January can be the bleakest month of the year. Having to go back to work, the holidays over and endless grey skies and long nights. I went for a walk in the cold yesterday and returned with a couple of images. They are not going to win any awards, but getting out into the fresh air and seeing a bit of nature always helps to lift the spirits.

We went on a paddle boat cruise on the Norfolk Broads a few weekends ago. We had a great time and saw some beautiful scenery and homes. Worth the drive out there. Both photos were taken from the boats upper deck. The photo above was just as we departing and the one below was at the halfway point.

River cruising is a lovely way to relax and to disconnect from the wider world. Time slows right down and all sense of urgency disappears. The paddle boat we were on was excellent, it has a full pub with snacks on board. The captain used the first half of the cruise to give details of things we saw along the way which was very informative. The price was very affordable at just over £8 per adult and the cruise laster approximately 1.5 hours.

See http://www.southern-comfort.co.uk for more information on the paddle boat and times available.

Autumn is here, but it feels more like late Summer. The first fruits are appearing and there are a few leaves turning. Some reds here and there. Hopefully we get more colour … but for that we need cooler weather. I will keep posting as the season progresses.

St. Ives, Cornwall, United Kingdom

This is an image I captured in St. Ives in Cornwall. I loved the colours of the boats and this little child playing in the puddles and sand. St. Ives is truly a magical place for me. The small little streets, interesting shops and lovely restaurants and cafes make for an awesome stay.