The time between Christmas and New Year has always felt a bit odd to me; the main event has passed and now I feel I’m in limbo-land, waiting for everything to get back to normal again after New Year. I sometimes feel a little low as I reflect on another year passed and what I have yet to achieve in life, whilst at the same time feeling eager for the following year to begin so I can hopefully bring some more dreams to fruition. 2016 is certainly a year which many will be glad to see the back of, and for a number of reasons, both personal and global. As mentioned in my previous post, 2017 is the first of the next nine-year cycle, and therefore it is vital that you get off to a good start.
Over the last few months, as 2016 has come to close, many feelings and situations in my life have also changed or ended. Maybe the same has happened for you. I’ve already made plans for goals I wish to achieve next year, and am really looking forward to putting them into action. Have you taken the time to reflect on what dreams you would like to see realised in 2017? Try to get out and about in nature, especially if it is sunny, and use that as inspiration for your reflections. I went to a lovely National Trust property today; Mottisfont in Hampshire, for a very cold but enjoyable walk around its house and grounds. Having felt a little tired and down-hearted when I woke up this morning, I left feeling 100% better after strolling around, camera in hand, marvelling at the trees and winter light casting long shadows across the frost covered grass. Seeing gardens in winter often makes you appreciate them all the more when you see them again in full summer colours.
It clearly had the desired effect as I’ve come home inspired to write a blog post, something I haven’t done in a while. I’m sure many of you who are reading this may be looking back on this past year with a mixture of emotions, so I suggest a dose of Mother Nature to ease any sadness or melancholy. It has certainly helped me.
A word on Mottisfont; it became busy quite quickly, so I recommend getting there for when it opens. There are two cafes but they too filled up fast, so you may want to take your own lunch, although I can highly recommend the scones! The grounds are lovely, even at this time of year. However, the person who recommended Mottisfont to me said June is the best time to visit because the roses are in full bloom and smell wonderful; so a return trip is a must! At this time of year, the house is only open on the ground floor but it had been beautifully decorated. I look forward to seeing more of it on my next visit.
For more details, follow the link below. I visited Mottisfont at my own expense.