It was lovely to see such a huge sky.
One reason why people love and need open spaces is that they create a sense of possibility, a mirroring openness within ourselves. I visited Hampstead Village for a guided walk and wandered a bit on Hampstead Heath yesterday, breathing in the peace of London's largest open space and one of its highest spots.
A few days ago, another London Walks guide, Corinna, a sixtyish lady who lives in Highgate Village bordering the Heath, told us that she swims in one of its bathing ponds every morning, year round (like Katharine Hepburn, who swam every morning in chilly Long Island Sound).
I want to go back for a proper ramble, in hopes of spotting one of the foxes, owls, hedgehogs and grass snakes that make their homes here.