Good Morning from England, rather colder than in Florida but bright and crisp, the sky is blue and that makes all the difference. Some parts of the country are experiencing very bad weather at the moment in terms of flooding due to inordinate amounts of rain and very fierce winds have been battering most of the country. We were in Worcester for Christmas, a beautiful area of the most stunning countryside and some areas were completely submerged under water. We had intended to go to the races on Boxing Day but the course was totally waterlogged and all races were off! The River Severn which runs at the bottom of the field where we were staying was spread to the adjoining fields and looked twice it’s usual width.
It seems that this unusual weather is happening all over the world and in some cases creating absolute chaos. We are lucky that it does not happen often, some places experience this all the time. Back home now and ready to get back into normal life which at this time of year is very different to Florida. Whilst you manage to carry on with the same activities all year round we have to change to accommodate the weather.
New Year is always fun here and a time for carnivals and parades. In London the New Year Parade is huge with people from all over the world taking part, I will get some photos for you and share them next week.
Here we have a much longer holiday for Christmas, a lot of people are off work for a week, Schools are closed for two weeks and everyone gets at least two days off work, it’s nice and allows for families to spend time together, although I do read that it is also the most stressful time as well! As usual it has come and gone very quickly, children have already forgotten what presents they received and we have all eaten and drunk far too much, I know what my New Years resolution will be!
There are two things that I have promised that I will do…to think of three things every day that have made me smile and to carry out at least one act of random kindness every day. I have been pretty good so far, thinking about the things that make you smile have the added bonus of forcing you to reflect on what your day has been like and an appreciation of what you have. The random act of kindness is fun as well, going through the toll and paying for the person in the car behind you brings good results as does buying so gone a cup of coffee for no other reason than they are behind you in the queue and you want them to feel good. I always hope it will have a knock on effect and they will do the same for others..you never know! I have to be careful though as going through McDonald’s drive through, I offered to pay for the car behind me, I thought I was safe, there was only one occupant but they were taking home a meal for four and it cost me dearly, I can imagine it did make him happy
!My voluntary job starts again this week, I am looking forward to that, it is one of my favourite things to be involved in when I am here and I have a community garden project I have to complete,a mural is to be painted on the wall and lockers leading into the garden, I will keep you posted on how that one goes.
Have a Happy New Year, celebrate well in true Lake Worth style…speak to you all next week, keep well and have lots of fun.