January can feel like a bit of a let down, nothing more to celebrate, back to work, those credit card bills coming in from the Christmas shopping spree. The pretty lights and decos are packed away. No more parties. It can easily feel like a return to drudgery.
Thank goodness we can all get out now! I know a lot of people who have felt quite housebound by the grim weather and missing that casual contact with their immediate community and neighbours.
Out shopping today, I noticed one or two people standing by the corner shop having a good old conversation. A really welcome change from seeing people head down, battling through the elements on some solitary survival mission. It was good to see a little bit of relaxed conversation going on around me.