Things That Are Good:
Janet’s Foss and Malham cove – went on the 2nd of January and intend to go again so that I can walk along the crazy paving bit without it being really dark and death inducing, and swim in the pool near Janet’s Foss (That sounds disgusting.)
Bruce Parry is doing a series about the Arctic! And riding Reindeer! And generally being great!
Things That Are Bad:
It’s cold and boring and there’s nothing to do in January.
Or Is There?
Was very tempted to go to the Straw Bear festival in Peterborough on the weekend of the 14th January;
In Whittlesea, from when no one quite knows, it was the custom on the Tuesday following Plough Monday (the 1st Monday after Twelfth Night) to dress one of the confraternity of the plough in straw and call him a ‘Straw Bear’. A newspaper of 1882 reports that “… he was then taken around the town to entertain by his frantic and clumsy gestures the good folk who had on the previous day subscribed to the rustics, a spread of beer, tobacco and beef” – Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival Website
The bears have a good old dance through the town accompanied by accordions and your usual folk malarkey, before being set fire to on Sunday afternoon – lovely
Also, it has been under some debate for the last half a year as to whether it is logistically possible to get to Up Hella Aa in the Shetland Isles, because it looks, frankly, insane. It seems to involve a great deal of people dressing up as vikings and burning stuff, and having researched further on YouTube, apparently also dancing stormtroopers. (Have a look for your self.)
Plans for this year include Ghyll Scrambling, making a herb garden, learning how to build stuff like furniture (and possibly some scaffolding in the livingroom) going to La Rosa Campsite, rock climbing, going to padstow for May Day celebrations, and designing some really stupid birthday cakes. OH, and this year I Will have a good halloween costume.
I am also registering as self employed and getting cracking at being a designer maker. Yesterday I got paid for painting a gallery; Bosh!