“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

As physical travel is restricted, mental journeys become ever more important.   After all, Shakespeare probably never left England, but the world came to him through books and stories.  So it is for all of us, places we may never visit can come to us through reading.  Jane Austen barely ventured north of Oxford.  

Modern cookery books are more than collections of recipes, and they take us all to the countries of the world.  Gardens can be created, life-styles enjoyed and emulated as long as we have pictures to guide us.  

We can explore the mind, and the environment.  

Through history, we can ask questions (and sometimes find answers(.   

Fiction, wherever it is set, transports us to another realm.   Then there are classics, books to be loved, enjoyed and retained.

Last, but not least, there are dogs.