I do not personally climb – I am not a fan of heights

So – to fit today’s prompt ‘climbing’ – I went another way


I like climbing plants – we have a lot of ivy on our house – and the occasional bit of clematis – but I got climber envy when out on a walk recently

There is a pretty old house in Spalding, by the river, and it had this beautiful wisteria across the front


Buying again

We had a theft last week – my fault apparently – a car door wasn’t shut properly so the key press was ineffective.

So – we were robbed – luckily the car is new and has suitable security measures – sadly the contents of the boot were less secure.

It could have been worse – our walking boots and camping stove were left behind – but the thieves did fancy our day sack and it’s contents.

So, yesterday, we headed out to Go Outdoors and bought some replacements – a new rucksack, two new Buffs, knife, first-aid kit, still needing a replacement compass and a map case is still to be sourced.

I like shopping so that was a positive – but they cost – and some things need ‘wearing in’.

People who steal are nasty.

Venice – changing yet unchanging

Resilient places – places that retain their beauty but adapt to the modern world

We had talked about visiting Venice for years – every time we saw it on TV – every time we read something in a book – every time we talked about going somewhere ‘new’ – when we thought about romantic venues – before it sinks – whilst we can get up and down steps – if we have the money


We were looking at a book  – 5 things that changed the world (or something like that) and i talked about glass – about Venice – about Murano

Coupled with an end of year bonus – the time was ripe – the booking was made – 3 days away – cheap flights – reasonable hotel – airport parking (is that really the most expensive bit)

People said that it would be great but I had no idea – I thought that I knew what Venice was – I had seen plenty of pictures even films – I read up as always DK 10 things to do in Venice – I was prepared – THEN – You get the bus from Marco Polo – normal bus and normal bus station – nothing to see here apart from the very large car park – You get off the bus and turn around and there it is – The Grand Canal – The buildings – The images brought to life – Venice – we both fell in love straight away – odd that we should be so amazed at something that we had expected but we were

We loved everything – Gondola ride – Waterbus – Rialto Bridge – Coffee – Hot Chocolate – Cake – Food – Murano – Cemetery Island – Sunset – St Mark’s Square at night – Walking through the streets – Pasta – St Mark’s by day – The Basilica – Doge’s Palace – The Bridge of Sighs – Coffee – Cake – Walking – Watching – Waterbus – Pizza – Churches – Bridges – Glass – Masks – Everything

I especially loved the buildings – like every painting I had seen – just there -the colours – the lines – the perspective – the corners – the domes – the history and the life


Trying to change is just trying

Planning to change is not even trying

Changing is harder – I have a list of things that I want to do – I have bought a serious journal – I have bought a couple of self help books – a diet app – a meditation app – some writing prompts

But this is part of my problem – the prevarication – the need to plan – the preparation – all great BUT I need to do – how – how do I DO

Last year

  • I put on weight
  • I didn’t write anything to submit
  • My team underperformed

Last year I also

  • Started camping
  • Bought a camera
  • Saw my daughter graduate
  • Helped my son to start his OU degree
  • Went to Venice

This year I want to

  • Lose weight (75lb is the aim)
  • Write every day
  • Read every day
  • Submit some writing (at least 2 pieces)
  • Photograph something beautiful
  • Go camping with my brother
  • Camp more often (35 nights)
  • Watch less TV (50 days without TV)
  • Visit one new city
  • Use my journal to help focus on good habits