The Good Old Days

Perhaps we all have memories of simpler golden days, or remember someone who would pedal off into the countryside for hours, days even, with just a sandwich. Now we are snarled up in urban sprawl, traffic, conspicuous consumption and digital ambush, those experiences are difficult. But gone forever? Maybe not. Rock-pooling and bird-watching remain free, as does whiling away time beneath a tree. When I see kids absorbed in crabbing off a pier, Glaswegians bivouacking under an old tarp, and teens in footy shirts on mountain summits armed with only a bottle of cola, it makes me smile – they’re creating the good old days to come.

Read more in the August 2022 edition of BBC Countryfile Magazine (incorrectly credited)