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Nature is showing us its power - and raw beauty

Roslyn Dee


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For me 'the best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside' is an early morning walk on the beach and a daily potter on the terrace to check on the roses. Photo: Adrian Weckler

For me 'the best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside' is an early morning walk on the beach and a daily potter on the terrace to check on the roses. Photo: Adrian Weckler

For me 'the best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside' is an early morning walk on the beach and a daily potter on the terrace to check on the roses. Photo: Adrian Weckler

It was the roses that first caught my eye. Standing at the window of my ground-floor apartment on Tuesday morning, in something of a reverie and with my mind flitting between the best of times past and the possible worst of times to come, suddenly I noticed them on my terrace - the shiny, green and red leaves on two of my roses. New growth. A sense of renewal. The world still turning.

Out I went on to the terrace. Yes, the gorgeous and unusual purple-flowering rose that I bought last summer was ablaze with life while the standard rose - a potted, sunshine-yellow beauty that has travelled with me and graced the patio or terrace of three homes over the past 20 years - also showed evidence of green shoots reaching for the sky.

There was definitely a couple of weeks' growth there but with anxiety levels high over coronavirus and with my mind more focused on this true-life horror show, these hopeful signals of life had simply passed me by this year.