IMG_8109It’s here at last, the first day of a new calender year, for me the year really started with the winter solstice when the sun returns but for reasons of public holidays and a working life, January 1st seems to bring up many positive thoughts and experiences.  One is something about a fresh new beginning.  It always excites me, and I start the year off with so many projects and challenges I set for myself.  I would be lying if I said I have ever achieved all of them in one year or even become close sometimes to finishing one.  But that’s ok, come the new year, I can put all that behind me, reset my intentions and start the year with renewed vigour.

this year I have taken the pledge to try the vegan lifestyle for one month.  I am becoming increasingly aware of the cruelty and torture that happens in the way our food is produced that I feel very uncomfortable eating and drinking dairy products.  Meat is something I have been eating less and less of over the years but cheese, milk, butter and eggs I didn’t really think too much about.  So now it is all change, and I feel good I have made this decision.

My next challenge is to sketch or write an entry a day in my journal.  last year I tried a sketch a day and failed miserably, more like once a month !!.  Writing is not a problem for me, I do it all the time, so when I cannot get around to a sketch of some sort I can do something.  The small pastel sketch today was a really dramatic landscaper across the fields at Alfriston.  It was one of those dark moody skies where the late sun was licking the tops of the trees making them glow with a wonderful coral orange and yellow light.

There are many more I shall not bore you with now, but here is wishing you all who read my blog a very happy New Year.

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