Hello 2017 – my, you are looking bloody cold, damp and miserable. It should be a time of refreshment and life affirmation, but mostly seems to be about penitence.  Right now, it appears that everyone is focussed on ‘being good’ and banishing Christmas’s excesses.  A key, and indeed highly popular, method of achieving this for many people is …

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Season of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness

The nights are drawing in, the first hoar frosts are crystallising the mornings and there’s a nip in the air.  It’s October now, so those drenching deluges of autumnal precipitation have started to hit.  Woodfires are being lit, woollen jumpers are being inspected for moth holes and everyone’s generally getting a bit miserable and hunkering down. But not me.  I’m …

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