Some Thoughts On The New Year.

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The general consensus of opinion seems to be that 2016 was a crap year. It seemed that every day the media announced the death of another icon of film, music or the arts. The UK voted to leave the EU and America put a lunatic in the Whitehouse. So we rushed towards 2017 like it would be some sort of cure for everything bad that had happened last year.

For a long time I’ve found myself looking forward to New Years eve with much more enthusiasm than Christmas, neither Matt nor I have a big family and a lot of the people who matter to us are scattered across the world so we don’t get the chance to see them as often as we would want. We made the choice not to have children so Christmas has tended to be a quiet day enjoying time with friends and family where we can and unwinding after what is always a stressful month at work for me.  Once the festivities are over then come the inevitable end of year lists and media round ups and the promise of better times as soon as we’ve got rid of the old year and drunk in the new.

Wherever I am and no matter how the New Year is seen in 12.01 still ends up looking a lot like 11.59. It’s great to feel the excitement of a new start and the chance to move forward and leave bad experiences and harder times behind if you can but things don’t magically change at the stroke of midnight. It’s important to remember that it’s ok to sit in the messiness of process and continue to let life be a work in progress. If we’re lucky we spend our lives changing and evolving and that in itself is a magnificent thing even if our plans don’t always work out how we want them to.

I’m looking forward to the months ahead and moving some of the plans that I’ve been working on forward and embracing whatever happens in our lives over the next year.

Happy New Year

Cathy

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Scavenger Hunt 101 #74 Food Growing

Isn’t it lovely to eat your own home-grown food.

After all the hard work that goes into preparing the ground, planting, tending and caring for your crops as they grow somehow the food you make with them always seems to taste much nicer than anything shop-bought.

Not that I can claim to be the gardener in our house. I’m more a ‘watch from a distance and offer words of encouragement whilst drinking a glass of wine’ sort of gardener. Although I was recently given some very tiny plants, 1 Aubergine, 1 Cherry Tomato and 1 Pimiento which I am attempting to keep alive long enough to bear fruit (they have been named Arnold, Trevor and Pablo respectively, I feel names are an important part of the growth process).

This years crop includes, Gem Squash (which are a delicious side dish, cut in half, boiled then spread with butter), Courgettes, Tomatoes and a couple of Pumpkins. We’ve never had a successful crop of Pumpkins before but these two look like they’re going the distance. Roll on Pumpkin Soup and Halloween.

Potential Pumpkins

Scavenger Hunt 101 #66 A Dog.

This was taken at the RSPCA Big Walkies Event at Alexandra Palace in May 2015.

I volunteered as a photographer for the day and although the weather was pretty miserable with a steady drizzle of rain all day it didn’t put the Dogs off and hundreds turned out to enjoy a sociable walk and help raise money to help the RSPCA. I took a lot of photographs and it was hard to choose a favourite but I like this one for the way the dog seems so happy with the simple pleasure of running free and chasing a ball.

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Scavenger Hunt 101 #10 An Extravagant Food

“O Oysters,” said the Carpenter,
“You’ve had a pleasant run!
Shall we be trotting home again?”
But answer came there none–
And this was scarcely odd, because
They’d eaten every one.

The Walrus And the Carpenter – Lewis Carroll

O Oysters

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Scavenger Hunt 101 #53 An Insect

We are lucky enough to live on the edge of the pond in the C.S Lewis Nature Reserve in Oxford. It’s a beautiful place and home to a rich and varied population of wildlife, including many species of Dragonfly and Damselfly

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