“A tradition is kept alive only by something being added to it!” Henry James.

Friday 3rd January 2020

This is a second response to the Word/Photo Challenge Something Newfrom GC and my siteWeekly Prompts.  Also the prompt BEST from Fandango and Breathe from RDP.

A brand new day of a brand New Year saw me having late lunch with my family next door and my daughter Victoria’s in-laws. It was a relaxed, pleasant afternoon that culminated with all of us and Woody enjoying one of our Best New Year traditions the family walk to inspect the empty fields. 

Usually, at this time of year, the ground is hard underfoot, this time, despite the cold winter day, the ground remained soggy from the volume of rain.

Barbara and Me New Years day 2020Me with good friend Barbara, Victoria’s mother-in-law taking a break and breathing in the fresh air. Have you spotted Barbara’s glass of something warming? 🙂

Bottom PondThe walk also allowed me to check the water levels in the bottom pond where parts of it are deep enough to take a swim, not that I’m ever likely to do that! The Pond 1

Losing the light and feeling chilly we walked back home

Just down the valley, in the little market town of Otley where youngest daughter Sophie lives, taking a freezing swim in the River Wharfe is traditional during the morning of New Year’s Day, and apparently, for some swimmers this was something new. Brrr… I’d rather them than me!

The River OtleyNew Year Swimmers in the Wharfe

Sophie went along to watch them take the plunge and sent me these photos.

(C) 2020.  Word/Photo Challenge ‘Something New‘ from Weekly Prompts., the word BEST from Fandango and Breathe from the Ragtag Community

19 thoughts on “Traditions

  1. Murphy's Law

    Sue, I’m so impressed that Victoria’s mother-in-law is YOUR good friend. That doesn’t happen in a lot of families. Clearly, you guys are doing something right!

    The fields look like such a calm and peaceful place to walk. A place where you can actually hear yourself think. The pond just makes it picture perfect. What a beautiful home you have that looks out over a stunning landscape.

    I’ll leave the Polar Bear Plunge to the hearty, or is it crazy, folks! I’d be like Sophie, bundled up like an Eskimo and taking pictures! Lol.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. We hit it off from the beginning all those years ago when Simon and Victoria were teenagers.We do a lot of family stuff together Christmas Day etc. We have mutual friends too.
      Years ago we rented a house at the coast for the summer and they joined us with their kids for weekends.
      I get on well with my other kid’s in-laws too, but see much more of Barbara. Yes, I am very lucky.

      Crazy folks is a good description!

      Thank you for the lovely comments about my home, once again I know how fortunate I am to live in such a peaceful setting! Though I must say I like it best when the cattle and sheep are here.

      Thank you Ginger 🙂


    1. Funny how we don’t think of something as a tradition until we realise we always do the same thing at the same time! As for our New Year walk I think we need it after our large lunch. Thank you, Margo


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