So – a new year, and plenty of thoughts about how to make the most of it.
But before I get to that, two lovely and very different holiday days to start 2017.
1 January turned out to be dreary, cold, wet, dark, and definitely feeling like a ‘wet playtime’ day. So we ditched the plan to go out for a long walk and instead luxuriated in doing not very much at all at home. A bit of pottering indoors, some crochet, a book or two, and a lovely fire to sit in front of, leftovers for supper. A perfect day.
2 January by contrast was quite a different beast (though just as perfect, in a different way). Cold, clear, crisp, frosty (icy even), with a bright blue sky and more of the same promised. The seaside walk beckoned once more. We packed a picnic and a flask and drove down to our favourite place by the sea – Hengistbury Head, near Bournemouth.
(All photos Malcolm’s, all photos from previous visits – no, I don’t paddle in the middle of winter).
This is somewhere we go, just for the day, several times a year, every year. We’ve been doing so for at least 10 years, maybe more. Its been a joy when our spirits were high, and a joy and a boost when times were tough.
We always do the same walk – first along the beach from the car park, then around the corner along the next bit of beach. Then the ferry across to Mudeford, and a walk all along the next two beaches and up to Steamer Point, where there’s a picnic place with benches overlooking a deserted beach and looking out to the Isle of Wight.
Then the same again in reverse, but we return on the freshwater side of the Head not the beach side. Sometimes there are lots of wading birds, herons and egrets to see; other times (like yesterday) not so many.
It’s always a wonderful day out, and we always comment to each other at some point in the day that we’ve never failed to enjoy a day out there, whatever the season or the weather.
This visit was no different. And all the better for that.
Happy new year to you, and here’s to starting the new year with hope and optimism. And with plans.