Daily Dose of D


An early start. Sunrise, of a sort, from Eaves Wood.

So, I’ve been getting out almost every day for a walk. And doing a lot of gardening. I am, my mum tells me, when we video chat, ‘very brown’.


And a frosty one. Arnside Knott from close to Middlebarrow Quarry.

All this outdoor exercise, it turns out, is not only good for my cardiovascular and mental health but may also be important in another way.


Daffs on Cove Road.

I’ve been getting my daily dose of vitamin D.


Grange from The Cove.

And according to Dr Malcolm Kendrick, that will potentially help me avoid, or mitigate the symptoms of, COVID 19. It’s a long post, but well worth a read. The key point is that a 2008 study, looking into why coronaviruses like colds and flu are seasonal, showed that taking vitamin D supplements massively reduced instances of cold and flu. Furthermore, an as yet unpublished report suggests that high levels of vitamin D in the blood significantly reduce the severity of COVID 19 symptoms.

So vitamin D may both help prevent you catching C19 and may also improve your response to it if you do catch it. A win win. And all you have to do is spend time outside to benefit.


Pied Wagtail.

This is Dr Kendrick’s conclusion:

“I have been going out into the sun wherever possible in the last month. I take Vitamin D3 supplements 4,000 units a day. I strongly advise everyone else to do the same. “


B on the cliff path.


The coast and Clougha Pike from Heathwaite.


Male kestrel on telegraph pole. Shame about the light.

I took some photos of a treecreeper too, but they were a bit dark, and I know that I’ve taken some better ones since. I’ve haven’t seen treecreepers as frequently as I have this spring since a pair nested in my garden in Arnside.

And now, to today’s musical choices. Following on from yesterday’s bird related selection, here’s ‘Bring Down the Birds’:

You may recognise the base line from Herbie Hancock’s tune because it was recycled, and replayed apparently, by no less than Bootsy Collins, for Deee-Lite’s ‘Groove Is In The Heart’:

Daily Dose of D

11 thoughts on “Daily Dose of D

  1. I probably could have got out a lot more, although for the first 3 or 4 weeks of the lockdown I was sat outside in the garden getting a tan so my D levels are decent.

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      Sitting in the garden seems like an entirely appropriate response to the current situation. I hope refreshments were at hand?

        1. beatingthebounds says:

          😂🤣😂 It’s exactly acts of quiet heroism and self-sacrifice like that which will see is through these dark times!

  2. Helen says:

    Re Vitamin D – as you know I am regularly walking each day so get my fill of Vit D from a natural source. I also take a calcium and vitamin D supplement daily. It has been a long summer of warm sunshine but I have still manged to suffer 2 colds since February. Australians also suffer badly from the winter flu each year. I fully believe however that one’s cardiovascular and mental health benefit enormously from being in sunshine and exploring nature.
    I love your Daffodils. When are the Bluebells coming?

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      There seems to be a growing body of evidence that we benefit in a multitude of ways from being outside, exercising outside, sharing our time outdoors, and being in nature. The worrying thing now for any of us that catch the flu or anything similar will be whether that’s all we’ve got or whether we have something more and are putting those we live with at risk. Stay well!

      1. beatingthebounds says:

        Oh – and, sorry, the Bluebells are already flowering. I’m still about a month behind. I think they will be appearing on the blog very soon.

  3. TBF is always banging on about vitamin D. In that respect what us outdoor types were seeing as frustratingly nice weather could prove to be a real positive, providing you keep to the advice when heading outside. Times like this I feel so fortunate to have a garden I can spend time in. So many millions of others don’t have that luxury and I can’t begin to comprehend how tough that must be.
    I assumed that sample came from somewhere like HH. Forgotten what an infectious tune that was.

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      I couldn’t agree more. I would definitely be climbing the walls by now. Whilst everybody is, quite rightly, keen to celebrate the NHS, I think we should also be congratulating those people who have managed to abide by the lockdown rules in difficult circumstances. And, come to that, people like my mum and dad who haven’t left their homes in a month and a half.
      I’m a bit of a Herbie Hancock fan. There may be more to come. I suppose it partly depends on how long this goes on.

      1. Really good point around those people following the lockdown in far more difficult conditions and circumstances, especially the vulnerable, like our parents generation. My parents live for the time they spend with their grand-kids and great grand-kids

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