The first Full Moon of the year and somehow it seems time to pick up my “pen” again as I got to thinking about where in the World I will be for the Full Moons of 2016. The year has begun and it stretches before me full of promise and the possibilities of more adventures. This blog will be updated and the Africa 2015 postings will be archived and a new heading decided upon. You will have the choice to read or not to read and if the truth be known my biggest fan, my Mother, might be my only regular reader. That’s more than okay as she never fails to tell me our wonderful I am and everyone needs a champion in their corner. Why do I write it then, you might ask, well we are off to interesting places and I began to enjoy it and therefore why not? So let me begin….

As you must now be aware, I love the Moon. If you are wondering I do not worship it…that would just be weird and downright creepy. It is beautiful, powerful, forever changing and though often very illusive I know it is there and no matter where I am in the World it remains forever present. I also have more reason to love it as I own a little piece of it! For Christmas my gorgeous grandson gave me the incredible gift of ten acres on its surface. Jonathan let it slip however, that should I become even more of a lunatic (excuse the pun) that’s where they will be sending me. I believe this year is destined to be a special one as my birthday on the 20th of June happens to fall on a Strawberry Full Moon, so I will have to do something unusual for sure.

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The best laid plans can be turned completely upside down and it seems that whatever we had planned for the next few months has been good and properly changed. I will no doubt write about it when all is finalised and is cast in stone but it would be fair to say that I am up for anything. After a rather indulgent and relatively lazy few months I have put the running shoes firmly back on my feet and intend to get my fitness back to where it was so as to cope with what lies ahead. As is evident below I can’t even jump very high at the moment so lots of work to do.

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The year looms ahead with us surrounded by so much negativity that it would be so easy to be sucked down into a vortex of doom and gloom. I sincerely hope that we all strive to be more tolerant and less critical of everything and everyone. As a fan of Bob Marley this resonated with me…. Bob Marley believed that you could cure racism and hate….literally cure it, by injecting music and love into people’s lives. When he was scheduled to perform at a peace rally, a gunman came to his house and shot him down. Two days later he walked out on that stage and sang. When they asked him why – he said, “The people, who were trying to make this world worse are not taking a day off…how can I? Light up the darkness.”

Let us all work on lighting up the darkness …