Fuelled on a surprisingly delicious roasted celeriac and garlic soup (which I actually made myself for the very first time), I now feel prepared to open the lap top and write my first blog of 2018.
At the end of August last year we travelled to the Galapagos Islands, and lived there for two months. I found so little time for writing that I put it all nearly entirely on hold. Apart from hand writing a diary – such a lovely thing to do. When the kids were asleep in their beds, every few days – I got out my pen and pad and wrote down what we’d been up to. I hope in years to come that I can pull out that diary from where it has been collecting dust on the shelf and relive some of our adventures.
I’ll be able to post lots more about our time on Santa Cruz when the documentary we filmed there is broadcast in the Spring on Channel 4.
Returning from the Galapagos at the end of October was incredible – we underestimate how wonderful it is to live where we do. I had a total epiphany, an energising revelation that the UK, and Devon in particular is the most beautiful country in so, so many ways. I fell totally in love with our home, our friends, our countryside again. Distance truly does make the heart grow fonder. With a new-found respect and adoration for our home I decided to dedicate 2018 as a year of caring for our land, of trying to help protect and preserve the area we live in and to have some fun and adventures along the way.
So hello 2018 – this is a year of change and improvement and of celebration.
‘Love where you live’ – yes I most definitely do and I’m going to bloody well look after it too.
New Year Resolutions include…..
- Reduce the amount of plastics we use
- Whenever we hit the beach we do a two-minute beach clean every time
- Spend an hour a day outside – get out in nature and revel in it – bond with our animals in the paddock!
- Visit and walk throughout Dartmoor – this we have not done at all and it is half an hour away
- Start the girls cycling – and us, more time spent outside the better…
There’s so much more to add, but for now, these are achievable and fun. I’m already looking forward to doing so much more in Devon – there is no need to travel thousands of miles away to challenge yourself or to appreciate our natural world.
It is all waiting for us on our muddy doorsteps.