Day 7, Friday 14th August, and this is a song that should need no introduction to those of us of a certain generation. We’re lucky up here in the Dales to be living in a place that reminds us every day of just how wonderful the natural world is, how beautiful. Enjoy.

What a Wonderful World

Louis Armstrong

I see trees of green
Red roses too
I see them bloom
For me and you
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world

I see skies of blue
And clouds of white
The bright blessed day
The dark sacred night
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world

The colours of the rainbow
So pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces
Of people going by
I see friends shaking hands
Saying, “How do you do?”
They’re really saying
“I love you”

I hear babies cry
I watch them grow
They’ll learn much more
Than I’ll never know
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world

Yes, I think to myself
What a wonderful world

Although we had performed this Louis Armstrong favourite in concerts, we recorded it during lockdown.

It just seemed so apt amidst all the pain and suffering, the loneliness and isolation, the separation of families, to try to remember that it is still a beautiful, wonderful world.

Anne Vetch