Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Planning adventures......

I got back in the pool this morning for aquazumba. That was a combination of good and not so good, because I now feel 110, but it was lovely at the same time, and seeing all the smiles of the other girls was great too.

I may never move again.

Glynis and I tried to book for next week's pilates class - we can only book 7 days in advance - and there are already 15 on the waiting list. I will have to go on line and do it at midnight. You would think that the gym would realise this and add more classes, but they don't. And this has been going on for as long as I have been going. Crazy. But I will get into one. One day.

There are a couple of posts I am mulling over at the moment. Lots to think about. From the advantage of my age, I seem to see things more objectively. Add experience to that, and I know those who are my sort of age will know what I am talking about - there seem to be some things that the rulers of the world, who are all young, could consider with some urgency.

But isn't it also true that we never listened much to what those older than us said through those years? Didn't we always know better?

Yes. I did. Still do, now and then! So brace yourselves, there may be some debate producing words flowing here soon.

In the meantime, I will tell you that it is still grey and still cold, but nowhere near as cold as this time last year. I gather this may be changing soon. There has been no snow yet. I just looked at next week's forecast and we are down to -4C then. All the spring bulbs are peeping out of the soil in the garden, though. And we are approaching mid winter now.

I think I told you all that Jean gave me a card with vouchers for an adventure each month of 2013 for Christmas (including coffee or lunch!) and I get to choose. I am now trying to come up with the Adventure for January. I can't tell you how much fun I am having thinking of things we can do. I love adventures. Doing things I haven't done, or seeing places I know nothing about. Adventures. I have lived here approaching 23 years and there are so many places close by that I have never explored properly. I think that is true of most of us, though!

I still remember going up Table Mountain in the cable car in Cape Town for the first time when I was a student. The mountain was always there, so there was never any rush. Tourists did that sort of thing. It is the same thing here. I have friends who lived in an outlying suburb of London, and I once said how wonderful it must be to have the whole city right there, and they said that they never went into the city itself - their lives were centred more locally.  Around here where I live, 70 miles north of London, people go to London often to see shows or the exhibitions, or shops, or museums, but if you live there, maybe it is not something you worry about too much. The buildings are there. They are not going anywhere.

Just like me in Cape Town.

I think I am going to get out a map and shut my eyes and pin a place to visit.


Chris said...

Pin HERE!! Pin HERE!!!

Linds said...

Hahahaha! I think Jean may faint if I said I wanted to head your way! But just wait, Chris - one of these days I will be on your doorstep!

Vee said...

Oh now that would make a great adventure. My little story contains seven adventures and not one of them as daring as closing one's eyes and stabbing the map. Of course, in the US, that could make for a lot of traveling. Perhaps just a map of New England would be good.

Anonymous said...

I think if you work in the city and live in the suburbs you don't feel like going back into the city in your free time. rather it is nice to get out into the local countryside.


Anonymous said...

I'm really looking forward to finding out where your "adventures" take you!

Stripeyspots said...

One of my favourite adventures is going to the National Gallery. I have such fond memories of time spent there. And the Sainsbury's wing normally has one big international show a year. Maybe that could be an adventure? I remember the Titian one as being awe-inspiring.

Dawn said...

What a great Christmas gift!! I wish you could come here to Colorado. What fun we would have. Well, maybe not right now, since I'm rather housebound with my sweetie. But we could talk each others' ears off. And go to lunch. But I hope you have wonderful adventures with Jean. What a thoughtful friend. It's true about not appreciating what you have close by.