Hello and a very merry New Year you lovely lot - especially you twinkly new followers! Thank you all for choosing to spend time with little old me.
We might only be 3 days in, but already I feel like I am used to this new year of ours. Somewhere deep down, I have a good feeling about it.
The rain that dogged the festive season cleared away on New Years Day and the sun shone forth. For the first time in near on a week, I felt like I wanted to go outside for a nice long walk. We headed up to Epsom Downs and stood gazing at the London skyline. With The Shard dominating on the right - I know a lot of folk are not keen, but I really do like it a lot - and the tip of The Gherkin, now blotted out by new buildings.
That is time moving on, I guess. Five years ago, I could clearly see the whole of The Gherkin. I had not really noticed the other structures creeping up in front of and around it.
There were so many people out walking, all greeting one another, walking their dogs, wearing out their children and enviably, riding horses. My passion for ponies does not abate. Maybe this year I shall get back up on that saddle. We shall see.
I felt a little fragile after the night before (do not be fooled by supermarket own "spiced rum" and think to ourself, smuggly "I have saved myself £5" as you stand in the queue - it'll strip your innards and leave you feeling like you were hit by a vanilla drenched bus), so dressed comfortably and bundled up in a very nice navy coat of thriftyness. I grabbed it as the last jumble sale I attended for 40p. I know. Forty pence. I feel I am an accomplished Jumble Boogie-er now.
I wish I had worn boots once I got out on the whiley, windy
moors Downs, for it was far colder that I had bargained for. Thankfully the pockets on this coat are deep and snuggly, plus I always get hot whilst walking anyway. It was not long before I felt like I was wearing a hot water bottle.
It felt good to be out, with the breeze of fresh air in our faces and we talked of what this new 21st century year may hold.
Good things in abundance and that the bad stuff can do one.
And so may it be for you!