of it

On Thursday 31 May 1787 Burns and friends set out for Longtown. It isn’t clear which route they took, but for our photos we’ll use the route via Birdoswald and Lanercost

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