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Hello and Happy New Year!

What an end to 2020 + start to 2021 it's been! My first post of the year is very different from my first post of 2020. In 2020 I had planned to achieve certain goals + direction with my blog etc. but as the year unraveled I found myself taking a step back. Juggling the new working conditions the pandemic created meant I was busier than ever! It seemed like every small task took much longer than normal, so my social media was the first thing that got pushed to the back of the queue whilst work and rest + health took priority.

Even though it feels as though we have gone full circle + are back to where we started off last year, I still have the feeling of a fresh start + energy boost. This feeling is always triggered by packing up the decorations + having a clear home again. I love putting my decorations up but equally like taking them down + replacing with a fresh bunch of tulips! It's like a breath of fresh air after the rich indulgence of the festive period.

New Years Day I kept up the tradition of a New Years Day walk. I love a country walk, which is handy as there is little else to do when stepping outside! With the new restrictions in place we didn't go far but as it was before the third lockdown we could go a little further than the doorstep!

The three hour walk started off at the Two Tree Island carpark, near Leigh on Sea, at the furthest tip of the island. It took us around through the marshes, up to Hadleigh Castle, a ruined fortification built after 1215, overlooking the Thames Estuary then back to Two Tree island.

There were no pit-stops en-route, not that we could have stopped off anyway! I would defiantly recommend wearing high wellington boots as we nearly got stranded due to a flooded field as we tried to cross the train track! It's a lovely calming + atmospheric walk with the backdrop of tweeting from the marshland birds. However the last stretch of the walk through a long field was hard work with the heavy clumps of mud refusing to let go of our boots + making the walk that bit harder! Below are a few snaps I took incase you fancy do the walk yourself.

Hadleigh Castle ruins

Hadleigh Castle ruins

You can find this walk using the Viewranger app

The Route

Until next time stay safe!

Simone x


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