Happy New Year from Hastings Battleaxe - and 6th Blogoversary
Christmas is over, and New Year beckons. Tomorrow is Battleaxe's sixth blog birthday. Here are a few thoughts about the year just gone, and the year to come. All the pictures on this post, celebrating Hastings, have been taken this month - what a variety of weather....
Did you realise that as from 1 January, every person alive will have been born in the twentieth century?
|Sea and sky. One reason to love Hastings...|
|Sea and sky....|
What of Hastings? Well, the grim national situation means that as usual, it is one of the UK's most deprived seaside towns, with above average unemployment, reduced opportunities for young people, poor standards of educational attainment etc., but for all that it is a grand place to live. We have no regrets about our move here - now six years ago.
|The Country Park - another reason to love Hastings.|
|and mild climate...... Here is a camellia out on 29 December in Harold Road|
|Wonderful Pier space - that's Philosopher and Shaun - but it makes no money...|
|View from the Pier....|
In the meantime, the Council seems to enjoy playing around with ridiculous schemes like Hastings Harbour involving wholesale redevelopment of the Stade, or most recently, some vast development of the White Rock area. Get real, you people - just present us with smaller-scale, more realistic things that could actually happen.
Of course, the Council is totally strapped for cash. The government is starving local authorities out of existence. One of our WI's biggest achievements in 2017 was saving the public toilets in Ore Village, but I would not be surprised if they were back on the agenda for closure again this year.
|Fairy-lit Ore toilets|
What about next year?
Battleaxe will have the same level of WI commitments - local WI President, Board Member of East Sussex WI Federation, Editor of East Sussex WI News. Locally, I'd like us try to make WI activities more accessible for our older, frailer and less able members. I also have to pinpoint someone who will be President after me. I have told them I will only do an absolute maximum of another two years, and that is longer than I shoud do....
At County level, I will be working to get the News on-line instead of just print. I also have to help make the WI Women Go wild camping weekend happen - I am not actually going to it - going to Turkey instead! Besides WI I have poetry..... Exercise-wise, pilates.... and I am going to start ballet... Ballet? Yes, you read it right. More news later. Also, back to going out and about and walking with Philosopher now he is over his operation. All that is quite enough, methinks.
What of Hastings Battleaxe? Six years is old age for a blog. Here's a link to the very first post. I've wondered about giving it up - but it is now an ingrained habit. I have actually stopped bothering if anyone reads it or not. I sense that is a good thing. I think one should only do these things out of enjoyment - it is a bonus if anyone else enjoys it.
Happy New Year one and all!
|Christmas present light box|