I'd like this year to be one of adventures -
not anything huge and dramatic, just a combination of days out (hopefully to some new places), evening gigs, seeing everyday things in a new light, and trying just a little to step out of my familiar rut.
2nd Evening bus trip to book club - I feel I've got too accustomed to being given a lift everywhere I go. It's nice, but makes me reliant on what my husband's doing in the evening. So, striking a blow for independence, I caught the bus
4th DPP Festival - Hunger Moon, Ayres, For the Girl, Arcade Hearts, The Covasettes
5th - Calke Abbey winter garden, tapas at Lorentes
6th - lunch at Cromford, trip to Manchester - taking the scenic route rather than the motorway, we stopped off at Cromford Wharf and sat outside by the canal and watched the ducks and swans squabbling over food - amazingly it was quite warm for January.
And I had a micro-adventure (if there is such a thing) in Manchester of finding my own way from my daughter's flat to the nearest shop. I've been many times but it's the first time alone when you fear you'll get lost - I didn't!
18th - Rebel Rebel gig, Bowie tribute band. I saw these guys a while ago, and I've been intending to catch them again, but haven't. A guy I knew at school plays with them but intends leaving soon so I had to make the effort and catch one of his last gigs.
23rd - dog-walking and re-discovering the countryside I grew up in
26th - Driving into town! For most folk this wouldn't be a big thing but a) I rarely drive anywhere, and b) this involved driving down town just before lunchtime on a Saturday! I wasn't going to push my luck though by going to a multi-storey car park where I'd have to drive up narrow ramps with concrete either side, but parked further out on a nice, fairly empty, open air car park.
27th - Early snowdrops on a blustery day at Shipley Park
This was undoubtedly a month dominated with my father's illness - two hospital stays, with the last one following the stroke from which he didn't recover, but I'm a great believer in the curative qualities of getting out and about, particularly outdoors, so ...
3rd - back re-visiting old places from my childhood; Aldercar Flash nature reserve
Revisiting the snowdrops at Shipley
26th Elvaston Castle Country Park
28th - Sean McGowan, Brand New Friend, Bodega, Nottingham
5th - Shipley daffodils
9th - along the canal at Cromford
18th and 21st - Swan Lake
20th - strawberry gin at Ask Italian
24th - Stoney Wood
26th - Shipley
29th - round the wood - first bluebells spotted!
1st - Colliers Wood Country Park, Eastwood
5th - Birthday lunch at home
Skinny Lister at Rescue Rooms
6th - Birthday lunch at Annie's Burger Shack
7th - Birthday lunch at Cosy Club, Derby (and I drove down town again!) - all three lunches in one post :)
- afternoon walk at Swan Lake
13th - Cromford, and Locko Park
14th Derby (with driving and lunch), afternoon walk at Allestree Park
18th - new walk at Carsington Water
21st - new (shorter) walk at Bow Wood, and on to Lea Bridge canal spur and Aqueduct Cottage
28th - evening walk at Duffield Millenium Meadow, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust nature reserve
3rd - 'lunch' at Heavenly Desserts :)
4th - Carsington
5th - Calke Abbey, sunshine and wisteria
13th - Swan Lake
15th - Mapperley Reservoir, Shipley Country Park
22nd - Brinsley Headstocks
26th - Exploring Shardlow
1st - 2nd - A weekend in Manchester (Dunham Massey, Quarry Bank Mill, dinner at Brewski, Bugsworth Canal Basin)
3rd - Tissington Well dressings
9th - Biddulph Grange Gardens