, Luke and I puppy-sat Coco and took her for a walk around the local cycle tracks. Being the gorgeous bundle of fluff Coco is, when invited to puppy-sit her again, I of course jumped at the chance. I was also excited as this was going to be the first time I properly had a nose around Little Wymondley. I'd passed through the little village on my way to Roller Derby practice countless times, yet had never made time to stop and scope it out. Not having much knowledge on the area, apart from being aware of the couple of pubs residing there, meant the only thing I knew for definite was that puppy cuddles and a pub lunch was definitely on the cards.
Winter is one of my favourite seasons. I much prefer the colder months for the comfortable temperature I can find when wrapped up in a jumper, the hot chocolates I will inevitably devour, and the magical vibes of misty days. There is also the whole pretending-to-be-a-dragon-thing I still think about when I can see my breath in the air. Please note that I'm an official adult with a pension.
We picked Coco up and went for a stroll around the outskirts of the village. I hadn't a clue that the village was so inclusive with its own nursery and school. Nor did I know that there was a wooden ship for the children to play on; which I had to get a picture in. I looked like a kid in a Wes Anderson movie as I pretended to look out
adorning my bright yellow raincoat. Again, I can confirm that I am an adult with a pension.
Apart from a couple of residents catching up on street corners, and tinkering with impressive retro cars, the streets were quiet and empty. It was cute, but also had the qualities of a cult-horror film - think
(1973)... In some ways it felt like Christmas had come early. For the past couple of years, I've made going out for a walk on Christmas day a tradition. I enjoy it because it clears the cobwebs away, but I mostly make the effort to get out of the house because of how gloriously eerie it is outside. There are always very few, if any, cars on the road, and the couple of people you do actually pass wish you a merry day. Things like that just make the world feel a lot kinder.
We dropped Coco back off at the house and headed back out for the greatly anticipated pub lunch we had been banging on about all morning - and all throughout the week beforehand. Out of the pubs there, we decided on the Plume of Feathers after it was recommended to us by Luke's Mum. Just from looking at the menu, we knew we had made the right decision! After some time spent deliberating over what to go for, Luke went for a burger and I chose the Chicken and Mushroom pie. The pub was fairly quiet, apart from the group of guys cheering along to the football in the side room, so it wasn't long before we were indulging in some quality home-cooked style food.
I'm really lucky to live somewhere that has such great access to some wonderful little pubs, and this is definitely one I would gladly return to. The atmosphere was calming, the portions were generous and the staff were really friendly too. With mains finished and pudding firmly on our minds, Luke and I couldn't help but treat ourselves before waddling back to see Coco...
Once Coco's initial excitement over us returning died down, we headed into the living room to keep her company for a few hours longer. The house was fantastically quiet, and the peace was only briefly disrupted by the rumbling of a train occasionally passing through. Surrounded by classic literature and poetry on the shelves, I nestled in an oversized sweatshirt, writing in my notebook and watching
, as Luke laughed at videos on his phone. I had a pup snoozing next to me, snuggled up with its head resting on my thigh, and it was one of those moments where you feel like you've totally lucked out.
I feel so thankful for the gentle wander around the streets, delicious food we ate, and that I got to share these comforts with rad company and a lovely puppy too. Even though this walk took place last December, I've attempted to make more effort to have more days like these in January. To be more appreciative for the people around me, and to live a life that truly makes me happy. Earlier this month, I had an epiphany about the way I wanted to live my life, and I've also been realising just how much acquiring large quantities of physical/material things doesn't really do much for me. I have a feeling 2017 is going to be such an important year, and I'm looking forward to seeing where I am by the end of it.