Sunday, January 15, 2017

January in the flatlands

Here we are already halfway through January and I haven't posted anything about the start of the year or what's been happening. Well, briefly, not a lot!

I can sum up the year's events so far in three sentences: I've finished writing my travelogue and it's now out with Beta readers as my aim is to publish it next month as a Kindle book; teaching work has started, but very slowly so we (that's Koos and I) are filling in my gaps by redecorating the crumbly cottage; we've been for lots of lovely walks and most notably our traditional New Year's trek across the beach.

This year we went to Cadzand in Zeeuws Vlaanderen, so my traditional photos with dogs and people frolicking on the sands are below.





 And these next photos are from our walks around the crumbly cottage when the sun has shone. As they say on the weather forecast, sunny intervals, and as intervals have gone, they've been just about long enough for a brisk 4kms and then it's been a case of diving inside before the sleet and hail has hit again.





My aims for the coming months are a bit more extensive: I want to finish the South African novel I started about a year ago and which was interrupted by all sorts of other commitments. I still have no real idea where it's going, but I keep writing in the hopes that a pattern and a good story will emerge from the jumble of half formed plans that I keep mentally sifting through. I then want to start on my WWII novel.

In the meantime, we have to prepare our Hennie H for going to Poland. That is the big plan for this year, and we hope to spend about four months travelling. I'm both very excited and rather nervous about it as not being the youngest of couples, I don't want to go anywhere too far from civilisation in case something happens to either of us. We will need to plan our route very carefully.

In between all this, I would like to go to Italy and to the UK again to see friends, although these are likely to be long weekends if they happen. However, I am definitely going to Spain for a weekend in two weeks, but more on that later. Last but not least, I have to finish renovating my back cabin on the Vereeniging, but I'll wait until it's just a bit warmer to do that!

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  1. Busy, busy, busy! All very exciting, Val! I hope 2017 is all the two of you want it to be. I don't think you're going to be bored! I love the photos, as always :-)

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    1. Roger, you've said it! I want it to be like this, but of course plans are just that. But yes, bored, I won't be and never am. I'm glad you like the photos too :)

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  2. Busy lady! Sounds like a great plan xx

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    1. I call them plans and not resolutions, Caryl. I hope they all happen, but I don't count on anything!

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  3. Happy New Year Val, it all sounds very exciting, good luck with the South Africa novel and the travelling, lovely photos, thanks for sharing

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    1. Thank you, Angela. Now I read it through, it sounds a lot more exciting than I intended it to. It was just meant to be a list of sorts, but yes, it sounds as if I'll be gallivanting around, doesn't it? I won't be really. The visits to England and Italy will probably just be weekends. And although the plan is to go to Poland, I still don't count on it. Mind you I'd be just as happy to go to France again! Still, I have a lot of work to do before then :)

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  4. Oh Goody, I can get your new book on my Kindle: can't wait :)
    You have been busy Val, and you live in a very pretty country. Your photos are so lovely, and all would make great paintings! A long journey to Poland sounds incredible, and I wish you good health and safe adventuring in 2017.

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    1. Ah thank you, Patricia! Good luck is something we'll need in spades, I think! I'm very glad you like the sound of the new book :)

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  5. It's good to hear the Hennie H is getting to go on an adventure.

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    1. She went on a great adventure last summer too, Stu. It was wonderful!

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  6. Exhaustive plans! May they all be within your reach. I'm so excited about your new book!

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  7. Thank you, dear Steph. With your goodwill behind me, I'm sure they will be!

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  8. Hope you are able to finish your book. I can't believe we are all ready through half the month. Wishing you a great week!

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    1. Thanks a million, Kelleyn. Nice to see you here!

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  9. Good to see you're not slowing down, Val - in spite of the age-awareness!

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    1. Qui, moi? I must catch up with you in Africa now! Met any more man-eating lions??

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  10. Somehow I can't imagine you're going to be bored this year, Val! :) what a lot of exciting plans. The area round the cottage looks charming! I will look forward to reading about Poland in due course.

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    1. Thanks, Jenny! I'm not given to boredom at the worst of times...there's always something to keep me busy, but I have a feeling this year's going to be busier than most!

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