Like many I’m going to start this with a slight apology for the lack of any meaningful updates over the festive period. Sorry. Given that this is a blog mainly about (but not limited to) Edinburgh you’d have expected our winter festivals to get a mention but alas I had an incredibly hectic December (who doesn’t?), so something had to give.
Now it is a new year. A fresh start. I’ve absolutely no idea what’s going to happen, but I’ve no doubt that it’s going to be – for me, at least – quite a busy and exciting year. In that vein I thought I’d start off the blogging year with something I’ve found the joys of recently – sunrise.
Before you even think about students who don’t get up until midday that’s not it. In fact, I wish that I had been one of those, but it just never happened. I think I just didn’t notice it last year. It was dark, then it wasn’t. This year, however, I have a half hour walk to work every morning with nothing but my iPod for company.
So, as well as sunset (if you’re a regular reader/know me you’ll be aware that I’m quite a fan) I’m now a big fan of sunrise. It certainly makes me smile when the sky is filled with the golden glow. The one down point for here is that I don’t have a (presentable) photo for my favourite sight: the fireball-style sunrise coming up behind Edinburgh Castle and the City’s skyline. It is truly beautiful and makes my day.
The sun has now risen on a new year and whilst we don’t know what is in store for us I have no doubt that it will prove to be every bit as exciting and blink-and-you’ll-miss-it fast as 2011. As the golden glow begins to turn into fully fledged daylight, and the next set of gale-force winds buffet Edinburgh (and much more of the country) it is perhaps time to gaze into the proverbial sunrise, take stock and see how much we can influence what will be. I hope you had a happy New Year and I wish you all the best for the year ahead.