Walking by Old Father Thames, river traffic is not operating but visitors are still attracted to London's famous riverside walks. The capital is in its third Lockdown but the resident population and a handful of of tourists and visitors still flock to the landmarks they love in one of the most exciting cities in the world. The difference now in Lockdown is that instead of people huddling inside pubs and restaurants and looking out, only Takeaway is permitted. Sitting outside, it is easier than ever to interact with nature and take a few peaceful moments to breathe in fresh air.
Children play on small strips of sand unearthed by the receding tidal river and dogs race on the pebble beaches.
Cyclists, skateboarders, roller skaters, and the rolling wheels of pushchairs, provide a constantly changing vistas of free wheeling individuals. Fresh air, the flowing waters of the River Thames with a glorious backdrop of sights of London Town old and new, St. Paul's Cathedral alongside stately smoked glass skyscrapers.
The chatter and good natured laughter of friends and family is vibrant and cheerful, not dampened by the mechanical sounds of the engines of motor boats, launches, ferries and barges.
Collectively exhaling a unified sigh of relief, the atmosphere is peaceful and calm- and hopeful. Lockdown has delivered a new normal of unhurried, feel good gratitude - give thanks simply to be alive.
Ellen Frazer-Jameson is a journalist, author, actress. theater producer and drama coach. She co hosted the largest live late night radio show in Europe for the BBC and has appeared on national TV shows and taken leading roles on stage. She lives in Miami and London and loves to dance Argentine tango.