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Gallery: a January selection (2024)

Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘It will be happier’

Alfred Lord Tennyson

I don’t know about you, but logic tells me that there is no more reason to make a resolution to do something better / more / less on the first of January than on any other day of the year. And also that there is no more reason to believe we will succeed in sticking to that resolution then rather than on a different date. And yet many of continue to do it. This is the year when we will be fitter, kinder, happier, more productive …

Ah well! We started the year, as we usually do, in Newcastle. January the first was bright and crisp, the one lovely winter’s day in a week of otherwise dull and damp weather. We took advantage of it to enjoy a walk along the Tyne and up the Ouseburn, a walk I’ve already documented here. On another day we had a lovely misty walk on the sea front in Tynemouth and Cullercoats.

Once home from Newcastle we had a relatively quiet month, by which I mean we didn’t travel away from home. But there were films to be seen (Ferrari, One Life and Poor Things, all to be recommended but especially the latter two), meals out and friends to catch up with. We went to an exhibition (Accidentally Wes Anderson, disappointingly nothing to do with one of our favourite film directors), a football match (an away win for Newcastle against Fulham in the FA Cup) and to a fun cooking class day with the team that work for ‘our’ charity, Plan Zheroes. Living in London means that there is always ‘something to do’.

Technical notes

All these shots were taken with my phone or with my compact point and shoot Lumix, and were edited with Photoshop Elements and/or Nik Color Efex.

As always I am linking my selection to Ju-Lyn’s and Brian’s Changing Seasons challenge. Use the arrows to navigate the slideshow if you want to see all the images.

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