It's as if 2013 never happened here at TheSlowAdventure. Or maybe it happened too much, but just didn't get written about. Is the unrecorded life, less of a life? Who knows. But TheSlowAdventure.com is coming back in print, photos and amusing doodles.
Maybe a bit of 2013 will creep into upcoming posts, too.
Whether it's in pieces about; watching goshawks in Berlin. Walking the Barrow Way in winter storms. Trying out ever-more minimal outdoor kit. Playing with fire. Taking a master class in 'easy expeditioning' on a canoe trip in Spain. Playing the toxopholist. And bicycle polo. And guitar. And a fabulous ten days walking around Menorca's recently opened, though historically old, Cami de Cavalls, the 112 mile path around its whole coast; i enjoyed walking the route then i went round a great deal of it again by - variously - mountain bike, horse and kayak.
I'll get scribbling. Expect something new here soon.
Till then, how about a thought-inspiring quote from poet Geoffrey Hill:
I try to make a distinction between enjoyment and joy; you're only prepared to enjoy what you already have a taste for, whereas joy is shocking and surprising.
Is he right?
Certainly shocks and surprises are, on the whole, good in life, because they show us that we ARE alive.