January 3rd

A hike!

After a little discussion, we drove to the Dunstable Downs. I had simply no idea there were Downs in Dunstable. Thought they were only in the South and Yorkshire.

Anyway, after 2.5 hours of this:


We ended up with a view like this:


along the Icknield Way, apparently one of the UK’s oldest known routes (approx 2000 years they said). It was windswept and muddy, and full of farmyard animals that’s for sure. But it was also rather beautiful.

We took the circular Whipsnade Route, taking you through Whipsnade and the Whipsnade Tree Cathedral. Built in 1931, its probably at its best when the trees actually have green on them – which was not today! The whole route was very clearly signposted, although it contains a few redundant stiles and kissing gates. Should you come across these, don’t feel obliged to walk through them, unlike some in our party today…



January 2nd

A so-so kind of day. Still keeping all serious work at arm’s length.

This was a fairly routine little stretch out, with very little opportunity for pretty vistas.


Happy ninth day of Christmas!

New Year’s Day 2013

Well, here I am.

Attempting to stick to Janathon very quietly. I havn’t told anyone, as I don’t want to look a fool when I can’t manage it. Self-employed musicians often have to drop everything at the drop of a hat, and can end up working for hours on end in a tiny studio or running between rehearsals and/or gigs if it’s a good month. So, we’ll see how it goes.

Why? After a year of ill-health and endless hospital outpatient, scans, pokes and appointments it is time to look after myself. Nothing serious, and I am still a spring chicken in the grand scheme of things. However, I am sufficiently old enough to be at a stage where things Start To Go Wrong. Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, Heart Disease blah. Don’t want to be dealing with that shade of nonsense in my fifties and sixties. So, why not just try a little harder at being nicer to my body?

I’m certainly not giving up booze, cake, butter or red meat. Long ago I learnt that resolutions need to be positive, not negative. So I will just eat more fruit and veg. Drink more water. Exercise a little more. See my friends more. Sleep more. Knit more (more on that hopefully in future). Talk to new people a bit more. Read a little more. Go to the Theatre more. All of which will hopefully improve my stress levels and my general sense of well-being as well as improve my health, and possibly the well-being of the people around me…

So in the spirit of all things Janathon, here is the picture from Today’s walk. A little ramble around Greenwich Park at Sunset (got up at 1pm) with Canadian Boy. Cold, but pretty.