Sunday, December 10, 2017
Walking from where I live towards the heath there is a small hill approaching the station. It was slippy and several of us stopped to help push cars up the slope. It wasn't the best day to drive really, but it was quite fun pushing the Porsche (although I did get spattered in grey snowy sludge as it's wheels spun).
There was an air of pleasantry - people tugging kids on sleds, dogs eagerly trotting in smart coats, adults in hats and gloves and generally most people were smiling and willing to say good morning and look you in the eye, conspiratorial in the joy of snow.
When I reached the heath there were lots of people sledging and just having good old fashioned fun. Snowball fights, large mounds of snow being rolled in anticipation of snowmen, and dogs excitedly rushing around, chasing irretrievable snow balls.
I felt so peaceful being on the heath, walking through the woods in the snow. I have many happy memories of being on the heath with my children - sledging and building snowmen - and I cherish this wonderful place that is fabulous for people and wildlife both winter and summer.
More photos here: Flickr All pictures (C) me.
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Sunday, December 03, 2017
|Miracle on 34th Street (C) 20th Century Fox|
- Small US town
- Snowy region (preferably near Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Buffalo etc – cities in the ‘snow zone’ or miraculous snow in New York)
- Single parent family (this facilitates the inclusion of children whilst permitting a romantic storyline)
- The children are polite and well behaved
- A problem (St Nick has lost something, one of his elves is in trouble, his ‘magic’ is being depleted, family home about to be repossessed etc)
- A ‘miracle’ themed object (star, angel, animated snowman, special house etc)
- An ‘unbeliever’ (cynic who has had a negative Christmas experience, loss of family, etc)
- A supporting cast of friendly uncles, aunts, neighbours, friends
- A reluctant romance
- A penchant for choosing the rural career over the city life
- The conversion (cynic is provided with undeniable evidence that ‘Christmas miracles’ exist – whether Santa is real or that against all the odds lost family members are found)
- The ‘spirit of Christmas’
- A happy conclusion
- Disaster (sometimes averted)
- Unlikely romance with a specific challenge (societal, etc)
- Badly behaving kids
- A nativity play
- A supporting cast of idiots/comedians
- Cynicism in the majority
- Conflict resolution
- A happy conclusion
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|Photo from Amazon.com|
Sunday, October 15, 2017
|Me and Bella last summer|
Sunday, October 01, 2017
|In a helicopter.|
- Youngminds - reports on mental health for younger people and charity
Photo: from Pinterest (no credit identified)
Footnote: since first publishing this, a comment came in that it isn't always appropriate to contact someone who is off work for mental health reasons. Yes, that's true, and contact may in fact increase problems rather than offer comfort, but the very principle that people off sick because of a mental health issue is 'taboo' is what is challenged here. If you have a colleague off sick for any kind of mental health reason, check before contacting them with your HR department or boss. Maybe a get well soon card could be the best thing they ever got.