January has been a challenging month for so many of us because of the extreme weather. It seems ages since I took the above photo when we went out to High Bradfield and even then the blue skies were intermittent and ever since it has been wet and windy or dry and dull.
If you're a rambler this is the way to get over those high walls when using an official footpath across country.
For us the country lane is the only way - driving and stopping, exploring for a while, reflecting on the rural landscape not far from the outskirts of the city.
As well as waiting for better weather, I'm waiting for better health. I've been staying indoors in the warm, resting and taking the prescribed antibiotics for the head cold etc. that has been recurring since the beginning of the month. The rest is also helping the swollen knee joint problem. Being unable to meet up with friends, participate in my daytime interest groups and my monthly reading group evening hasn't been so good, but I have been doing quite a lot of reading of some very good novels from my pile of owned books or library reservations. I'm planning to read the Brother Cadfael Chronicles in order over the year, some of which I read long before the film drama series was made. (I've since seen one or two of the dramas - very good - although I do enjoy the detail of the original novels). I've been reading another series of mystery fiction set in the present day with a monk investigator written by William Brodrick. Then I've the last in the series of the C.J. Sansom Tudor series (Heartstone) to read. Some time soon I hope to be doing a post about visiting the places of the period C.J. Sansom mentions in 'Sovereign', which features the city of York, using photos from my archive.
Looking out of the window it has started to snow! Let's hope it will be a light sprinkling.
I hope all is going well wherever you are and especially send Happy Chinese New Year greetings to all my Chinese friends!